Celebrate the Changing Seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series

Highlights:

  • Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor takes the baton as the new conductor of the Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series

  • Audience summer vacation photos will be displayed at “Summer Escape” concert in May

  • Discovery Time Adventures prior to every concert

FiddlesticksPITTSBURGH— The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Fiddlesticks, the symphony’s feline musical ambassador, will take families on a musical journey through the magic of the changing seasons of the year during the 2014-2015 Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series Presented by Macy’s.

During the 2014-2015 season, Fiddlesticks will explore the seasons through beloved classical pieces played by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and led by Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor. Vocalist Katy Williams will sing Fiddlesticks’ favorite song of all, “Music Can Make Your Life Complete,” with the audience at every concert.

All performances begin at 11:15 a.m. and are approximately 45 minutes long. Attendees are invited to participate in Discovery Time Adventures prior to every Fiddlesticks concert beginning at 10 a.m. in Heinz Hall. These educational activities allow families to meet symphony musicians, learn songs and take part in various activities with a musical twist. There are also arts and crafts, story-telling, and music and movement dance activities.

The season opens with Fall Festival (Oct. 18, 2014), where Fiddlesticks’ excitement over the beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the fun of Halloween is contagious! In celebration of this special time of year, Fiddlesticks’ festive fall adventure includes the magical music of composer Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain (featured in Disney’s Fantasia) and “Harry’s Wondrous World” from Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, by movie score master John Williams.

Winter Dreams (Feb. 21, 2015) will showcase Fiddlesticks’ fantasies about the first snowflakes of the season and the wintry wonderland that is sure to follow. He can’t wait to go outside and take part in all of the fun activities that winter brings, like ice skating, sledding and building snowmen. Join Fiddlesticks as he shares some of his favorite music inspired by the winter season, including the Skaters’ Waltz and selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, nicknamed “Winter Dreams.”

Come on a mini-vacation to Heinz Hall for Summer Escape (May 30, 2015)! Imagine a trip to the beach or a journey out West, as Fiddlesticks helps us get ready for summer travel season with music. Enjoy John Williams’ rousing Cowboy Overture, selections from the Ferde Grofe’s majestic Grand Canyon Suite and exciting melodies from the Pirates of the Caribbean. Send your favorite summer vacation photo to be shown during the concert! To upload your photo or for more information, visit pittsburghsymphony.org/family.
Subscription packages for the 2014-2015 season are currently on sale and range in price from $28.80 to $58.50. (Single concert tickets range in price from $12 – $22.25 and go on sale around Labor Day.) To order subscriptions, contact the Heinz Hall Box Office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank Macy’s for its presenting sponsorship of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts. PPG Industries Foundation and Clearview Federal Credit Union are presenting partners of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts. This series is endowed by Gerald and Audrey McGinnis, honoring the Center for Young Musicians. Pittsburgh Symphony Education & Community Engagement programs are also supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

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2014-2015 Fiddlesticks Family Concerts Season at a Glance
Programs, artists and dates are subject to change

October 18, 2014
Fall Festival
Fawzi Haimor, conductor
Katy Williams, vocalist
Discovery Time Adventures at 10 a.m.
Performance at 11:15 a.m.

February 21, 2015
Winter Dreams
Fawzi Haimor, conductor
Katy Williams, vocalist
Discovery Time Adventures at 10 a.m.
Performance at 11:15 a.m.

May 30, 2015
Summer Escape
Fawzi Haimor, conductor
Katy Williams, vocalist
Discovery Time Adventures at 10 a.m.
Performance at 11:15 a.m.

Fawzi Haimor holds the position of resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he conducts a variety of concerts including subscription, pops, education and outreach. While in Pittsburgh, he has served as a cover to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Passionate about the education of young musicians, Haimor was the first music director of the newly formed Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, while holding the position of assistant conductor with the orchestra. Here, he was involved in the development of a brand new premier level youth orchestra for the state of Alabama. He was also the founder and first music director of the Davis Summer Symphony, an organization geared towards the education and outreach of classical music to residents of the Davis, California community. He has subsequently been invited to guest conduct youth ensembles across the United States. Born in Chicago in 1983, Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing the violin at the age of four and completed his training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University. He has earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, physiology and behavior, and a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis before completing his second master’s in instrumental conducting from Indiana University. Haimor currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife, Houda, and their two daughters, Aleena and Layla.

Katy Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. She was a featured soloist for several Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and made her BNY Mellon Grand Classics debut in September 2005 with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was a soloist in the Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings and has been the special guest vocalist for many of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Fiddlesticks and Tiny Tots children’s concerts.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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  1. Austin Johnson says:

    I love orchestras. I’m really interested in the piano so I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the performance.

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