Fiddlesticks Family Series Presents ‘A Salute to America’

PITTSBURGH – Celebrate the red, white and blue with Fiddlesticks, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s musical ambassador to children, during “A Salute to America” on Saturday, May 17 at Heinz Hall for the third and final concert of the 2013-2014 Fiddlesticks Family Series presented by Macy’s.

Fiddlesticks, Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh, vocalist Katy Williams and the Pittsburgh Symphony will salute the nation with a program of music inspired by America. The Pittsburgh Minadeo Elementary School Choir, under the direction of Ms. Adrianne Kelly, will be joining the symphony on stage to sing several songs, including Fiddlesticks’ favorite, “Music Can Make Your Life Complete!” Audience members can participate in a sing-along of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and hear Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley perform his own arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for solo violin, which received rousing approval from the sold-out crowd at last year’s Pirates home opener!

Ticket holders are invited to participate in Discovery Time Adventures prior to every Fiddlesticks concert. These educational activities allow young audiences and their families to meet symphony musicians, learn songs and take part in various musical activities. Discovery Time Adventures for the “A Salute to America” program will include many activities, such as sing-along time with Larry and Katy, America-themed arts and crafts, music and movement, and even up-close interactions with symphony musicians!

Discovery Time Adventures will begin at 10 a.m. and the concert will begin at 11:15 a.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $12 to $22.25, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank the Macy’s Foundation 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.

Resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today. He was brought to national attention in February 2004, when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics, alike. Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has flourished artistically, defining its reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. His leadership has attracted such artists as André Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jon Nakamatsu, Zuill Bailey and Sharon Isbin.

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.

Noah Bendix-Balgley is a laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and also won third prize and a special prize for creativity at the 2008 Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris. Bendix-Balgley won the first prize at the 2011 Vibrarte International Music Competition in Paris and was awarded first Prize and a special prize for best Bach interpretation at the 14th International Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini” in Fermo, Italy. As a soloist, he has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Belgique, I Pomeriggi Musicale of Milan, Orchestre Royal Chambre de Wallonie (Belgium), the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Asheville Symphony (USA). In 2011, Bendix-Balgley was appointed concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. His Pittsburgh debut recital in January 2012 was named the “Best Classical Concert of 2012” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bendix-Balgley has also performed his own version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for solo violin in front of 39,000 fans at the Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day at PNC Park. Bendix-Balgley graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. He is a part of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music as an artist lecturer and coaches several student string quartets.

Editors Please Note:

Saturday, May 17 at 11:15 a.m.
Discovery Time Adventures at 10 a.m.

Heinz Hall
LAWRENCE LOH, resident conductor
FAWZI HAIMOR, resident conductor

Lucas Richman:

Music Can Make Your Life Complete

Morton Gould:

American Salute

John Stafford Smith:

The Star-Spangled Banner (featuring Noah Bendix-Balgley)

Ralph Hermann:

Old Timers Waltz Medley No. 2

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Leonard Bernstein:

Overture to West Side Story

Harold Arlen:

Over the Rainbow

Aaron Copland:

“Hoe Down” from Rodeo (featuring Pittsburgh Minadeo Choir)

Allan Naplan:

An American Anthem (featuring Pittsburgh Minadeo Choir)

John Phillip Sousa:

Stars and Stripes Forever (featuring Pittsburgh Minadeo Choir)

Lucas Richman:

Music Can Make Your Life Complete (featuring Pittsburgh Minadeo Choir)

Discovery Time Adventures

  • Sing-Along with Lawrence Loh and Katy Williams
  • America-themed arts and crafts
  • Music and Movement “Eurhythmics” with Jayne McDonald from the City Music Center
  • Musical Ambassadors in various locations of Heinz Hall to meet musicians up close


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