PITTSBURGH—From “Motownphilly” to “On Bended Knee,” the iconic music of ‘90s supergroup Boyz II Men combined with the masterful sounds of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra promise one soulful evening when they return to the Heinz Hall stage on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Boyz II Men members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman met as students at the prestigious Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. In a career that has spanned more than 20 years and 15 albums, the group’s distinctive R&B sound has made a mark with their individual voices and peerless harmonies. Led by Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh, audience members will enjoy hits like “Water Runs Dry,” “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and many others with full orchestral accompaniment.
This concert features “tweet seats,” a seating section (Grand Tier, rows C-T) where audience members are encouraged to share their concert experience in real time via social media with the hashtag “#BoyzIIMenPGH.”
Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $110, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.
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.
For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony is critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. They have made more than 35 international tours, and recently returned from their 2013 European Festivals Tour, where enthralled audiences filled the PSO’s concerts in Grafenegg, Berlin, Bucharest, Paris, Düsseldorf,Frankfurt, Lucerne and Bonn.
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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Wednesday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
BOYZ II MEN WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LAWRENCE J. LOH, conductor