Fiddlesticks Family Concerts Presented by Macy’s Opens with ‘Fall Festival’

FiddlesticksPITTSBURGH – Fiddlesticks, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, guest vocalist Katy Shackleton Williams and Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor celebrate what Fiddlesticks loves about fall — changing leaves, Halloween, Thanksgiving, fall sports and more — at the first Fiddlesticks Family Concerts Presented by Macy’s on October 18 at 11:15 a.m. at Heinz Hall.

In celebration of this special season, this family friendly concert features the adventurous sounds of composer Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” featured in Disney’s “Fantasia,” the magical music of John William’s “Harry’s Wondrous World” from “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone” and other music inspired by the wonderful season of fall.

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 “Fall Festival” program will include many activities, such as musician performances, live painting with artist Baron Batch and craft rooms.

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 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.

Fawzi HaimorFawzi Haimor holds the position of resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he conducts a variety of concerts including classical, 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. In his first European season, Haimor made an impressive debut with the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Bruckner’s Symphony No.4 and was re-invited after the first rehearsal. In the United Kingdom, he appeared with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester at the Cadogan Hall, London with a contemporary programme and with Sinfonia ViVA in a classical programme, including Schumann cello concerto with Leonard Elschenbroich and Beethoven Symphony No.1. The Derby Telegraph noted of the Beethoven, “A buoyant scherzo was followed by a runaway romp of a finale, the criss-crossing scale-patterns exhilarating in their precision and incisiveness.” Elsewhere, Haimor works with Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra and Amman Symphony in the Middle East. Highlights for the 2014-2015 season include returning to the Orquesta Sinfonia di Porto and debuts with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi with Prokofiev’s 7th Symphony, Haydn Orchesta Bolzano, Qatar Philharmonic, Bursa State Orchestra, Turkey and education projects with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with a staged production of Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Haimor was invited to attend rehearsals with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim this summer at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. His repertoire includes the late romantic Germanic works, 19th and 20th century Russian and American composers, plus he is a committed advocate of contemporary music and has performed works by composers such as Kevin Puts, Bela Fleck, Mohammed Fairouz and Avner Dorman. Passionate about the education of young musicians, Haimor was the first music director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra and has subsequently been invited to guest conduct youth ensembles across the United States. An eloquent and compelling speaker from the podium, he was the founder of the Davis Summer Symphony which is geared towards the education and outreach of classical music in the community. Born in Chicago in 1983, Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay area. He completed his violin training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University, where he studied under David Effron and Arthur Fagen. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis, and second master’s in instrumental conducting at Indiana University.

Katy Shackleton 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.

Editors Please Note:

Saturday, October 18 at 11:15 a.m.
Discovery Time Adventures at 10 a.m.

Heinz Hall
FAWZI HAIMOR, conductor

Lucas Richman:

Music Can Make Your Life Complete

Edvard Grieg:

“Morning Mood” from Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt

Kosma, Joseph, Manliow, Barry, and Mercer, Johnny (orchestrated  by Steven Reineke):

Autumn Leaves/When October Goes
Ms. Williams

Modest Mussorgsky (orchestrated by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov):

 A Night on Bald Mountain

Josef Strauss:

Sport Polka, Opus 170

Traditional (Arranged by John Williams):

Simple Gifts
Ms. Williams

Aram Khachaturian:

Waltz from Masquerade Suite

John Williams:

“Harry’s Wondrous World” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Lucas Richman Music:

Can Make Your Life Complete
Ms. Williams

Discovery Time Adventures:

  • Musical Ambassadors in various locations of Heinz Hall to meet musicians up close
  • Baron Batch live painting
  • Fall crafts
  • Carnegie Science Center “Science on the Road” program
  • Sing-along with Fawzi Haimor and Kathy Williams
  • Movement room with Jayne McDonald from City Music Center



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