Fiddlesticks Family Concerts Presented by Macy’s Travels Through Music With ‘Summer Escape’

PITTSBURGH – Fiddlesticks returns to the Heinz Hall stage on Saturday, May 30 for “Summer Escape,” the final installment of this season’s Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series presented by Macy’s.  The symphonic feline shares the stage with vocalist Katy Shackleton Williams, violinist Ziqi Meng of Mt. Lebanon and conductor Fawzi Haimor.

Fiddlesticks helps us prepare for the summer travel season with music that transports listeners to faraway destinations. Program highlights include John Williams’ rousing Cowboy Overture, selections from the Ferde Grofé’s majestic Grand Canyon Suite and exciting melodies from the famous Pirates of the Caribbean saga.

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 “Summer Escape” program will include many activities, sing-alongs, a movement room, crafts and much more. Families can be part of the fun by submitting their favorite summer vacation photos, which will be used during the concert! Visit to submit photos.

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.

Meng, Ziqi_webZiqi (Jerry) Meng was born in Dalian, China, and moved to America at the age of nine.  He has been a violin student of Hong-Guang Jia for more than six years.  Meng served as the concertmaster of the 2015 Pennsylvania All-State Orchestra, and is currently the concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and also in the Mt. Lebanon High School String and school chamber orchestra.  He has made two appearances in Carnegie Hall in New York and will perform in another concert in Carnegie Hall this year.  His recent accolades include being a winner in the International American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition, earning Grand Prize award for the National League of Performing Arts National Young Artists Showcase Competition, being a winner of Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra Young Artists’ Competition and also in the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Young Artists Competition.  Meng has previously soloed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Aside from music, Meng is very involved in science and math.  He has won qualification to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination through competing in the American Mathematics Competition 12.  He is also a part of his school’s Science Bowl team, having won regional first prizes and division honors at competition events.  Meng is currently a junior in Mt. Lebanon Senior High School and is in the executive council of his school’s chapter of National Honors Society. 

Williams, Katy ShackletonKaty 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.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 119 years, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series Previn and the Pittsburgh. The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900—including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America—the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

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

Editors please note:

Saturday, May 30 at 11:15 a.m.
Discovery Time Adventures at 10 a.m.

Heinz Hall
FAWZI HAIMOR, conductor
ZIQI MENG, violin

Lucas Richman:

Music Can Make Your Life Complete

John Williams:

The Cowboys Overture

Ferde Grofé:

Grand Canyon Suite
III. On the Trail

Al & Livingston, Jerry Hoffman (Arranged by Drew Fennell):

“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” from Cinderella
Ms. Williams

Johann, Jr. Strauss:

Vergnügungszug (Excursion Train), Polka, Opus 281

Gong Chen (Orchestrated by Lucas Richman):

Morning in Miao Ling
Mr. Meng

Klaus Badelt (Arranged by Ted Ricketts):

Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean

Modest Mussorgsky (Orchestrated by Nicolai RimskyKorsakov):

A Night on Bald Mountain

Johannes Brahms (Orchestrated by Albert Parlow):

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major

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
  • Craft Room
  • Musical activities
  • Sing-along, story and movement activities
  • And much more

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