The Chieftains featuring Paddy Moloney are bringing the lively, boot-stomping music of Ireland to the PNC Pops series at Heinz Hall on March 18-20.
What better way to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day weekend than with the “High Kings” of traditional Irish music. The Chieftains have popularized the heartbeat of their country’s music around the world and have produced seven Grammy® Award-winning albums during their 50-year-plus history. Band members Paddy Moloney, Kevin Conneff and Matt Molloy bring their internationally acclaimed show to Heinz Hall, complete with uilleann pipes, fiddles and jigs — and a few surprises!
The first half of the program will feature the Chieftains performing with their band mates solo. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, will join them for the second half.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $24 to $99, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/chieftains.
The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2015-2016 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Radio station WQED-FM 89.3 and WQEJ-FM89.7 is the official voice of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
About the Artists
THE CHIEFTAINS were formed in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, from the ranks of the top folk musicians in Ireland. It wasn’t until 1975 that The Chieftains began playing together full time. Although their early following was purely a folk audience, the range and variation of their music very quickly captured a much broader public, making them today the best known Irish band in the world. Six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. The Chieftains are now recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention.
Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, in their 53 years together The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied resume. They have been involved in such historic events as a tour of China (being the first Western group to perform on the Great Wall), Roger Waters’ “The Wall” performance in Berlin in 1990, became the first group to give a concert in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC (at the invitation of former Speaker, Thomas “Tip” O’ Neill), and in October of 2001, Paddy performed at a Ground Zero memorial service in New York for the victims of September 11th. They have performed with many symphony and folk orchestras worldwide, and have broken many musical boundaries by collaborating and performing with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the world.
On top of their six Grammy awards, they have been honored in their own country by being officially named Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors, performed during the Pope’s visit to Ireland in 1979 in front of a 135,000,000 strong audience, and were the subject of a Late Late Show tribute in 1987, their 25th anniversary. In 2010, Paddy’s whistle and Matt’s flute travelled to the International Space Station in outer space with a NASA astronaut, Catherine Coleman.
The trappings of fame have not altered The Chieftains’ love of, and loyalty to, their roots – they are as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining a concert at Carnegie Hall. After all these years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains’ music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began.
The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, celebrating 120 years of music in the 2015-2016 season, 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 heinzhall.org.
Editors please note:
Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m.
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PNC POPS: THE CHIEFTAINS FEATURING PADDY MOLONEY
PADDY MOLONEY, uilleann pipes and whistle
KEVIN CONNEFF, bodhrán and vocals
MATT MOLLOY, flute
JON PILATZKE, fiddle and dance
TRIONA MARSHALL, Irish harp and keyboards
TIM EDEY, guitar
TARA BREEN, fiddle and saxophone
ALYTH MCCORMACK, vocals and percussion
MARTIN MURRAY, mandolin and fiddle
CARA BUTLER, dance
NATHAN PILATZKE, dance