This season will introduce children to a world of music as Fiddlesticks, the symphony’s feline musical ambassador to children, takes audiences on a journey through music in the home, in the community and around the world. Fiddlesticks celebrates the start of the 2016-2017 season on November 12 with “Around the House.” This concert offers children stories and music about favorite traditions and celebrations. Audiences can sing along with melodies passed down from generation to generation and hear symphony musicians perform with their families. From Dvořák’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me” and songs from Hansel and Gretel, families won’t stop singing after this celebration of music and home!
The musical trip continues as Fiddlesticks returns to Heinz Hall for “Around the ’Burgh” on February 18, 2017, to celebrate the music from his hometown of Pittsburgh! Explore the rich musical history of the city with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra through the music of Henry Mancini, Billy Strayhorn, and more. Fiddlesticks will also welcome some of his favorite local artists to the stage to celebrate Pittsburgh!
The season’s final concert, “Around the World” on May 13, 2017, is all about the exciting music created in different countries and how composers have been inspired by exhilarating rhythms and colorful melodies. Hear how Rimsky-Korsakov brought the tale of Scherazade to life and how Gershwin created a musical journey through Paris. An imagination is the only passport needed as Fiddlesticks sets sail for a whirlwind trip across the musical globe!
All Fiddlesticks concerts are led by Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong. Katy Shackleton Williams will be featured in each as guest vocalist, leading the audience in Fiddlesticks’ favorite song, “Music Can Make Your Life Complete.”
Three-concert season packages are on sale now and are $58.50 and $28.80. Packages can be purchased in person at the Heinz Hall box office, over the phone at 412-392-4900 or online at pittsburghsymphony.org/fiddlesticks. Single tickets for these concerts are $12 and $22.25 and go on sale later this summer.
All Fiddlesticks Family Concerts take place at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts on Saturday mornings at 11:15 a.m. and are approximately 45 minutes in length. Ticketholders are encouraged to come to the hall at 10 a.m. for Discovery Time Adventures, where children experience music through different interactive displays and activities throughout Heinz Hall and have the chance to meet Pittsburgh Symphony musicians.
The Fiddlesticks Family Concert series is proudly sponsored, in part, by Macy’s. 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.
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 nonprofit 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.