Good times never seemed so good…the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra welcomes premier Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond to Heinz Hall on Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. in a celebration of the singer-songwriter’s greatest hits.
Super Diamond has been channeling the music and soul of “the Man” for more than 20 years. Lead singer and guitarist Surreal Neil (Randy Cordero), keyboardists Rama Kolesnikow and James Terris, bassist Matt Tidmarsh, drummer Vince Littleton and guitarist Chris Collins bring a special twist to Diamond’s catalog, adding alternative or heavy rock twists while remaining true to the essence of the original songs. Cordero’s husky baritone and the band’s note perfect presentation of Diamond’s hits like “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Cherry” and “Sweet Caroline” will be enhanced by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by Assistant Conductor Andrés Franco.
About the Artists
SUPER DIAMOND – tribute to the much loved, international pop icon Neil Diamond – perform the timeless classics including “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” “Cherry,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Forever in Blue Jeans” and many more. Super Diamond’s success in America is unprecedented for a tribute band. With a nod from Neil (the man himself), Super Diamond has been embraced by the long time Neil Diamond fan-base and also found huge popularity in the hip rock clubs of America.
Over the last 10 years, Super Diamond has consistently sold out shows at most of America’s coolest rock venues such as The Fillmore and Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco, The House of Blues (located in multiple major cities across the United States), Showbox Theatre in Seattle, Ogden Theatre in Denver, 930 Club in Washington D.C., Irving Plaza in New York (to name but a few) and many festivals, fairs, theaters and performing arts centers. Super Diamond has also appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” CNN, Fox News, VH1 and have been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, Spin and The New York Times.
Super Diamond delivers a glittering performance of Neil’s power ballads and up-tempo hits with unrestrained enthusiasm! Every Super Diamond show is pure entertainment – classic music combined with fun, energy and passion – creating nostalgia for the good old days and excitement for today’s generation.
The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 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), André 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. Its “Pittsburgh Live!” series with Reference Recordings has resulted in back-to-back Grammy Award nominations in 2015 and 2016. 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 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 hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, popular touring artists, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.
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Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m.
SUPER DIAMOND WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ANDRÉS FRANCO, conductor
RANDY CORDERO, lead vocals/acoustic guitar
CHRIS COLLINS, electric guitar/backing vocals
MATT TIDMARSH, bass/backing vocals
RAMA KOLESNIKOW, keyboards/backing vocals
JAMES TERRIS, keyboards/backing vocals
VINCE LITTLETON, drums