Iconic superstar Prince was known for his musical innovation and fearless reinvention. On Saturday, March 4, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra honors that spirit with “The Music of Prince” at Heinz Hall.
Guest conductor Brent Havens, vocalists Marshall Charloff and a full rock band join the Pittsburgh Symphony to celebrate Prince’s vast musical catalog. Get ready to move your feet and sing along to favorite Prince songs, such as “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “Raspberry Beret” and more.
The Music of Prince is the latest concert from Windborne Music, which has presented popular events such as the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of David Bowie and others with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $65, are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/prince, by phone at 412-392-4900 or in person at the Heinz Hall Box Office at 600 Penn Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh.
About the Artists
Berklee-trained arranger/conductor BRENT HAVENS has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. Havens also has worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by more than 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and countless others. In 2013, Havens conducted the Malaysian Philharmonic for the Music of Michael Jackson show there and returned to Kuala Lumpur in 2014 with the Music of Led Zeppelin and 2015 with the Music of Queen.
Havens recently completed the score for the film Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. In 2013, he worked with the Baltimore Symphony and the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to arrange and produce the music for the Thanksgiving Day halftime show between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, adapting both classical music and rock songs into a single four-minute show. Havens is arranger/guest conductor for 12 symphonic rock programs — the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of Queen, the Music of Michael Jackson, the Music of The Who, The Music of Whitney Houston, the Music of The Rolling Stones, the Music of U2 and most recently the Music of Journey! Havens also premiered a full orchestral show for Lou Gramm, The Voice of Foreigner, with Lou singing out front.
MARSHALL CHARLOFF, front man for The Purple Xperience, imaginatively styles the magic of Prince’s talent in an uncannily unmatched fashion with his appearance, vocal imitation and multi-instrumental capacity on guitar, piano, bass and drums.
Charloff taught himself to play the guitar at the age of 15 and later taught himself the piano, bass and drums. He is a celebrated producer and recording artist, skills that paved the way for Marshmallow Fields, a 1990s production team consisting of Charloff, Grammy winner John Fields (The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and Switchfoot) and Steven “Funkytown” Greenberg. Their single charted on the Billboard Top 100 dance charts and is still in rotation amongst DJs around the country. Although Charloff and Fields shared coproduction credits, the release was executive produced by Steven Greenberg. Marshmallow Fields’s credits include production and writing credits for Grammy Award winners The Commodores, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Little Anthony and the Imperials, and multi-platinum selling Lipps Inc., just to name a few. Charloff also wrote the song “Don’t Rock It,” which is on the “Commodores XX” album released in 1993 (he also appears as a producer and arranger).
His latest two recordings are on the album 94 East featuring Prince, on which Charloff appears on keyboards and bass guitar, and, in 2009, on his self-produced single “Cougars,” which has had notable success on iTunes and was on the soundtrack of feature film “Thieves Like Us.”
On the national platform, he has played rooms all over the United States, including Las Vegas and L.A. In 2009, Charloff teamed up with Doctor Fink from Prince and the Revolution and Pepe Willie from the band 94 East to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame benefit concert. On the same bill were Cheap Trick, Atlanta Rhythm Section and the Georgia Satellites. Most recently, Charloff performed for seven years as one of the country’s most sought after dueling piano players as one-half of The Funkeys, during which he garnered a strong following as one of the nation’s best Prince impersonators as well as for his ability to wow audiences and leave them wanting more.
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, March 4 at 8 p.m.
THE MUSIC OF PRINCE WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
BRENT HAVENS, conductor
MARSHALL CHARLOFF, vocalist
ANNE MARIE CASTELLANO, vocalist
ELDON SULLY, guitar
DAN CLEMENS, bass guitar
JUSTIN AVERY, keyboard
POWELL RANDOLPH, drums