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Concert Blog: It takes a Heinz Hall village

Concert Blog: It takes a Heinz Hall village

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js It has been a while since we have been here, and we miss our once much more frequent outings to Heinz Hall and the PIttsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The occasion today actually was not the Pittsburgh Symphony, but the young artists who were there for […]

There are pirates at Fiddlesticks!

There are pirates at Fiddlesticks!

Bippity-Boppity-Boo   Today’s Fiddlestick’s concert theme was summer vacations, and as we had recently taken one we were all prepped for this concert. So we very much enjoyed having the thread and mini-story of finding a vacation story for Fiddlesticks. And as my son is […]

A Carnival for the Ear and Eye

A Carnival for the Ear and Eye

We’ve been waiting in anticipation for Fiddlesticks all week, with Carnival of the Animals becoming the soundtrack of our household life.  Fiddlesticks concerts promise an overwhelming variety of action vying for kids attention.  And my son enjoyed the Flight of the Bumblebee, Carnival of the […]

Fiddlesticks, Boo!

Fiddlesticks, Boo!

  Another Fiddlesticks concert! We have developed a pattern for these. About a week before the concert we search through our music collections for the songs being played and we make up a playlist on our computers. Then we play the songs over dinner and […]

Heinz Hall, Where the Wild Things Are

Heinz Hall, Where the Wild Things Are

  When we found out about the ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, we started to prepare my two year old for it. We don’t have the book, but I found videos of dramatic readings and readings set to music to get T familiar with the […]

Let’s go say Happy Birthday to Fiddlesticks!

Let’s go say Happy Birthday to Fiddlesticks!

It’s Fiddlesticks’ birthday! And we are going to a concert! This is the second time we have gone to one. The first time we did not know what to expect. But now that we do, we’ll be ready to enjoy it. For both of us, […]

A two-er at Fiddlesticks

A two-er at Fiddlesticks

We have heard about the Fiddlesticks concerts for years, but never went to one. I supposed that it was a fairly friendly concert, with easy to catch onto tunes, and a cat mascot running around. but it turned out to be more. My 2-year old […]

A life with companions for the journey

A life with companions for the journey

It has been a while since I’ve been to the symphony.  On occasion I get asked why go through the trouble and expense of hearing symphonic music live. Every time I go to a concert it I remember.  It is the richness of the sound, […]

A legacy in music

A legacy in music

This weekend marked the end of another season for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. But it marked the end of something more. Three esteemed musicians were retiring from the PSO, Charlotta Klein Ross (cello), Ronald Cantelm (Bass), and James Gorton (Oboe). My wife has a particular […]

The rhythm of modern life

The rhythm of modern life

This weekend Maestro Previn returned again to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and this time to conduct the premier of his own work. As a taste, we were treated to the Brass Quartet from Carnegie Mellon University performing some of Previn’s other work. Listening to […]


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