PITTSBURGH – Jack Everly returns to Heinz Hall to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a series of stirring PNC Pops concerts celebrating the works of the great American songwriter Irving Berlin.

“Rags to Ritzes: The Music of Irving Berlin“ will be at Heinz Hall on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900 or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The PNC Pops program honors one of America’s most beloved and celebrated songwriters, whose work includes such timeless classics as There’s No Business Like Show Business, Blue Skies, Always and Alexander’s Ragtime Band.

“Irving has no place in American music. He is American music,” Berlin’s colleague Jerome Kern once remarked.

The concerts also will feature soloists Ashley Brown, Ted Keegan, NaTasha Yvette Williams and Tony DeSare.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank PNC for their 2010-2011 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the Official Automotive Group of the PSO. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO.

Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Baltimore and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and the newly named Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS. He also is the Music Director of Yuletide Celebration, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. This season, he returns to the Cleveland Orchestra and appears as guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Edmonton Ft. Worth and Phoenix.

Everly has conducted the songs for Disney’s animated classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and led the Czech Philharmonic on the CD In the Presence, featuring tenor Daniel Rodriguez. He also conducted the critically praised Everything’s Coming Up Roses: The Complete Overtures of Broadway’s Jule Styne, and was music director for numerous Broadway cast recordings.

Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway and just finished reprising her starring role in the first National Company of Mary Poppins in Chicago. Keegan has been seen as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and the National Tour. Williams played Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway and Mammy in Trevor Nunn’s West End production of Gone With the Wind in London. Singer, pianist and songwriter DeSare has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.

Program to include:

There’s No Business Like Show Business

Play a Simple Melody

What I’ll Do

Heat Wave

Strolling Up the Avenue

Alexander’s Ragtime Band


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