Soprano Katy Shackleton Williams is soloist; also performing are Children’s Festival Chorus, Moon Area Drum Line, Center for Young Musicians

PITTSBURGH – Fiddlesticks, Heinz Hall’s resident musical ambassador to children, appears with Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) for “What Makes Music?” on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 11:15 a.m.

Children will join Fiddlesticks in learning about the building blocks of music – melody, rhythm and harmony. Audience members will interact with Fiddlesticks to discover how the building blocks create musical masterpieces, including works by Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Richard Rodgers and Edvard Grieg.

The concert features soprano Katy Shackleton Williams and performances by the Moon Area Drum Line, Children’s Festival Chorus and Center for Young Musicians.

From infancy on, children are exposed to the music of lullabies, sing-a-longs, folk tunes, and pop music, and the Fiddlesticks Family Concerts continue to explore various genres of music. Each of the performances is preceded by a pre-concert event called Discovery Time Adventures. These educational activities begin at 10 a.m. and allow young audiences and their parents to meet the PSO musicians, learn songs, and take part in various musical activities. The 45-minute concert begins at 11:15 a.m. and is filled with engaging music and interaction with everyone’s favorite friendly feline!

The Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series is proudly sponsored by PPG Industries Foundation, Clearview Federal Credit Union, Macy’s Foundation, and Bobby Rahal Volvo. This series is endowed by Gerald and Audrey McGinnis, honoring the Center for Young Musicians.

Tickets ($16 – $19) can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at

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