Featuring tenor soloist J. Mark McVey & the All-Star College Chorus

PITTSBURGH – Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch returns to Heinz Hall to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in a journey through his illustrious musical life.

PSO Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong also will lead the orchestra at these PNC Pops concerts, which begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13.

Tickets, ranging from $20 to $89,  can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at

The program will include music from The Informant, The Sting, A Chorus Line, Ice Castles, Sophie’s Choice and more, as well works by Jules Styne and Richard Rodgers.

The All-Star College Chorus, led by Robert Page, joins tenor soloist J. Mark McVey. Colleges participating in the All-Star College Chorus are California University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Grove City College, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh, Washington & Jefferson College, and Waynesburg College.

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.

Marvin Hamlisch’s life in music is notable for its great versatility and substance. As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards; his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize.  He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received his third Oscar.  His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas and Save the Tiger.

Thomas Hong is presently the Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony. Previously, he was Assistant Conductor of Orchestre National de France and also Associate Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Orchestras that Hong has conducted in the past include Spokane, Richmond, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras as well as the Seoul, Buffalo and Lutosławski Philharmonic Orchestras.

J. Mark McVey made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables after having won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor while on tour with the show. McVey made his Carnegie Hall debut with Marvin Hamlisch in April 1997, and has been a guest artist with numerous symphonies around the country and the world. McVey made his PBS Debut in 2003 with the Boston Pops and followed that performance with the PBS Christmas Special for the U.S. Military Troops where he was featured with Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra. McVey earned his first gold record for his participation on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s recording The Lost Christmas Eve. His Broadway CD, Broadway and Beyond, has received much acclaim. His newest CD, If You Really Knew Me, marked his crossover into the adult contemporary world.

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