Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Perform Pixar in Concert

PSO plays classic Pixar music along with visual movie clips; presented by First Niagara

PITTSBURGH – From Toy Story to their latest release, Brave, Pixar’s famous music will be performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, while movie clips play on an overhead screen.

Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will lead the PSO in playing the music of Pixar favorites such as Finding Nemo, Cars, Up, WALL-E, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., and much more.  All 13 of Pixar’s feature films will be showcased in the performance, celebrating all the characters that audiences of all ages know and love.

The show will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 21 and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Heinz Hall.  Tickets, ranging in price from $19 to $75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at    412-392-4900, or at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank First Niagara for its presenting sponsorship of these performances.


Pixar Animation Studios is located in Emeryville, California and has created acclaimed animated feature and short films for over 25 years.  Pixar is also home to the RenderMan line of software products.  In 1979, George Lucas recruited Ed Catmull from the New York Institute of Technology to head Lucasfilm’s Computer Division, a group charged with developing state-of-the-art digital computer technology for the film industry.  And, in 1984, the company released their first short film with groundbreaking technology, The Adventures of André & Wally B.  Steve Jobs purchased the company from Lucas in 1986 and renamed it “Pixar” and in the same year Pixar’s first short film and John Lasseter’s directorial debut, Luxo Jr. was unveiled.  Luxo Jr. is the classic Pixar image of the “hopping lamp.”  Disney and Pixar announced an agreement in 1991 to collaborate and by 1995 the first Toy Story was released.  The rest is history.


Resident Conductor of the PSO and music director of both the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today.  He was brought to national attention in February 2004, when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics, alike. Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has flourished artistically, defining its reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. His leadership has attracted such artists as André Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jon Nakamatsu, Zuill Bailey and Sharon Isbin.


Editors Please Note:

Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 22 at 2:30 p.m.


Heinz Hall


LAWRENCE LOH, conductor



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