“Halloween Spooktacular” Opens the 2013-2014 Fiddlesticks Family Series Presented by Macys with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

PITTSBURGH – Have a spooky good time this Halloween with Fiddlesticks, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s feline musical ambassador, during the “Halloween Spooktacular” concert on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Heinz Hall for the season’s first concert of the Fiddlesticks Family Series Presented by Macys.

Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh and vocalists Katy Williams and Sarah Williams will help Fiddlesticks decide what he wants to be for Halloween! The concert will feature kid-friendly Halloween favorites such as Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, John William’s suite from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Edvard Grieg’s classic In the Hall of the Mountain King, which depicts Peer Gynt’s race to escape the collapsing walls of the Mountain King’s cave. Ballet students from Point Park University will dance to Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty and Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor will be introduced and conduct the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean.  

Attendees are invited to participate in Discovery Time Adventures prior to every Fiddlesticks concerts. These educational activities allow young audiences and their parents to meet symphony musicians, learn songs and take part in various musical activities. Discovery Time Adventures for the “Halloween Spooktacular” program include learning Halloween-themed dances, arts and crafts, the “Bone Zone” with the Carnegie Science Center, and spooky tunes played by the symphony’s young friends from the Center for Young Musicians.

Discovery Time Adventures will begin at 10 a.m. and the concert will begin at 11:15 a.m. Costumes are welcome—and encouraged! Tickets, ranging in price from $12 to $22.25, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank the Macy’s Foundation for its presenting sponsorship of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts and the PPG Industries Foundation for being a presenting partner of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts. This series is endowed by Gerald and Audrey McGinnis, honoring the Center for Young Musicians. Pittsburgh Symphony Education & Community Engagement programs also are supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and music director of 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.

Katy Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. She was a featured soloist for several Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and made her BNY Mellon Grand Classics debut in September 2005 with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was a soloist in the Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings and has been the special guest vocalist for many of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Fiddlesticks and Tiny Tots children’s concerts.

Editors Please Note:

Saturday, October 26 at 11:15 a.m.

Discovery Time Adventures at 10 a.m.

Heinz Hall
LAWRENCE LOH, conductor
FAWZI HAIMOR, guest conductor

Lucas Richman                           Music Can Make Your Life Complete

Ms. Katy Williams

 Edvard Grieg                             “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt

Alan Menken                             “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid

Ms. Katy Williams

Paul Dukas                                   The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky        Waltz from the Suite from The Sleeping Beauty

Point Park University Ballet

 Klaus Badelt                               Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean

Fawzi Haimor, Conductor

Richard Rodgers                       “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music

Ms. Katy Williams and Ms. Sarah Williams

 John Williams                            Suite from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Nimbus 2000

Georges Bizet                            “Les Toréadors” from Suite No. 1 from Carmen

Discovery Time Adventures

  • Sing Along Room with Lawrence Loh and Katy Williams
  • Music Makers Room with the Center for Young Musicians
  • Dance Room with Jayne McDonald from the City Music Center
  • Craft Room with Halloween picture frames and bookmarks
  • Guest Room with the Carnegie Science Center’s “Bone Zone” with Not So Spooky, Spooky Science!
  • Musical Ambassadors in various locations of Heinz Hall to meet musicians up close

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