The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Kicks off 2014-2015 Scottish Rite Cathedral Series with ‘Halloween Pops’

Portable box office will sell discounted tickets at the Cathedral on October 8

PITTSBURGH – Thrill to the sounds of Halloween as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra opens its Scottish Rite Cathedral Series with “Halloween Pops: Memorable Music from Stage and Screen” at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, Pa. on October 21 at 8 p.m.

Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will lead this supernatural performance featuring music from “Spiderman,” “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises,” “Game of Thrones” and more, along with beloved concert pieces or this time of the year, such as “Danse macabre” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

“I always love conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony at the majestic Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle,” says Loh. “It also happens to be the perfect setting for this Halloween Pops Concert, performing on a spellbinding stage in a building filled with mystery!”

Pittsburgh Symphony trumpeter Chad Winkler will be featured in a solo during a piece by Alexander Arutiunian that celebrates the folk music of the composer’s native Armenia.
“Since this is a Halloween pops concert, we would love it if the audience dressed up in costume to help bring in the spirit of the festivities,” says Loh. “I can’t wait to conduct this concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony in New Castle!”

The performance begins at 8 p.m. and ticket prices range from $16 to $59. Tickets for Halloween Pops can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900 or by visiting Other concerts in the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Scottish Rite Cathedral Series include “Holiday Pops” on December 18 and “The Art of Music” on May 20. Season tickets to all three concerts range are available and range in price from $33 to $150. Season tickets also can be purchased through the Pittsburgh Symphony website or box office.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will bring a portable box office to the Scottish Rite Cathedral on Wednesday, October 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. Single tickets purchased that day will be discounted up to 20% off regular ticket prices. Also, the performances at the Scottish Rite Cathedral are party of the symphony’s child/parent program – student tickets (18 and under) are free with the purchase of a parent or guardian ticket. If you have questions about that program or need to purchase tickets, please call the Group Sales Department at 412-392-4819 or visit the portable box office on October 8.

The Scottish Rite Cathedral will offer a pre-concert buffet dinner before each concert from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $22 per person and the reservations are required. Call 724-654-6683 (option 3 then option 2) or email for reservations or more information.

Resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is an engaging conductor of impressive range and talent. Beginning in the 2015-16 season, Loh will become the first music director of Symphoria, based in Syracuse N.Y., founded by former members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. As resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Loh works closely with Music Director Manfred Honeck and conducts a wide range of concerts including classical, educational and pops. He is active in the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Community Engagement and Partnership Concerts, extending the symphony’s reach into other communities. He made his debut on the main classical series conducting Handel’s Messiah in December 2008. Loh led the enormously popular Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series where he played the part of host and conductor. In addition to his duties on the podium, he is an audience favorite in the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Concert Preludes lecture series, edits radio broadcasts and makes many public appearances. His association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra began as assistant conductor in 2005. He was promoted to associate conductor in 2006 and to resident conductor in 2007. Loh’s recent guest conducting engagements include the National Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC), Greater Bridgeport Symphony and return engagements with the Dallas and El Paso Symphonies. Other recent guest conducting appearances include the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony and the San Angelo Symphony. He has conducted the symphony orchestras of Portland, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, East Texas, Fort Collins, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Plano, Shreveport, Sioux City, Spokane and Tallahassee among others. He has led Korea’s Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Yale Philharmonia, Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. His summer appearances include the festivals of Bravo Vail Valley, Breckenridge, Las Vegas and Hot Springs, the Kinhaven Music School (Vt.), the Performing Arts Institute (Pa.) and the Carnegie Mellon Summer Strings Camp. Loh held the positions of assistant and associate conductor of the Dallas Symphony from 2001 to 2005. He led the Dallas Symphony in a variety of classical subscription and educational programs throughout each season. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he stepped in to conduct on short notice for an ailing Charles Dutoit, conducting Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Prior to his Dallas appointment, Loh was appointed by Music Director Marin Alsop to be associate conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. From 1998 to 2001, he conducted more than 50 concerts annually, including classical subscription, pops, education, family and outreach programs. While in Denver, he was also music director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the premiere youth orchestra in the Colorado Rocky Mountain Region. Additionally, Loh served as the interim director of Orchestras and Head of the Orchestral Conducting Program at Denver University’s Lamont School of Music in 2000-2001. In May 1998, Loh received his artist diploma in orchestral conducting from Yale University, also earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. During his years at Yale, he was selected to be the assistant conductor of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and apprentice conductor of the Hot Springs Music Festival. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School and has additional degrees from Indiana University and the University of Rochester. A dedicated teacher, Loh held the position of associate instructor in music theory at Indiana University and teaching assistant at Yale University in advanced hearing, conducting and orchestration. He was also the guest curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for “What Makes Music?” an interactive exhibit, offering the opportunity to explore the science of music and sound, as well as the role of music in culture. Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary.

Chad Winkler (credit Rob Davidson)Chad Winkler joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as fourth/utility trumpet in November 2008, and has been featured as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Prior to winning the Pittsburgh Symphony position, Winkler held positions with the Wheeling (WV) Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic. He also performed with the orchestras of Honolulu, Louisville and Jacksonville, as well as acting principal trumpet with the orchestras of the Pittsburgh Ballet and Pittsburgh Opera. Beginning in August 2014, Winkler is professor of trumpet at Slippery Rock University. Winkler also is professor of trumpet at California University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Morgantown, W.Va., Winkler earned his Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University, where he studied with his father, Dr. John Winkler. Winkler earned his Master of Music degree from Duquesne University, where he studied with Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh. Winkler began his trumpet studies at age 12. In 1996, Winkler attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he was a winner of the concerto competition. Winkler also performed with Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Winkler attended the Brevard Music Center from 1998 to 2000, where he was twice the winner of the concerto competition. Winkler spent the summers of 2001 to 2008 as a member of the music staff orchestra at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator, New York, where he performed as soloist and principal trumpet. Winkler won the National Trumpet Competition in 1995, 1998 and 2000. In 2013, he was invited to perform as guest soloist at the National Trumpet Competition. Chad and his wife, Elissa, owner of Bethel Park Music Studio, live in Bethel Park, Pa. with their son, Hudson, and daughter, Selah.

Editors Please Note:

October 21, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Scottish Rite Cathedral, New Castle, PA
LAWRENCE LOH, conductor

John Williams:

The Cowboys Overture

Klaus Badelt (Ted Ricketts):

Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean

Camille Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre, Opus 40

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty Suite

Alexander Arutiunian:

Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
Mr. Winkler

Danny Elfman (John Wasson):

Music from Spiderman

Paul Dukas:

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Hans Zimmer (Ralph Ford):

Music from Batman: The Dark Knight Rises

John Lunn (Douglas E. Wagner):

Suite from Downton Abbey

Ramin Djawadi (Nicholas Hersh):

Theme from Game of Thrones

Various (Calvin Custer):

Star Trek Through the Years

John Williams:

“The Asteroid Field” from The Star Wars Saga

Alfred Newman (Marco Jovic):

20th Century Fox Fanfare

John Williams:

Main Title from Star Wars Suite

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