Friday, March 30, 2012

Cook Like It's 1796 at Woodville Plantation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2012                                                                               

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:                                                                                       
Rob Windhorst
412-221-0348



QUICK FACTS:

Event: Cooking Made Plain and Easy

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012

Time:  1 pm to 5 pm

Place:  Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Cost:  $20.00 to register for class. 

 WOODVILLE PLANTATION TO CONDUCT 18TH CENTURY COOKING CLASSES

 BRIDGEVILLE, PA (March 29, 2012) – Throughout 2012, Woodville Plantation will present a series of hands-on cooking classes titled Cookery Made Plain and Easy. Guests will have a unique opportunity to join historical interpreters in Woodville’s original kitchen to learn food preparation, cooking and presentation methods of the 18th century. Using Hannah Glasse’s 1796 cookbook and other period resources, students will learn how to prepare tasty 18th century recipes.

The first class of the year will be held from 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, April 15, 2012. With period correct ingredients and reproduction cooking equipment, students will be taught how to cook an onion pie, English onion soup and forced onions.

Interested participants must pre-register by phone prior to the class. The cost for each class is $20.00. Registration fees are non-refundable. Classes are limited to 6 students. Please call (412) 221-0348 to pre-register, or if you have any questions.


Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the Era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Kirwin Heights Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road in Collier Township. For further directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website at http://www.woodvilleplantation.org or call 412-221-0348.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

VIP Premiere of Stand Up Now Network TV Show

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release:

Contact Kent Bey, Event Coordinator standupnownetwork@gmail.com

(412) 596-3785


PITTSBURGH, PA - On Saturday April 21, 2012 the Stand Up Now Network and the Royal Tribe arts organization is presenting a VIP Premiere Screening of the S.U.N. TV Show’s first episode – part of a seasonal youth focused series designed to be educational and informational in the areas of Social Responsibility, Healthy Lifestyles, Youth Development, and Media Literacy. The event program time will begin 6pm sharp at “The Hide Out” Banquet Hall & Lounge at 45 Bates Street in Oakland Pgh PA
15213.

This event will be hosted by the Stand Up Now Show Team and Youth cast from the South Side, Hill District and many other areas in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

This historic occasion brings together very diverse, talented and exceptional youth from a range of sectors in the South Western region of Pennsylvania with professional executive representatives concerned with increasing youth participation in issues involving: Community Service, Environmental Stewardship, Sustainability & Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Violence, Poverty & Hunger, Rights & Justice, Education / Career Development, Family Support, Media Justice, and Arts & Entertainment. SUN TV Show Trailer can be viewed on Youtube.com/StandUpNowNetwork

All adult professionals are welcome to participate. We are actively creating a broad network of mentors including independent media and other industry professionals. (This is not a youth event and adults are discouraged from bringing any unsupervised youth). We hope that all guests will make a $10 “minimum” free will offering. All support will be greatly appreciated. This activity is powered by the people and not funded by any state or federal funds.

All guests should arrive at 6pm sharp for the “Meet and Greet Reception”. At 7pm the “Film Episode” will be viewed. There will be a “Q & A” around 8pm followed by “Post-Entertainment” at 9pm by local unsigned area artists. Free Food & Desserts will be provided. A CHINESE AUCTION will be held throughout the evening. A Private Cash Bar will be available for the adults ($3 Specials All Evening). Dress code is Smart / Formal or “Sophisticated Funky Hipster”. To RSVP or for more information contact Kent Bey standupnownetwork@gmail.com or by calling 412-596-3785

Youth cast participants will be on hand to talk about their 2012 media project and their need for mentors in media and other professionals.

The S.U.N. TV Show is inspired from the Stand Up Now (SUN) project originally supported by the
Heinz Endowment and The Sprout Fund.

Those already slated to appear: City Council Officials, The Soul Pitt Media, Royal Tribe Music, The Stand Up Now Network (South Side, Hill District and North Side) other to be announced. All Are Welcome.


It is the hope of Royal Tribe Music (www.royaltribemusic.com) that the “Stand Up Now” All- Volunteer-Collective will encourage others to join us in this event, give back and add to our vision of forming an active network of diverse youth and concerned professionals to help kids have a voice and the opportunity to make a difference in the region where they live, learn, serve, work and play. All are welcome. Any support would be greatly appreciated.

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Principal Guest Conductor Slatkin Leads PSO

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2012




PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR SLATKIN LEADS PSO

IN STUCKY, SAINT-SAËNS, SUITE FROM PROKOFIEV’S ‘CINDERELLA’

Pianist Stephen Hough performs Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian” Concerto

PITTSBURGH – Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin returns to Heinz Hall to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in a series of BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts March 30-April 1.


The concerts open with PSO Composer of the Year Steven Stucky’s Son et Lumière (Sound and Light), which entertains with its play of colors and shimmering textures.

Pianist Stephen Hough will join the PSO and dazzle the audience with the exotic sounds of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian” Concerto. Hough’s most recent performance at Heinz Hall was in April 2010. The second half of the program features Slatkin leading the orchestra in his own signature orchestral suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s lush and romantic ballet, Cinderella.

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $93, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2011-2012 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the PSO. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the official automotive group of the PSO.

With a singular vision that transcends musical fashions and trends, Stephen Hough is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2001, joining prominent scientists, writers and others who have made unique contributions to contemporary life. He received the 2008 Northwestern University School of Music's Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance and was named winner of the 2010 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award. Hough has appeared with most of the major American and European orchestras and plays recitals regularly in the important halls and concert series around the world. Recent engagements include recitals in London, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Sydney and on the main stage of Carnegie Hall; performances with the New York, London, Los Angeles and Czech Philharmonics, the Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Boston, St. Louis, Toronto and Atlanta Symphonies, the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Russian National Orchestras; and a worldwide televised performance with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle.

An internationally acclaimed American conductor, Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 2008. He was named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-2012 season. Slatkin began serving as the PSO’s Principal Guest Conductor in the fall of 2008. Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1974, Slatkin has led virtually all of the major orchestras in the United States, including those of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Cleveland and Philadelphia. He is a regular guest at major summer festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Saratoga and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Slatkin's more than 100 recordings have been recognized with seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations.


Editors Please Note:

Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m.


Heinz Hall

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor

STEPHEN HOUGH, piano

Contact: James Barthen, Vice President of Public Affairs

Phone: 412.392.4835
email: jbarthen@pittsburghsymphony.org

Contact: Ramesh Santanam, Director of Media Relations

Phone: 412.392.4827
email: rsantanam@pittsburghsymphony.org

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Faith-Based Roundtable Discussion at Hosanna House



You’re Cordially Invited to


Faith- Based Roundtable Discussion

Cedric Grant, Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Commerce

Willie C. Taylor, Regional Director, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Bishop Loran E. Mann, Prelate, Vermont Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, JR., CEO, Christian Management Enterprises, LLC

at the “Economics of Entrepreneurialism, Wealth and Glabalization”

Presented by:

Christian Evangelistic Economic Development and Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Please join us on

Friday, March 30, 2012, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM

at the Hosanna House

807 Wallace Avenue

Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Faith-Based Roundtable Discussion and Guest Speakers

Speakers Include:

Cedric Grant, Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Commerce

Willie C. Taylor, Regional Director, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Bishop Loran E. Mann, Prelate, Vermont Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, JR., CEO, Christian Management Enterprises, LLC

This event is free and open to the Public

There will be light refreshments and an International Dance Performance



Please RSVP to CEED by Monday, March 19th

Email: info@usaceed.org

412.450.8070

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Economics of Entrepreneurialism, Wealth and Globalization


The Economics of Entrepreneurialism, Wealth and Globalization


Presented by:

Congressman Mike Doyle, 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania

Allegheny County Chief Executive, Rich Fitzgerald

Charlie Batch, Founder of Best of the Batch Foundation, Pittsburgh Steelers QB

Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Commerce

Small Business Administration, Washington D.C.

Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Christian Evangelistic Economic Development

Christian Management Enterprises, LLC



Please join us on

Friday, March 30, 2012, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

at the Hosanna House

807 Wallace Avenue

Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Guest Speakers and Small Business Networking Mixer

Break-Out Sessions and Faith-Based Round Table Discussion

Break-Out Sessions Include:

First National Bank: How to Secure Bank Financing for your Small Business

CEED: Skills to Wealth Small Business Assistance Information Session

Allegheny County M/W/DBE: How to do Business with the County

Economic Development Administration: Key Priorities and Accessing Funding

Speakers Include:

Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, JR., CEO, Christian Management Enterprises, LLC

Bishop Loran E. Mann, Prelate, Vermont Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (Opening Prayer)

John Thompson, Mayor of Wilkinsburg (Welcome)

Congressman Mike Doyle, 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania

Charlie Batch, Founder of Best of the Batch Foundation, Pittsburgh Steelers QB

Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Chief Executive

Ruth Byrd-Smith, Director, M/W/DBE Department of Allegheny County

Willie C. Taylor, Regional Director, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Cedric Grant, Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Commerce

Jerry Flavin, Small Business Administration, Washington D.C

Rufus Idris, Executive Director, Christian Evangelistic Economic Development



This event is free and open to the Public

There will be light refreshments and an International Dance Performance



Please RSVP to CEED by Monday, March 19th

Email: info@usaceed.org

412.450.8070

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The Original Amazing Race, Around the World in 80 Days

Contact Margie Romero, Communications Manager at Pittsburgh Public Theater
412.316.8200 ext. 707 or mromero@ppt.org


Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents



Around the World in 80 Days

In Mark Brown’s thrilling theatrical adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, Phileas Fogg and friends create the original Amazing Race.

PITTSBURGH (March 21, 2012) Pittsburgh Public Theater presents Mark Brown’s adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days, the classic story by Jules Verne. Tony-nominated director Marcia Milgrom Dodge will stage this entertaining adventure that runs April 12 – May 13, 2012 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. Pittsburgh Public Theater is led by Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas. Around the World in 80 Days is presented by Highmark.


Ron Bohmer
In this work of highly theatrical imagination, the year is 1872 and Englishman Phileas Fogg (Ron Bohmer) accepts a bet to circle the globe in just 80 days. Accompanied by his French servant Passepartout (Jeffrey Kuhn), he travels by train, steamship, sled, and even elephant. With brilliant bravery (and stunning stagecraft), they rescue an Indian princess, encounter a monsoon at sea, and escape a devious detective, among other daring deeds. In tour-de-force performances, Tom Beckett, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, and Richard B. Watson play dozens of outrageous characters in this funny, romantic, and suspenseful race around the world.

Meera Rohit Kumbhani
The design team is Michael Schweikardt (Scenic), Martha Bromelmeier (Costumes), Kirk Bookman (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Don Wadsworth is the Dialect Coach, casting is by McCorkle Casting, Ruth E. Kramer is the Production Stage Manager, and Alicia DeMara is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Jules Verne was born in France in 1828. He became a prolific and acclaimed writer of science fiction and fantasy books, including Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and A Journey to the Center of the Earth, which are still popular today. Mark Brown is an actor and writer who currently lives in New York.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

What: Around the World in 80 Days

When: April 12 – May 13, 2012

Performance Schedule

Tues. through Sat. at 8 pm (except Tues., May 8 when the show is at 7 pm).

Sat. at 2 pm (except April 21).

There will be an additional 2 pm matinee on Thurs., May 10.

Sun. at 2 & 7 pm (except Sun. May 13 when the final show is at 2 pm)

Press Night is Thursday, April 19.

Opening Night is Friday, April 20.

Ticket Prices

$28 to $60.

$15.75 for students and age 26 and younger with valid ID.

For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org

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Pittsburgh Fashion Icons Inducted into Fashion Hall of Fame

Pittsburgh Fashion Week Newsletter

Press Release:
Immediate Release #3
March 21, 2012




Pittsburgh Fashion Week

Presents the Third Annual Induction of Fashion Icons

Into the

Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame 2012


(Pittsburgh, Pa)– The votes are in and Pittsburgh Fashion Week is delighted to announce the third year of nominees for induction to the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame 2012. The honoree’s qualification is based upon their unique, outstanding, and long-term contribution to fashion, style and beauty in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This distinction is bestowed by Pittsburgh Fashion Week and will occur annually during the weeklong event.


The Honorees:


Demeatria Boccella – Founder & Producer of Fashion Africana

(Honored Posthumously) Nick Bracco – Founder of Pittsburgh Fashion Magazine and Fashion Photographer

Norman Childs – Founder & CEO of EYETIQUE Corp.

Violet Caridi Gallo – Non Profit Fundraiser, Designer

(Honored Posthumously) Ilene Waldman – Owner of the Namedropper Boutiques

Dolores Warwick – Executive Producer of Folio Production

The six inductees chosen for the 2012 Fashion Hall of Fame will be honored at a luncheon at the Omni William Penn Hotel on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Pittsburgh Fashion Week attendees can purchase tickets through our website: www.pittsburghfashionweek.com or by personal check, in c/o Pittsburgh Fashion Week Hall of Fame luncheon.

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PICT Announces Stellar 2012 Season




Single tickets on sale now for stellar PICT 2012 season

“Get Turned On” with local, national and internationally-acclaimed artists who bring the world to our stages in a titillating Pulitzer finalist by a leading American female playwright, a true story, an exploration of the comedic facets of a Russian master (and the great Irishman who was inspired by him), and a zany holiday farce!



Media Contact: Melissa Hill Grande
Associate Artistic Director and Director of Marketing
Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre
mgrande@picttheatre.org
412-561-6000 x203

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Pittsburgh, PA – March 20, 2012. PICT has assembled a team of world-class artists to bring the 2012 season to life, including Simon Bradbury, Alan Stanford, Matt DeCaro, Linda Kimbrough, Brad Heberlee, Megan McDermott, Melinda Helfrich, Nike Doukas, Leo Marks, and Jessica Frances Dukes. Top-notch local favorites gracing the PICT stage this season include Helena Ruoti, David Whalen, Larry John Meyers and Martin Giles.

Leading off the 2012 season is the Pittsburgh premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer finalist, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, featuring Brad Heberlee as Dr. Givings, Megan McDermott as Catherine Givings, Jessica Frances Dukes as Elizabeth, and Melinda Helfrich as Sabrina Daldry.

Heberlee has performed with The Civilians, as well as with such companies as Pearl Theatre Company, Atlantic Theatre Company, SoHo Rep, Denver Center Theatre Company, Weston Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama.

McDermott just finished an acclaimed co-production of Time Stands Still at Delaware Theatre Company and ACT2 Playhouse in Philadelphia. She has worked with such companies as The Wilma Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and McCarter Theatre Center. She is also a company member in PICT’s Chekhov Celebration.

Dukes reprises the role she played in the wildly successful Woolly Mammoth production. She comes to Pittsburgh straight from Geva in Rochester, where she is doing A Raisin in the Sun.

Helfrich played the title role in Ruhl’s Eurydice at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Her Pittsburgh credits include productions with Quantum Theatre and City Theatre. She is currently performing in City Theatre’s The Monster in the Hall. The production is directed by Alan Stanford and also features Lissa Brennan (Salome), Philip Winters (Synge Cycle, Pride & Prejudice), and Denver Milord in his PICT debut.

Scenic design is by Gianni Downs, lighting by Andrew David Ostrowski, Costumes by Pei-Chi Su, and sound design by Mark Whitehead. In the Next Room or the vibrator play performs April 19 through May 5 in the Charity Randall Theatre.

The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall, author of Billy Elliott, is the second play in the PICT 2012 season. Simon Bradbury stars as Oliver Kilbourn, with Alan Stanford as Harry Wilson and Linda Kimbrough as Helen Sutherland.

Originally from Northern England, Simon Bradbury is the 2010 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year, and spent 17 seasons at the Shaw Festival in Canada. His previous PICT productions include acting in Chaplin, The Shaughraun, BeckettFest, King Lear, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Hobson’s Choice, and directing What the Butler Saw. He recently toured the world as a headliner for Cirque du Soleil in Ovo.

One of Ireland’s best-loved sons and a recent transplant to Pittsburgh, Alan Stanford is the PICT 2012 artist in residence. Stanford makes his second on-stage appearance at PICT, following his inimitable Lady Bracknell in last year’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Stanford has a long association with Dublin’s famed Gate Theatre, where he has directed numerous productions including Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, and God of Carnage. He has toured the world over the past decade as Pozzo in the Gate Theatre production of Waiting for Godot. Stanford is also a company member in PICT’s Chekhov Celebration, directing Brian Friel’s Afterplay and The Yalta Game, and starring as Count Shabelsky in Ivanov and Svetlovidov in Swan Song.

Chicago actor Linda Kimbrough returns to PICT, where she played in Pride and Prejudice and The History Boys. Kimbrough’s recent credits include the Northlight Theatre production of Hugh Leonard’s A Life opposite John Mahoney, and The Gospel According to James at Victory Gardens and Indiana Repertory Theatres.

The play is directed by Andrew S. Paul and also features Daryll Heysham (Othello, The Mask of Moriarty), Larry John Meyers (Endgame, Pinter Celebration, Uncle Vanya), and Sean Sears (Antony & Cleopatra). Rachel McKeon and Bernie Balbot make their PICT debuts.

Scenic design is by Gianni Downs, costume design by Rachel S. Parent, lighting design by Jim French, and projection design by Jessi Sedon-Essad. The Pitmen Painters plays in the Henry Heymann Theatre May 31 through June 23.

An outstanding repertory company has been assembled from across the country for “Tragedian in Spite of Himself: A Celebration of the Life and Theatre of Anton Chekhov”. The Chekhov celebration includes productions of Three Sisters and Ivanov, as well as two evenings of short plays: After Chekhov, featuring Brian Friel’s Chekhov-inspired Afterplay and The Yalta Game, and Funny Chekhov, featuring The Bear, The Proposal, Swan Song, Drama and On the Evils of Tobacco.

Nike Doukas and Leo Marks come to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles. Doukas will play Olga in Three Sisters, Anna Petrovna in Ivanov and Popova in The Bear, and will direct The Proposal. Her previous PICT credits include An Ideal Husband, Pinter Celebration, and last season’s critically-acclaimed House and Garden. She has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre and is a regular presence at theatres throughout Southern California including South Coast Rep and The Old Globe in San Diego. Marks is Baron Tuzenbach in Three Sisters and Dr. Lvov in Ivanov, and will direct Swan Song. Marks was a member of the Pinter Celebration company, and played in The Hot House, Betrayal and Celebration. Other PICT credits include Antony & Cleopatra, House & Garden, and The Importance of Being Earnest. The OBIE Award-winning actor was a founding member of New York’s acclaimed Elevator Repair Service, and has appeared at some of the most respected theatres in the country, including The Shakespeare Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Actors Theater of Louisville, the Old Globe and Intiman.

New York-based actor Christian Conn makes his PICT debut as Andrei in Three Sisters and Lomov in The Proposal. Conn has worked with some of the most prominent regional theatres in America, including multiple productions with Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Shakespeare Theatre, Playmaker’s Rep and Syracuse Stage. His recent credits include Studio Theatre’s hit production of Venus in Furs, and Pittsburgh Public Theater’s As You Like It.

Four-time Joseph Jefferson Award-winner Matt DeCaro returns to PICT to play Borkin in Ivanov and Chubukov in The Proposal. Based in Chicago, DeCaro’s previous PICT credits include The Lieutenant of Inishmore and King Lear. Other stage credits include David Mamet’s Romance at the Goodman Theatre and Glengarry Glen Ross at Steppenwolf, which also played at the Dublin Theatre Festival.

The Chekhov company also includes Pittsburgh’s greatest leading actors, including former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Actor of the Year award winners David Whalen, Helena Ruoti, Larry John Meyers, and Martin Giles.

David Whalen returns to PICT this season to play Vershinin in Three Sisters. He also headlines Friel’s The Yalta Game. He recently played Sherlock Holmes in PICT’s record-breaking production of The Mask of Moriarty. Other PICT credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Pinter Celebration, Doubt, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

Pittsburgh favorite Helena Ruoti returns to PICT to play Zinaida Lebedev in Ivanov and Sonya in Afterplay. Ruoti’s other recent PICT credits include the queen in Antony & Cleopatra, House & Garden, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and What the Butler Saw.

Martin Giles plays Lebedev in Ivanov, Andrei in Afterplay, and directs The Bear. Giles’ acting credits with PICT include Dr. Watson in The Mask of Moriarty, as well as House & Garden, Pinter Celebration, Synge Cycle and BeckettFest. His directing credits include the world premiere of his original work Beautiful Dreamers, as well as The Dumbwaiter in Pinter Celebration and The Well of the Saints in Synge Cycle.

Larry John Meyers plays Chebutykin in Three Sisters and Nyukhin in The Evils of Tobacco, and will direct Drama. His other PICT credits include The Hot House in Pinter Celebration, Endgame in BeckettFest, Crime and Punishment, and Stuff Happens.

Thrilling young actresses Vera Varlamov (Irina in Three Sisters) and Katya Stepanov (Sasha in Ivanov) make their professional debuts. The Chekhov company also includes PICT newcomers Christian Conn, Adrian Enscoe, Colette Freiwald, Billy Hepfinger, Megan McDermott, and Jonathan Visser. Returning to PICT are Joe Domencic (Hobson’s Choice), James FitzGerald (The Mask of Moriarty, The Importance of Being Earnest), Robert Haley (Stuff Happens), Alan Stanford (The Importance of Being Earnest), and Terry Wickline (Too Clever by Half) . Harriet Power makes her PICT debut directing Three Sisters, and Andrew S. Paul directs Ivanov. Scenic design is by Gianni Downs, with lighting design by Allen Hahn, costume design for Three Sisters and Ivanov by Pei-Chi Su, costume design for Funny Chekhov and After Chekhov by Rachel S. Parent, and sound design by Elizabeth Atkinson. The Chekhov Celebration plays July 19 through August 26 in both the Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres.

The season concludes with The School for Lies, a hilarious modern verse adaptation of Moliere’s The Misanthrope by David Ives. Andrew S. Paul directs and Nike Doukas and Leo Marks star in this family-friendly comedy that plays November 29 through December 15th in the Charity Randall Theatre.

The 2012 Media Sponsors are WYEP and Essential Public Radio. Single tickets are available now through PICT’s new online ticketing system at www.picttheatre.org, or by calling ProArtsTickets at 412.394.3353 for a $1.50 phone fee. A range of options are available for money-saving season subscriptions, and can be purchased by contacting Eric Nelson at 412.561.6000 x206, emailing enelson@picttheatre.org, or on the PICT website at www.picttheatre.org.

PICT receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

FACT SHEET - PICT 2012 Mainstage Productions

In the Next Room or the vibrator play
by Sarah Ruhl
Pittsburgh Premiere
Directed by Alan Stanford
The Charity Randall Theatre
April 19 – May 5


The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall
Pittsburgh Premiere
Directed by Andrew S. Paul
Henry Heymann Theatre
May 31 – June 23


Chekhov Celebration
Tragedian in Spite of Himself: A Celebration of the Life and Theatre of Anton Chekhov
Three Sisters
Trans. By Paul Schmidt
Directed by Harriet Power
Henry Heymann Theatre
July 19 – Aug 26


Ivanov
Directed by Andrew S. Paul
New English version by Tom Stoppard
U.S. Premiere
The Charity Randall Theatre
Aug 2 - 25

After Chekhov
The Yalta Game
Afterplay
by Brian Friel
Pittsburgh Premieres
Directed by Alan Stanford
Henry Heymann Theatre
Aug 10-26

Funny Chekhov
The Bear
The Proposal
Swan Song
Drama
On the Evils of Tobacco
The Charity Randall Theatre
Aug 17 - 25

The School for Lies by David Ives
Directed by Andrew S. Paul
The Charity Randall Theatre
Nov 29 – Dec 15

Tickets:

Subscriptions: $224 - $252 (10 packages and Flex Plans available)

Single Tickets: starting at $25 ($20 under 26 with valid ID)

Call ProArtsTickets at 412.394.3353 or visit PICT online at www.picttheatre.org

PICT - Great Stories. Well Told.

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Photographer Annie Griffiths: A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel

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Today's date: March 23, 2012

Contact:
Veronica Corpuz
(412) 471-6082
corpuz@trustarts.org

Diana Roth
412-471-8717
roth@trustarts.org


National Geographic Live!
Annie Griffiths: A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel

Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 4:00 p.m., Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street
Experience the life of a photographer on assignment for National Geographic magazine. Annie Griffiths speaks about topics from her recent memoir A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel at the Byham Theater on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series and is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Tickets ($20-$40) to this event may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at www.trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930.


As one of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers, Annie Griffiths has worked on every continent, except Antarctica, while also raising two children. Perhaps the only professional photographer ever to pack her camera gear in Pampers, she found a way to stay close to her kids without putting the brakes on her career—even if it meant bringing the two along with her on assignment in places as distant as the ruins of Petra in Jordan or the Galápagos Islands. She explains, “I have learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely, and that their stories are worth sharing with the world.”

What some might see as an obstacle, Griffiths turned into an opportunity. “In some of these cultures I’m a bizarre character—a woman from another world, traveling without a chaperone,” she explains. “The fact that I’m a mother provides common ground. I pull out pictures of my children, and that helps get me out of the realm of being just a foreigner.”

In this lecture, which also includes a lavishly illustrated photographic journey based on her popular memoir, Griffiths shares three decades of international travel, intimate moments and touching stories, along with the art she created. Griffiths will also discuss her work with Ripple Effect Images, a team of journalists focused on raising awareness and funding to empower women and girls in emerging nations around the world.

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JazzLive Presents NORTH.SOUTH.EAST.WEST...Directions

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Today's date: March 24, 2012


NORTH.SOUTH.EAST.WEST…Directions

Cultural Trust's JazzLive celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month at the Cabaret

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust JazzLive series celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month in April with 5 performances that embrace the multidirectional influence of jazz music. The series, NORTH.SOUTH.EAST.WEST…Directions in JAZZLIVE will kick off with a student matinee in the Byham Theater featuring the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra in a Jazz at Lincoln Center presentation called, “Tell It! The Story of American Music” on Monday, April 2, 2012.

The first evening performance of NORTH.SOUTH.EAST.WEST…Directions will be Gregory Porter on the Cabaret at Theater Square stage at 8pm. The BBC has called California-born, Porter’s voice “a marvel: warm assured tenor with precise, impeccable intonation, completely at home in classy originals that-like all good jazz-seem to bathe in timeless familiarity.” Gregory Porter performance is highly anticipated, due to his successful performance in the first Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.

On April 10th, The Trust welcomes Cuban jazz legend, Chuchito Valdes and his trio. The Havana-born piano extraordinaire, Valdes, comes from one of Cuba’s most distinguished musical families. His fiery performance style is sure to delight and get the audience dancing in the aisles of the Cabaret Theater.

The northern influence of the month of programming hails from Vancouver, B.C. with the Cory Weeds Quartet, with special guest, Joey DeFrancesco, who is considered by many music critics to be the finest jazz organist on the planet. Weeds is a saxophonist, jazz club owner, producer, composer, and musical agent. His entire life is jazz drenched, thus making him a perfect addition to the JazzLive concert repertoire. They will perform in the Cabaret on April 17th.

Finally, The Trust will feature East Coast jazz vocalist, Rachelle Ferrell for a rare Pittsburgh engagement. Ferrrell made her mark as a crossover artists, but she uses her voice in ways that make her a vital part of any jazz instrumental ensemble. She is considered one of the most dynamic talents in music today.

Vice President of Education/Community Engagement and Director of Jazz Programs, Janis Burley Wilson says, “We wanted to demonstrate the influence that jazz music, America’s classical music, has had on the world, north, south, east, and west. The eclectic line-up has something to offer any music lover, whether one is deeply rooted in straight ahead jazz, rhythm and blues, pop or world music.”

For tickets ($30.75) to the performances in the NORTH.SOUTH.EAST.WEST: Directions in JAZZLIVE series for National Jazz Appreciation Month, visit trustarts.org or call 412 456 6666. The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival is sponsored by Macy’s, Highmark, Savoy Restaurant, a host of foundations, and supported by many in-kind sponsors. JazzLive is sponsored generously by BNY Mellon.
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Wayne's Fourth Sub-Legion Military Reenactment at Woodville Plantation

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FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
Rob Windhorst
 412-221-0348
rwindhorst19@comcast.net



QUICK FACTS:

Event: Legion Drill Day

Date: Sunday, April 1, 2012

Time: 1 pm to 4 pm

Place: Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Cost: $5.00 For Adults, $3.00 For Children Age 6-12, Free For Children Under Age 6


WOODVILLE PLANTATION HOSTS MILTARY REENACTMENT


BRIDGEVILLE, PA (March 20, 2012) – Step back in time at Woodville Plantation, when this living history museum presents a special event featuring 18th century military reenactments. On Sunday, April 1, 2012, history enthusiasts are invited to join the soldiers of Wayne’s Fourth Sub-Legion, the first Army of the United States, as they practice the drills of Baron Von Steuben from 1794. Events of the day include tactical demonstrations, musket firing, marching and ceremonial drills. Weather permitting.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children age 6-12 and free for children under age 6. Admission includes a house tour. Event hours are from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the Era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Kirwin Heights Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road in Collier Township. For further directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website at http://www.woodvilleplantation.org or call 412-221-0348.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Imagination Movers ROCK-O-MATIC Tour

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Today's date: March 21, 2012

Contact:
Veronica Corpuz
(412) 471-6082
corpuz@trustarts.org

Diana Roth
(412) 471-8717
roth@trustarts.org



Imagination Movers ROCK-O-MATIC TOUR 2012 presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


Saturday, April 21, 2012, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Benedum Center.


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents IMAGINATION MOVERS ROCK-O-MATIC TOUR 2012 on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Benedum Center. The tour will feature live music, and favorite songs and ideas to spark every child’s imagination. The Rock-O-Matic tour features Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche, and Scott “Smitty” Smith who will be playing all of their favorite songs from their wildly popular TV series, as well as debuting new material from their brand-new “Rock-O-Matic” CD/DVD. The new disc features some of the guys’ most high-energy music to date enhanced by a new collection of live-action and animated videos. The tour is produced by Buena Vista Concerts, a division of Disney Music Group. This concert is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.


The key to the Movers’ appeal is that they combine danceable power pop songs with extremely catchy choruses and a knack for inspiring audience participation. Throw in a heaping helping of onstage silliness and you have a recipe for a live music event that will truly engage the littlest of kids along with their older siblings, parents and grandparents. It doesn’t hurt that the Movers pepper their live shows with musical references to their many inspirations, including U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, the Beastie Boys and all sorts of classic and modern rockers.

Tickets ($28.25-$41.25) are now on sale for both performances on April 21, 2012, by calling (412) 456-6666, visiting the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue) or online at www.TrustArts.org. A limited number of Mini-Movers Packages ($121.25) are available. Mini-Movers Package includes: one premium seat within a select section of the Benedum Center, Orchestra Level; attendance, with parent(s), at a special Post-Show Party with an Imagination Movers Theme: The Think Tank, which includes healthy snacks for all of the “Little Movers” and their parent(s); Meet and greet photo opportunity with the Imagination Movers; Imagination Movers Poster (1 per ticket ordered); and Imagination Movers VIP Laminate.

The Imagination Movers began in 2003 as a rock band for kids in New Orleans and have grown into the stars of a hit television series seen in more than 55 countries on the Disney Channel. On the show, the Movers star as four friends who work together in the Idea Warehouse to solve problems through creativity and teamwork. Their friends Nina and Warehouse Mouse are there to help along the way as the Movers brainstorm ideas and explore the Warehouse’s many magical rooms. Each episode features two or more original Movers songs. In addition to winning an Emmy and a Common Sense Media Award, the Movers also have performed twice at the White House, as well as on Good Morning America, Live With Regis and Kelly and The View. The Movers’ CDs have earned more than 14 national awards, including a Daytime Entertainment Emmy® and coveted honors from the Parent’s Choice Foundation. http://www.imaginationmovers.com/.




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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Secrets of Longevity Debuts on PBS with Dr. Joseph Maroon

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ACCLAIMED PITTSBURGH SURGEON TO DEBUT

PBS LONGEVITY SPECIAL MARCH 21 ON WQED


(Pittsburgh, PA) March 14, 2012 – Dr. Joseph Maroon, famed neurosurgeon and best-selling author, will debut Secrets of Longevity, a 90-minute pledge special for PBS, at 8:00 PM March 21 on WQED TV13.

“It’s not the number of years in your life that count, but the amount of life in your years,” Dr. Maroon says. “In this program I’m going to tell you how to put more life – and quality – into your years.”

Dr. Maroon is an internationally recognized professor of neurosurgery, author of “The Longevity Factor,” team neurosurgeon to the Pittsburgh Steelers, seven time Ironman triathlete, member of the National Fitness Hall of Fame, and senior vice president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Following broadcast of “Secrets of Longevity” on WQED, the program will be released to PBS stations across the country for use as a fundraising pledge special beginning in May and June.

Dr. Maroon says, “A long healthy life is a gift within your reach” and Secrets of Longevity will focus on unlocking the power of our genes to enable that healthy long life. A key component of the specialist's understanding how discoveries in the new science of epigenetics apply to each of us.


For more information about Secrets of Longevity contact:

Dean Draznin Communications
Phone 641-472-2257; Mobile 323-397-2647
dean@drazninpr.com; www.drazninpr.com
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PSO Hosts Chang and Tortelier in Celebration of Musical Heritage

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March 14, 2012



VIOLINIST CHANG, CONDUCTOR TORTELIER RETURN TO HEINZ HALL TO CAPTURE AUDIENCES WITH BERNSTEIN, SIBELIUS, GOULD



PITTSBURGH – Renowned French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier and violin sensation Sarah Chang return to Heinz Hall this month for two BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts celebrating musical heritage.

Former principal guest conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Tortelier will lead the PSO in a program that features Morton Gould’s Spirituals, a suite from Leonard Bernstein’s classic West Side Story, and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1.

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, March 23 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $93, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.


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PSO Concerto Competition Deadline is March 22

For Immediate Release


March 16, 2012



PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S CONCERTO COMPETITION DEADLINE IS MARCH 22



Competition seeks instrumental soloist to perform with PSO; worldwide audience can vote for winner on the Internet



PITTSBURGH – There’s still time for instrumental soloists in the United States to enter the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition for the opportunity to perform with the PSO under the direction of Music Director Manfred Honeck.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m., Thursday, March 22.

Launched in February, the PSO Concerto Competition calls for instrumental soloists in the United States, unrepresented by management, to upload videos of a performance of selected repertoire to the PSO’s YouTube Channel. Anyone who submits a video must have a YouTube account. To submit videos, participants can visit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra channel on YouTube, going through the Competition tab on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Facebook page, or by visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org/competition.

Contestants may upload one video of 10 minutes on the piano, violin, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, or harp. Please see our contest terms and conditions for approved repertoire. Participants must be 18 and older (in most states; check our terms and conditions) and must not be under management.

Up to 20 semi-finalists will be chosen by a select panel of PSO musicians, conductors and artistic staff. The winning videos will be posted on the PSO’s You Tube Channel on April 13, allowing people around the world to vote for their favorite semi-finalists until April 30. Up to four finalists will receive round-trip tickets for a final audition with Honeck on June 11. The PSO will announce the winner on June 12.

The winner of the PSO Concerto Competition will receive $10,000 and perform alongside the PSO at Heinz Hall in a BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert weekend next season on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.

The competition is supported by a $50,000 grant from the PPG Industries Foundation. The PSO would like thank the PPG Industries Foundation for its support of this concerto competition. Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.


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Honeck to Lead PSO On Summer Tour

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2012



HONECK TO LEAD PSO IN CONCERTS IN CANADA, PHILADELPHIA


Cellist Johannes Moser joins PSO for concerts at Lanaudière Festival in Québec, Mann Center

PSO brings popular video game ‘Legend of Zelda’ to life at Mann Center



PITTSBURGH – Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in July on a summer tour of Québec, Canada, and Philadelphia.

The orchestra will perform at the Lanaudière Festival in Québec on July 21 & 22, and at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia on July 24 & 25. Honeck will conduct both concerts at the Lanaudière Amphitheatre, and the first concert at the Mann Center.


German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, often praised for his rich, gorgeous tone and playing that can range from lovely and elegant, to vigorous with head-banging, rock star energy, will be the guest soloist on July 21 in Québec, and July 24 in Philadelphia.

The second concert at the Mann Center will be a Pops concert, as the PSO performs the sensational, thematic and action-packed music of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, based on one of the most popular video games in the world.

The tour opens at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 21, at the Lanaudière Amphitheatre, where the PSO will perform the overture to Mikhail Glinka’s Russlan and Ludmilla, Dvořák’s Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The next day, at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 22, the PSO’s concert will feature a suite from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, as well as several works by the Strauss Family.

In Philadelphia, Honeck will lead the PSO at 8 p.m., on Tuesday, July 24 in a concert featuring the works of Glinka, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky, performed three days earlier in Québec. The following evening, at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, the PSO takes a different direction under Irish conductor/composer Eímear Noone in The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Large game screens and video accompany the musicians during the performance. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is the first-ever video game themed concert to feature a four-movement symphony, showcasing the work of Nintendo composer and sound director Koji Kondo.

Tickets for the Mann Center concerts range from $12.50 to $49.50 for the July 24 performance, and $19.50 to $95 for the July 25 performance. They can be purchased by calling the Mann Center box office at 215.893.1999, or by visiting the Mann Center at www.themanncenter.org.

The PSO last performed at the Lanaudière Festival in July 2010, and at the Mann Center in July 2011. International touring is made possible by the Hillman Endowment for International Performances.

A native of Austria, Manfred Honeck was appointed its ninth music director and began his tenure at the start of the 2008/2009 season. He recently extended his contract through the 2019-2020 season. After performances at Carnegie Hall and a much-celebrated tour of European musical capitals in 2010, Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returned to Europe again in August and September 2011 for appearances at major music festivals, such as the Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Grafenegg Festival, Musikfest Berlin, Beethovenfest Bonn, Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms, and concerts in Paris and Vilnius, Lithuania. In October-November 2012, he will lead the PSO in another tour of Europe, including a four-concert residency at the prestigious Musikverein in Vienna. Honeck's successful work in Pittsburgh is captured on CD by the audiophile Japanese label Exton. So far, Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, and Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben have been released to critical acclaim.

Hailed by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists,” Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Israel Philharmonic. He works regularly with conductors of the highest level, including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez and Paavo Jarvi. Moser has gained a reputation for his exquisite performances of lesser-known repertoire, much of it recorded on his extensive award-winning discography on Hänssler Classics. His affinity for new music has brought him much attention from leading conductors, such as Pierre Boulez, who invited him to make his U.S. debut with the Chicago Symphony on the Rands Concerto. Moser is an enthusiastic advocate for the electric cello, which he uses to explore new possibilities in sound as well as for improvisation.



Tour details:

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
LANAUDIÈRE AMPHITHEATRE, QUÉBEC, CANADA

8 p.m., Saturday, July 21
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
JOHANNES MOSER, cello

2 p.m., Sunday, July 22
MANFRED HONECK, conductor


MANN CENTER, PHILADELPHIA

8 p.m., Tuesday, July 24
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
JOHANNES MOSER, cello

8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 25
EÍMEAR NOONE, conductor

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WSBA Annual Conference

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CONTACT:

Wadria Taylor
(412) 208-0249

E-mail: events@styleandsteel.net



HANDS ON TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION FOCUS OF CONFERENCE




Pittsburgh, PA, March 12….Online Marketing Tool Kit for Small Businesses, The Mobile Entrepreneur and "35 Winning Strategies from Today's Leading Entrepreneurs" are just a few topics and highlights scheduled for the Women’s Small Business Association’s annual event.

The WSBAs’ most significant networking outlet, will take place Wednesday, April 4 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Greentree. Themed, “Hands-On Technology,” the Pittsburgh Entrepreneur Conference and Trade show will provide a day filled with educational, professional development and networking opportunities.

“As a way to assure that participants leave the event with usable knowledge, this year's activities will offer "Hands On" interaction with the presenters. Attendees that bring their laptop or mobile devices will be able to try the techniques that are being presented,” explained Susan Miller, the WSBA founder and president.

Speakers and workshop leaders will include local tech gurus Donna Baxter of Soul Pitt Media and Cassandra Brown of Jireh Mobile. The keynote speaker is Dr. Summer Knight of Tallahassee, Florida.

As the owner of her 12 year old company, Baxter’s mission is to educate minority and women business owners on the power of the Internet. The former rap artist turned internet Tech Diva has gone from “Rhymer to Digital Designer.” The “Cool Nerd” explains technology in ways participanats never heard making it easy to understand, funny, and entertaining while leaving audiences motivated to “Get Online or Get Left Behind!”









Within the last seven years Jireh Mobile has evolved into a mobile marketing solutions company that has established itself as a leader in interactive mobile campaigns and database management. Brown, a nurse turned entrepreneur has been spreading her expertise on using mobile technology to enhance ones marking strategies while outlining the basic principles for launching a successful mobile campaign for close to a decade.

Knight is an entrepreneur doctor turned businesswoman. She is a founder and leads Springboard Partners, a consulting group of CEOs and powerful entrepreneurs who facilitate the rapid growth of scalable businesses. Dr. Knight also leads the DSK brand that focuses on empowering people to live their GREATest lives. She utilizes the 3E’s – to Encourage, Empower, and Embolden people and organizations to reach for their GREATest potential.

Virtually 1000 small business women throughout the region utilizes the resources and services of the Women’s Small Business Association. Founded by Miller, the group is designed to function as a valuable resource, by assisting and stimulating small and startup businesses. Its goal is to foster women's economic independence by helping them develop skills needed for entrepreneurial success through networking and education.

Miller, who considers herself a serial entrepreneur, established the WSBA in 2007 from her passion to help women in small business. With over 15 years of experience in starting and developing small businesses, she is very familiar with the constant struggles that today's business women will encounter. She believes that the face of the economy will be changed by the growth of small businesses and the resilience of the entrepreneur. “It is her mission to develop a business resource that will encourage, support, and provide the tools needed by women in small business.”

For more information on the WSBA 4th Annual Conference and Awards Luncheon contact the event director Wadria Taylor of Style and Steel Event Planning, 412-208-0249 events@styleandsteel.net.


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