For Immediate Release
March 12, 2012
BEST-SELLING FEMALE R&B GROUP EN VOGUE HEADLINES PSO COMMUNITY PARTNERS CONCERT AT HEINZ HALL
Tickets go on sale Monday, March 19
PITTSBURGH – En Vogue, one of the most successful and popular female R&B groups of all time, will headline the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) Ninth Annual Community Partners Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 29 at Heinz Hall.
En Vogue will perform with the PSO in the second half of the concert, which will be led by PSO Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh. The first half will feature cellist Gabriel Cabezas, winner of the senior division of the 2012 Sphinx Competition, which aims to encourage, develop and recognize classical music talent in the African American and Latino communities.
En Vogue is responsible for a long line of R&B and pop smashes in the 1990s. Songs, such as Hold On, My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It), Giving Him Something He Can Feel, Free Your Mind, and Whatta Man, featuring Salt-N-Pepa, are just a sampling of the mega hits made famous by the Pop/R&B super group.
Fusing style, sophistication, sass, and sex appeal, the En Vogue formula was magical, and the group went on to sell more than 8 million albums. In total, En Vogue recorded five albums: 1990’s Born To Sing, 1992’s Funky Divas, 1997’s EV3, 2000’s Masterpiece Theatre, and 2002’s The Gift of Christmas. There also have been several compilations released, including Best of En Vogue in 1999 and The Very Best of En Vogue in 2001.
This year, the trio – Maxine Jones, Cindy Herron-Braggs and Terry Ellis – are touring worldwide, as well as embarking on film and television projects.
Tickets range from $25.75 to $85.75 and will go on sale to the public at 9 a.m., Monday, March 19. In the PSO’s Community Partners Program, 25 Pittsburgh area nonprofits sign on as "Partners" for the concert. Each Partner is asked to sell at least 50 tickets to the performance. Patrons may also go to www.pittsburghsymphony.org or call the PSO box office at 412.392.4900 or 800.743.8560 to buy tickets and earmark the cost of their ticket purchase to benefit a participating Partner nonprofit of choice.
The Community Partners Program is an annual collaboration between the PSO and Pittsburgh area nonprofit organizations. All proceeds from designated ticket sales to this concert are donated to partner organizations, allowing them to raise a significant amount of funding. The PSO’s Community Partners Concerts have raised more than $631,000 for partnering nonprofit groups since they began in 2004. The PSO donates the orchestra services, and secures corporate sponsors to underwrite out-of-pocket costs associated with guest artist services and concert production.
The PSO would like to recognize and thank Giant Eagle for their lead sponsorship of the Ninth Annual Community Partners Program.
This year, the partner organizations are: Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD), Afro-American Music Institute, Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club, Bethlehem Haven, Cancer Caring Center, Children's Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc., East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM), Focus On Renewal, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Homeless Children's Education Fund, Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Martin Luther King, Jr. Reading & Cultural Center, Mission Vision, Naomi's Place Transitional Housing, Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc., Pittsburgh Community Television, PLEA, Small Seeds Development, Inc., Tickets for Kids Charities, Urban Impact Foundation, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Ursuline Senior Services, Ward Home, Inc., Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, and YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh.
James Barthen, Vice President of Public Affairs
Contact: Ramesh Santanam, Director of Media Relations
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