Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Free Outdoor Concerts this Summer


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today's date: June 26, 2012
Media Contact: Diana Roth, roth@trustarts.org / 412-471-8717


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces
Groove with the Heat and JazzLive!

15 Free Outdoor Concerts will be held weekly in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.


Pittsburgh, PA-   For the ninth consecutive year, “JazzLive” presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brings the community together with jazz music every Tuesday at 5 pm, from June 6 through September 11, 2012.The JazzLive series sponsor is BNY Mellon.  Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement and Director of Jazz Programs with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust comments, “When we first started, our objective was to bring people together and celebrate the music that Pittsburgh is known for around the world. I’m extremely pleased that we’ve been able to achieve that goal and very happy that we’ve been downtown Pittsburgh’s Tuesday evening party for the last ten years!”

Roger Humphries (June 26); Maureen Budway & Friends (July 31); and Poogie Bell (August 21) are just some of the featured musicians performing in the summer 2012 JazzLive series.  On Tuesday, September 11, a JazzLive Jam Session with Sean Jones & Friends will end the summer outdoor jazz season.

Katz Plaza

JazzLive concerts are held outdoors at the Agnes R. Katz Plaza, corner of 7th Street and Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.  All concerts are from 5 to 7 p.m., rain or shine.  In case of inclement weather, the music moves indoors to the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 7th Street and Penn Avenue.

For information, visit trustarts.org or call 412-456-6666.

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Tickets on Sale for Mary Poppins


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today's date: June 25, 2012
Contact:
Diana Roth
412-471-8717
roth@trustarts.org



PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh announces

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh present
MARY POPPINS
the hit Broadway Musical 

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29, 2012

Performances begin Tuesday, October 16 through October 21

at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA


Pittsburgh, PA:  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh announced today that tickets for the limited return engagement of MARY POPPINS will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. EST.  Performances of MARY POPPINS begin at the Benedum Center on Tuesday, October 16, for a limited return engagement, through Sunday, October 21, 2012.


It was such a success and favorite the last time, PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh is happy to welcome MARY POPPINS back to Pittsburgh for this limited return engagement!

TICKETS
MARY POPPINS will play at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 1:00 & 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets start as low as $20 and will be on sale to the public beginning on Friday, June 29 at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, by phone at (412) 456-4800 or online at www.TrustArts.org.   For group ticket sales (10 or more), please call 412-471-6930.  Special VIP ($125) Ticket Packages are available at select performances, and include premium seating and a complimentary souvenir program.
PNC Broadway Across America –Pittsburgh is a presentation of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

With four productions currently running on three continents, MARY POPPINS is one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London or New York in recent years.  Worldwide to date, the show has grossed over $644 million and welcomed 9.3 million guests. The musical is the winner of 44 major theatre awards around the globe, including Tony®, Olivier, Helpmann and Evening Standard awards.

The entire original creative team has reunited to bring this magical story of the world’s most famous nanny to audiences around North America.  The MARY POPPINS North American Tour began performances on March 25, 2009 and has played to two million delighted theatergoers in 34 cities to date.

MARY POPPINS, a co-production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on November 16, 2006.  Based on P.L. Travers' cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS the stage play features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.  The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.

Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne.  MARY POPPINS features set and costume design by TonyÒAward winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn, and music supervision by David Caddick.  The tour’s creative team includes Tour Director Anthony Lyn, Associate Choreographer Geoffrey Garrett, and Music Director Daniel Bowling.

ABOUT MARY POPPINS WORLDWIDE

MARY POPPINSreceived its worldwide premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End in December 2004.  Following its successful three-year London run, the production launched an acclaimed U.K. tour.

The Broadway production of MARY POPPINS officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 16, 2006, recouping its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of its premiere.  MARY POPPINS is the only show from the 2006-2007 theatrical season still in performance.

The MARY POPPINS North American tour has garnered continuous critical praise and achieved box office success since its launch in Chicago in March 2009.

MARY POPPINScan also be seen Sydney, Australia (at the Capitol Theatre).  Productions of MARY POPPINS have also been mounted in Finland, Denmark and the Czech Republic.   For more information, please visit MaryPoppins.com
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Photo Credit:  Deen Van Meer, courtesy of TrustArts.org


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Whiskey Rebellion Weekend at Woodville Plantation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


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


QUICK FACTS:
Event: Whiskey Rebellion Weekend
Date: Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15
Time: Saturday, From 1 to 8 pm and Sunday, From noon to 5 pm
Place: Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Cost: $5.00 Per Person, Children Under 6 Free


WOODVILLE PLANTATION HOSTS WHISKEY REBELLION WEEKEND


BRIDGEVILLE, PA (JUNE 22, 2012) - Step back in time at Woodville Plantation, when this living history museum presents a special weekend to commemorate the anniversary of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.



Saturday, July 14 - Fourth Annual Encampment and History Walk on Bower Hill
Woodville Plantation and The Scott Conservancy team up to present an afternoon of activities on Bower Hill, the site of the beginning of the Whiskey Rebellion. Join interpreters portraying the soldiers of the Fourth Sub-Legion of the United States as they return to Bower Hill to discuss and re-create the fateful events of the Whiskey Rebellion, as they occurred in July of 1794. This unique event will include an encampment from 1 pm until 6 pm along the Tom the Tinker Trail, located on Bower Hill.  Participants will experience camp life with cooking demonstrations, musket firings and tactical demonstrations. At 3 pm, a history walk will begin at the PA State Historical Marker on Bower Hill (near Kane Regional Center) and end at the Scrubgrass Run Trailhead. The walk covers approximately one mile along the hillside trails of Bower Hill.  Topics covered include the battle of Bower Hill, the participants of the battle and the Whiskey Rebellion.  The walk is free to the public and reservations are not required. Following the walk, participants are invited to tour Woodville Plantation. Woodville Plantation will be open to the public on Saturday evening from 5 pm to 8 pm. Admission for this special opening is $5 per person, children under 6 free.

A Frontiersman is tarred and feathered during the Whiskey Rebellion.  Image courtesy of ttb.gov

Sunday, July 15 - Whiskey Rebellion Day at Woodville Plantation
Interpreters portraying the troops of the Fourth Sub-Legion of the United States will make camp at Woodville Plantation. Visit the soldiers that defended John Neville's property during the opening days of the Whiskey Rebellion. Learn what camp life was like in the U.S. Army of 1794 and participate with the soldiers as they march and drill. Events of the day include tactical demonstrations, musket firing, music demonstrations, marching and ceremonial drills. Visitors will learn 18th century cooking techniques as Woodville's cooks prepare dinner for the encamped troops.  Special hours for this event will be from noon to 5 pm, with a special admission price of $5 per person, children under 6 free.

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 pm to 4 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate 1-79 Exit 55 (Kirwin Heights Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road.  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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Join SBA's Ngozi Bell for July Twitterchat



Building Bridges for Business

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    
June 27, 2012

Contact Information: 

Linda Handley, Founder
Phone: 412.475.9010
E-mail:info@buildingbridgesforbusiness.com


Small Business Administration Advocate Ngozi Bell Featured Guest for July #SmallBizPgh Twitterchat

PITTSBURGH, PA – Small Business Administration (SBA) Region III Advocate, Ngozi Bell (@advocacySBA) will answer questions via Twitter on July 10, 2012 between 7 pm and 8 pm EST in Pittsburgh's small business Twitterchat presented by Building Bridges for Business (@bridges4biz).

As the SBA’s Region III Advocate, Bell works with federal, state and local policy makers and leaders, small business stakeholders and small businesses to identify new issues and concerns around policy and regulations that affect small business owners. Region III includes Pennsylvania, as well as, Delaware, the District of Colombia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

The virtual event, which is aimed at providing valuable, free resources for small business owners will feature Bell, who will answer a set of questions from Building Bridges for Business and other questions posed by entrepreneurs from the region and can be followed live using hashtag #smallbizpgh on either twebevent.com or tweetchat.com.

“Ngozi will provide entrepreneurs in Western Pennsylvania with information on how the office of Advocacy’s resources can be leveraged to aid and spur small business growth locally and across the country,” said Linda Handley, founder, Building Bridges for Business. “In addition, her background as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist will supply insight on how to start a business and catch the eyes of investors, which are necessary for sustainability and growth.”

The Twitterchat will be presented by Building Bridges for Business, as well as its partners, including Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh Mayor's Office, Duquesne University Small Business Development Center and the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University.

For more on the event, visit Building Bridges for Business' homepage at www.buildingbridgesforbusiness.org, follow Building Bridges for Business (@bridges4biz) on Twitter or contact Building Bridges for Business by e-mailing info@buildingbridgesforbusiness.org.

About Building Bridges for Business
Since its inception in November 2010, the organization has hosted three sold out events, featuring prominent keynote speakers, such as Dr. Winslow Sargeant, who is President Obama's main adviser from the Small Business Administration. In addition to live events, Building Bridges for Business launched Pittsburgh's first-ever small business Twitterchat.

About Ngozi Bell
Ngozi Bell was appointed Regional III Advocate by the Federal Government in November 2010. Regional advocates work with Federal, state and local policy makers and leaders, small business stakeholders and small businesses to help identify new issues and concerns around policy and regulations that affect small business owners, and they work closely with the chief counsel for advocacy.

Most recently, Bell served as vice president of Birchmere Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that focuses on investing in and developing startup companies in the medical, cleantech, and technology sectors. Prior to that, Bell was a senior director of technology and marketing at LSI, Agere Systems, and Lucent Technologies.
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Generosity of WQED Members Lauded




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 21, 2012

CONTACT:  George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org


WQED MEMBERS RAISE OVER $25,000 FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC AND 25,000 POUNDS OF FOOD FOR GREATER PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

PITTSBURGH—On Thursday, June 14 at 3 p.m. Classical WQED-FM 89.3 members helped WQED successfully complete its three-day drive early by raising more than $25,000 for its annual radio operations. In addition, each membership dollar pledged was matched by a pound of food (up to 8,500 pounds per day) Tuesday, June 12 through Thursday, June 14 by a different sponsor daily. These sponsors included UPS,  Parks Moving and Storage and First Commonwealth Bank. Due to the overwhelming response from WQED-FM’s members and the generous sponsorship of the above underwriters, a 25,500 pound donation of food was made to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.


The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank currently serves 120,000 people per month in eleven counties in Classical WQED-FM 89.3’s listening area. In 2012, the Food Bank projects that it will distribute more than 24 million pounds of food and groceries. Currently, the Food Bank has to purchase about 40% of the food it distributes.

To make a contribution to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank visit pittsburghfoodbank.org or contact the Development Office at 412-460-3663 ext. 282.

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high- definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and The WQED Education Department.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

WQED and SLB Announce Funding for iQ Kids Radio



WQED and SLB ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR iQ KIDS RADIO

The Junior League of Pittsburgh, Inc. has selected iQ Kids Radio
 as its next three-year signature project.


PITTSBURGH - - iQ Kids Radio www.iQkidsradio.org is an innovative new model of engagement for children and families that meets the need for an all-education, trusted radio channel that caregivers can rely on. Developed as a collaboration between WQED and SLB Radio Productions (SLB) and set for launch in early 2013, iQ Kids Radio will be a noncommercial streaming radio that provides a safe, entertaining, and fun way to learn, listen, laugh and much more.

Seed funding for iQ Kids Radio is provided by The Junior League of Pittsburgh, Inc., a founding partner.

Grounded in more than 75 years of combined experience in delivering high-quality public radio to our region and beyond, this new, innovative model leverages the assets of WQED, PBS, SLB, and the popular Saturday Light Brigade radio show to develop a streaming media platform for families with children ages birth to 12 as well as programming for teens and parents.

Children, families and caregivers can sign up now at www.iQkidsradio.org to receive information about the channel in advance of its 2013 premiere. The site includes a section where parents can submit suggestions about the type of content that may appeal to their children and includes more information about iQ Kids Radio.

The need for iQ Kids Radio

Multimedia and technology are changing daily. Youth ages 8-18 use media- television, music players, computers, and video games - for nearly eleven hours each day, and kids under age eight spend eight hours with multimedia each day. We know that media shapes children’s cultural beliefs and norms in powerful ways. While there are numerous media offerings “for children” across various media platforms, very few adopt high-quality educational standards.

The concept of iQ Kids Radio

iQ Kids Radio will blend age-appropriate content from multiple disciplines-language, science, music appreciation, geography, and more - into a 24/7 streaming audio format as well as offer individual programs for on-demand listening, podcast and national distribution. For example, shows may feature storytelling, language lessons, music from diverse genres and music listening tips, children's literature, food chemistry, and other subjects that strengthen academic achievement, sharpen core life skills, and engage children and adults together. Programming also will include youth-created music, storytelling, and news/commentary based on listener submissions and SLB’s work with more than 8,000 children annually.


The Junior League of Pittsburgh (JLP), a founding partner, has selected iQ Kids Radio as its three-year signature project. Through this award, the JLP will provide administrative and volunteer support to launch iQ Kids Radio as well as financial support totaling $45,000. JLP members will focus on two areas of iQ Kids Radio: business and opportunity planning and event planning. Additionally, JLP members will design and implement signature events that will be critical to the project’s growth. At the conclusion of its three-year partnership, iQ Kids Radio will be poised to be self-sufficient and prepared to expand its capacity as an innovative resource, created in Pittsburgh, to support families and children around the country.

For more information about iQ Kids Radio, please visit www.iQkidsradio.org.
Photographs are available for download from WQED’s pressroom at www.wqed.org/pressroom.

WQED Multimedia www.wqed.org

The people of WQED Multimedia produce, create and distribute quality content and services to engage, inform, educate, and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED was the nation’s first community-supported television station and went on the air on April 1, 1954.

The WQED Education Department has an illustrious history of service and innovation to local and national students, families, educators, and care providers. Today, WQED’s Education Department helps provide effective lifelong learning to the entire region. WQED’s new six-year strategy, iQ: smartmedia, launched in September of 2010 and has been aggressively aiming for its goal – to transform the way media is used for education – ever since.

With a lineup that attracts children from toddlers to teens, WQED is an essential part of every childhood. WQED commits 12 hours of every weekday schedule to high quality children's programming parents can count on. In addition, WQED offers connections to PBS KIDS, PBS Teachers and PBS Parents through its website, wqed.org. WQED has enriched the lives of children with their own productions as well as the educationally robust and entertaining lineup of PBS KIDS’s programming on subjects as diverse as global thinking, reading, and science. WQED was also the home of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, produced by Family Communications, Inc. (now the fred Rogers Company) for more than 40 years. More information is available at www.wqed.org/education.



SLB Radio Productions, Inc.

A non-profit with twelve employees, SLB began pursuing its mission in 1978 with The Saturday Light Brigade, a Saturday morning public radio program that blends acoustic music, live performances by youth and adults, participatory puzzles, on-air telephone calls, and interviews with other community-based nonprofits serving youth and families. Programming grew substantially between 1990 and 2000, as SLB built a strong and loyal audience, winning 10 local, state and national awards. In 2004, with support from the broadcast industry, foundations, corporations and individual donors, SLB opened a $250,000 broadcast studio and training complex in the expanded Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. SLB has since emerged as a hub of community and educational activity. Its work today focuses on (1) continued production of The Saturday Light Brigade radio program and its extension as a vehicle to promote youth voice and (2) school and in-studio workshops in which experienced radio broadcasters and sound engineers work with children to explore self-expression as well as the tools used to collect and process audio into a creative work. More information about SLB is available at www.slbradio.org and www.neighborhoodvoices.org.



Junior League of Pittsburgh, Inc.

The Junior League of Pittsburgh’s 400 women volunteers collectively contribute 10,000 volunteer hours annually in the Pittsburgh community. Over the past ten years, the League has donated in excess of $500,000 as either community donations or grants. The League educates and trains its members to provide effective volunteer service, to research challenging community needs, and to initiate pilot projects or expand services to meet those needs. It provides administrative, financial, and volunteer support for projects and facilitates the permanent sponsorship of programs by other community organizations. In October 2012 the Junior League of Pittsburgh will celebrate 90 years of service to the Pittsburgh community. Additional Junior League of Pittsburgh information is available at www.jlpgh.org.

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Celebrating woMEN! Nominees Announced


Celebrating woMEN! Nominees

It’s raining men!  I’m excited to announce the 47 incredible men who have been nominated for “Celebrating woMEN!”

We asked you to nominate MEN who are helping to advance women’s rights and opportunities.  Your nomination forms filled our in-box.

The nominees are listed below.  You’ll be inspired by these men who are working in so many different fields with unique ways of approaching women’s rights.

The “Celebrating woMEN!” event will be held on Saturday, December 1st at the August Wilson Center.  Stay tuned for more information about the event including the announcement of the final honorees.

The Board of Directors and staff of WGF invite you to serve on the Host Committee for this dynamic event.  Host Committee members agree to purchase two tickets to the event and generate excitement about the event to your professional and social networks.  Members will receive exclusive benefits.  Please view the Host Committee form for more information.  We hope that we can count on your participation!


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Diane Daniels Honored with Keystone Press Award




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 12, 2012

CONTACT: DONALD PATTERSON
dantessoul@aol.com (412) 241-4436

LOCAL WRITER RECEIVES PNA AWARD


Diane I. Daniels receives the 2012 Keystone Press Award from a PNA representative.

PITTSBURGH, PA…….Since a junior in high school, Diane I. Daniels knew she wanted to be a journalist. Her first article was published in 1973 and she has been writing ever since. Her years of writing and reporting were recently recognized during the 2012 Keystone Press Awards Conference. She was one of hundreds of reporters, editors, photographers and page designers honored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA) Foundation during the awards banquet in Gettysburg. Based in Harrisburg, the PNA is a trade group serving newspapers in Pennsylvania seeking to "advance the interests of Pennsylvania newspapers" and protect the free and independent press.

Recognized for New Year Means New Attitude, an article that appeared in a January 2012 edition of the New Pittsburgh Courier, she was acknowledged in the Business or Consumer category. The article discussed President Barak Obama’s Jobs Act, the White House’s Startup America Initiative and included a 2012 forecast from local entrepreneurs, politicians and community leaders.

According to PNA officials, Daniels’ entrée was just one of close to 5000 entries - from 145 PNA newspapers. “It feels good to be recognized,” said Daniels.” “To be awarded on the state level is exciting.”

Daniels, the owner of DID and Associates, a Pittsburgh based public relations/ business development firm says that throughout her career her goal has been to assist in the creation, development and promotion of women, minority and youth businesses. Her business motto is that she - promotes, publicizes and popularizes. Understanding the importance of marketing for a small business and non- profit agencies, she has been responsible for and works with ventures to assure that they receive positive media recognition. As a result, she is noted for writing business features in several publications including the New Pittsburgh Courier, Soul Pitt Media and Onyx Woman Magazine. She also has been responsible for gaining media exposure for entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations in Dallas, TX and New York.

“Writing is a gift and talent that God has bestowed upon me and I am glad that the New Pittsburgh Courier is the outlet to relay the story of businesses and to educate the public. Since a teenager I've known the significance of the New Pittsburgh Courier to the African American community and dreamed of writing for them. It is an honor to be a part of their century old legacy.”

Daniels, a graduate of Wilberforce University has also received an award from the Semper Fidelis Club, one of the oldest social organizations in McKeesport for the many business features she has written and for being the first African American writer for her hometown newspaper, the McKeesport Daily News. The U.S. Small Business Administration has applauded her efforts by recognizing her as the 1994 Minority Small Business Advocate of Western Pennsylvania on the State and Mid-Atlantic Regional levels and was nominated as Media Advocate in 1996.

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DID and Associates
P. O. Box 8723 ◊ PITTSBURGH, PA 15221
PHONE (412) 241 - 4436 ◊ didassociates@yahoo.com


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Cherokee Culture Festival at Fort Necessity



Fort Necessity News Release


Release Date:  June 22, 2012
Contacts:    MaryEllen Snyder, maryellen_snyder@nps.gov, 724-329-8131



Cherokee Culture Festival at Fort Necessity 


Fort Necessity



FARMINGTON, Pa. – The National Park Service will host a Cherokee Cultural Heritage Festival at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8.

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will offer cultural presentations and demonstrations, including traditional dance performances by the Warriors of AniKituwha, a Cherokee dance group.  Ten tribal members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian have recreated Cherokee dances described in 1762, including the War Dance and the Eagle Tail dance.  Sponsored by The Museum of the Cherokee, The Warriors of AniKituwha are official cultural ambassadors for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  The dance performances are each day at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


There will also be presentations of Lt. Henry Timberlake and War Chief Ostenaco, emissaries who traveled to each other’s countries in 1762 to promote peace.  They will share their observations of each other’s customs, diplomacy, and material culture.   Presentations are at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Demonstrations of river cane basket making, woodcarving, blowguns and darts, fingerweaving, moccasin making, quill work, and Cherokee Warrior historic weapons will be given from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.  Traditional Cherokee crafts and art will be for sale by the artisans.

Park staff will present programs about soldiers’ life and the Battle at Fort Necessity at 9:30 a.m. ., 12:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.  A demonstration of historic weapons will follow each of these progarms.

There are no additional fees for presentations and demonstrations.  Visitors must pay the regular park entrance fee of $5 for adults.  Children 15 and under are admitted free.  Free parking is available at the former Woodland Zoo property, just west of Fort Necessity National Battlefield.  A shuttle bus will be provided from this off-site parking.  The Friends of Fort Necessity will have refreshments available for sale.

The Cherokee Cultural Heritage Festival is part of partnership between the National Park Service and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian that brought Emissaries of Peace: 1762 Cherokee & British Delegations, 250th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit to Fort Necessity.   Emissaries of Peace showcases Cherokee War Chief Ostenaco’s and Lt. Henry Timberlake’s journey to each other’s countries as Emissaries of Peace two hundred and fifty years ago. It is on exhibit in the park visitor center.


The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is located in Cherokee, North Carolina, and represents the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a federally-recognized tribe.   While the Cherokee culture is centered in the southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee,  Cherokee warriors scouted for the British and skirmished around French forts including Fort LeBoeuf (present-day Waterford, PA), and Fort Duquesne (present-day Pittsburgh).

Park Superintendent Jeff Reinbold invites visitors to come and learn about Cherokee heritage and their contributions to our national culture. “The event and exhibit represent wider tribal involvement, in the French and Indian War.  By including the southern theater and the Cherokee in Pennsylvania, we start to get a fuller picture of the scope and importance of what was started here at Fort Necessity.”

Reinbold suggests visitors arrive at least 30 minutes before the first program they wish to see.  He recommends wearing good walking shoes and notes that folding chairs or blankets may be brought into the park for more comfortable viewing.  There will be no rain date in case of inclement weather.

Fort Necessity’s partnership with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian is a part of the Park’s plan to conduct a series of special programs highlighting the role of American Indians involvement in the French and Indian War. In 2010 the Park worked in cooperation with the Little Traverse Bay Band of the Odawa.

In addition to the special programs described Park visitors will also be able to tour the Mount
Washington Tavern and attend French and Indian War soldier programs and musket firings at 9:30, Noon and 3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/fone and www.cherokeemuseum.org/exhibits-emissaries.htm.
www.nps.gov/fone

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Brian Brown: New Paintings at 709 Penn Gallery


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today's date: June 21, 2012

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust / www.TrustArts.org
Brian Brown: New Paintings
June 22-August 19, 2012

Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Opening Reception Friday, June 22, 6-8pm
709 Penn Gallery
Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District


 PITTSBURGH, PA -- Brian Brown unveils a series of new, primarily figurative paintings that are painstakingly detailed using traditional oil painting techniques. His imagery is inspired by dreams, memories, popular culture and pure unabashed imagination.

Brian Brown attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and earned a distinguished award upon graduation. He earned an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. Since then, Brian Brown has exhibited his paintings in Pittsburgh at Fe Gallery, the Miller Gallery, and in Sewickley, PA, as well as in galleries in New York City. In 2011, in a project supported by the Sprout Fund, he created a mural on Commerce Street depicting the East Liberty community.

For more information, contact Brian Brown at 586-565-0157 and brianbrownesquire@gmail.com

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Building Bridges for Business Debuts Coffee With... Video Series

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2012


Contact Information: 
Linda Handley, Founder
Phone: 412.475.9010
E-mail:info@buildingbridgesforbusiness.com
                                   
PITTSBURGH – Building Bridges for Business debuted its new Coffee With...SM video series – another resource aimed at empowering and educating small business owners in Pittsburgh – on the organization’s YouTube channel. The videos feature successful small business owners and political and community leaders discussing their thoughts on issues that are crowd sourced via the organizations Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn accounts and website.

On July 2, 2012 Dr Winslow Sargeant, Obama’s Chief Counsel of Advocacy for Small Business, video will be shared.  Dr Sargeant, who represents small businesses on regulatory matters, discusses the important role of small business in our economy and how to grow your business in these challenging times.

Current videos feature Pittsburgh City Council Members William Peduto and Corey O’Connor, Pennsylvania Candidate for State Representative Ed Gainey, political consultant Bonnie DiCarlo, Pittsburgh Black Business Directory publisher Connie Portis, Andre Weisbrod, president, Staar Financial Advisors and entrepreneurs Diane Daniels and Vern Alexander.

Topics discussed by guests in the video series include everything from the job market, small business growth and economic issues to sharing their favorite ride at Kennywood and, appropriately, how they take their coffee.

“Coffee With... gives successful small business owners and political leaders a chance to share their thoughts in an informal setting,” said Linda Handley, founder, Building Bridges for Business. “It also gives the small business community of Pittsburgh a chance to ask questions and address issues that affect them with these individuals via social media and a chance to hear what leaders think about key issues.”

The video series – which is shot on location at Elements Contemporary Cuisine in downtown Pittsburgh – debuted in May, with further installments planned to be released throughout the summer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6SWIqZHa94&feature=youtu.be

“Coffee With...SM  is an unique opportunity for to have information and access to business and community leaders in our region,” said JoAnn Forrester, President of SI Business Associates, a firm with over 30 years experience in business growth. Forrester continued, “It is important to know the players and find out how we can help one another grow our business and improve our community. Coffee With...SM is the perfect vehicle for this.” More on Coffee With... and Building Bridges for Business’ other development programs, is available on their homepage at BuildingBridgesForBusiness.org.


ABOUT BUILDING BRIDGES FOR BUSINESS

Based in Pittsburgh, Pa., Building Bridges for Business aims at empowering and educating the region’s small business leaders by providing resources to start, manage, grow and promote their businesses.

Since its inception in November 2010, Building Bridges for Business has hosted four sold out live events, featuring prominent keynote speakers, such as Dr. Winslow Sargeant, who is President Obama's main adviser from the Small Business Administration. In addition to live events, Building Bridges for Business launched Pittsburgh's first-ever small business Twitterchat.
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Single Mom, Daycare Owner Sponsors Fundraiser for OSOY



To Arrange an Interview Contact:
Nicole R. King (412) 331-0724 sweetdreamschildcare2@gmail.com

West End Single Mom, Daycare Owner Sponsors Fundraiser for Nonprofit She Credits with “Saving” Her Kids

This Media Announcement is
Relevant until July 7, 2012:



“I know that without the free and low cost programs that OSOY provides, my children would not have been able to experience a lot of what they did and could have made some very bad decisions. Their programming
is unique and very much needed in every community.  It provides hope for kids and help for parents especially the single mom with limited resources.”

Nicole King, a single mother of four daughters, and savvy, resourceful local business woman now lives and works in the West End area of Pittsburgh.  She was introduced to what is now OSOY (Operation Save Our Youth) through a friend, whose daughter participated in their Faith Based Mime Ministry called Children of Praise. Nicoleʼs oldest two daughters, then 9 and 10 years old, became interested and joined.  Sheʼs volunteered with the organization ever since and currently serves on a voluntary basis as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director.  OSOY is a grassroots, Faith Based organization that offers free and low cost programming for at-risk youth to help prevent the many negative influences they face on a daily basis.

“Iʼve been donating my time with this organization for years and this is one way for me to give back in a monetary way.  It takes a lot to make programs available to our youth and its imperative that programs like OSOY are able to continue their work in the community.”  “OSOY has been there for me and my hope is to see it be a blessing to youth and single parents in other communities.”

Nicoleʼs unique, home-based daycare center, called Sweet Dreams Childcare, provides 24 hour childcare in the West End and professional onsite childcare at weddings and special events.  On Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 1-3pm they will host their 2nd Annual Mystery Character “Celebrity” Extravaganza. This event will benefit Operation Save Our Youth and its programs. The event will be held at the Crafton-Ingram Bowling Lanes inside the Crafton-Ingram Shopping Center next to CW Price.  Cost of the event is $8/pp ages
11 and under and $10/pp 12 and up. This will include bowling shoes and 2 hours of fun filled bowling. Children can take a photo with our Mystery Character “Celebrity.”  For additional information or to register visit the Upcoming Events page at www.sweetdreamschildcare24-7.com or call (412) 331-0724.

You have the power to change a childʼs life, join us to see how!

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For details or information about OSOY (Operation Save Our Youth) and its programs you can visit www.osoy.net. Or contact James L. Brown, Executive Director (412) 675-0178.


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Downtown's First Yoga Studio Opens in Cultural District


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Downtown Pittsburgh’s first yoga studio opens in Cultural District
Bend Yoga brings fun, friendly and rejuvenating yoga workouts to Penn Avenue corridor
Preview classes held during The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Summer Gallery Crawl

On Friday, July 13, from 5:30- 9 p.m. attendees of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Summer Gallery Crawl are invited to preview classes at Downtown Pittsburgh’s first yoga studio, Bend Yoga, located at 808 Penn Avenue. Founded by entrepreneur and owner of Pilates Sol, Marcie Callan, Bend Yoga will open this July furthering the economic and retail development of the Cultural District.



“The inspiration for Bend Yoga began three years ago when I started to wonder, ‘Why isn’t there a yoga studio downtown?’ explains Ms. Callan. “You can take individual classes at a gym or through employee programs, but there isn’t one place solely dedicated to yoga. I wanted to create a bright, open and fun place where you can get a killer yoga workout.  Bend Yoga is meant to be a non-intimidating place for all backgrounds, genders and experience levels. You won't find any gongs or incense here.”

The 2,200 square-foot space on the second floor of 808 Penn Avenue will feature the yoga studio and dressing areas as well as a retail space featuring HARD TAIL Clothing and Gaiam yoga merchandise. HARD TAIL is a Santa Monica-based fashion house specializing in premium sportswear, and Gaiam is a leading brand in the yoga industry.  Local artists and sustainable clothing designers will also be featured.

Over 20 classes will be offered each week, incorporating many yoga styles including Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin and Hot Yoga. There will also be several Pilates classes.  A 200-hour yoga teacher training program will begin in October.

Ms. Callan is currently offering a Founding Member promotion. Founding Members receive one-month of unlimited classes at Bend Yoga during the first 30 days of business for $25 by purchasing online at bendyoga.com.  Founding Members will receive special discounts and invitations if they purchase before June 30th. For more information and a complete schedule of classes, visit bendyoga.com or call 412-339-9838.

A student of internationally acclaimed Pilates instructor Lolita San Miguel, Ms. Callan is a second generation certified Pilates instructor who began her career in Philadelphia in 2001. In 2003, she moved back to Pittsburgh and founded Pilates in Pittsburgh, a corporate wellness business, and simultaneously became part owner in a Pilates and yoga studio in the South Hills. In 2010, she opened Pilates Sol (900 Penn Avenue) which caters to clients interested in private one-on-one instruction utilizing the full spectrum of Pilates equipment.

She adds, “I see Pilates and yoga as lovely complements. Both practices provide incredible core strength and help to lengthen and create leaner muscles.”

Integral to her commitment to health and wellness, the core business plan of Bend Yoga factors in that 10% of all revenue will be donated to charity. She plans on scheduling yoga-centric charity events that will benefit organizations in impoverished countries as well as in the Pittsburgh region.

“Because this studio is the realization of years of dreaming, praying, waiting and searching,” notes Ms. Callan, “I decided that this business could have a social enterprise component and that Bend Yoga could have a bigger purpose than just yoga.”

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Contact: Marcie Callan
mcallan@bendyoga.com
412-339-9838


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Honeck Leads PSO on Tour in Florida in February


For Immediate Release
June 12, 2012

HONECK TO LEAD PSO ON FLORIDA TOUR IN FEBRUARY

Concerts in West Palm Beach, Miami, Sarasota, Gainesville; pianist Denis Matsuev joins PSO on tour, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

PITTSBURGH – Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in February on a tour of Florida.

The orchestra will perform Feb. 19 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Feb. 21 at Miami’s Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 23 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, and Feb. 24 at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Arts, Gainesville.

Joining the PSO on this tour will be renowned pianist Denis Matsuev, who will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Gramophone magazine described Matsuev as “a virtuoso in the grandest of Russian traditions who returns us to the great days of Emil Gilels. ... He literally possesses the sort of technique which begins where others end.”

Matsuev last appeared with the PSO in February 2011 at Heinz Hall, wowing audiences with his performance of Tchaikovksy’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

The tour program also will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain.

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.

From 2007 to 2011, Honeck was Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart where he conducted premieres including Berlioz's Les Troyens, Mozart's Idomeneo, Verdi's Aida, Richard Strauss' Rosenkavalier, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and Wagner's Lohengrin and Parsifal, as well as numerous symphonic concerts. His operatic guest appearances include Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Salzburg Festival, and Verbier Festival in Switzerland.


Denis Matsuev has become a fast-rising star on the international concert stage since his triumphant victory at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. He has collaborated with the world’s best known orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmonic, Vienna Symphoniker, Accademia Nationale di Santa-Cecilia, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the European Chamber Orchestra. He is continually engaged with legendary Russian orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Matsuev’s worldwide festival appearances include Leipzig’s Mendelssohn and Schumann Festival in Germany, Chopin Festival in Poland, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Mito Festival, both in Italy, Les Choregies d’Orange in France, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Enescu Festival in Romania, and the Ravinia Festival in the United States.

Tour details:

MANFRED HONECK, conductor
DENIS MATSUEV, piano

Program: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

WEST PALM BEACH
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19

Tickets go on sale Oct. 6. Call 561.832.7469 or 1.800.572.8471, or visit www.kravis.org.
MIAMI
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21

Tickets go on sale Sept. 8. Call 305.949.6722, or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
SARASOTA
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23

Tickets go on sale Sept. 8. Call 941.953.3368 or 1.800.826.9303, or visit www.vanwezel.org.
GAINESVILLE
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24

Tickets go on sale July 13. Call 352.392.2787, or visit http://performingarts.ufl.edu
Also:
There will be a private event hosted by PSO supporters on Friday, Feb. 22, in Naples, Fla.

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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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Jazz on the Hillside Concert for Schenley Heights Community Development Programs


Keith Taylor
 (412) 657-6512
 taylorke@upmc.edu

 Victoria A. Garner
(412) 977-9776
vag127@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JAZZ ON THE HILLSIDE CONTINUES PITTSBURGH’S RICH JAZZ LEGACY
Concert supports Schenley Heights Community Development Programs

Pittsburgh- June 4 - Pittsburgh’s rich jazz legacy is known throughout the world.  On Friday, June 22 from 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., the legacy will continue for a very worthy cause at the 8th Annual Jazz on the Hillside fundraising concert on the lawn of the Schenley Heights Community Development Program (SHCDP) Multi-Purpose Center, 3171 Ewart Drive.

Jazz on the Hillside is a great way to celebrate the mission of the SHCDP and Pittsburgh’s musical legacy,” said Reverend Johnnie Monroe, Executive Director of SHCDP. “This year’s wonderful evening of entertainment will feature the music of Jeff Montgomery, Howie Alexander, Tubby Daniels, Southern Comfort, and many other outstanding local jazz artists, and we are excited to once again have Tony Mowod, President and Founder of the Pittsburgh Jazz Society as our emcee.”

Jazz on the Hillside is made possible in part through support from UPMC Health Plan, Mosites Construction, Donald Hamm Insurance, Mistick Construction, The Honorable Jake Wheatley, and Robert Wholey and Company, Inc.

All Individual tickets are $35.00 each and will be available until sold out.  Contributions and donations are tax-deductible, and proceeds from this event support various Schenley Heights Community Development Programs including:
•         After School Tutorial Enrichment Program (A-STEP)
•         Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
•         NADIA track and field program
•         Project LEARNS at Weil Elementary School
•         Parent support groups
•         Early childhood classrooms.

The Schenley Heights Community Development Program (SHCDP) was established in 1995 to provide an alternative to crime and other socially destructive activities that too often plague inner city, low-income communities. The organization’s target population is Pittsburgh's urban youth, most of whom dwell in the Hill District community. Through a variety of successful programs, over 350 participants ages 3-18 and their families are exposed to various activities that promote academic and life success as well as activities that encourage behavioral and physical wellness.

For more information about Schenley Heights Community Development Programs and Jazz on the Hillside, please visit our website at www.shcdp.org.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Honeck Conducts Grande Finale of PSO Grand Classics Season


For Immediate Release
June 8, 2012

HONECK CONDUCTS GRAND FINALE OF PSO GRAND CLASSICS SEASON, CONTINUES MAHLER CYCLE

Concert highlight includes PSO’s Gorton-Van Hoesen family performing Goossens’ Concert Piece

PITTSBURGH –  Music Director Manfred Honeck closes the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s BNY Mellon Grand Classics season next week with three concerts featuring two momentous works.

The concerts will feature the PSO’s Gorton-Van Hoesen family (James, Gretchen and daughter Heidi) coming together to perform the imaginative Concert Piece for Oboe/English Horn, Two Harps and Orchestra by Eugene Goossens.

Honeck also continues the PSO’s Mahler Cycle with the immensely moving and provacative masterpiece – the Sixth Symphony. Last performed by the PSO 10 years ago, this “Tragic“ Symphony is an epic work that will leave the audience in awe of the sheer musical power manifested by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.


The concerts begin at 8 p.m., Friday, June 15  and Saturday, June 16,  and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. 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.

James Gorton, Co-Principal Oboist, Mildred S. Myers and William C. Frederick Chair, joined the PSO in 1971. Prior to joining the PSO, Gorton was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, and Principal Oboe of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Oboe of the Colorado Philharmonic, New Hampshire Music Festival, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and Strings in the Mountains Festival. As oboe soloist, Gorton gave the Pittsburgh premiere of Witold Lutoslawski’s Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra with harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen, conductor Zdenek Macal and the PSO in May 1985. Gorton presented the Rochester premiere of L’Horloge de flore (The Flower Clock) by Jean Françaix with the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra under Walter Hendl.  Other solo appearances with the PSO have included both the Mozart and Haydn Sinfonia concertante and the Hertel Concerto in E-flat for Oboe and Trumpet.  In addition, Gorton has appeared as soloist with the Colorado Philharmonic, New Hampshire Music Festival, Johnstown Symphony, Carnegie Civic Symphony (now Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra) and the Main Line (Philadelphia) Symphony. His performance of the C.P.E. Bach Concerto in D minor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra was named one of the Top Ten Concerts of 2001 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Gretchen Van Hoesen has been Principal Harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1977. She presently holds the Virginia Campbell endowed Principal Harp Chair of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, both on the subscription series and on tour. She gave the New York premiere of the Alberto Ginastera Harp Concerto in 1976 and the Pittsburgh premiere in 1978. She has appeared as soloist with conductors André Previn, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Zdnek Macal, Sergiu Comissiona, and Pinchas Zukerman and has collaborated with flutists James Galway, Bernard Goldberg, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Emmanuel Pahud. Van Hoesen and her husband, PSO Co-Principal Oboe James Gorton, presented the Pittsburgh premiere of Witold Lutoslawski's Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra on the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series.  She gave the US premiere of Suite Concertante for solo harp and orchestra by Manuel Moreno-Buendia in San Antonio, Texas. In March 2008, she presented the world premiere of Sir André Previn’s Concerto for Harp on the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series.


Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton has been described as one of the most outstanding solo, chamber and orchestral musicians of her generation and has performed solo recitals the world over from New York to Los Angeles, Vancouver to Vienna. As an orchestral player Heidi has performed with the Pittsburgh, Boston and Hartford Symphony Orchestras with maestros Manfred Honeck, Andrew Davis, Marek Janowski, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Gianandrea Noseda, and James Levine. She has been a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony since 2001, after having participated in the National Repertory Orchestra of America (a preeminent intensive fellowship that equips young musicians for orchestral music careers). Heidi has been an active participant in the Strings Chamber Music Festival, as well as the Music Festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood and Interlochen.

Editors Please Note:
Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m.

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
JAMES GORTON, oboe
GRETCHEN VAN HOESEN, harp
HEIDI VAN HOESEN GORTON, harp
                     
Eugene Goossens Concert Piece for Oboe/English Horn, Two Harps and Orchestra, Opus 65

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6 in A minor “Tragic”
I.            Allegro energico, ma non troppo
II.            Andante moderato
III.            Scherzo
IV.            Finale
                             
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 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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