Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Neverlands at 709 Penn Gallery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
847-477-8714/Warchall@TrustArts.org
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org



LOCAL MIXED MEDIA ARTIST EXPLORES DEATH
THROUGH NARRATIVE OF PETER PAN

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
 THE VISUAL ART EXHIBITION
 NEVERLANDS

January 17 – February 23, 2014 | 709 Penn Gallery
 Exhibition Opening & Reception | January 17 | 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Neverlands by local artist Terry Boyd. The exhibition is on view at 709 Penn Gallery in the Cultural District January 17–February 23, 2014. An opening reception is held January 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Boyd’s present work embodies an individualistic view of life and death. Through a series of mixed media drawings—ink, Mylar, and thread on paper—Boyd examines the imagery in the familiar yet playful skies, seas, grounds, and characters originally described in author J.M. Barrie’s stories, such as Peter Pan. His images, characterized by sharp vertical lines, often include silhouettes of familiar objects, like a coffin and a ship in the work and the echoes seemed to cry savagely, titled after a line from Peter Pan.


“Terry is an emerging talent in Pittsburgh. In Neverlands, Terry starts with the narrative of Peter Pan, and finds themes in the landscape of the novel—innocence and war, life and death—and infuses his drawings with those themes,” says Sonja Sweterlitsch, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Manager of Community Art.


In his recent work, Boyd examines the phenomenon of “Peter Pans” as a metaphorical interpretation of individual distractions of death that parallel nostalgic characters and landscapes. Beginning as a personal exploration of growing up and sympathy for his late father, Boyd’s investigation translated into images and objects of muted cross-sections of rock and earth. Boyd hopes these images resonate with members of an emerging adult audience, causing them to question their own permanence and place.


Terry Boyd earned a bachelor of fine arts in electronic time-based media, painting, and contextual practice from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a master of arts management from the same institution. An award-winning artist, Boyd has exhibited in both solo and group shows throughout Pittsburgh, PA, in addition to a group show in both Buffalo, NY, and Chicago, IL.

About 709 Penn Gallery
709 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is located at 709 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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Images courtesy of the artist

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SRU's Mihalik Coach of the Year


Rock's Mihalik named as AFCA regional Coach of the Year

WACO, Texas – Slippery Rock University Head Football Coach George Mihalik was named Tuesday as
the American Football Coaches Association's Division II Region 1 Coach of the Year.

Mihalik received the honor in voting by his head and assistant coaching peers in the region, which includes 30 teams from the Pennsylvania State Athletic, Mountain East and Northeast-10 conferences.

The AFCA regional Coach of the Year honor was the third earned by Mihalik, who was previously honored in 1997 and 1998.


Mihalik earned his latest honor by leading The Rock to a 9-3 overall record, the outright Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division championship and their first berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs since 1999.

The Rock's all-time leader in career wins with a 176-106-4 record in 26 seasons, Mihalik currently ranks second among active PSAC head coaches and fourth among active Division II coaches, as well as fifth on the PSAC's all-time wins list.

Mihalik-coached Rock teams have won or shared six PSAC-West titles since 1997, earned two conference runner-up finishes and competed in four NCAA playoffs.

In recognition of his leadership abilities, Mihalik, in addition to the three regional honors, has received five PSAC-West Coach of the Year honors and two awards from officiating organizations.

The coaching awards are but a few of the prestigious honors that have been bestowed on Mihalik.

Mihalik has been inducted into five different halls of fame: SRU Athletic (1997), Butler Area Sports (2001), Cambria County Sports (2006), Pennsylvania Sports Western Chapter (2012) and Bishop Carroll High School (2012).

Mihalik was a charter member of the Ebensburg high school's Hall of Fame.

In typical Mihalik fashion, The Rock head coach shared the credit and honors.

"I have always maintained the coaching awards I have been fortunate enough to receive should be cut up and presented to the assistant coaches and players," Mihalik said. "Throughout the years, I have had the good fortune of having excellent assistant coaches and players. They deserve the credit."

The AFCA recognizes five regional Coach of the Year winners in each of the Association's five divisions:
Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA.

The winners were selected by active members of the AFCA, who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions.

The 2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized Jan. 14 at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2014 AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

Bob McComas
Sports Information Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office: 724.738.2777
Fax: 724.738.4761
Cell: 724.421.5658
Email: robert.mccomas@sru.edu
www.sru.edu

A ROCK SOLID Education

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Arena: Remembering the Igloo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:
Jessica Warchall, Visual Art Publicist, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
847-477-8714/Warchall@TrustArts.org
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org      
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org





PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS

THE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

ARENA: REMEMBERING THE IGLOO

January 17 – March 2, 2014 | 707 Penn Gallery
Exhibition Opening | January 17 | 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Arena: Remembering the Igloo by local photographer David Aschkenas. The exhibition presents a visual record of Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena’s last months in operation and during its yearlong demolition process. The exhibition is on view January 17–March 2, 2014, at 707 Penn Gallery in the Cultural District, and an opening reception takes place January 17, 2014, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.


The Pittsburgh Civic Arena operated in downtown Pittsburgh from 1961 to 2010 as a venue hosting concerts, rallies, sporting contests, and exhibitions, among many other events. Most notably, the Civic Arena, nicknamed the Igloo, was home to the Pittsburgh Penguins professional ice hockey team from 1967 to its close.

The only photographer licensed by the Sports and Exhibition Authority to have total access to the Civic Arena during its demolition, Aschkenas shot more than 10,000 photographs of the project. From wide-angle shots showing the pre-demolition Civic Arena among its surroundings, to close-up images of the seemingly mundane objects within, the photographs on display fully portray the iconic building during it demise.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Aschkenas is releasing a book under the same title: Arena: Remembering the Igloo. The book is available online through Amazon, Apple iTunes, and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation website. Containing more than 100 photographs, the book also collects people’s memories of and experiences in the Civic Arena.

David Aschkenas has been a photographer for more than 30 years. His work has appeared in publications such as Time, Men's Health, Good Housekeeping, Stern, More, Marie Claire, PC World, Der Spiegel, Pittsburgh Quarterly, among others. Aschkenas’s work is held in numerous collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK; The Polaroid Corporation; The Howard Heinz Endowment; and The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.

About 707 Penn Gallery
707 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is located at 707 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visitwww.TrustArts.org.

About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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Images Courtesy of the Artist

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Cast of Judge Jackie Justice Revealed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 ext. 224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org

A cast so talented it shouldn’t be LEGAL!
Meet the cast of the Judge Jackie Justice – A New Musical Comedy


Pittsburgh, December 2, 2013 – Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast for the WORLD PREMIERE of the hysterical original musical comedy Judge Jackie Justice, which will run January 31 through April 27 at the CLO Cabaret. Tickets start at $34.75 and are available a tCLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.

Cast (In Alphabetical Order)
Maggie Carr (Woman #1) previously worked with the Pittsburgh CLO on last summer’s Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom. Ms. Carr is a Pittsburgh native and graduate (BFA) of Point Park University. Regional theatre credits include A Funny Thing Happened… (Theatre Barn), Suite Surrender (St. Vincent Summer Theatre), Mid-Strut (The REP), The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Black and White Theatre Co.), and Sweeney Todd (Carrnivale Theatrics). Film/web:Conversations w/ My Ex (52AND9 Productions), Knuckle Sandwich (dir. Bailey Donovan). Her original play Open House was published last year, and she is a cofounder of Black and White Theatre Co. and Carrnivale Theatrics.

Jason Coll (Henry) returns to Pittsburgh CLO and the CLO Cabaret where he served as the Associate Artistic Director for many years.  Acting credits include shows with Bricolage Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, WV Public, City Theatre, as well as numerous commercials and voiceovers.  Mr. Coll has had six of his musicals produced by Pittsburgh CLO and has written and produced two original television pilots, “WRITE ON!” and “MUNHALL.”  CLO directing credits include A Musical Christmas Carol, The Big Bang and numerous Richard Rodgers Awards.  His company, Frog Prince Creative, produces dynamic events and theatrical productions.  Mr. Coll currently serves as Music Director at St. Sylvester Parish.

Connor McCanlus (Man #1) is making his CLO Cabaret debut. Local credits include Unseam'd Shakespeare (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] and The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle), Prime Stage Theatre (The Elephant Man and A Wrinkle in Time), Miniature Curiosa, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company, and Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.  He is an improv comedian and musical improviser at Steel City Improv Theater and Arcade Comedy Theater; his work has been featured in festivals in New York City (UCB, PIT, Magnet) and Chicago (Athenaeum).  Mr. McCanlus is also the co-creator and director of HELLO DONNY: A Showtunes Sing-Along! at Backstage Bar.

Kara Mikula (Judge Jackie) returns to the CLO Cabaret after playing Lita Encore in Ruthless! The Musical.  Her Pittsburgh CLO credits include:  Annie (Sophie/Mrs. Pugh), Fiddler on the Roof, Sunset Boulevard, The Sound of Music (Sister Margaretta), Oliver! (Mrs. Bedwin) and A Musical Christmas Carol.  Other credits:  Grease (Cha-Cha) at The Gateway Theatre; Funny Girl(Mrs. O’Malley) at the Riverside Theatre; The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmier) at KCStarlight; The Boys from Syracuse (Luce) at Surflight Theatre.  Ms. Mikula is a graduate of Point Park University.

Caroline Nicolian (Understudy) was last seen in Side by Side by Sondheim and A Grand Night for Singing at the CLO Cabaret.  A native of Pittsburgh, she has worked for numerous theater companies in the city such as Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Carrnivale Theatrics, and QM Productions. She received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University and her credits there include Jane Eyre the Musical, Can-Can!, Assassins, and Parade. One of her proudest moments was singing the National Anthem for President Barack Obama.

Quinn Patrick Shannon (Understudy) previously appeared in Plaid Tidings and A Grand Night for Singing at the CLO Cabaret.  You may have also seen him as Wladek in Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre's Our Class. Other regional credits include the Playhouse REP, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and Theatreworks USA.

Jonathan Visser (Shane) has worked with Bricolage, The City Theater, The REP, PICT, and Pittsburgh CLO as Sylvia St. Croix in Ruthless! The Musical. He is a graduate of the Masters program at the University of Tennessee, 2010. Other regional credits include Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Clarence Brown Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Hope Summer Repertory and PCPA.

The Creative Team
Michael Kooman (music) and Christopher Dimond (book & lyrics) are recent recipients of the 2013 Fred Ebb Award.  They previously received the 2010 Jonathan Larson Grant and are the first recipients of the Lorenz Hart Award. Between them, they have received the Burton Lane Award, the Harold Adamson Award, the KC/ACTF Musical Theatre Award, an Anna Sosenko Grant and numerous ASCAP Plus awards.

Their musical Dani Girl has been work-shopped at the Kennedy Center, American Conservatory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, the Festival of New American Musicals, and was featured in the 2011 NAMT Festival of New Musicals. The show has seen recent productions in Toronto, Dallas, Boston, and Australia.

In 2013, their musical Orphie and the Book of Heroes will premiere at the Kennedy Center. Their original musical The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes has been part of the O'Neill Music Theater Conference, the Human Race Theatre New Works Festival, and the Village Theatre New Works Festival.

The duo’s other works include Golden Gate (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Homemade Fusion(London’s Ambassadors Theater, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), the family-friendly Christmas musical Junior Claus and the short film “Flour Baby.”

Michael and Chris are proud members of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. They were Dramatists Guild Fellows, received a fellowship at the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, and attended the Johnny Mercer Songwriting workshop.  Their debut album, “Out of Our Heads,” featuring an all-star lineup of Broadway performers, is now available on iTunes.

The Dramaturge for Judge Jackie Justice is Mary Jane Brennan.

Van Kaplan (Director/Pittsburgh CLO Executive Producer) returns to the CLO Cabaret after directing You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! in 2012 and Ruthless! The Musical in 2011.  He made his Pittsburgh CLO directing debut in 2002 with Guys and Dolls at the Benedum Center, and has since directed She Loves Me  and West Side Story. He is the director each year for The Jimmy™ Awards at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. His other directorial credits include the critically acclaimed production of Kopit and Yeston’s Phantom at North Shore Musical Theater,On the Town, Shear Madness, Sweeney Todd with Candy Buckley, Nunsense starring Jo Anne Worley, Guys and Dolls starring Georgia Engel and South Pacific starring Cathy Rigby. Mr. Kaplan has worked with such celebrities as Betty Buckley, Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Carol Channing, Jerry Seinfeld, Johnny Mathis and Debbie Reynolds.  As a producer, he has produced the Broadway productions of Evita, The Addams Family, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, and the upcoming production of An American in Paris as well as over 100 regional theater productions and tours.

Mr. Kaplan has consulted for the National Endowment for the Arts, a former Theatre Panel chair for the Texas Commission on the Arts, and has served as adjunct professor for Carnegie Mellon’s Masters of Arts Management Program. He has been a Tony Awards® voter for over 20 years, is on the Board of The Broadway League, serves on the Investment Committee of the Independent Presenters Network (IPN) and is a past president of The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), of which Pittsburgh CLO is a founding member.

Kiesha Lalama (Choreographer) has created more than 40 works to date.  Kiesha continues to work towards launching The Bench, Journey Into Love for professional production.  The conceived and choreographed full-length dance theatre production, The Bench received rave reviews and was honored to be named to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s "Best of Dance" Top Ten list in both 2009 and 2010.  Other recent choreography highlights include In the Heights, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” the National High School Musical Theater Awards on Broadway, as featured in the PBS series Broadway or Bust, Shed for DCDC-Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Clairvoyance for Wright State University, All Shook Up for North Shore Music Theatre, Alegria for Giordano Dance Chicago and Torque for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble.  Lalama has created works for companies such as Ballet Arkansas, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Jazz Dance World Congress, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, the Youth American Grand Prix, Kansas City Starlight Theatre and the film Sorority Row.  In 2009, Ms. Lalama was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch” and has been awarded a Leo’s Award for choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress.  The Youth American Grand Prix has twice named Lalama to the coveted "Top 12" and honored her with the Outstanding Choreography Award.
As an educator, Ms. Lalama serves as an Associate Professor in the Point Park University Dance Department and as the Education Director for the Pittsburgh CLO.  Master class and workshop highlights include: Cirque du Soleil, DCDC, Giordano Dance Chicago, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, numerous universities, and Dance Educators of America.  Ms. Lalama graduated with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and has her BA in Dance from Point Park University.  Ms. Lalama is a proud member of SDC.

Michael Moricz (Music Director) has arranged material for John Lithgow, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Linda Lavin, Marvin Hamlisch, Renee Fleming, Ashley Brown, B.E. Taylor, the Nederlander Organization and many others. He has composed original music for the Showtime, Disney, Discovery, Fox and PBS networks; incidental music for the Pittsburgh Public Theater; and arranged and conducted theatrical and special events nationwide, including CLO’s Gene Kelly Awards. Michael is the music director for Broadway’s annual “Jimmy Awards” featured in PBS’s “Broadway or Bust” mini-series. His extensive work with dance includes long associations with ABT, Mark Morris Dance Group, Houston Ballet, PBT and Juilliard. He is especially proud to have been the music director for several seasons of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and composed the ID music you hear daily on WQED-TV.

The Story
Judge Jackie Justice
You’ve been summoned for a brand new musical comedy!
The musical courtroom of Judge Jackie Justice is now in session at the CLO Cabaret. Behold “real” cases involving zombies, spaceships, furries and more!  TV’s hottest Judge relishes in ruling on the personal affairs of people just like you, but what happens when the tables are turned?  You won’t “object” to this brand new musical comedy with book and music by award-winning songwriters Kooman and Dimond, conceived and directed by Van Kaplan.

Performance Schedule for Judge Jackie Justice
Wednesdays   7:30pm
Thursdays      1:00pm* & 7:30pm * Thursday matinees – 2/27, 3/27, 4/24
Fridays           7:30pm
Saturdays       2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays          2:00pm
Tickets
Tickets start at $34.75 and are available online at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more can call the Group Sales Hotline at412-325-1582 to learn more about special discounts, priority seating and corporate discounts. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for more information.

2014 CLO Cabaret Series
The premiere of Judge Jackie Justice will join the Pittsburgh CLO premiere of Ring of Fire and the hilarious return of Dixie’s Tupperware Party to complete the 2014 Cabaret Series.  Three-Show Cabaret Series Subscriptions are on sale now and can be purchased for $100 by calling412-281-2822.  Individual tickets for Ring of Fire and Dixie’s Tupperware Party will be on sale in February.
Pittsburgh CLO media members may access photos and other show materials by visiting thePress Room at pittsburghCLO.org. When prompted, simply enter “pressroom” as the username and “pittstadium” as the password.

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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 18 Broadway shows (24 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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True Blues at Carnegie Lecture Hall

For Immediate Release                                  
Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Coordinator
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
(412) 361-1915, lalexander@calliopehouse.org

CALLIOPE PRESENTS
True Blues:
Corey Harris, Guy Davis &
Alvin Youngblood Hart


(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes True Blues to the Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland) on Saturday, January 25, 2014, 7:30 PM.

Tickets are available by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting our website: www.calliopehouse.org. $39 / $23 student rush w/ ID, (prices include handling fee).

For additional information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915.


Hosted by Corey Harris, a MacArthur Grant recipient, and featuring renowned roots musician Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart, True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation. The True Blues concert vividly brings to life this crucial wellspring of American music. Harris is just one of a team of premier blues artists who appear on True Blues, a 13-song live CD released in 2013, on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group. Recorded at various venues throughout the United States including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, True Blues explores and celebrates the genre and follows its rich history from the Mississippi delta of the early 1900s to the present day.

Both Corey Harris and Alvin Youngblood Hart were featured in Martin Scorcese’s “The Blues: A Musical Journey,” which followed Corey on a roots journey to West Africa. Alvin contributed, as well, to Wim Wenders’ ” The Soul Of a Man” and Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters.” Guy has often followed in the Thespian footsteps of his parents, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, most recently in the Broadway revival of “Finian’s Rainbow,” and earlier in “Mulebone” and “Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil.”

True Blues – like the music and the tradition that it celebrates – runs the gamut of human emotion and worldly experience. When the voices and the songs and the stories are true, the blues offers something for every listener at every possible step on his or her journey.

This tour engagement of True Blues is funded through the American Masterpieces program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Visit their webpages here:
http://www.corey-harris.com/
http://www.guydavis.com/
http://www.mojomusic.com/alvin/
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope’s mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.  Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
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Lisa Alexander, MFA
PR Coordinator
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-361-1915
www.calliopehouse.org

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PSO To Perform at Carnegie Hall Music Festival

For Immediate Release



PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO APPEAR IN SPRING FOR MUSIC FESTIVAL AT CARNEGIE HALL IN MAY 2014

PITTSBURGH—One of America’s finest orchestra’s will take the stage in one of its most fabled and historic halls when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs the final concert of the 2014 Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Spring for Music is a unique festival that is designed to allow chosen symphonies and orchestras to showcase their artistic philosophy through distinctive and creative programming in one of the world’s most competitive musical environments. The repertoire that the Pittsburgh Symphony, led by Music Director Manfred Honeck, is performing includes an a cappella choral work by Anton Bruckner (“Ave Maria”), the final scene from Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites,” the New York premiere of James MacMillan’s “Woman of the Apocalypse” and Wolfgang Amadé Mozart’s “Requiem” (“Mozart’s Death in Words and Music”). The Spring for Music festival will be the 82nd time the Pittsburgh Symphony has performed at Carnegie Hall.

Also appearing at the Spring for Music festival this year are the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony & May Festival Chorus.

This unique orchestral festival will run from May 5 to 10, 2014. Tickets are priced at $25 for any seat in the house with a discount for multiple performances (six concerts for $100). Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at 412-392-4900 or 800-743-8560.

Spring for Music is an annual festival each May at Carnegie Hall showing and celebrating the quality and creativity of North American orchestras. Now in its fourth year, Spring for Music was categorized by the press after its debut season as “bold,” “gripping,” “vibrant,” inspired,” “virtuosic” and “brilliant.” Spring for Music was created by three music industry veterans who serve as the project’s directors: Thomas W. Morris, CEO and artistic director; David V. Foster, production director; and Mary Lou Falcone, public relations director. For more information, please visit the Spring for Music website at springformusic.com.

For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The Pittsburgh Symphony, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which has been touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, continues to be acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. It has made 40 international tours, including 20 in Europe, eight to the Far East, and two to South America. In January 2004, under the baton of Gilbert Levine, the Pittsburgh Symphony was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration. Recordings and radio concerts are also an important part of the orchestra’s tradition. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International (PRI). The PRI series is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh and is made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit pittsburghsymphony.org.

Photo Credit:  Felix Broede
Manfred Honeck was appointed the ninth music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in January 2007, and began his tenure at the start of the 2008-2009 season. After a first extension in 2009, his contract was extended for the second time in February 2012, now through the 2019-2020 season. Honeck was born in Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music in Vienna. An accomplished violinist and violist, he spent more than 10 years as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.  He began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded, and as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. In 2010, Honeck was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. Apart from his numerous tasks as conductor, he has been artistic director of the “International Concerts Wolfegg” in Germany for more than 15 years. Honeck served as principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 to 2011, a position he has resumed for another three years at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season. As a guest conductor, Honeck has worked with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic and in the United States with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

F. Murray Abraham
Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham has established a reputation for his powerful and sensitive work in the genre of spoken word with music. He has performed under the batons of some of the greatest conductors in America and Europe and made his New York Philharmonic debut in May 2005 as the Narrator in Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du soldat.” He returned in June 2006 to narrate Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” and again in December 2007 for a presentation of “Inside the Music” with Gerard McBurney featuring Shostakovich Symphony No. 4. He has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, and performed Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex” at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and James Levine. In May 2008, he performed the “Genesis Suite” with the Seattle Symphony and Gerard Schwartz.  In October 2012, Abraham returned to his native Pittsburgh, reading letters from Mozart to his father in the Pittsburgh Symphony’s dramatic presentation of Mozart’s “Requiem,” led by Manfred Honeck. This year, he will make his solo singing debut with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at the Prague Proms in Steven Mercurio’s “A Grateful Tail.” Abraham has appeared in more than 80 films, including “Amadeus,” for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor, as well as Golden Globe and L.A. Film Critics Awards. Abraham’s television appearances have most recently included the hit series “Homeland,” “The Good Wife” and “Louie.” A veteran of the theater stage, Abraham has appeared in more than 90 plays, among them Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” (for which he received an Obie Award), “Trumbo,” “Standup Shakespeare,” Susan Stroman’s “A Christmas Carol,” the title role in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “Angels in America” (both Millennium Approaches and Perestroika), “Waiting for Godot” and many more. He made his L.A. debut in Ray Bradbury’s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and his N.Y. debut as a Macy’s Santa Claus. Soon thereafter he went to Broadway in “The Man in the Glass Booth,” directed by Harold Pinter. In 2005, Abraham penned “A Midsummer Night's Dream: Actors on Shakespeare,” a commentary chronicling his experience playing the character of Bottom in “A Midsummer Night's Dream” on stage. In January 2013, Abraham was honored with The Moscow Art Theatre Award, also received by the distinguished director Peter Brook. He lives in New York and is a proud grandfather.

Tenor Benjamin Bruns began his singing career as an alto soloist with the boys’ choir in his home city of Hanover. After four years of private singing lessons, he studied at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg under the Kammersängerin Renate Behle. While still a student, he was offered a permanent contract by the Theater Bremen, a position which allowed him to build up a broadly based repertoire at an early age. It was followed by a similar contract with the opera house in Cologne. His professional journey then took him via the Dresden State Opera to the Vienna State Opera, where he can be heard in the great lyrical roles, such as Tamino, Don Ottavio, Ferrando, Belmonte and Conte Almaviva. He has performed as a guest at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, the Staatstheater in Nuremberg, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. At the heart of his extensive concert repertoire are some of the great sacred works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn. He has sung with renowned ensembles such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Czech Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Cappella Istropolitana, the chorus and orchestra of Netherlands Radio, the Tölzer Knabenchor, the Dresden Baroque Orchestra, the Bremen Philharmonic, the London Symphony Chorus, the orchestra of the Bach Academy in Stuttgart, and the Gächinger Kantorei conducted by Helmuth Rilling. In the 2013-2014 season, Bruns will perform at the Vienna State Opera as Tamino in the new production of Mozart`s The Magic Flute under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. He also will sing in Richard Strauss` Arabella at the Salzburg Easter Festival under Christian Thielemann. Also this season, in Bach`s Christmas Oratorio, he will perform with the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig under Georg Christoph Biller as well as with the Windsbacher Knabenchor under Martin Lehmann and also with Enoch zu Guttenberg and the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern. He will sing Mozart’s Requiem in Pittsburgh and New York with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck and also Haydn`s The Seasons under Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Vienna. Bruns is an awardee of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang (Federal Singing Competition) in Berlin, the Mozart Competition in Hamburg and the international singing competition of the Schloss Rheinsberg Chamber Opera. The special honors accorded to him include the 2008 Kurt Hübner Prize, awarded by the Theater Bremen, and the 2009 Young Musicians’ Prize awarded by the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong has earned high praise in both North America and Europe for her “well-cultivated and “big, bright and pleasing voice.” In the current season, DeShong returns to Lyric Opera Chicago where she will be heard as Hänsel in “Hänsel und Gretel,” a role she performed to great success at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2010. She makes her company debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as Rosina in “Il barbiere di Siviglia,” and will be heard with The Cleveland Orchestra in performances of Peter Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. She opened the previous season as Maffio Orsini in “Lucrezia Borgia” for San Francisco Opera and returned to the Metropolitan Opera where she was heard as Hermia in the new production of “The Enchanted Island.” Additional performances included Suzuki in “Madama Butterfly” with Veroza Company in Japan and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Akron Symphony. DeShong is a graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she has been heard in several productions including “The Barber of Seville” (Rosina), “Salome” (Page), “Carmen” (Mercédès) and “Falstaff” (Meg Page). Her debut season at The Metropolitan Opera included productions “La Rondine” and “Rusalka.” DeShong also has been a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra in “Parsifal” (conducted by Pierre Boulez), Debussy’s “La damoiselle élue” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Blossom Music Festival). She has been heard at Wolf Trap Opera as Komponist and as Ruggiero in “Alcina.” DeShong was awarded first prize by the American Opera Society of Chicago and has also received the Union League Competition’s Rose Ann Grundman Award (2006), the Musicians Club of Women’s Edith Newfield Scholarship (2006), the Sullivan Foundation Award (2006), and the 2007 Musicians Club of Women’s Lynne Harvey Scholarship. In 2001, she was Grand Prize Winner of the Tennessee-based Orpheus National Music Competition. She also holds awards from the Dayton Opera Guild, National Association of Teachers of Singing and Opera Columbus. DeShong is an alumna of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music.

At the beginning of the 2013-2014 season, soprano Sunhae Im was seen as Dorinda in a new staging of Handel’s “Orlando” in Rennes, Brest, Versailles and at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. Further engagements took her to Amsterdam and Rotterdam (Brahms: “Requiem”); to France (Mozart: “Requiem” under Laurence Equilbey); to Paris, Brussels, Madrid and Crakow (Handel: “La Resurrezione”); to the Kölner Philharmonie and the Salle Pleyel in Paris (Handel: “Orlando”); and to the Wiener Musikverein and the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels (Bach: “Weihnachtsoratorium”). In Berlin, she did a Christmas program with the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra. Since her European stage debut in 2000, South Korean Im—who studied at the Seoul National University under the guidance of Lokyung Pak and at the University of Karlsruhe under Roland Hermann—has proven her artistic versatility in a multitude of international productions. She has been a guest at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Oper Frankfurt, the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Opéra National de Paris (Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeounder Thomas Hengelbrock), the Staatstheater Stuttgart (Ilia in “Idomeneo,” Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Constance in Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites” under Manfred Honeck), the Korean National Opera (Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” and Ilia under Myung-Whun Chung), the Budapest Palace of Arts (Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” under Iván Fischer), and the Theater an der Wien (“La Finta Giardiniera” and “L’Orfeo”). Im has been invited to renowned festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Salzburg Festival and Haydn International Festival and has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic. She has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Giovanni Antonini, Iván Fischer, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Lothar Zagrosek, Sylvain Cambreling, Ton Koopman, Marek Janowski and René Jacobs. She also has close ties to the ensembles of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (AKAMUS), as well as the Freiburger Barockorchester. Her repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Rameau, Charpentier, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mahler and Mendelssohn.

After his debut in Europe at Teatro San Carlo in Napoli as Fasolt/“Das Rheingold“ in 1998, bass Liang Li  has become a highly acclaimed opera and concert singer with performances at all important international companies and festivals. A highlight of his 2012-13 season was his huge success as Zaccaria in a new production of “Nabucco” aside Placido Domingo at the Opera Festival Beijing (NCPA). The season also included performances of “Parsifal”/Gurnemanz at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Donald Runnicles), a new production of “La Juive”/Cardinal de Brogny at the Sächsische Staatsoper (Tomas Netopil) and a new production of “Nabucco”/Zaccaria at the Staatstheater Suttgart, as well as various concerts such as Schumann “Faust Scenes.” In the last season, Li had his highly acclaimed debut at Palau de les Arts under Zubin Mehta with two productions: “Il Trovatore”/Ferrando and “Tristan and Isolde”/Marke, his house-debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as König Marke/”Tristan and Isolde,” as well as his house-debut at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden in the same role. Since 2006-2007, Li has been a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, where he sings all main roles of his Fach. Guest engagements have been leading Li as Arkel to the Wiener Festwochen and the Edinburgh Festival, as König Marke to Montpellier, as Bartolo/”Le Nozze di Figaro” and Colline/”La Bohème” to the New National Theatre in Tokyo, and as Sarastro to the Hallenstadion in Zurich. Future projects include concert performances as Hunding/”Die Walküre” (Ingo Metzmacher) with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo, a new production of “Macbeth”/Banco at the Aalto Theater in Essen (Tomas Netopil), concerts of Verdi-Requiem at that Palaus de les Arts in Valencia (Riccardo Chailly), his return to Pittsburgh Symphony with various concerts in New York’s Carnegie Hall, a production of “Don Giovanni”/Commendatore at the Opéra de Paris, Bastille and a new production of “Manon Lescaut” /Geronte under Sir Simon Rattle at the Festival Baden-Baden and at the Berliner Philharmonie. Li was born in China and studied voice in Tianjin and in Peking. He won numerous prizes at International Voice Competitions, including the International ARD Music Competition in Munich, “Neue Stimmen” of the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the International Opera-Competition in Shizuoka in Japan.

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, a chorus of 120 that includes a 20-voice professional core, is renowned for its versatility, singing oratorio, opera, Broadway, folk and symphonic repertoire. Founded in 1908, the MCP holds the distinction of being Pittsburgh’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. The choir, in its 104th season and sixth under the direction of Betsy Burleigh, is known for its mastery of the great choral classics. The MCP is a Steinway Artist, the only chorus holding that designation.

The Schola Cantorum is the professional choir of the Church of Saint Agnes in Manhattan. The choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. Tridentine Latin High Mass and the 12:30 p.m. Novus Ordo (English) Mass every Sunday, as well as at the 5:10 p.m. Mass on weekday feasts during its season which runs from September through Corpus Christi.

Editors Please Note:

Saturday, May 10, 2014

SPRING FOR MUSIC FESTIVAL
CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK, NY
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MANFRED HONECK, conductor
SUNHAE IM, soprano
ELIZABETH DESHONG, mezzo soprano
BENJAMIN BRUNS, tenor
LIANG LI, bass
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, speaker
MENDELSSOHN CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH, vocals (Betsy Burleigh, director)
SCHOLA CANTORUM, ST. AGNES CHURCH

Anton Bruckner:                         Ave Maria (a cappella)
Francis Poulenc:                         Final scene from Dialogues des Carmelites
James MacMillan:                       Woman of the Apocalypse (NY premiere)
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart:           Requiem, K. 626: Mozart’s Death in Words and Music
                                             

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org

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McCombie Earns All America Honor


SRU's McCombie earns second-team Daktronics All America honor

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Slippery Rock University senior punter James McCombie was named Wednesday as a second-team member of the Daktronics, Inc., All America Football Team.

The All America honor, voted upon by sports information directors at the 168 football-playing NCAA Division II institutions in the nation, came on the heels of McCombie being named earlier this month as a first-team All Super Region 1 performer.


McCombie also earned first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors in voting by the division’s head football coaches.

A native of Nicktown, Pa., and graduate of Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg, McCombie ranked first in the PSAC and fifth among NCAA Division II punters last fall with a per-punt average of 43.2 yards.


McCombie had 12 punts that traveled 50 or more yards last fall, headlined by a career-best-tying 74-yarder in the season opener at Northwood. McCombie also had 13 of his 53 punts land inside the opponents' 20-yard line this fall and only nine result in touchbacks.

A park and resource management major at SRU, McCombie finished his four-year career as The Rock’s first-team punter with a 40.5 yards per punt average.

McCombie had six punts that traveled 60 or more yards, 34 punts that traveled 50 or more yards and 67 that landed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line during his 208-punt college career.

McCombie was the second member of The Rock’s PSAC-West champion, conference runner-up and NCAA playoff-qualifying team to earn a second-team All America honor. Senior linebacker Quindell Dean earned that status earlier this month from Beyond Sports Network.

The two All America performers were included in a group of 18 seniors on this year’s Rock squad, which compiled a 9-3 overall record and earned an NCAA playoff berth for the first time since 1999.

Bob McComas
Sports Information Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office: 724.738.2777
Fax: 724.738.4761
Cell: 724.421.5658
Email: robert.mccomas@sru.edu
www.sru.edu

A ROCK SOLID Education

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CLO Holds Auditions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 x224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org
 

Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for
The Johnny Cash musical, Ring of Fire

What                        
Auditions for the Johnny Cash musical, RING OF FIRE, originally created by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Directed and choreographed by Guy Stroman.
Principals must be available beginning May 5, 2014 and continuing through August 17, 2014.
Ring of Fire will run at the CLO Cabaret May 22-August 17, 2014

Who          
Seeking:
Singing actors and actresses of any age (no children)

Need to be proficient playing guitar (acoustic/electric), bass (acoustic), mandolin, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and/or various percussion.

The play is a narrative, storytelling overview of the life of Johnny Cash using his extensive musical catalogue as the foundation to celebrate his life and career.

Bring your instrument(s) and prepare two contrasting songs. Sides will be provided from the script at the audition as needed.
         
When
By appointment – 3:00pm to 11:00pm on Saturday, January 11
Callbacks Sunday, January 12.  Time TBD

Please call or email to schedule an audition time.

Where
Pittsburgh CLO Academy
130 Academy Avenue, 8th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Requirements
•         Head shot and resume stapled together.
•         Auditioners should prepare two contrasting songs and accompany themselves on one of the instruments noted above.
•         Applications can be downloaded from our website, www.pittsburghclo.org/pages/clo_auditions or picked up at the audition.
•         Requests for an audition appointment should be e-mailed to CabaretAuditions@pittsburghclo.org, and include a preferred time range, which will be honored as sign-ups permit.  If e-mail is not available, please call 412-281-3973 x 234.
•         E-mail is highly preferred.

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Redl's Structures of Time and Space at Wood Street Galleries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Jessica Warchall, Visual Art Publicist, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
847-477-8714/Warchall@TrustArts.org
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org      
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS 
STRUCTURES OF TIME AND SPACE
FEATURING A PREMIERE INSTALLATION BY ARTIST ERWIN REDL

January 24 – April 6, 2014 | Wood Street Galleries
Exhibition Opening during Gallery Crawl | January 24 | 5:30 – 10 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Structures of Time and Space, large-scale light installations by internationally exhibited Austrian-born artist Erwin Redl. The exhibition is on view January 24–April 6, 2014, at Wood Street Galleries, and it opens in conjunction with Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District 5:30 to 10 p.m., January 24, 2014.

Known for his work using LEDs, Redl presents two installations in the present exhibition. Premiering at Wood Street Galleries, Twists and Turns uses successive layers of suspended glass plates to reflect four high-intensity light beams. The inherent draft in the room causes the glass plates to move at various speeds, scattering the light reflections across the walls and ceiling. The reflections are replicated again and again by the plates, creating an intense pattern of colored light, effectively dematerializing the architecture of the room.

Speed Shift (Image Courtesy of the Artist, Erwin Redl)

Speed Shift uses two bands of white LED light grids and simple beeps to create subtle shifts in the audience’s perception of time. Each LED band displays a wave animation with synchronized pulses of beeps indicating the wave’s speed. The speed of each individual wave changes slowly overtime, shifting in and out of phase with the other wave.

In both Twists and Turns and Speed Shift, Redl investigates the process of reverse engineering, by translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3D computer modeling into architectural environments through large-scale light installations. Due to the large size of the installations’ architectural dimensions, participation by the viewer being present is an integral part of the artwork.

Erwin Redl earned a bachelor of arts in composition and a diploma in electronic music from the Music Academy in Vienna, Austria. He also received a master of fine arts in computer art from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. The recipient of numerous awards, scholarships, and residencies—including a Chinati Foundation Residency in Marfa, TX, and a P.S.1 Studio Residency in Queens, NY—Redl has held solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Select exhibitions have been held at such venues as the Whitney Biennial, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH; Art Miami / Swarovski Crystal Palace, Miami, FL; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; World Expo 2008, Zaragoza, Spain; among others. Redl presented a large-scale public commission at Wood Street Galleries in 2003 as part of the exhibition After Image.

About Wood Street Galleries
Wood Street Galleries is located at 601 Wood Street. Gallery hours: Wed. & Thur. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. Wood Street Galleries is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Support for Wood Street Galleries has been provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Tickets Available

April 13, 2014 • 8pm
Byham Theater  



Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Are Back…with a new record, a new video, and a monumental show!
For over a decade, the band has traveled the world, blowing minds with their explosive live performances and their raw, hand-crafted studio recordings. While other artists have ridden the crests and troughs of passing fads, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have bypassed the hype-and-hit superhighway and taken a detour straight to the hearts and bodies of their listeners, transcending fleeting trends and demographics and delivering a visceral rhythm and soul sound to an ever-expanding base of deeply loyal fans. Give the People What They Want is poised to become not only an iconic album from a prolific band, but a fixture in the canon of Soul Music.

Enter promo code DAPKINGS to purchase tickets before
they go on sale to the public on Wednesday, November 27.
To Purchase Tickets:
Online at TrustArts.org
Call 412-456-6666
Box Office at Theater Square
10+ tickets Call 412-471-6930

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John Gorka at The Roots Cellar

For Immediate Release                  
Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Coordinator
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
(412) 361-1915, lalexander@calliopehouse.org      

CALLIOPE PRESENTS
JOHN GORKA
 

(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes John Gorka to THE ROOTS CELLAR, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:30 PM.

More information is available online at www.calliopehouse.org or by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915. Tickets are $28 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.


From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970’s, John was one of these aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs – mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers.


In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label’s imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jack’s Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends—Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them. All this brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single “When She Kisses Me” found a long-term rotation on VH-1’s “Current Country,” as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network.

In 1998, after five successful recordings and seven years at Windham Hill/High Street, John felt the need for a change and decided to return to his musical roots at Red House Records. The choice was driven, in part, by the artistic integrity that the label represents in an industry where the business of music too often takes precedence. The 1998 release After Yesterday marked a decidedly different attitude towards making music for John, and his next release The Company You Keep held fast to his tradition of fine songwriting, yet moved forward down new avenues. Its fourteen songs displays John’s creative use of lyrics and attention to detail. Andy Stochansky played drums and shared production credits with John and Rob Genadek. Ani DiFranco, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucy Kaplansky and Patty Larkin contributed stellar guitar work and vocals to this fan favorite. Old Futures Gone was informed by his life as husband and father of two young children and also contained the colorful experience of many hard years on the road. Writing in the Margins followed in 2006 and was an engaging collection of sweet and serious songs that spanned many musical genres—folk, pop, country and soul—and featured guest vocalists Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky and Alice Peacock. Now with this, his 11th studio album, he returns to his roots with So Dark You See, his most compelling and traditional album to date.

In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of John’s greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).
Check out his website: http://johngorka.com/
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Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope’s mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.  Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
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Lisa Alexander, MFA
PR Coordinator
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-361-1915
www.calliopehouse.org

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