Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rock's Kengor Honored Again


Rock's Kengor earns 1st-team NCBWA Division II Preseason All-America honor

AUSTIN, Texas – Slippery Rock University senior shortstop Will Kengor was named Thursday as a first-team member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Preseason All-America team.

The preseason honor came on the heels of Kengor’s selection last spring as a third-team NCBWA postseason All-American.

Kengor (ken-JUR) also earned second-team Daktronics All-America and third-team Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All-America honors in his junior season.

A native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Central Catholic High School, Kengor led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and ranked second among all NCAA Division II hitters with a .449 batting average last spring. Kengor's average was 33 points higher than his closest PSAC rival in 2013 and was the fourth-best single-season mark in Rock history.

A left-hand-hitting leadoff hitter for The Rock, Kengor led the PSAC and tied for second nationally with eight sacrifice flies and ranked second in the PSAC in total hits (79) and on base percentage (.502), third in triples (5), fourth in slugging percentage (.597) and sixth in doubles (16). His hits total was the seventh-best in Rock history. In addition, Kengor led SRU in runs batted in (28) and stolen bases (12 of 15) in 2013.

Prior to being named to the three All-America teams last spring, Kengor was named to first-team All-Atlantic Region honors by the ABCA, Daktronics and the NCBWA and was a first-team All-PSAC-Western Division selection.

Kengor became eligible for NCBWA Preseason All-America status this spring by earning a spot on the organization’s Preseason All-Atlantic Region Team.

Seven other members of the 2014 Rock squad earned a spot on the “Other Players to Watch” list in the NCBWA’s preseason all-region balloting. That group included pitchers Jon Anderson, John Kovalik, Ryan Oglesby and Kyle Schneider; outfielders Adam Urbania and Jake Weibley and utility player Kevin Jovanovich.

As a team, The Rock was ranked seventh in this year’s NCBWA Division II Preseason Atlantic Region poll.

SRU compiled a 31-21 final record, earned a fourth-place finish in the PSAC-Western Division final standings and made a conference-best, eighth-consecutive appearance in the PSAC's postseason tournament in 2013.
Coach Messer

Veteran head coach Jeff Messer welcomes back six everyday starters and five top pitchers from last spring’s team.

The 2014 Rock schedule is scheduled to open Feb. 22 with a noon doubleheader vs. Walsh University at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.

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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Maximize Your Life with Jillian Michaels

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Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
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 JILLIAN MICHAELS
BRINGS HER CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MOTIVATIONAL TOUR
MAXIMIZE YOUR LIFE 

TO THE BENEDUM CENTER
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 │8:00 p.m.

PITTSBURGH, PA:  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Jillian Michaels, America’s leading authority in health, wellness and fitness, will bring her critically acclaimed motivational live tour “Maximize Your Life” to the Benedum Center on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.  This powerful event will awaken you to reignite your passion, define your goals and live in your authentic truth.  This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Tickets ($27.25-$42.25), and VIP tickets ($152.25) are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412- 456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

Jillian takes the stage in this intimate and uniquely personal live experience that provides you with the tools and motivation to harness your potential, kick-start your goals, and live the exceptional life that you’ve always wanted, but thought wasn’t possible. Jillian Michaels fan, Jen Garcia @PatienceNFaith1describes it best: “@JillianMichaels WOW! What an AMAZING show! Came for weight loss, left with new perspective on life! YOU’RE AWESOME.”
Image Courtesy of Jillian Michaels Tour

Set fire to your dreams! Imagine. Believe. Achieve. These words define the core of Jillian’s message. In an exhilarating, two-hour show, Jillian will awaken you to reignite your passion, define your goals and live in your authentic truth. She will teach you how to redefine your self-image, dramatically enhance your confidence and self-worth and blast through all internal and external obstacles.  "Your health is the platform that your entire life is built upon - from your physical health to your confidence and self-worth, I will give you the skillset, tools and insights to transform any aspect of your life immediately so you realize your true potential, and create the future you've dreamed of and deserve," exclaims Jillian.

Jillian’s innate ability to cut to the core and reach an audience is personified in every aspect of this highly interactive event.  You will leave feeling motivated and ready for the challenges and opportunities that are in front of you. It’s time to ask, “Why not you?” and ignite your inner self.

As a sponsor of the Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life Tour, Curves and Jillian Michaels share a mission of health, wellness and prevention, as well as the desire to provide women with the tools necessary to empower them to live more fulfilling lives. With thousands of locations across North America, Curves is accessible, effective and affordable. Curves offers everything from strength training and cardio within a circuit, to meal plans and personalized coaching, and recently announced the upcoming launch of Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels.

About Empowered Media
Empowered Media, LLC operates the Jillian Michaels wellness brand. Co-founded by Jillian Michaels and her business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, the company operates as life architects whose sole mission is to inspire individuals to empower themselves to seek healthier, active lives. America's premier health and wellness coach, Michaels is a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and popular television personality. Michaels is also a passionate advocate, fighting to invoke important changes in all aspects of health and wellness.

For more information about Jillian Michaels, visit www.jillianmichaels.com.

For more information about the tour, visit www.jillianmichaelslive.com.

About Curves International, Inc.
Curves International, Inc. is the largest chain of fitness centers for women in the world and is famous for its fitness program, a 30-minute circuit with a Coach that works every major muscle group with strength training, cardio and stretching. The new Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels (launching January 2014) offer cutting-edge total body workouts that feature the Curves strength training machines in conjunction with functional bodyweight-based exercises that ramp up metabolism and transform physique.  With Curves Complete, women have a fully integrated, personalized weight loss and weight management solution that includes the Curves fitness program, a customizable meal plan and one-on-one coaching and support. Backed by extensive research, Curves Complete has been shown to reduce fat, increase lean muscle, boost metabolism and help dieters lose weight and maintain weight loss. Each Curves Complete Coach has completed a certification program developed in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Curves is committed to providing women with the tools necessary to empower them to live more fulfilling lives.  For more information please visit curves.com.

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 Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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Thompson Named to PSO Board of Trustees

For Immediate Release
Feb. 3, 2014

MAYOR OF WILKINSBURG JOINS PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BOARD OF TRUSTEES


PITTSBURGH—Pittsburgh Symphony Inc. is proud to welcome John Thompson, mayor of Wilkinsburg, to its board of trustees.

Thompson has been an active member of the Wilkinsburg community for many years, including as first president of Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation, involvement with the Community Engagement Committee for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Wilkinsburg Boys & Girls Club; and founder of the 1100 South Avenue Block Club, MADDADS and Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project. His political career began when he was elected Wilkinsburg Councilman for Ward 2 District 3 and served as vice president of Wilkinsburg Borough Council. He became mayor of Wilkinsburg in 2001 and was re-elected in 2004. Professionally, he has been employed at U.S. Steel Corporation for 37 years and is an active member of local union 1219 United Steelworkers of America. He joined the board in January.


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. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. The Pittsburgh Symphony has made 40 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. Under the baton of Gilbert Levine, the PSO was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration. The PSO has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the PSO 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.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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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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Importance of Being Earnest at New Hazlett Theater


Prime Stage Theatre Brings a “Trivial Comedy” to the Stage
The Importance of being Earnest hits the Stage at 
The New Hazlett Theater
                                                                             
PITTSBURGH – Prime Stage Theatre enjoys continuing its 2013-2014 season with The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

Directed by Rich Keitel, Earnest is “a trivial comedy for serious people” filled with actors who have successfully entertained audiences on many Pittsburgh stages. Two young men, played by Tom Driscoll and Andrew Swackhammer, in order to impress their two young ladies, played by Hayley Nielsen and Magan Dee Yanko, pretend that their names are “Ernest.” But who is Earnest? Will the secret that has been hidden for years finally be revealed? Will Lady Bracknell, played by Susan McGregor-Laine, keep order amidst this confusion?

The elaborate set designs and period costumes are sure to dazzle and the dialogue and antics of the characters will keep the audience laughing from start to finish.

The performance runs from Saturday, March 8 through Sunday, March 16 at The New Hazlett Theater, with a preview performance on Friday, March 7.

Join us on March 8 for opening night’s “Go Wild with Wilde” event.  Dress up in your best Oscar Wilde inspired outfit, wear a carnation in your lapel, or simply wear a fun hat.  Refreshments will be served.

Tickets are on sale now.

For more information on the season or to buy tickets, visit www.primestage.com.

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SRU Baseball Named 3 in Poll


Rock baseball team picked third in PSAC West preseason poll

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Slippery Rock University earned the No. 3 spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division preseason baseball rankings released Tuesday by the conference office.

The Rock finished behind conference newcomer Seton Hill and Mercyhurst in voting by the division's head coaches.

Seton Hill received three of the eight first-place votes cast, while The Rock and Mercyhurst each received two No. 1 nods. The other first-place vote was cast for California, which finished fourth in the preseason voting.

Trailing the top four teams in the PSAC West preseason poll were, in order, defending division champion Gannon, Indians (Pa.), Pitt-Johnstown and Clarion.

The Rock, California, Gannon and Mercyhurst earned the four PSAC West berths in last year's state tournament
Coach Jeff Messer

Veteran SRU head coach Jeff Messer welcomes back six everyday starters and five of his top pitchers from last year's team, which compiled a 31-21 win-loss record and earned a conference-best eighth consecutive berth in the conference tournament.

Defending regional champion Shippensburg earned the No. 1 spot in the PSAC Eastern Division preseason poll, followed by Millersville, defending conference champion East Stroudsburg and West Chester.

Shippensburg and Millersville each received three first-place votes in the PSAC East poll, while East Stroudsburg and Mansfield each picked up one No. 1 nod.

Mansfield finished seventh in the PSAC East voting, trailing the top four teams as well as Kutztown and Bloomsburg. Lock Haven, which moved from the PSAC West to the PSAC East when the conference added Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown at the start of the 2013-14 academic year, was picked to finish last in this year's PSAC East competition.

The complete PSAC preseason baseball polls were as follows:

Western Division
1. Seton Hill (3)
2. Mercyhurst (2)
3. SLIPPERY ROCK (2)
4. California, Pa. (1)
5. Gannon
6. Indiana, Pa.
7. Pitt-Johnstown
8. Clarion

Eastern Division
1. Shippensburg (3)
2. Millersville (3)
3. East Stroudsburg (1)
4. West Chester
5. Kutztown
6. Bloomsburg
7. Mansfield (1)
8. Lock Haven

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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Calliope Presents Kruger Brothers

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

CALLIOPE PRESENTS
KRUGER BROTHERS

(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes the Kruger Brothers to THE ROOTS CELLAR, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, on Thursday, March 27, 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.

“The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with...
I love to play music with them.” –Doc Watson

In an ever-expanding body of work, Jens Kruger (banjo, vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass, vocals) personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition.      

Although initially staying fairly close to a traditional repertoire, the Kruger Brothers later turned to song writing and composition in order to draw more closely from their personal experiences. The result is a catalog of songs and music distinguished by its rich detail and an insight into the delicacy and complexity of everyday life.      

The honesty of their writing has become a hallmark of the trio’s work. Another is the banjo playing and composition of Jens Kruger. Happy Traum has described Kruger as “one of the world’s most musically sophisticated and technically accomplished five-string banjo players.” Kruger plays in a melodic style that, while it may stem from the three-finger bluegrass style popularized by Snuffy Jenkins and Earl Scruggs, is also differentiated by long melodic passages and a more complex compositional foundation, often building on jazz or classical themes and techniques.    

The recording that cemented the Kruger Brothers’ sound and song writing, Up 18 North, was released in 2002 on the Double Time label. Included were a number of tracks that signaled the direction that the band was to take in future projects. The title track “Up 18 North” is an instrumental piece, with banjo clearly in the foreground, that remains a prime example of the type of close ensemble playing that characterizes the trio’s work. The vocal track “Carolina in the Fall” is an early example of the very personal, resonant, and mature song writing that they continue to this day.      

Most recently their music has ventured further into the themes and forms of classical music, most obviously in their 2011 release, Appalachian Concerto. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, workshops, and collaborative efforts, the Kruger Brothers continue to provide a unique voice in the world of folk, Americana, and classical music.
Here’s their website: http://www.krugerbrothers.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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Camp Broadway EXP Returns in April

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Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org

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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED
 CAMP BROADWAY EXP
MUSICAL THEATER CAMP FOR CHILDREN AGES 10-13 

Saturday, April 26, 2014 │8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Trust Arts Education Center │Pittsburgh Cultural District

PITTSBURGH, PA:  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces nationally acclaimed Camp Broadway EXP, presented by Camp Broadway®, will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District.  For more information about Camp Broadway EXP Pittsburgh 2014, visit trustarts.org/campbroadway or call 412-325-2024.

Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement-Pittsburgh Cultural Trust comments, “We are very pleased to host Camp Broadway® for the second year in a row.  With their varied career experience and leadership, this group of professional Broadway actors will present a range of theatrical related topics to provide camp participants- ages 10-13- a day of opportunities to explore, learn, and participate in activities within a positive and fun learning environment.  Our goal through this camp is to provide children with a learning experience that will develop their confidence, as well as expand and grow their interest in the performing arts throughout their life.”
Photo Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The one-day camp is open to children ages 10 to 13 years, of all skill levels and no previous experience is necessary to enroll.  Advance registration is required and registration closes on April 11, 2014.  The cost to participant in the camp is $125 per participant, $100 per additional student in a household (siblings).  The camp will conclude with a featured performance at 4:30 p.m. for family and friends, presented by student participants.

Camp Broadway EXP is a one day musical theater camp that provides professional instruction to help theatre-loving kids ages 10 to 13, develop their confidence, character and presentation skills through ensemble performance. The instructors are New York Broadway professionals who provide helpful insight regarding dance and voice techniques, and guide campers through staging a performance from beginning to end. Camp Broadway is designed to develop the camper’s performance abilities, increase self-esteem, encourage creativity, enhance appreciation for the arts, and develop useful life skills.  The day long camp includes vocal technique, acting workshop, chorus calls, choreography, blocking, technical rehearsals, healthy lunch, snack and water, and concludes with a performance at the Peirce Studio located in the Trust Arts Education Center.

Teachers can nominate a student to receive a scholarship for this day-long camp, by completing and submitting this form.

ABOUT CAMP BROADWAY®

CAMP BROADWAY® is dedicated to presenting programs that promote life-long learning through the performing arts. Camp Broadway has been the industry leader in theatre arts camps, educational programming and special events including featured appearances in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® telecast from 2001-2008. Since 1995, the company has hosted over 20,000 children from around the world at its summer camps and enabled over 300,000 students to attend a Broadway show as part of their Broadway-themed workshops. The company is the publisher of StageNOTES®: A Field Guide for Teachers for over 60 Broadway shows and is the recipient of the Ovation Award for Excellence from the Educational Theatre Association.  For more information, visit: CampBroadway.com

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PSO: All That Jazz

For Immediate Release
Feb. 20, 2014


CELEBRATE KANDER AND EBB AND “ALL THAT JAZZ” WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

PITTSBURGH – Some may not know their names, but everyone knows their music. Together John Kander and Fred Ebb were one of the most fruitful and creative teams in musical theater history, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra puts their talents on display at PNC Pops with “All That Jazz” on March 6-9 at Heinz Hall.

Kander And Ebb

Kander and Ebb have introduced music that became Broadway standards and contemporary classics. Their first produced musical, Flora, The Red Menace, introduced the world to a young Liza Minnelli, winning her first Tony Award, followed by “Cabaret”; “The Happy Time”; “Zorba”; “70, Girls, 70”; “Chicago” (the current revival is the fourth longest running show on Broadway and the longest running American musical on Broadway); “The Act”; “Woman of the Year” (Tony Award); “The Rink”; “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (Tony Award); “Steel Pier”; “Curtains” and “The Scottsboro Boys.” Their collaboration also transferred itself to movies and television as they wrote original material for the Academy Awards; “Liza With a Z” (Emmy Award) and HBO’s “Liza Minnelli’s Stepping Out” (Emmy Award); “Funny Lady,” including the Oscar-nominated song “How Lucky Can You Get”; “Lucky Lady”; “New York, New York” and “Chicago,” the movie, with the Oscar-nominated song, “Move On.” Mayor Ed Koch made a declaration, making the song “New York, New York” to become the official anthem of New York City.

Guest conductor Jack Everly and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra give Kander and Ebb a symphonic salute in this rousing PNC Pops weekend, featuring selections from “Cabaret,” “Steel Pier,” “The Act,” “New York, New York” and more!

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets, ranging in price from $21-99, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2013-2014 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Jack Everly (Photo Credit:  Michael Tammaro
Jack Everly is the principal pops conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and appears regularly with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. In the 2013-14 season, he will debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra at The Mann Center. This year, Everly will conduct more than 90 performances in more than 20 North American cities. As music director of the National Memorial Day Concert and “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS, Everly proudly leads the National Symphony Orchestra in these patriotic celebrations on the National Mall. These concerts attract hundreds of thousands attendees on the lawn and the broadcasts reach millions of viewers and are some of the very highest rated programming on PBS television. Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as music director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he teamed with Marvin Hamlisch on Broadway shows that Hamlisch scored. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in “Hello, Dolly!” in two separate Broadway productions. Everly, a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, holds an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana. He is a proud resident of the Indianapolis community for more than 12 years and when not on the podium you can find Everly at home with his family, which includes Max the wonder dog.

Nikki Renée Daniels was most recently seen on Broadway singing "Summertime" as Clara in the 2012 Tony Award-winning revival of the Gershwins' “Porgy and Bess.” Other Broadway credits include “Les Misérables” (Fantine), “Nine” (Renata), “Aida” (Nehebka), “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Look of Love,” “Promises, Promises,” “Anything Goes” and “Lestat.” She made her New York City Opera debut as Clara in “Porgy and Bess.” Recently, Daniels played the featured role of Tracy in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, and was featured as a nun in the live NBC presentation of “The Sound of Music.” Regional theater credits include “Ray Charles Live!” (Della B.) at Pasadena Playhouse; “Anything Goes” (Hope) at Williamstown Theatre Festival; “Beauty and the Beast” (Belle) at Sacramento Music Circus, American Musical Theater of San Jose and North Shore Music Theater; “Ragtime” (Sarah) at North Shore Music Theatre; “Aida” (Aida) and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Narrator) at ArtPark; and “Dorian” (Celia) at the Denver Center. Film and television credits include “The Other Woman” and “Chappelle's Show.” Daniels has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops, Naples Symphony Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall. Her debut CD, “Home,” is available on iTunes and CDBaby.com. Please visit nikkireneedaniels.com for more.

Janine DiVita appeared on the Broadway and first national tour of “Grease” (Rizzo, 2007 revival), “Anything Goes” (Reno, 2011 revival), “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Isabel Yearsley, Drood/Alice and Rosa Bud/Deirdre, 2012 revival) and “Young Frankenstein” (Elizabeth, first national tour).  Other New York City credits include “Odyssey” (Penelope), “Happy Hunting” (Mary Mills), “Houdini” (Bess Houdini) and Frank Wildhorn's “Excalibur” (Morgan Le Fay). Regional credits include Lady of the Lake in “Spamalot” (Broadwayworld Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical), Nancy in “Oliver!” (Barrymore Nomination Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical), Dot in “Sunday in the Park with George,” Fania Fenelon in Arthur Miller's “Playing For Time,” Little Edie in “Grey Gardens,” Terri in “Sophisticated Ladies,” and Woman #1 and #3 in “The World Goes Round,” among others. Concerts include headliner of China Concert Tour of “Broadway Rox” and a solo cabaret show, “Blonde Ammunition,” at 54 Below. DiVita’s recordings include Bobby Cronin's “Reach the Sky: Live at the Beechman” plus a slew of demo recordings for new composers. She has appeared as a special guest on Irish Tenor Paul Byrom’s “This is the Moment” PBS Special, plus many other commercials and print advertisements. DiVita is the winner of the inaugural Alan Eisenberg/Actors' Equity Association award. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. More at janinedivita.com.

Ted Keegan has been seen as the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, national tour, and Phantom, The Las Vegas Spectacular. He has performed the role in more than 24 states and has had the great pleasure of appearing as The Phantom on the “Today Show” on NBC. He has also sung the role in front of the largest audience ever during the halftime show of the NBA All-Star Game. He performed unpublished Gershwin at the opening of the George and Ira Gershwin Room at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and has sung Gershwin with Audra McDonald and with Marin Mazzie. He appeared as a soloist at Avery Fisher Hall, singing Unheard Bernstein. Keegan hosted Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has performed with many symphonies across North America, including the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. He made his Broadway debut in “Sweeney Todd,” where he was seen as Anthony. Other Broadway and National tour credits include “Cyrano: The Musical,” “Camelot” with Robert Goulet, Herman in “The Most Happy Fella” and Kander and Ebb’s “The World Goes Round.”

Beth Leavel received Tony, Drama Desk, New York Outer Critics Circle and L.A. Drama Critics Awards for her performance as the title character in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” She also received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her role as Florence Greenberg in “Baby It’s You.” She recently performed the roles of Sally Adams in “Call Me Madame” at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, M’Lynn in “Steel Magnolias” at the North Carolina Theatre and the much put-upon maid Berthe in “Boeing-Boeing” at Paper Mill Playhouse. Other Broadway roles include Emily in “Elf,” Donna in “Mamma Mia!,” Frau Blucher in “Young Frankenstein,” Dorothy Brock in the revival of “42nd Street,” Tess in the original company of “Crazy For You,” Mrs. Bixby in “The Civil War,” Ellie in Hal Prince’s “Showboat” and Anytime Annie (her Broadway debut) in “42nd Street.” Leavel was also seen in New York City Center Encores! production of “No, No, Nanette” as Lucille. She has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway shows, regional theater, commercials and TV, including the final episode of “ER.”

Ron Remke was a featured soloist with the renowned 12 Irish Tenors and is a guest artist with symphonies throughout the United States. He is also a sought-after performer on the high seas and has had the privilege of visiting more than 70 countries while performing on board the Silver Spirit and the Regent Voyager as their production singer.  Select credits include, Lead Tenor in “The Producers” (Westchester Broadway Theater, Pioneer Theater), Hugo in “Aspects of Love,” Captain Tarnitz in “The Student Prince” (Media Theater), Dance Captain of “Kiss Me, Kate” (U.S. National Tour) and appearances at The Fulton Opera House, Marriott Lincolnshire, The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Struther’s Library Theater and Cortland Repertory among others.  He also has worked with Sesame Street and Nickelodeon as a voice-over character artist and is the voice of Juan in Sonia Monzano's “No Dog Allowed!”  Most recently, Remke was with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and their annual Christmas spectacular, “Yuletide!”  His full symphonic CD, entitled “Broadway Classics,” is available on iTunes and on his website, ronremke.com.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.


Editors Please Note:
March 6, 7:30 p.m.
March 7, 8:00 p.m.
March 8, 8:00 p.m.
March 9, 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PNC POPS
JACK EVERLY, conductor
NIKKI RENEE DANIELS, vocalist
JANINE DIVITA, vocalist
TED KEEGAN, vocalist
BETH LEAVEL, vocalist
RON REMKE, vocalist

John Kander (arr. Jack Everly)                   Overture
John Kander (arr. James Stephenson)         “Willkomen” from Cabaret
John Kander (arr. Bob Krogstad)                Cabaret Movie Medley
John Kander                                           "First You Dream" from Steel Pier
John Kander                                           “Two Ladies” from Cabaret
(orch. Michael Gibson/adapt. Michael K. Runyan)
John Kander                                           “Everybody’s Girl” from Cabaret
John Kander (arr. Fred Barton)                  “Songs You Might Have Missed”
John Kander (arr. Fred Barton)                  “Cabaret” from Cabaret
John Kander (arr. Jack Everly)                   “Ring Them Bells”
John Kander                                           “City Lights” from The Act
John Kander (arr. Michael K. Runyan)        “Go Back Home” from The Scottsboro Boys
John Kander (arr. Paul McKibbins) “But the World Goes ‘Round” from New York, New York
John Kander (arr. Fred Barton)                  Chicago Medley

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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 Racks 4th Honor


Rock's McCombie collects fourth All-America honor

LIBERTY, Mo. – Slippery Rock University senior punter James McCombie was named Thursday to D2Football.com honorable mention All-America honors.

The All-America honor was the fourth received by McCombie, who the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team committee named last week to first-team honors.

Earlier, McCombie was named to second-team All-America honors by Daktronics and third-team honors by Beyond Sports Network.

In addition, McCombie previously received first-team all-region honors from the Hansen committee and Daktronics and first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division status 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.












 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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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

For Immediate Release
Feb. 7, 2014


Point Park’s Conservatory Theatre Company presents rock musical ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’


Directed by Michael McKelvey, the show previews Feb. 20, runs Feb. 21-March 2 at Pittsburgh Playhouse

PITTSBURGH – Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company presents Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a raucous and unique rock musical that reinvents America's seventh president as a contemporary rock star.

Directed by Michael McKelvey, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson opens Friday, Feb. 21, and runs through Sunday, March 2, with a preview on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Rockwell Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Performances will be at 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from $18 to $20 and can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.




Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson gives a modern spin to the founding of the Democratic Party, Jackson’s life and his relationship with his wife, Rachel Jackson.

McKelvey directs Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, with choreography by Cassidy Adkins, scenic design by Michael Thomas Essad, costume design by Michael Montgomery, lighting design by Andrew David Ostrowski, and sound design by Kristopher Buggey.Layden Jenson-Bunch is stage manager.


Director McKelvey’s Pittsburgh Playhouse credits include Honk Jr. (stage/music director), Oklahoma! and A Chorus Line (music director).  Recent regional directing credits include Swing! Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma! A Year with Frog and Toad(SSA), Les Misérables (Interlakes), Chess (Austin Playhouse); A Minister’s Wife, I Love You Because,  john & jen, The Last Five Years (Penfold); Footloose, Annie (Zilker Theatre); City of Angels, Carousel, The Pajama Game (Mary Moody Northen);  Reefer Madness, Company, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Evil Dead (DMP).  At Point Park, McKelvey is the coordinator of private voice, an instructor of musical theatre, and is part of the NYC Showcase production staff.  He is the artistic director of SummerStock Austin and Doctuh Mistuh Productions in Austin, Texas, and is the recipient of multiple B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics’ Table Awards as a stage director, music director, and producer.  In March, he is slated to direct the musical, Ordinary Days.
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Contact: Ramesh Santanam | Director of Marketing & Public Relations
rsantanam@pointpark.edu | 412.392.8106

Laura Greenawalt | Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
lgreenawalt@pointpark.edu | 412.392.3175

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Carnival of the Animals

For Immediate Release
Feb. 18, 2014


FIDDLESTICKS FAMILY SERIES GOES WILD WITH “CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS”

PITTSBURGH – Go wild with Fiddlesticks, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s feline musical ambassador, during the “Carnival of the Animals” on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Heinz Hall for the season’s second concert of the Fiddlesticks Family Series Presented by Macys.

Lawrence Loh

“The Carnival of the Animals” is one of the most famous pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Each of the movements in this spectacular orchestral work depicts a different animal, from the royal lion to the graceful swan. Joining conductor Lawrence Loh, vocalist Katy Williams and Fiddlesticks onstage is cartoon artist Joe Wos from the Toonseum, who will illustrate the animals as the symphony performs. Dancers from the Point Park University Ballet and the Pittsburgh Symphony’s assistant conductor, Fawzi Haimor, will also join in the fun. Let your imagination run wild in this musical journey through the animal kingdom.

Attendees are invited to participate in Discovery Time Adventures prior to every Fiddlesticks concerts. These educational activities allow young audiences and their parents to meet symphony musicians, learn songs and take part in various musical activities. Discovery Time Adventures for the “Carnival of the Animals” program will include many activities, such as sing-along time with Larry and Katy, animal-themed arts and crafts, music and movement dancing, a symphony quartet, and even a special visit from a few Pittsburgh Zoo animals!

Discovery Time Adventures will begin at 10 a.m. and the concert will begin at 11:15 a.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $12 to $22.25, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank the Macy’s Foundation for its presenting sponsorship of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts.  PPG Industries Foundation and Clearview Federal Credit Union are presenting partners of Fiddlesticks Family Concerts.  This series is endowed by Gerald and Audrey McGinnis, honoring the Center for Young Musicians.  Pittsburgh Symphony Education & Community Engagement programs are also supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today.  He was brought to national attention in February 2004, when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics, alike. Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has flourished artistically, defining its reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. His leadership has attracted such artists as André Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jon Nakamatsu, Zuill Bailey and Sharon Isbin.

Katy Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. She was a featured soloist for several Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and made her BNY Mellon Grand Classics debut in September 2005 with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was a soloist in the Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings and has been the special guest vocalist for many of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Fiddlesticks and Tiny Tots children’s concerts.


Editors Please Note:

Saturday, March 1 at 11:15 a.m.
Discovery Time Adventures at 10 a.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LAWRENCE LOH, conductor
KATY WILLIAMS, vocalist
FAWZI HAIMOR, assistant conductor and narrator
FIDDLESTICKS FAMILY SERIES
RODRIGO OJEDA, piano
SUZANNE POLAK, piano
POINT PARK UNIVERSITY BALLET, dancers
JOE WOS, cartoonist

Lucas Richman                           Music Can Make Your Life Complete

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov            "Flight of the Bumblebee" from The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Camille Saint-Saëns                    Carnival of the Animals
                                                I. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
II. Hens and Roosters
                                                III. Horses of the Tartary (Fleet Animals)
                                                IV. Tortoises
V. The Elephant
VI. Kangaroos
VII. Aquarium
X. Aviary
XI. Pianists
XII. Fossils
XIII. The Swan
XIV. Finale
 Lucas Richman                          Music Can Make Your Life Complete

Discovery Time Adventures
•         Sing-Along with Lawrence Loh and Katy Williams
•         Pittsburgh Zoo station
•         WYEP “ZooBeats” kiosks
•         Animal-themed arts and crafts
•         Music and Movement “Eurhythmics” with Jayne McDonald from the City Music Center
•         Music Makers Room with a Pittsburgh Symphony Quartet
•         Musical Ambassadors in various locations of Heinz Hall to meet musicians up close

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Women's Empowerment Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      

CONTACT:    
Laura Harwin
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1279












Three Agencies Join Together to Serve Women in Sudden Economic Distress
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Legal Services Association and Pennsylvania Women Work create the Women’s Empowerment Initiative

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 18, 2014):  Women experiencing sudden economic distress can now knock on the door of one agency and automatically open the door to services at two other agencies. The key is the Women’s Empowerment Initiative – created by the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Legal Services Association and Pennsylvania Women Work – that offers career, legal and emergency services for women who unexpectedly find themselves in financial instability due to a life-changing event or situation.

Falling into poverty can happen abruptly for women. The sudden loss of a job or loved one can steer a woman into a dire economic situation – one she has never encountered before. Funded by the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Allegheny County, the Women’s Empowerment Initiative will help women in crisis situations take the necessary steps to connect to services and maintain self-sufficiency. These steps include free legal advice and/or representation, job readiness and training programs, and access to housing, childcare, healthcare and public benefits.

For more information, contact the Women’s Empowerment Initiative at 412-255-1488, ywcapgh.org/wrc orwrc@ywcapgh.org.
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About YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
Since its proud beginnings in 1869, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has worked to empower women and their families, advocate for fair and equitable conditions, and challenge social and racial injustice. As society has changed, so have the challenges we face. But women’s underlying need for support and encouragement that empowers them to take command of their lives and their families remains.

About Neighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) is a non-profit that offers free civil legal services to low-income, elderly, and abused individuals in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties. NLSA has provided civil legal services to more than 1,000,000 low-income clients and victims of domestic violence.

About Pennsylvania Women Work
Pennsylvania Women Work is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals from diverse backgrounds achieve economic self-sufficiency through job readiness, education, training and employment. PA Women Work provides free services, including the New Choices program, to thousands of women each year.

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Laura Harwin
Director of Development and Marketing
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-255-1279 (phone)
412-391-5109 (fax)

lharwin@ywcapgh.org
www.ywcapgh.org
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Hey Mavis Performs at THE ROOTS CELLAR

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


CALLIOPE PRESENTS
HEY MAVIS
 
(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes HEY MAVIS to THE ROOTS CELLAR, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, on Thursday, March 20, 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 $23 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.

“…this crew could single handedly ignite a whole new folk music scare. Killer stuff"
~Midwest Record

“…an Appalachian Americana Roots group who take this genre to new heights."
~House of Mercy, London

With quotes like this, the buzz surrounding Hey Mavis' recent release, Honey Man, is getting louder. It is not just local music fans paying attention anymore. Hey Mavis released Honey Man (their second CD) to a sold-out crowd at Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in February 2013. In the short amount of time since the release, tracks off of the new CD are getting airplay in London, the Netherlands, and all across the US.


If you are unfamiliar with the music of Hey Mavis, it is time you entered their world of “Appalachian Americana.” With banjo, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, kick drum and harmonica, they easily move from a softly orchestrated lullaby to a raw and raucous love song.

Hey Mavis is Laurie Michelle Caner (banjo/vocals/songwriting), Eddie Caner (fiddle/viola), Brent Kirby (guitar/vocals/kick drum/harmonica) and Bryan Thomas (upright bass/Chank-o-matic 6000).

Laurie Michelle Caner lives her songs, every time she sings them. Her banjo playing is of curious origin, but beautifully serves as a strong foundation for her lyrics, lifting the audience out of their world and into hers.

Eddie Caner always amazes the audience with what he can make his fiddle and viola do. He can soar beautifully over Brent and Laurie's vocals or play a dirgey riff that perfectly sets the mood for a somber tune. He has traveled the globe and shared the stage with an endless list of successful and talented musicians (including Jimmy Page and Luciano Pavarotti).
Brent Kirby is a one-man-band on stage. He plays guitar, kick-drum, harmonica and sings, all with the enthusiasm and conviction of a man who knows he is exactly where he should be. Brent’s vocals are smooth and soulful and convey his endless dedication to his music.
Bryan Thomas steals the show every time.  The groove he lays down is the heartbeat of the band. His playing is like this wonderful body-rhythm-bass conversation, accented by his homemade “Chank-o-matic 6000”, a vintage, weathered tambourine affixed to a stand and pedal.

REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers producer Don Dixon “discovered” Hey Mavis when they were featured on a 2009 Christmas compilation. Four months later, Dixon produced their debut CD, Red Wine. The CD immediately climbed the national Folk DJ-L radio charts, peaking at #5 for overall artist while the songs Red Light and Red Wine peaked at #5 and #9. The CD finished the year at #13 in Folk Alley’s "Top CD's of 2010" alongside new releases by Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, and Bob Dylan.

Laurie was a founding member of the regionally-acclaimed female vocal group "The Rhondas" and has facilitated songwriting workshops at venues such as the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Lakeside, and First Night Akron.

Eddie has performed worldwide with so many amazing artists...there is not enough room here to list them all, but, here are a few:
Guster, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Pete Wernick, Yonder Mountain String Band, Al Jarreau, Carly Simon, Leftover Salmon, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clemens, John Hartford, Tony Rice, Luciano Pavarotti, Mannheim Steamroller, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, The Moody Blues, Yes, The 3 Irish Tenors, Ray Price, Harry Connick, Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Trey Anastasio, Ekoostik Hookah, Chris Eldridge, Clyde Brooks, Benny Galloway

Visit their website: http://heymavis.com/home
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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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