Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dreamweaver MarketingNews and Views: NAWBO Event Shows Women How to Blog Their Way to Success


CONTACT:     Donna Baxter, President NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh
                                 412-251-000 or nawbopittsburgh@gmail.com

NAWBO Event Shows Women

How to Blog Their Way to Success

PITTSBURGH, June 21, 2014 – Heads up women writers, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations. This event is just what you need. NAWBO Pittsburgh brings you “Pittsburgh Women Blog Their Way to Success” on June 28, 2014, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You’ll learn ways to make your blogging pay in money or credibility and more. That’s right. Whether you’re blogging for passion or profit, blogging can lift you to your next level. And these women will show you how:

Cynthia Closkey: President of Big Big Design, she develops online marketing strategies for small businesses and small entities. She also co-founded Pittsburgh Blogger's Directory and is a lead organizer with Podcamp Pittsburgh  www.bigbigdesign.com 







R’Chelle Mullins: Ro shares her adventures in dating with RoManticlyRo.com
which is all about the "adventures and misadventures of a 30 something gal on the verge of dumping dating." Her website, Creatively Yours, hosts campaigns and fosters lasting relationships with leading beauty brands. RoManticlyRo.com 





Suzanne Mauro: AICI, is a producer, webcaster, blogger, author, style editorial contributor, on-air fashion editor, certified professional media and fashion stylist, and mentor for fashion teen boards. “Style Everyday With Suz,” an inside look at the Arts, Culture & Style of Pittsburgh,  www.suzannemauro.com



 Lindsay Snodgrass:  Lindsay knows how to walk the talk. She’s managed to shed and keep off upwards of
40 pounds without ever dieting.  She shares it all on Confessions of a Human Vacuum (http://humancacuum.wordpress,con),

Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different
kind of story as a new mom at DiaryofaFirstTimeMom.com.  Since Heather started to blog she has garnered numerous awards, and served as a blogger spokesperson for Little Remedies® and Playtex Baby®. 
Additional information on the event and registration at:





The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by: Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers.  The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter is the fifth oldest chapter in the country, established in 1975.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Working Order Wins International Award

For Immediate Release            
Contact:
Marty Stahl
Cell: 412.589.2612
Randy Morris
740-593-9887                  

Volunteers of America Working Order program wins
International Business Incubator Award

PITTSBURGH, Pa., May 20, 2014 – Working Order, a program of the Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, has been named National Business Incubation Association’s 2014 Dinah Adkins Incubator of the Year in the general and special focus category. The National Business Incubation Association is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship.

Working Order’s goal is to increase opportunity for self-employment for individuals with disadvantages and/or disabilities who find traditional employment requirements difficult due to acquired or developmental disabilities. Opportunities for traditional employment can be limited by transportation challenges, unpredictable changes in health, a life-long or newly acquired disability and/or the need for additional support on the job. Working Order has proven that the option of self-employment creates additional opportunities for meaningful community engagement and full inclusion in the workforce, for people with disabilities. The program provides coaching, training and referral to resources which help individuals become successful business owners resulting in increased independence and improved quality of life through entrepreneurship.

Randy Morris, director of Member Services for NBIA said, “Volunteers of America’s Working Order program was unique among our finalists this year.  We are pleased to recognize this small business incubator for persons with disabilities and other disadvantages.”

Marty Stahl

Marty Stahl, director of Working Order said, “We are thrilled to be recognized by NBIA. Our success is in our ability to provide the tools and guidance to the people we serve which results in their individual success.”

Since 1996, Working Order has served 636 persons in the greater Pittsburgh area and helped 203 participants launch and/or grow their businesses in fields including graphic design, bookkeeping, tax preparation, grant writing, virtual office assistance, hair dressing, cleaning services, massage therapy, sculpture, portraiture, dog training, lawn care, accessibility construction, career transition coaching, golf instruction, event planning, care managing and more.

Outcome metrics from Working Order’s 2013 survey of entrepreneurs reveal that through coaching, training and access to resources, participants have become more self-sufficient and more financially independent.

Volunteers of America has served Pennsylvanians since 1896. The agency currently serves more than 28,000 citizens annually across the commonwealth through programs located in Allentown,Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Wilkes-Barre.

People served include individuals with disabilities; at-risk children and youth; families in emergency situations; those in need of employment; elderly individuals and couples on fixed incomes; persons with severe and chronic mental illness; families with limited incomes; infants, children, and adolescents that have been abused, neglected, and/or exploited; children with behavioral challenges and educational deficits; women who are homeless; pregnant teens and teenage mothers; and homeless veterans and their families.


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Tribute to Women Leadership Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  

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

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Announces the 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards
Awards Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 29

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 21, 2014):  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will recognize seven extraordinary women for their demonstrated excellence and leadership in the workplace and in the community as part of the 32nd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon to be held on Thursday, May 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue.

Awardees for 2014 include:
Allerton Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Kay Poppenberg, Non-profit Management Consultant, Executive Director, The Jannetta Neuroscience Foundation, Inc.
Business & Professional Services: Lisa M. Kuzma, Senior Program Officer, Richard King Mellon Foundation
Civic & Community Service: Lucille Prater-Holliday, Founder, Black Women’s Empowerment Institute
Education: M.J. Tocci, Posthumous, Co-Founder & Former Director, Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women at Carnegie Mellon University
Health & Human Services: Kimberlee Evert, MPH, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania
Science & Technology: Shakita Trigg, CSSGB, Project Manager, FedEx Ground
Young Leader: La’Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM, Founder and Executive Director, New Voices Pittsburgh

“We are excited to honor these seven remarkable women whose efforts and achieve¬ments have improved the lives of women and children throughout our Pittsburgh community,” said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  “The honorees are truly deserving of the YWCA’s Tribute to Women Leadership Award. They are role models for us all – and for future generations of women.”

This year was particularly challenging for the Tribute to Women Selection Committee. Included among the nominees were two women – M.J. Tocci and Laurel Y. Ragland – who are no longer with us. In addition to the Education Award to M.J. Tocci, the committee gave Special Recognition to Laurel Y. Ragland, recent Chief Financial Officer of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh launched the Tribute to Women Leadership Awards in 1983 to affirm its mission to empower women and girls to reach their personal and professional goals. Since then, the YWCA has honored the accomplishments of more than 200 exceptional women, saluting them for helping to shape the direction of our region and improve the lives of others.

The Allerton Award, named after the first president of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Mrs. O.H. Allerton, was created to honor a woman for lifetime achievement.  Mrs. Allerton served as president of the YWCA’s board on three separate terms; from 1878 to 1881, 1895 to 1896, and 1915 to 1916.  This special award is given, at the discretion of the Selection Committee and with approval of the YWCA Board of Directors, to a woman who epitomizes the philosophies and concepts of the YWCA.  This year’s Allerton Award recipient, Mary Kay Poppenberg, is only the 13th such recipient of this honor since the inception of Tribute to Women.

Peggy Finnegan, co-anchor for WPXI Channel 11 News at 5 and 6 p.m., will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies during the luncheon. Ms. Finnegan received a Tribute to Women Leadership Award in 1997 in the Communications category.
 
Proceeds from the event help create positive changes in the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh area women and families served by the YWCA.  For more information about Tribute to Women, call 412-255-1261 or go to www.ywcapgh.org.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency; and is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  For more information about the YWCA’s programs and services, visit www.ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100.

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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)

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Costume Volunteers Sought

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2014


MOVIE COSTUME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS CONCERT ON JULY 19

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is looking for costumed volunteers to greet arriving patrons and pose for a photo or two for The Music of John Williams concert on July 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

Volunteers are needed to dress as characters from movies with a John Williams score, such as “Harry Potter,” “Indiana Jones,” “Star Wars,” “E.T.” or “Superman.” Participants will receive two free tickets to the concert and should arrive at the hall by 1 p.m. Photos also will be used on social media.

Interested volunteers should email a photo of themselves in costume to Rachel Howard, rhoward@pittsburghsymphony.org, along with contact information by June 30. Finalists will be notified by July 9.

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
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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The Music of Queen

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2014

WDVE PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF QUEEN WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT HEINZ HALL JUNE 24


PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will rock you with “The Music of Queen” on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

Featuring conductor/arranger Brent Havens’ vision of classic rock coupled with classical music and the soaring vocals of Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band, this concert wraps the familiar sounds of Queen’s iconic tunes with the support of a full orchestra and the visuals and energy of a live rock concert. Fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury will enjoy songs from many of their albums — forgotten gems as well as popular hits — including “Classic Queen,” “A Night at the Opera,” “Heart Attack” and “A Kind of Magic,” as Dolyniuk and his band stay true to the originals while the orchestra adds something special to the performances. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is just the start of the fun in this tribute to one of the best bands that ever rocked.

The band includes Havens and Dolyniuk (guitar/vocals) as well as Dan Clemens (bass/background vocals), Powell Randolph (drums/background vocals), George Cintron (guitar/background vocals) and Bart Kuebler (keyboards/background vocals). Havens and Dolyniuk were last seen at Heinz Hall during summer 2013 for “The Music of Led Zeppelin.”

Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to 75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visitingpittsburghsymphony.org.

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by more than 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world's greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and countless others. Havens recently completed the score for the film “Quo Vadis,” a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens is arranger/guest conductor for seven symphonic rock programs – the “Music of Led Zeppelin,” the “Music of the Doors,” the “Music of Pink Floyd,” the “Music of the Eagles,” the “Music of Queen,” the “Music of Michael Jackson” and most recently, the “Music of The Who”!

Guest vocalist Brody Dolyniuk is a gifted, self-taught musician, capable of playing several instruments, with a particular knack for capturing the voices and mannerisms of classic characters from music, TV, and movies. His first professional gigs were at piano bars in several U.S. cities, where he learned to charm audiences and expand his musical repertoire. With a longing to perform the music of the many rock bands that inspired him, Brody assembled Yellow Brick Road, unquestionably Las Vegas' most successful classic rock band. Since 1997, YBR has been reshaping the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top-40-style lounge acts. Along the way, Dolyniuk has made numerous radio and TV appearances, and earned a spot in the finals of two national singing competitions, and even self-produced several large rock production-style shows utilizing multimedia, lasers, comedy and special effects. In 2007, Dolyniuk lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the mega-hit video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and has already done several more for the new Konami game Rock Revolution. As a devout classic rock/Queen fan, Dolyniuk’s enthusiasm, vocal ability and on-stage energy were the perfect fit for The Music of Queen show.

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 also hosts many other 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 Communications and External Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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The Takeaway Features Amateur Artwork

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Media Contacts:
Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, 847-477-8714/Warchall@TrustArts.org
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org      
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available: TrustArts.org/press
Search: Takeaway 2014



PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
THE TAKEAWAY: MADE WITH LOVE
AN ARTIST-CURATOR PROJECT INCORPORATING AMATEUR ARTWORK
July 11 – August 1, 2014 | 937 Gallery | 937 Liberty Avenue, 2nd floor
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of The Takeaway: Made With Love, an exhibition of nearly 100 amateur artworks handpicked from thrift store collections across several states. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors are able to enter into a free lottery for a chance to take home their favorite piece from the show. The exhibition, organized by Robert Raczka, is on view July 11–August 1, 2014, at 937 Liberty Avenue, second floor. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:30–9p.m., during the Cultural Trust’s quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.


Raczka purchased the exhibition’s artworks—paintings, hand-knit afghans, handmade ceramics, and objects crafted in wood—for their aesthetic appeal and all-around interest, though they are artworks not generally presented in a fine art context. Among the works included are painted landscapes, pet portraits, spiritual imagery, and a wood mosaic Mayan calendar.

Raczka uses the exhibition budget, generally reserved for shipping and materials, to buy the art in thrift stores while exercising his curatorial eye. He sees the distribution of the artwork to the audience through a free lottery as a gift from the gallery as well as from himself.

“I have a genuine appreciation for amateur art at its unselfconscious best, and I wanted to share that with the audience,” says curator Robert Raczka. “I had noticed that when someone is in an art gallery contemplating a purchase, they really look closely and think about the art. I have found that if the audience feels that they might end up taking the art home, they consider it more deeply.”

At the conclusion of the exhibition, Raczka will select the winners at random, who are notified and able to pickup their artwork at the closing party Friday, August 1, 5:30–9 p.m., with an additional pick-up time Saturday, August 2, 1–5 p.m.

This is the forth in a series of exhibitions of thrift store art, the first held at Future Tenant in 2008, and combines Raczka’s roles as artist and curator. For these exhibitions, he has been incorporating ideas artists have been working with in relational aesthetics, or the practice of artist-constructed social experiences where the artist becomes the facilitator rather than the focal point, such as Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled project in which he cooked and served food in the Carnegie International, and Tino Sehgal’s “The Progress” at the Guggenheim where visitors were engaged in a series of conversations about progress. Similar to these projects, Raczka’s lottery is designed to reconsider and make use of art’s social and institutional context and to create a nontraditional social interaction between artist/curator, the gallery, and the audience.

Robert Raczka is a Pittsburgh-based artist, writer, and curator, and he was previously a gallery director of 20 years. He earned an MFA in photography from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. His artwork is in the form of photography, collage, and exhibitions incorporating found objects to engage with popular culture and taste, the public communications of advertising and marketing, and the often-tenuous connection between representation and reality. In 2013, Raczka curated Crowdsourced at SPACE, featuring 12 artists who included public input—either directly or through suggestions—into their artworks. Raczka’s art criticism often appears in the Pittsburgh City Paper. He is emeritus professor of art at Allegheny College, Meadville, and he recently taught the graduate studio art seminar at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

About 937 Gallery
937 Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The multiuse exhibition space is located at 937 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12–5 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.

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Gladiator Live

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2014

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS GLADIATOR LIVE ON JULY 12

PITTSBURGH — “My name is Gladiator.”

The words and music of the Oscar-winning film “Gladiator” will ring throughout Heinz Hall when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents “Gladiator Live” on July 12 at 7:30 p.m.

“Gladiator Live” brings Ridley Scott’s epic sword-and-sandals film to U.S. concert halls for the first time. Winner of five Academy Awards and countless other honors, “Gladiator” remains one of the most popular films in its genre of all-time, and its remarkable score, by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, is still one of the most recognizable soundtracks of all time.

Featuring world-renowned vocalist Clara Sanabras and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform the groundbreaking score while Gladiator plays overhead in high-definition on the big screen. Fans both old and new will experience the film in an exciting and unique way.

Tickets, $25-90, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visitingpittsburghsymphony.org.


Clara Sanabras enigmatic voice and multi-instrumentalism features in top Hollywood soundtracks such as “The Hobbit,” “The Hunger Games,” “Snow White and The Huntsman,” “For Greater Glory,” “The Lord of The Rings in Concert” and “Gladiator in Concert.” Born in France, raised in Barcelona, now a Londoner, Sanabras is an exceptionally versatile musician and captivating performer. She sings and accompanies herself on baroque guitar, Indian harmonium, oud, charango, her music being as varied as her background.

Classically trained as a singer and pianist (Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Conservatori Superior del Liceu Barcelona), she has worked in the fields of early music, world music, jazz, folk and contemporary and now writes her own music. In an impressive back catalogue of recordings, theatre and screen credits, Sanabras has appeared at many international festivals and venues, including Glastonbury, The London Jazz Festival, Womad, Sydney Opera House, La Scala Milan, KKL Lucerne, Tokyo Casals Hall, and mingled with artists from all disciplines. Working alongside Howard Shore as the soloist of “The Lord of The Rings in Concert” and “The Hobbit,” she has also collaborated with James Newton-Howard (“The Hunger Games”), Nigel Kennedy, Terry Edwards & London Voices, Jocelyn Pook, Alberto Iglesias, Avshalom Caspi, Rachel Portman, Natacha Atlas, Eliseo Parra, Jarvis Cocker, The Harp Consort, John Rutter, RPO, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, OAE, Ludwig Wicki & 21st Century Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Theatre of Voices, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Theatre of the Ayre, Charivari Agréable, Israel Camerata, eX Ensemble & The Dufay Collective. Her song “Nada Igual,” as heard in La Reina del Sur was no. 1 in the iTunes charts (Mexico) in June 2011.

Since she burst into the global music scene in 2006, with the highly acclaimed album “Clara & The Real Lowdown” (Smudged Discs), produced by maverick producer and composer Harvey Brough (Harvey and The Wallbangers), they’ve recorded another two albums: “Hopetown House” featuring The Real Lowdown, a collective of the finest folk, jazz and world musicians in London, and “The Emblem,” released in February 2012. With her latest album and after the success of her critically-acclaimed soundtrack credits and world tours, she returns to her roots with an elegy to exile, told in Spanish, Catalan, French and English. “Scattered Flight: Songs of Spanish Exile” features stellar guests including Eliseo Parra, Cobla Sant Jordi and The Elysian Quartet, and is produced by Harvey Brough and recorded by Peter Schwier (Dexys).

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP), a chorus of 120 which 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.

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 also hosts many other 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 Communications and External Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra, Broadway

For Immediate Release
June 5, 2014


MEGAN HILTY BRINGS THE SOUNDS OF FRANK SINATRA AND BROADWAY TO HEINZ HALL STAGE FOR PNC POPS

Weekend is first “Nurses’ Weekend” with discounts and continuing education credit for nurses and nursing students

PITTSBURGH – Seen in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Wicked” and “9 to 5” on Broadway and NBC's “Smash” and “Sean Saves the World,” the multi-talented Megan Hilty brings her big voice and vivacious stage presence to the Heinz Hall stage for the final PNC Pops concert of the season, “Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More” on June 19-22.

Hailed as "the new princess of Broadway" by Time magazine, Hilty comes together with acclaimed conductor Steven Reineke and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to the tunes of Ol’ Blue Eyes — including “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “New York, New York,” and “I've Got You Under My Skin” — as well as Broadway classics such as “Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend,” “Almost Like Being In Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The program also includes favorites by Cole Porter, Barry Manilow and many others.

The weekend is the first annual Nurses’ Weekend at the symphony with a 20% discount offered to all nurses and nursing students. (Tickets for nurses can be purchased at pittsburghsymphony.org/nurses or 412-392-4819.) On Saturday, June 21, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing will offer a continuing education course, “Stress & Nurses: Taking Care of Our Needs,” at 6 p.m. in Heinz Hall’s Regency Rooms. Irene Kane, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N., C.N.A.A., H.F.I., and Bruce Rabin, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh will be presenting. A Q&A session will follow at 7 p.m. To register for the CE course, visit nursing.pitt.edu/stress.

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 $15 to $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. Megan Hilty's performance is made possible, in part, by the Marvin Hamlisch Pops Artistic Excellence Fund.
Megan Hilty recently starred alongside Sean Hayes in NBC’s comedy “Sean Saves the World.” Prior to that, she portrayed the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama “Smash” for two seasons. In March 2013, Hilty released her debut solo album, “It Happens All the Time,” which included fresh interpretations of compositions by contemporary songwriters and producers. She previously starred as Lorelei Lee, the diamond-loving blonde made famous by Carol Channing,in the Encores! production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Additionally, her voice was featured as Rosetta in Disney's “Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings.” She’s previously recorded vocals in Disney's “The Secret Life of Magic Gourd,” “Phineas & Ferb,” “Glenn Martin DDS,” “American Dad,” “Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games” and “Robot & Monster,” as well as singing as Snow White in the film “Shrek the Third.” Most recently, she was in Summertime Entertainment's animated film “Dorothy of Oz” with Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy and Lea Michele in May 2014. She can also be heard alongside Placido Domingo on the opera star’s duet album. A native of Seattle, Hilty moved to New York City after graduating from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, and quickly made her Broadway debut as Glinda in “Wicked.”  She went on to perform the role in both the national tour and in Los Angeles. After receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway’s “9 to 5: The Musical,” Hilty was honored with nominations for Lead Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Awards and L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Hilty has previously performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Houston Symphony and with the Phoenix Symphony. Her television credits include guest-starring roles in Melissa & Joey, Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Shark, Ugly Betty, Eli Stone and The Suite Life of Zach & Cody. Among Hilty’s film credits are The Bitter Feast, the short film The Happiest Man Alive, opposite Justin Chambers; and the upcoming “Untitled Warren Beatty Project.”

Steven Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers. Reineke is the music director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the posts of principal pops conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras and associate conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Milwaukee and Calgary. As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works “Celebration Fanfare,” “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Casey at the Bat” are performed frequently in North America, including performances by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. His Sun Valley “Festival Fanfare” was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s pavilion, and his “Festival Te Deum” and “Swan’s Island Sojourn” were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. A native of Ohio, Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition.


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:
June 19, 7:30 p.m.
June 20, 8:00 p.m.
June 21, 8:00 p.m.
June 22, 2:30 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PNC POPS: LUCK BE A LADY: MEGAN HILTY SINGS SINATRA & MORE
STEVEN REINEKE, conductor
MEGAN HILTY, vocalist

Loesser (arr. Barton)                                Blonde Overture/Luck Be A Lady

Coleman & Leigh (arr. Jones)                   The Best Is Yet to Come

Shaiman (arr. White)                               They Just Keep Moving the Line from Smash

Styne & Robin                                        Bye Bye Baby from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Porter (arr. Riddle/Price)                          I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Weill (arr. Reineke)                                Mack the Knife

Kosma, Mercer & Manilow                      Autumn Leaves – When October Goes
(arr. Reineke)

Schwartz (arr. Brohn)                               Popular from Wicked

Styne & Robin                                        Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Various (arr. Reineke)                             I Hear A Symphony: Symphonic Sounds of Diana Ross

Abreu                                                    Tico Tico

Loewe, Lerner, Rodgers & Hart                Almost Like Being In Love – This Can’t Be Love
(arr. Jahnke)

Shaiman & Whitman (arr. Atmajian)          Second Hand White Baby Grand from Smash

Manilow                                                Copacabana

Kander & Ebb (arr. Elliott)                        New York, New York

Gershwin & Gershwin                             Someone to Watch Over Me from Oh Kay!

Arlen & Mercer                                      Come Rain or Come Shine

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Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
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Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
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Loh Named Music Director of Symphoria

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2014


LAWRENCE LOH NAMED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF SYMPHORIA

PITTSBURGH—Lawrence Loh, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, was named music director of Symphoria, a not-for-profit professional symphony orchestra located in Syracuse, N.Y, the organization announced this month. He will join Symphoria at the start of the 2015-2016 season.

“I am truly thankful for the experiences I have had at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,” says Loh, who has served as resident conductor since 2008. “I am looking forward to the opportunities that await me in Syracuse as I continue to conduct and enjoy the next season with my colleagues and friends at the Pittsburgh Symphony.”

Founded by nearly 50 members of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria is one of only two co-op orchestras in the U.S. Loh will be the organization’s first full-time music director, serving as primary conductor and providing artistic leadership for the orchestra, including major roles in programming, artistic personnel and outreach.

“Larry has been an integral part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the last nine years and we are honored to have had him in Pittsburgh for so long,” says Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. “His talent and dedication are undeniable. Symphoria is quite fortunate to have him as their new music director. He will do great things in Syracuse.”

Along with his role as resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Loh is the music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, a position he will maintain, and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he substituted last minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His association with the Pittsburgh Symphony began as assistant conductor in 2005-2006. He was promoted to associate conductor in 2006-2007 and to resident conductor in 2007-2008. The 2014-2015 season will make his 10th year with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

In May 1998, Loh received his artist diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Yale University, also earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School and has additional degrees from Indiana University and the University of Rochester. Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary.

“It has been an honor to be part of Larry’s growth and success as a conductor, music director and leader,” says James Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “We appreciate the opportunity to spend the next year with him as he adjusts to his new role in Syracuse. I do not view this opportunity as his saying ‘goodbye to Pittsburgh’ and I hope he returns often. He will be missed and leaves some big shoes to fill.”

For more information about Symphoria, visit experiencesymphoria.org. For more information about the Pittsburgh Symphony, visit pittsburghsymphony.org.

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The Umbrella Man Premieres





For Immediate Release
May 21, 2014
Point Park University-produced movie ‘The Umbrella Man’ to premiere at Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival

PITTSBURGH – The Point Park University-produced feature film, “The Umbrella Man,” will premiere next month at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.

Directed by Michael Grasso, “The Umbrella Man” will be screened at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, June 22, in the Baverso Theater at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks.

 “The Umbrella Man” is the story of a father who becomes engrossed with Kennedy assassination


conspiracy theories after the death of his 8-year-old son. Set in Pittsburgh, the film deals with one couple’s love, loss, and the survival of their relationship. The film stars Carter Roy and Rachael Carpani as the married couple, as well as Abbie Cobb, Rich Williams, John Amplas and Kevin Crowley.

Point Park University was the driving force in developing the original material written by Michael and Joseph Grasso. The REP, Point Park University’s professional theatre company, mounted a staged production of “The Umbrella Man” in 2011 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Directed by Robert A. Miller, who also is a producer on the movie, the stage play introduced audiences to the deep human drama in an unprecedented stage experience.

Much of the movie was filmed in the Pittsburgh area last year, providing dozens of Point Park University students a unique opportunity for on-the-job training.

"Michael and I are thrilled that 'The Umbrella Man' has been included in the 2014 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.  It was an amazing project with incredible performances and a super talented Pittsburgh crew. We are also proud to have teamed with Point Park University in order to provide their students, recent grads and alumni a chance to work on the production of 'The Umbrella Man' and gain valuable real-world experience on a feature film. It was a true Pittsburgh project, and we had a fantastic experience shooting this film in and around Pittsburgh,” said Joe Grasso, co-writer, co-producer and cinematographer.

The screening of “The Umbrella Man” in Pittsburgh follows the announcement last month that another Point Park University-produced film venture, the 10-episode documentary series, “The Chair,” will air this fall on STARZ as the channel’s first original unscripted series. The 10-episode series, filmed in Pittsburgh this year, follows two up-and-coming directors as they compete to make two separate feature films from the same script. More than 100 Point Park students and alumni supported the TV series and two feature films as interns, employees, and through class projects. Additionally, production offices were located on Point Park University’s campus in downtown Pittsburgh.

Point Park University’s involvement in these projects helps to expand its cinema and digital arts offerings to a wider array of students who have the desire to forge a career in the entertainment industry.
You can visit the film’s IMDB page at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2413958/

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Legally Blonde The Musical

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Legally Blonde: The Musical
Sure to Tickle Audiences Pink June 13
We’re “Positive” this Show is “What you Want!”

Pittsburgh, PA ∙ June 11, 2014 – Do blondes really have more fun? Audiences will soon find out at Pittsburgh CLO’s production of Legally Blonde The Musical, June 13-22 at the Benedum Center. This mega movie hit will be brought to life by a cast of Broadway’s best and Pittsburgh CLO veterans. Watch as Elle Woods takes over the stage with her vivacious personality and a score sure to please.

It's here, and it's "AN ELLE OF A SHOW" (TIME Magazine). Based on the hilarious MGM film, Legally
Blonde: The Musical follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn't take "no" for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. This musical juggernaut features such instant classics as “Omigod You Guys,” “Bend and Snap, “Take It Like a Man” and more!

ABOUT THE CAST
Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Elle Woods) most recently played Heather Stovall in Broadway's Hands on a Hardbody, a role she originated in the musical's premiere at La JollaPlayhouse. Other credits include Dede Halcyon-Day in Tales of the City (American Conservatory Theater), the national tour of Legally Blonde: The Musical (Elle Woods); Sophie in Departure Lounge (SPF) and Amber in Hairspray (Paper Mill Playhouse). Screen credits include NBC’s Grease: You’re the One That I Want (Spiritual Sandy) and the film 27 Dresses. KathleenMonteleone.com

Annie Funke (Enid) appeared on the Broadway stage in Hairspray. Wicked, San Francisco. Off-Broadway: If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal (Lucille Lortel Award); Silence! The Musical. Regional: Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, STAGES St. Louis, MTW, Riverside Theatre, Casa Manana, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Annie is a graduate of the Steppenwolf School in Chicago and the University of Oklahoma.

Lara Hayhurst (Margot) recently played April in Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s Company, and then made her Broadway debut this March working on Lady Day starring Audra McDonald. Other recent ‘Burgh credits include Maria in The Sound of Music and Elle in Legally Blonde, both with Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Larahayhurst.com.

Jeff Howell (Dad/Winthrop) was recently seen in By the Way Meet Vera Stark (REP). Pittsburgh CLO shows include 42nd Street, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, A Musical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Beauty and the Beast, Bells are Ringing, Pajama Game, The Most Happy Fella.  Other credits include Candide, Tigers Be Still, Chicago, and Tribute to Lerner and Loewewith Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Ken Land (Callahan) last appeared in Pittsburgh CLO’s production of Singin' in the Rain. Broadway/Off-Broadway/Tours: Promises, Promises, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Victor/Victoria, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Legally Blonde, The Gig, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, The Secret Garden, Evita.Regional: MUNY, Portland Center Stage, Old Globe, Goodspeed, Indiana Rep, Maine State, etc. Television: “Boston Legal,” “Six Feet Under,” “Law & Order(s),” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Judging Amy,” “The District,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Strong Medicine.”

Courtney Markowitz (Vivienne) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearing in The Pajama Game andOliver! Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde.  National tours: Jekyll & Hyde, Spring Awakening (Ilse).  Regional credits include Lizzie (Alice) - TUTS Underground; Oliver! (Rose Seller) – Pittsburgh CLO; All Shook Up(Miss Sandra), Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Artpark. BFA from Elon University and a Pittsburgh CLO Academy Alumni.

Jeff McLean (Warner) was a member of the original cast of the Las Vegas production of Spamalot. Played Warner Huntington III in the First National Tour of Legally Blonde The Musical.  Was a swing in the original musical Tales of the City in San Francisco with the American Conservatory Theatre. And played the role of Clifford Bradshaw in Jason Alexanders Reprise Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret.

Mamie Parris (Paulette) performed last year in Pittsburgh CLO’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers(Milly), and in the national tours of 9 To 5 (Judy) and Legally Blonde! Other Broadway/National Tour:Wicked (Elphaba), Ragtime, The Drowsy Chaperone, 110 In The Shade. Off-Broadway: See Rock City (Dodi/Lily). Regional: Goodspeed, The Muny, Pittsburgh CLO.  www.mamieparris.com

Matthew Scott (Emmett) appeared on Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim (cast album), Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair. Pittsburgh CLO; Sunset Boulevard (Joe Gillis), Les Misérables (Marius), 1776(Courier), Swing! (Male Diva 2). Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Signature Theatre, Goodspeed, Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Co., The Muny, The O’Neill. Recordings: Jerome Kern: The Land Where the Good Songs Go, and Noel and Cole. CMU Grad.

Sarrah Strimel (Brooke) is a Pittsburgh CLO alum who has performed on Broadway in: Big Fish (The Girl In the Water), The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Rock Of Ages, Catch Me If You Can. National Tours/Regional incl.,Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Charity(Charity), CATS (Bombalurina), Lil Abner(Stupyfyin' Jones), Sammy (Hedda Hopper). TV: “SMASH”, “Late Show with David Letterman.”
Brinie Wallace (Serena) will make her debut with Pittsburgh CLO in Legally Blonde. She just completed her sophomore year at Penn State. This May she did the reading/workshop of the Broadway Revival,The Me Nobody Knows (Stafford Arima, Bryan Perri and Taye Diggs) in NYC.

Legally Blonde: The Musical is complete with a talented ensemble, including Pittsburgh CLO veterans Lindsey Bracco, Lucas Fedele, Michael Greer, Chris Laitta, Stephanie Maloney and Mara Newbery.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Charley Repole (Director) directed numerous Pittsburgh CLO productions such as: 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie Get Your Gun, Curtains, White Christmas, Annie, Copacabana and Carousel. NYC/Broadway: Dubarry was a Lady, Call Me Madam, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation Benefit (Carnegie Hall) and Lyrics and Lyricists 25th Year Celebration (92nd Street “Y”). Kennedy Center: Where’s Charley? Broadway performance credits: Doubles, Whoopee! andVery Good Eddie (Tony® nomination, Theatre World Award). Mr. Repole is Chairman of the Drama, Theatre and Dance Department at Queens College.

Jonathan Stahl (Choreographer) is a native Pennsylvanian happy to be back at PCLO where, as performer, he was in Oliver! and Joseph ... Technicolored Dreamcoat.  He has directed and choreographed at Westchester Broadway Theatre -- Nine starring Bob Cuccioli, Legally Blonde andThe Sound of Music.   As choreographer he has worked on Phantom at WBT, and various concert dance pieces.  He still enjoys mixing his passion for performing with directing/choreographing which he as done as an associate director/choreographer for the past 10 years for Richard Stafford.   He recently created his own cabaret show, Threw the Rainbow.

Tom Helm (Music Director) returns for his 19th season with Pittsburgh CLO. His theater credits include the Broadway productions of Souvenir, Les Misérables, Me and My Girl, Cats and Brigadoon. He has also contributed his talents to television programs such as “Crazy For You” and the “Today Show.” Mr. Helm has conducted at Radio City Music Hall, Paper Mill Playhouse and many other regional and national theaters.

Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting Designer) recently completed work on Hope and Gravity at City Theatre and Pittsburgh CLO’s own Ring of Fire at the CLO Cabaret. He has designed for every local company in Pittsburgh. National credits include: The Asolo, Virginia Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Merrimack Reparatory Company, The Arden Theatre Company, Spoleto Festival USA, Dallas Summer Musicals, Theater of the Stars, Madison Opera, as well as others. International credits include productions in Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, France, and touring all of Western Europe.

HISTORY OF THE SHOW
Legally Blonde originated as a novel, by Amanda Brown, who turned her law school discrepancies into a must-read. Several years later, the book hit the silver screen in 2001 and became an instant mega hit, starring Reese Witherspoon.

Legally Blonde: The Musical opened on Broadway April 29, 2007 at the Palace Theatre. Shortly after, the musical was broadcast on MTV in conjunction with the MTV show ‘Legally Blonde – the Search for Elle Woods.’ The musical won three Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, as well as Best Actress in a Musical for Sheridan Smith and Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for Jill Halfpenny.
The Broadway production closed on October 19, 2008. The First National Tour opened to great success in the same year. Currently, the show has launched several tours worldwide, including the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and recently premiered to sold-out audiences at the Ronacher Theatre in Vienna, Austria.

ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM
Heather Hach (Book) is an alumnae of Denver Colorado's Impulse Theater improvisational comedy group. She is an Olivier Award Winner for Best New Musical Legally Blonde: The Musical and Tony Award® Nominee for the show. She is known for her work on Freaky Friday (2003) and What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012).

Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin (Music and Lyrics) are a husband and wife composing duo. Both are recipients of the Kleban Awards, recognizing outstanding lyrics. Their project, Legally Blonde: The Musical, received Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, as well as a Tony Award nomination for Best Score. O'Keefe has also written two musicals for Theatreworks USA: Cam Jansen, and Sarah, Plain and Tall. Benjamin and O'Keefe collaborated on a short musical entitled The Mice, which was produced by Hal Prince as a part of the three-show evening 3hree at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, in 2000.

Performance Schedule for Legally Blonde: The Musical
Friday June 13 8 p.m.
Saturday June 14 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday June 15 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tuesday June 17 8 p.m.
Wednesday June 18 8 p.m.
Thursday June 19 8 p.m.
Friday June 20 8 p.m.
Saturday June 21 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday June 22 2 p.m.

TICKETS
Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call ourGroup Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.

Pittsburgh CLO gratefully acknowledges the generosity of PNC for its sponsorship of the PNC Spotlight Series and our Season Sponsors: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WTAE-TV.

Media members may access photos and other show materials by visiting the Press Room atpittsburghCLO.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 19 Broadway shows (25 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.

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Calliope Announces 2014-2015 Line-Up

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



(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society is proud to announce its 2014-15 Calliope Concerts Series, featuring the best in acoustic music, from legends of American music to up-and-coming artists who are making a mark on the genre.

Subscriptions will go on sale June 18 for $245.00 plus a $6.00 handling fee and can be purchased by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915

Flex-plans and single tickets will go on sale in July.

For additional information on the series, please visit our website: www.calliopehouse.org.

All concerts are held at Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
on Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM.

CALLIOPE CONCERTS SERIES 2014-15
October 18- The Duhks
GRAMMY and Juno Award-winning dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves crowds on their feet.

November 1- Danny Schmidt and Darlingside
Danny Schmidt, who is moving quickly from underground cult hero to a widely recognized singer songwriter of generational significance, and indie folk band Darlingside will each perform this night.

November 22—Janis Ian
Legendary singer songwriter whose music and lyrics are all about life experiences, and as her life has been full and colorful, so have her songs as evidenced by her multiple GRAMMY and Dove awards, nominations and commendations.

December 6—John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians- John Jorgenson on guitar and mandolin, Herb Pedersen on banjo, Jon Randall on guitar, and Mark Fain on bass.
January 31—Josh White Jr., Rev. Robert B. Jones & Radoslav Lorkovic in tribute to Lead Belly
Three talented artists in their own right come together to pay tribute to legendary Lead Belly.

February 28---The Holmes Brothers
Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fan base with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country.

March 28—Cathie Ryan Band
For over twenty-five years, including five solo albums, countless musical collaborations and multiple awards, Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music.



April 11—Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
GRAMMY winner Béla Fleck is considered by many to be the premiere banjo player in the world. Abigail Washburn pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody’s ever heard before.



October 18, 2014—The Duhks                                                            
http://www.duhks.com/
Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001, The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet. Over the course of 4 critically-acclaimed albums, the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations, and has played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.

November 1, 2014—Danny Schmidt and Darlingside    
http://www.dannyschmidt.com/     Named to the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has been rapidly ascending from underground cult hero to being widely recognized as an artist of generational significance. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him “Perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”
http://www.darlingside.com/With a quartet of distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, Darlingside effortlessly draw audiences into their lush, dynamic musical world. The band’s sound, characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, bluegrass and rock instrumentation, and smart lyricism, is the product of complete collaboration among the four close friends. The group has no frontman; instead, lead vocals are traded from moment to moment, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music.

November 22, 2014—Janis Ian                                                          
http://www.janisian.com/
In her fifth decade of writing songs and performing, Janis Ian won her second Grammy Award of nine total
nominations over the years in eight categories! Her 2013 Grammy, presented at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, is for Best Spoken Word Album for her audio book “Society’s Child” (Audible.com).
Music and lyrics are about life experiences and, as Janis’ life has been full and colorful, so have her songs as evidenced by her multiple awards, Grammy and Dove Award nominations and commendations. Her songs have been recorded by singers as diverse as Cher, John Mellencamp, Celine Dion, Hugh Masakela, Nana Mouskouri, Charlie Daniels and Roberta Flack.

December 6,  2014—John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band              
http://www.johnjorgenson.com/
The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians- John Jorgenson on guitar and mandolin, Herb Pedersen on banjo, Jon Randall on guitar, and Mark Fain on bass. Jorgenson and Pederson are founders (with Chris hillman) of the formative country rock band: Desert Rose Band.

January 31, 2015                                                                
Josh White Jr., Rev. Robert B. Jones and Radoslav Lorkovic in tribute to Lead Belly
http://www.joshwhitejr.com/Josh White Jr. is a secular, folk/blues, pop, jazz, vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor, adult and children’s concert performer and recording artist, teacher and social activist who became a ‘hit’ literally over night at the age of four, by performing with his legendary father JOSH WHITE one night at New York’s famed “Café Society” night club (America’s first integrated nightclub).

http://revrobertjones.com/Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught award-winning multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle using folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the history, beauty and power of our shared culture.

http://www.radoslavlorkovic.com/ Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorkovićhas taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style.

February 28, 2015—The Holmes Brothers          
http://www.theholmesbrothers.com/
Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fanbase with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country.

March 28, 2015—Cathie Ryan Band              
http://www.cathieryan.com/tour/cathie-ryan-band/
For over twenty-five years, including five solo albums, countless musical collaborations, and multiple awards, Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music. She is blessed with a voice of luminous clarity and a gift for unearthing gems from Irish and American song traditions, creating her own heart-stirring originals, and for showcasing writers whose work deserves wider recognition. Wrap this musical integrity into a consummate entertainer and it is no wonder the Wall Street Journal calls her music, “a revelation.”

April 11, 2015—Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn        
http://belafleck.com/home-page/  Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he’s the premiere banjo player in the world. The recipient of Multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Flecks’ total Grammy count is 15 Grammys won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in Grammy history.

http://www.abigailwashburn.com/website/ If American old-time music is about taking earlier, simpler ways of life and music-making as one’s model, Abigail Washburn has proven herself to be a bracing revelation to that tradition. She—a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player—is every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local.
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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, J. Robert Izod Memorial 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 Marketing Manager
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-361-1915
www.calliopehouse.org

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