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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