Friday, August 29, 2014

Fragments Fractals At 709 Penn Gallery

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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
FRAGMENTS, FRACTALS: WRITE IT, PRINT IT, SEW IT

September 12 – November 16, 2014 | 709 Penn Gallery | 709 Penn Avenue
Exhibition Opening & Reception | September 12, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Fragments, Fractals: Write It, Print It, Sew It, an exhibition of story quilts by artist Tina Williams Brewer. The exhibition is on view September 12–November 16, 2014, at the Trust’s 709 Penn Gallery. An opening reception and artist talk take place September 12, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Brewer’s ten quilts—with titles such as Natural Migration, Cosmic Endeavors, and Rosetta Stone—tell stories of the natural movement of migration, from a simple view of water migration to a more complicated visual approach to forced migration. The layered, overlapping, and decorative imagery is achieved through quilting fabrics that have been printed with Brewer’s designs.

“Everything gets lost in the movement of migration,” Brewer says. “In order to simplify so that we may understand, there is a need to peel back the layers and explore the beginnings of the original water currents.”

As an artistic inspiration, Brewer used fragments of novelist John Edgar Wideman’s “Cry In” from Briefs: Stories for the Palm of the Mind and Rachel Goldstein’s poetry to inform her work. The inspiration from both artists are in integral part of the exhibition.

Tina Williams Brewer is known for her artistic exploration of African-American history and the personal experiences associated with it. She uses symbolism, textile, and fabrics to create story quilts that are motivated by issues focusing on family, women and children, and the spirituality of the culture. Her work has been displayed internationally at the United States Embassy in Ghana, and in more than 50 major venues across the United States, including Tampa Museum of Art and Science, Tampa, FL; Heinz Regional History Center, Pittsburgh, PA; African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; African American Museum, Dallas, TX; Reginald Lewis Museum of African American Art in Baltimore, MD; and Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV. Brewer is a member of the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh, Women of Visions, Inc., and an emeritus board member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, and she earned a bachelor of arts from Columbus College of Art and Design.

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Calliope Presents Paul Ellis

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

CALLIOPE PRESENTS
ELLIS PAUL



(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes Ellis Paul to THE ROOTS CELLAR, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, on Thursday, September 25, 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.

“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.”
– The New York Times

Ellis Paul’s songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul’s music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide, his 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America’s most talented songwriters.

Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials,
documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers -- “Hall Pass” (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), “Me, Myself, & Irene” (starring Jim Carrey) and “Shallow Hal” (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul’s music by referring to him as “a national treasure.”

Ellis Paul

Not surprisingly, Paul’s consistently been heralded by others as well. One writer noted “that it reminds you how much we need storytellers back in pop music -- storytellers with empathy, fine eyes and an understanding that even though we live in a soulless, indifferent would, out music doesn’t have to reflect our culture." Another reviewer was even more pointed. “Ellis Paul is one of the best singer/songwriters of his generation,” she commented. “And for many of us he is the face of contemporary folk music. Few are as smart, as literate, as poetic as Paul. I cannot think of another artist on the acoustic music scene is better loved by fans, or more respected by his contemporaries.”
Indeed, he is all that, and in a very real sense, even more. He’s an observer, a philosopher, and an astute storyteller who shares with his listeners the life lessons he’s learned, and in turn, life lessons they ought to heed as well. By affirming and defining who he is, Ellis Paul affirms and uncovers the essence of us all.

With 16 CD’s, a concert DVD, and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis’ songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother’s ‘Hall Pass’, ‘Me, Myself & Irene’, and ‘Shallow Hal’. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Gutherie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin and multi-platinum band Sugerland, among others.

“Ellis has a voice that’s so powerful that you know who it is the second he comes through your radio. His music and songs are a new birth in American sound that makes me want to go see concerts again.” -Kristian Bush / Sugerland

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

For Immediate Release
Aug. 14, 2014

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S MUSIC FOR THE SPIRIT EXPANDS TO INCLUDE THREE SEPTEMBER NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS


PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music for the Spirit program is expanding to include three chamber music concerts at local churches in the North Side, East Liberty and Wilkinsburg in September.

The Music for the Spirit program explores the connection between music and spirituality during free Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, at both Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics series and in rotating community venues. In September, the Music for the Spirit program adds three concerts featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass and which follow the Music for the Spirit concert format, melding music, poetry, readings and other spoken word pieces.

Monday Night Neighborhood Concerts will take place at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side on September 8, East Liberty Presbyterian Church on September 15 and Deliverance Baptist Church in Wilkinsburg on September 22. Each Monday Night Neighborhood Concert will present the same program.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass includes Craig Knox, tuba; Murray Crewe, bass trombone; Neal Berntsen, trumpet; William Caballero, horn; Peter Sullivan, trombone; and George Vosburgh, trumpet.

All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at pittsburghsymphony.org/neighborhoodseries or 412-392-8991.

The annual Music for the Spirit concerts will take place on November 20 at Westminster Presbyterian in Upper St. Clair and November 22 at Cardinal Wuerl High School in Cranberry. More details about these concerts will be released in the fall.

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President for 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

Roots Cellar Concert Series Announced

Calliope Roots Cellar Series 2014-15

For Immediate Release                  
Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Coordinator
Calliope House Inc.
(412) 361-1915, lalexander@calliopehouse.org    
 

(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope is proud to announce its 2014-15 Roots Cellar 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.

Held in the acoustically-sound subterranean room at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Roots Cellar presents a unique and intimate atmosphere for an up-close experience with the best folk musicians the world has to offer.

The club-like environment allows for high-top or low-top tables situated around the room, or take a seat in one of the couches placed throughout. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA).

Tickets can be purchased on our website at www.calliopehouse.org, or by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915.

All concerts are held at The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Shadyside)

THE ROOTS CELLAR CONCERTS SERIES 2014-15

Ellis Paul

September 25, 2014—Ellis Paul
Award-winning singer songwriter and inspiring folk musician. 

October 9, 2014—Spuyten Duyvil
This group’s brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix.

October 23, 2014—Long Time Courting
All-women super group offering an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music.

 November 14, 2014—Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD Release
This event marks the tenth anniversary of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle album series with performances by dozens of participating Pittsburgh songwriters.

 March 19, 2015—Harpeth Rising
Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical perspective.

 April 2, 2015—Duo Eamon
Fiddler Cassandra Cleghorn and guitarist Jeffrey Eamon Levine are Duo Eamon, playing the lilting and rhythmic tunes of Quebec, Ireland and New England.

 May 3, 2015---Tom Russell
Acclaimed singer songwriter and master storyteller known for chronicling the life of blue collar America.

 September 25, 2014—Ellis Paul                   http://www.ellispaul.com/       
“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.” – The New York Times
Ellis Paul’s songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

 October 9, 2014—Spuyten Duyvil                    http://www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com/
“They’re a mighty powerhouse….All the playing is hot.”   – Stephen D. Winick, The Huffington Post
Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced “SPITE+en DIE+vil”) show for the first time is like “throwing a cherry bomb into a lake” (Rich Warren, WFMT).  It wakes you up. Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Lead by song-writing couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this seven piece powerhouse brings barn burning energy to venues throughout the Northeast.
  
October 23, 2014—Long Time Courting                  http://www.longtimecourting.com/
“Enchanting vocals, top-rank musicianship, and well-conceived, intelligent arrangements.”      -Boston Irish Reporter
Boston-based band Long Time Courting is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards and Fluttr Effect, and newest member Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay. Together as Long Time Courting, these four talented women offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician’s versatility, creativity, and mastery. 

 November 14, 2014—Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD Release                                                            http://calliopehouse.org/event/pittsburgh-songwriters-circle-cd-release-pt-2-2/
 This event marks the tenth anniversary of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle album series, marking the release of the group’s 2015 CD and a commemorative retrospective CD including one song from each of the series’ 10 albums. Performances by dozens of participating Pittsburgh songwriters.
  
March 19, 2015—Harpeth Rising                        http://www.harpethrising.com/home
“The vanguard of a new species of progressive folk music.” Jason D. Hamad, The No Surf Review
Harpeth Rising chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women – Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique.

 April 2, 2015—Duo Eamon                                https://www.facebook.com/DuoEamon/info
Fiddler Cassandra Cleghorn and guitarist Jeffrey Eamon Levine are Duo Eamon, playing the lilting and rhythmic tunes of Quebec, Ireland and New England.


May 3, 2015—Tom Russell                                http://www.tomrussell.com/
Tom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”
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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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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

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Media Contacts:
Show Publicist: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org
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 PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
WYEP AND THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENT
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE

 Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced that WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, performing at the Byham Theater on Thursday, November 6th at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets start at $45.25 and are on sale now.  Tickets are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or by visiting in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He is currently the front man for his own ensemble Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, Trombone Shorty and the band have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy®-nominated "Backatown," followed by "For True" in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, "Say That to This," was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO's Treme, and has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan. In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. At this year's Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert.

In 2012, he received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.

About WYEP 91.3 FM

WYEP (91.3 FM) is an independent music station with an eclectic mix of programming, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. It is an NPR affiliate.

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.  www.TrustArts.org

Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Sounds of Pgh Chorus Open House

For immediate release:
Pat Martin
724-743-0949

OPEN HOUSE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014


Discover how much fun it is to sing with the Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus.

Our chorus is part of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers who meet regularly to rehearse, socialize, perform and sing a cappella music, barbershop style.  Each week, Sweet Adelines International encourages women all over the world to reach their full singing potential.  There are unlimited training and educational opportunities as well as spectacular performance and entertainment possibilities.

Join us any Monday evening at 7 pm to experience the joy of singing with 65 other women.

Rehearsals are at the Coraopolis United Methodist Church, 1205 Ridge Ave., Coraopolis, PA 15108.

To see and hear us, visit www.soundsofpgh.org.  For more information please call our toll free 412-945-SING (7464).

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Beatlemania Concert Marks 50th Anniversary

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Media Contacts:
Show Publicist: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
LEGENDARY CONCERT PROMOTER PAT DICESARE
TO COMMEMORATE
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES IN PITTSBURGH

SEPTEMBER 13 CONCERT WITH BEATLEMANIA NOW AND INTRODUCTION OF
DICESARE’S NEW MEMOIR BOOK COMPLETES BEATLES WEEK TRIBUTE

Pittsburgh, PA—Fifty years ago, the Beatles came to America…. and made their only Pittsburgh appearance at the Civic Arena on September 14, 1964.  Legendary concert promoter Pat DiCesare, who brought the band to Pittsburgh for its historic performance, will reprise his role by hosting a series of events, including a tribute concert featuring Beatlemania Now, on September 13th at 8pm, at the Benedum Center.

This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in collaboration with Pat DiCesare Productions, LLC.  Tickets start at $36.95 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

“The impact of the Beatles cannot be overstated,” said DiCesare. “The Fab Four startled the ears and energized the lives of virtually all who heard them.  Their arrival triggered the musical revolution of the sixties, introducing a modern sound and viewpoint that parted ways with the world of the previous decade.”

The American Tour ’64, the name of DiCesare’s tribute concert featuring Beatlemania Now, will feature all the classic Beatle’s hits live with a full stage, light and multimedia show.  “Imagine it is Saturday night, September 14, 1964 and you are part of an audience of more than 12,000, watching four mop-topped kids from Liverpool, England perform live on the stage of the Civic Arena,” said DiCesare.  “Imagine further that you are able to fast-forward the rest of the 1960’s, with all of its turbulent history, while the Beatles mature from bubblegum tunes like 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'She Loves You' into a band that reflects the social consciousness of the decade with 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,' 'Abbey Road' and 'Let It Be.'”

That, said DiCesare, is Beatlemania Now, a show starring Scot Arch (as John Lennon), Chris Colon (as George Harrison), Eric Smith (as Ringo Starr), and Davey Justice (as Paul McCartney), with a performance that dusts off the cobwebs to recall teens screaming from the balcony of the Civic Arena and other theaters across the United States.

“The Beatles explosion onto the American musical landscape is one of the most spectacular events in music history,” said DiCesare.  “And through the magic that is Beatlemania Now, the audience can become a part of that history 50 years later.”

The show begins with the memorable youthful exuberance and scrubbed clean faces of the young Beatles as the band sings the original hits without a care in the world while—as if from an old copy of Life Magazine—scenes from the 1960’s are projected on a screen above the stage.  Beatlemania Now brings historic scenes to life and just like the original musicians; the stage band matures from the teen heart throbs of 1964 into the most important band of the 20th Century.

Beatlemania Now runs the gamut of songs from the early days to 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' 'Here Comes The Sun,' 'Come Together,' 'All You Need Is Love,' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,' 'Hey Jude,' 'Penny Lane,' and a special tribute to Lennon’s later solo work 'Imagine.'

“For many weaned on Nirvana and Green Day, this is an exhilarating history lesson about the triumphs, the tragedies and the music of the 60’s that you don’t want to miss,” said DiCesare.
This show will also include tribute acts of musicians that influenced the Beatles including Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley.  

The Beatles 50th Anniversary Week of September 5-14 will also include The Beatles Rock Art Show, a traveling art exhibit featuring more than 150 framed drawings, paintings, animation, and album art as well as other authentic art forms from rock artists including McCartney and Starr, will be on display September 5, 6, and 7.  The art show will also feature Ron Campbell, an artist and animator of the motion picture Yellow Submarine and the Beatles cartoon series.  Art viewings are free and open to the public and will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, located at 107 Sixth Street, downtown Pittsburgh.

“The Beatles changed my life and their arrival in Pittsburgh started my 40 year concert promotion career,” said DiCesare.  “The Beatles came into our lives at a time when we needed them, the talk about war, love and loss.”

In a career that lasted less than a decade, the Beatles changed the course of rock and roll and popular music.  After launching the British Invasion of the United States and scoring twenty Number One hits, the Beatles went on to indulge their creative energies in the studio, layering sounds and crafting songs, in a way that was experimental yet still accessible.  This retreat from the ceaseless mayhem of pop celebrity yielded such musically expansive and lyrically sophisticated albums as Rubber Soul (1965) and Revolver (1966).  The group retired from touring in August 1966, and ten months later, they released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album that has almost universally been cited as the creative apotheosis of rock and roll, a watershed event in which rock became “serious art” without losing its sense of humor.  The group continued to break new ground with the White Album and Abbey Road before calling it quits in 1970.  All of the band members went on to successful solo careers.  The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Show Contacts:        
Dick Roberts                                                  
New Perspective Communications                                        
v:  412-681-1600                                                                  
dick.roberts@new-perspective.com                                      

Ed Traversari
v:  412-779-3112
EdTraversari@hotmail.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.  www.TrustArts.org

Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Logo Courtesy of Pat DiCesare Productions, LLC

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YWCA Ranks Second in Highmark Walk

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Ranks Second in Pittsburgh Highmark Walk

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CONTACT:      
Amie Hackimer
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1261
ahackimer@ywcapgh.org

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Ranks Second
Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Helps Pittsburgh Nonprofits Raise $500,000





PITTSBURGH, PA (August 7, 2014):  YWCA Greater Pittsburgh raised $24,324 in its first year as a Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community participant. The YW’s efforts ranked as the second top fundraising nonprofit for the Pittsburgh Walk and fifth in all of Pennsylvania. Over 160 staff and board members, as well as friends and family, formed the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh team to raise money for the YW’s programs and services.

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh CEO Magdeline Jensen said, “I am so pleased with the impressive accomplishments of our staff, board and volunteers during our first year participating in the walk. They all rose to the occasion and demonstrated support for the organization they care about.”

The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh provided an opportunity for the community to support 69 local nonprofits on May 17th, 2014. The primary goal of the walk, which includes both a 5K route and a one-mile fun walk option, is to help charitable health and human service organizations raise money for their individual missions. Highmark underwrites all of the costs associated with the walks, so 100 percent of funds raised by community members are donated to the charity they select. The Pittsburgh walk raised approximately $501,700 through the participation of 8,500 walkers.

View YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s album of photos from the 2014 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.

View Highmark release with coverage of all five Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community locations.

For more information, contact the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh at 412-255-1261.
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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. For more information, visit www.ywcapgh.org.

About Highmark Inc.
Highmark Inc. is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.2 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

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Fresh Beat Band Tickets on Sale

Media Contacts:
Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Other Contact: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCED
TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR
NICKELODEON'S THE FRESH BEAT BAND TOUR

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014 | 6:30 P.M. | BENEDUM CENTER

The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live Presented by Nickelodeon Will Feature New Songs Plus Fan Favorites and Travel To Cities Across the U.S.

Pittsburgh, PA–  The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s preschool music group and stars of the Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name, head back on the road for a brand-new nationwide concert tour November 5, 2014 – February 15, 2015.  The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live presented by Nickelodeon will travel to nearly 40 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit and more.  The show will feature Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout performing the band’s greatest hits including “Bananas,” “Here We Go” and a remixed version of “Great Day,” plus new songs including the pop classic, “Walk Like An Egyptian.”

In Pittsburgh, The Fresh Beat Band tour will perform on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., at the Benedum Center.  This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.  Tickets start at $33.25 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

“The Fresh Beat Band is back on the road to give kids a chance to see their favorite rock stars live in concert,” says Doug Cohn, SVP, Music, Nickelodeon. “This reimagined, high-energy production features the band’s biggest hits, never-before-performed songs, and fun surprises that will deliver an unforgettable experience for families.”

Nickelodeon is currently in production on Fresh Beat Band of Spies, a brand-new animated preschool series based on the hit live-action show, The Fresh Beat Band.  In the new series, Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Marina (Tara Perry), Twist (Jon Beavers) and Shout (Thomas Hobson) are bandmates and also undercover spies.  The pop band uses their individual talents and the coolest transforming spy gadgets to outwit a goofy cast of bad guys and solve wild and wacky mysteries.  The series, which teaches problem-solving to preschoolers, is created by Nadine van der Velde and Scott Kraft (The Fresh Beat Band).  Fresh Beat Band of Spies will premiere in 2015.

The Fresh Beat Band soundtracks – The Fresh Beat Band: Music From The Hit TV Show and The Fresh Beat Band: More Music From The Hit TV Show Vol 2.0 – are currently available on iTunes and in stores everywhere.  For more information, visit the tour website at http://www.freshbeatbandlive.com and for Fresh Beat activities and fun go to http://www.nickjr.com/the-fresh-beat-band/.

In each episode of The Fresh Beat Band preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges.  Preschoolers learn the fundamentals of music such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles and the importance of friendship, working together, and respecting each other’s differences.  Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, Wayne Brady and Sarah Chalke have all hung out with the Fresh Beats and the group is beloved by many celebrity parents.
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

Ticket information for the national tour, along with Fresh Beat Band VIP packages with meet and greets, are available atwww.freshbeatbandlive.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Citi® card members through Citi’s Private Pass Program can obtain ticket information at www.CitiPrivatePass.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.  www.TrustArts.org

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Photo Credits:  Randee St. Nicholas/Nickelodeon

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As You Like It Sparkles in Pgh Shakespeare in the Parks throughout September


Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 10th Anniversary of free city park performances with AS YOU LIKE IT, weekends in September

Contact:  Yvonne Hudson 412-512-0589

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks offers up comedy “As You Like It” to celebrate 10th Anniversary of free Shakespeare in city parks

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks marks its 10th season of presenting free Shakespeare plays in city parks by reprising its inaugural 2005 production  of As You Like It, one of the Bard’s finest comedies which takes place in the ‘Forest of Arden’ and deals with the familiar themes of gender-disguising and mistaken identities.

Free performances for all ages run Saturday and Sunday afternoons (rain or shine), Sept. 6-28, in five different city parks. Audience members are invited to bring blankets and chairs. Picnics are welcome!

Visit www.pittsburghshakespeare.org or email info@pittsburghshakespeare.org. Event phone: 412-512-0589.

RAIN OR SHINE! PSIP performs rain or shine, as long as there is an audience with an exception for thunder or lightning which immediately stops the show.

SHOWTIMES for FREE performances of AS YOU LIKE IT, running each Saturday and Sunday in September 2014.

Sept. 6 and 7 at 2 pm
Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill
Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI: on  Sat., Sept. 6

Sat., Sept. 13 at 2 pm
Allegheny Commons West Park, Ridge Ave & Arch St, North Side (behind the Aviary)
1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling pre-show

Sun., Sept. 14 at 2 pm: Arsenal Park, 40th and Butler Streets, Lawrenceville
1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show

Sat., and Sun., Sept. 20 and 21 at 2 pm
Sat. 1-1:45 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show Performance
Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
All at Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill at Frew St.
Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI:  on Sun., Sept. 21
http://www.ventureoutdoors.org/

Sat, Sept. 27  New! Two-performance day!
Shows at BOTH 11 am and 2:30 pm
Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill

Sun., Sept. 28 at 2 pm
Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill
1 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show performance

Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI:  on two dates:
Sat., Sept. 6
Sun., Sept. 21
http://www.ventureoutdoors.org/

Directed by local favorite Lisa Ann Goldsmith and featuring PSIP Artistic Director Jennifer Tober as Rosalind, the spunky female protagonist, PSIP’s 10th anniversary offering employs the First Folio text, using Shakespeare’s original language as it was first published a few years after the playwright's death.

PSIP promotes its own unique brand of engaging, physical classical theater outdoors in public parks, using no set except the natural environs.

“AS YOU LIKE IT is arguably Shakespeare’s finest comedy," says Tober. "And where better to play the Forest of Arden than in the parks of Pittsburgh? Filled with love, deception, gender reversals and laugh-out-loud comedy, “As You Like It” is a great late-summer offering for theatre-goers of all ages."

“Really, nothing makes me happier than doing or seeing Shakespeare outdoors on a beautiful day – or even a yucky day. It really has been a joy to see how the company has grown over the past 10 years," Tober adds.

THE CAST OF AS YOU LIKE IT

In addition to Tober, the cast features Andrew Miller as Orlando, Elizabeth Ruelas as Celia, John Michnya as Jacques, Drew Palajsa as Touchstone, and Tonya Lynn as Audrey. The cast also includes: Chuck Beikert, Nicholas Benninger, Eric Davidson, Adrienne Fischer, Anthony Gullickson, and Adam Rutledge

ABOUT PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS

“What PSIP offers our audience is so different from what we think of as ‘typical’ theater – we use the grass, trees, woods – and bring the text to life in an exciting way, often right up in the audience’s face," Tober says. "Our style is vibrant and our language understandable; we make Shakespeare accessible to those brand new to the Bard (even tiny children) as well as seasoned theatre-goers."

Tober, a New York transplant, started the company upon arriving in 2005.  The inaugural production of As You Like Itran for two weekends in Frick Park in November, right before Thanksgiving when one show ended in light snow flurries.

“Pittsburgh had been missing outdoor Shakespeare, and thus I started the company – outdoor Shakespeare has been such a huge, and fantastic, part of my creative life for so many years,” Tober says.

ABOUT JENNIFER TOBER & LISA ANN GOLDSMITH
Tober's professional experience includes appearances at such companies as Quantum Theatre, The REP, PICT,UnSeam'd Shakespeare, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, the Shakespeare Project, and New York Classical Theatre.

Goldsmith and Tober are happy to be working together again, having both performed in UnSeam’d Shakespeare Company’s 2009 production of Macbeth 3, directed by Michael Hood.  Goldsmith is fresh off playing Rachel in Quantum Theatre’s Pantagleize as well as directing The Devil’s Arithmetic for Prime Stage Theatre.

www.pittsburghshakespeare.org
Like Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks on Facebook.
Twitter:  @Pgh Shakespeare

Bringing you free Shakespeare since 2005.
Bring a blanket, a loved one, and a thermos.

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Pgh Cultural Trust Announces Exceptional Upcoming Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
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
TICKETS ON SALE - FRIDAY, AUGUST 22

FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL SEASON OF WORLD-CLASS,
ONE-OF-A-KIND PERFORMANCES FOR ALL AGES
2014–2015 COHEN & GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS SERIES

Pittsburgh, PA ̶   The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 22, at 9:00 a.m., EDT, for an exceptional season of events featuring area premieres and returning favorites by national and international performing artists for the 2014–2015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.  Music, dance, comedy, theater, and more will take place at various venues in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, as presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  Tickets are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930.

“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring these outstanding performers from around the globe to the Cultural District.  This diverse series represents an opportunity for people of all ages, in and around the region, to experience the vitality of live performances,” comments Paul Organisak, Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

2014–2015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents events going on sale Friday, August 22, include:

SpokFrevo Orquestra
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
This high energy 17-piece Brazilian big band is enthralling audiences worldwide with the swinging, rhythmically infectious sounds of “frevo,” a music genre born from the joyful carnival culture of Brazil. SpokFrevo Orquestra pushes musical boundaries, threading Brazilian traditions through compelling jazz improvisation.

Photo Credit:  Mike Reynes
 
The Capitol Steps
Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 4 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
Cleverly putting the “mock” in democracy, The Capitol Steps began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them, and there is never any shortage of fresh, comedic material.








Royal Ballet of Cambodia 



Friday, November 7, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia has been closely associated with the Khmer court for more than 1,000 years. Their traditional dance style lends itself to exquisite, subtle movement that leaves audiences spellbound.

360 ALLSTARS
Saturday, November 8, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
A breathtaking theatrical sensation, 360 ALLSTARS skillfully explore forms of rotation live on stage. Boasting a stellar cast of world class athletes, dancers and musicians, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to present an exhilarating urban circus for audiences of all ages.

The Intergalactic Nemesis
Friday, November 14, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
A brilliant mash-up of the epic adventure comic book and a 1930s era radio broadcast performed live on stage. The popular, period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance is presented in a whole new way. Three actors, one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, while 1,000+ hand-drawn, full-color comic-book images blast onto a large screen.


Photo Credit:  Ines Kaiser
Maceo Parker
Friday, January 16, 2015 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
The funkiest saxophonist on the planet, Maceo Parker is revered for his impeccable pedigree and leading the world’s tightest orchestra. Maceo Parker has played alongside R&B titans James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, among others. His collaborations with Ani Difranco, Dave Matthews and Red Hot Chili Peppers have introduced Maceo Parker to an ever expanding fan base.





Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure 
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 3 & 6 pm | Benedum Center
Tickets start at $20.25.
Live on stage traintastic adventures await in the modern world of Chuggington. Wilson, Brewster and Koko take on exciting challenges, learn new skills and discover a sense of achievement through teamwork, courage and determination.

Zap Mama & Antibalas
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $25.
The captivating Afro-European singer Zap Mama collaborates with Brooklyn’s premier Afrobeat band, Antibalas, to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony, while Antibalas effortlessly weaves Afrobeat, Latin funk and the traditional drumming styles of Cuba and West Africa.

ABBA the Concert
Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $30.
Audiences and critics agreed, ABBA the Concert is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get. This special tribute brings one of the greatest pop phenoms in the history of music back to life.






Tiempo Libre
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $35.
The GRAMMY®-nominated Tiempo Libre has introduced audiences from all over the world to the rich musical traditions of Cuba. The Miami-based band is known for its sophisticated performances of Timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of R&B, jazz and Cuban son.

The Peking Acrobats 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $20.
Redefining audience perceptions of acrobatics, The Peking Acrobats defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. The Peking Acrobats push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing dexterity, showcasing their tremendous skill and daring ability.

Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $30.
Film, television and stage star Jasmine Guy and world-class jazz bassist Avery Sharpe pay homage to the Harlem Renaissance. Raisin’ Cane beautifully brings to life the words and thoughts of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and other poignant voices from this extraordinary period of artistry and activism in Harlem, as revealed through text, song, music, movement and imagery.


POTTED POTTER - The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
May 5–7, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
Tickets start at $35.
Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into one hilarious performance.  “A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group.” –The London Daily Telegraph

Photos courtesy of the artist unless otherwise noted

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DreamweaverMarketingAssociatesNewsandViews, PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES YANNI: WORLD TOUR 2014


Music: Yanni, Benedum Center

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
YANNI: WORLD TOUR 2014
August 16, 2014 | 8 p.m. | Benedum Center
Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the Yanni: World Tour 2014. The Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series welcomes fans to experience Yanni in concert. Yanni’s orchestra composed of top musicians and vocalists from around the world will perform music selections from the beginning of his career to his latest album. Tickets are currently on sale ranging from $42.25 – $152.25.  The performance begins at 8:00 p.m., at the Benedum Center, on August 16. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit TrustArts.orgor call 412-456-6666.
Yanni is an acclaimed performer and composer who has influenced multiple genres of music through his talents. His
Yanni photo by Silvio Richetto
performances have grasped the attention of the world and continue to leave audiences in amazement. The 2014 world tour is traveling to over 20 countries including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Belarus, United States, and Canada.
Yanni is a Kalamata, Greece native who taught himself how to play the piano. Spending 15 hours a day on a piano and having perfect pitch contributed to his successful music career. His latest instrumental and vocal album, Inspirato, was released in April 2014 after four years of preparation. The music for this album took over 30 years because the creative inspiration stems from all of Yanni’s past loves. Inspirato reached the number one spot on Billboard’s Top New Age Album category for 2014. Other albums that have topped the charts are Yanni’s Yanni Mexicanisimo, released in October 2010 and Truth of Touch, released in February 2011. With more than 40 platinum and gold albums worldwide, two Grammy nominations, and over 25 million albums sold globally, Yanni is a living legend.
Yanni photo by Krystal Ann
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 landmasses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Boeing Boeing Auditions

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



Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for
Tony Award-winning Comedy Boeing Boeing

What: Auditions for the comedy, BOEING BOEING by Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
Directed by Van Kaplan

Principals must be available beginning January 19, 2014 and continuing through April 26, 2015.

Where: CLO Academy of Musical Theater, 130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor.

When: Sunday, September 7, 2014; 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Callbacks Monday, September 8, 2014. Time TBD

About the Show:
BOEING BOEING is a classic farce written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti. The English language adaptation, translated by Beverley Cross, was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 running for a total of seven years. In 1991, the play was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world. The most recent revival on Broadway in 2008 won the TONY for best play revival.

It’s the 1960s, and swinging American bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous Air Hostesses (Stewardesses) all engaged to him without knowing about each other. Bernard manages to juggle his dance card with careful planning and the reluctance of his acid tongued French Housekeeper Berthe. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert from Wisconsin comes to stay, and a new and speedier Boeing jet is introduced to the airlines which throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York.

Seeking:
All actors must possess the ability to play both physical and verbal comedy.

Bernard
30s-40s. Successful American architect, living in Paris. Handsome, well-educated, charming. Engaged to three air hostesses whom he manages to keep in the dark about one-another by managing their visits on a strict timetable. Takes boyish pleasure in the success of his devious doings, until his careful planning starts to fall apart, deflating his confidence.

Berthe
French, 40s-60s. Bernard’s long-time live-in maid and cook. Although devoted to Bernard, she is wearying of keeping up with Bernard’s revolving-door lifestyle, and by play’s end she has been pushed as far as she will go. Dry and fantastically sarcastic; never afraid to say what’s on her mind. French accent.

Robert
30s-40s. Bernard’s schoolmate from back in the States; hasn’t seen Bernard in close to 20 years. Shy, small-town, mid-western and sweet—somewhat a nerd by today’s standards. Views Bernard’s whirlwind juggling act of three fiancés with awe and admiration – until he gets wrapped up in it himself and his anxiety spins out of control.

Gloria
Bernard’s American fiancée, late 20s-30s. Air hostess for TWA. Epitome of a go-getter American woman; has a vigorous appetite for food and love. Completely adorable and supremely confident, but she might punch you if you dared call her “cute”. Southern accent.

Gretchen
Bernard’s German fiancée, late 20s-30s. Air hostess for Lufthansa. Has an intense Teutonic passion that can spin on a dime—one moment she might be soft and cuddly, and the next barking out orders and breaking furniture. Inspires equal amounts of lust and fear in those around her. German accent.

Gabriella
Bernard’s Italian fiancée, late 20s-30s. Air hostess for Alitalia. Sultry and full of fire, she is much smarter and more self-reliant than she first appears. Italian accent.

Requirements:
• Head shot and resume stapled together.
• Auditioners should prepare a one-minute comic monologue.
• Completed CLO Audition Application
Audition Process:
• Set up a time for your appointment using the audition request email. We will email your confirmation time back.
• (If this link does not automatically generate an email in your browser, please click here for detailed instructions on submitting an audition request.)
Download and complete the Audition Application. You will need to bring this to your audition appointment.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please call us at 412-281-3973 ext 234 to have one mailed to you.

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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, theRichard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and theCLO Cabaret.

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