Sunday, December 13, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live, Pittsburgh Holiday Cultural Happenings

Pittsburgh Holiday Cultural Happenings, December 7, 2009 Episode Positively Pittsburgh Live

Positively Pittsburgh Live Host, Joanne Quinn-Smith

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Pittsburgh Symphony
Shelly Fuerte

Artistic Administrator

Pittsburgh Symphony

Talking points
Upcoming productions at Heinz Hall for the holidays:
Highmark Family Holiday Pops led by Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong

Saturday, December 12 at 11:15 a.m.

It's an hour long and does not have an intermission

Same holiday favorites as Highmark Holiday Pops, but geared towards the whole family
Messiah Sing-a-long

Saturday, December 12 at 3 p.m.

Conducted by Robert Page

This is the traditional Messiah, but the audience is the chorus. Scores will be sold in the Heinz Hall lobby beforehand, and the seating is general admission.

Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m.

Conducted by Robert Page

This is the traditional Messiah performance
Highmark Holiday Special with Chris Botti

Trumpeter Chris Botti performs holiday hits!

There are two performances - 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Pops led by Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch

December 17-20

Featuring Mendelssohn Choir, Jonathan Ansell, Rosanna and Rocky Paterra (Pittsburgh natives), Betsy Lawrence (also a Pittsburgher) and students from the CLO Academy of Musical Theater
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh’s heritage for more than 100 years. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the PSO as their orchestra of choice. In September 2008, the PSO welcomed its ninth Music Director Manfred Honeck. Beginning in the early 1900s with frequent performances in Canada, the PSO confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for each tour abroad. Its 34 international tours include 18 European tours, eight trips to the Far East and two to South America. In January 2004, the PSO became the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Kathryn Heidemann, Director of First Night, will be joining you this evening.
For some advance information about First Night, you can visit:
Also, Kathryn is the senior manager of the Education and Community Engagement Department, so she can discuss activities in the Trust’s new Arts Education Center, Gallery Crawls and other student workshops and events.

Put on your dancing shoes and stop by the Arthur Murray Dance Studio to learn a few moves. The ballroom dance lesson schedule for the evening is: 7:30 Foxtrot 8:00 Rumba 8:30 Cha Cha 9:00 Salsa 9:30 Tango 10:00 Swing 10:30 Instructor's Choice
A First Night Button is your passport to all of the wonderful things this night has to offer. Buttons are available for $8 at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at, and at participating Giant Eagle stores. Kids 5 and under are admitted free.
For information, please call 412-456-6666.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust brings an incredible selection of world-class art and entertainment to the Cultural District every year. Browse the online calendar or choose one of these selections to give the gift of performance this holiday season.

Just a Few Favorite Attractions
Debo the Clown
Juggling with Joe Lyons
Pigeon Temporary Tattoos presented by Pittsburgh International Children's Theate
TOON Years Eve celebration
Moquette Volante Bellydance Workshop
Swing Lessons w/ Bobby D
Amish Monkeys


December 29-January 3, 2010

Heinz Hall

Catch the dream! Direct from Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater, the sensational new stage production of DREAMGIRLS sparkles like never before.

Tickets start at just $22!

Pittsburgh Dance Council

Pittsburgh Dance Council brings contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Byham Theater. See all four shows this spring for as little as $74!
Full series

Pittsburgh International

Children's Theater

Use flex pack tickets for any show in the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Season. It’s the perfect way to introduce the youngest ones on your list to the wonder of live theater!

Six tickets for $55.50

Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre

Eric Nelson

Director of Sales

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theater 2002-2009

Previously Director of Sales at City Theatre 1994-2001

under the loved Artistic Director Marc Masterston, who is now the Artistic Director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, one of the most prominent regional theaters in the country, and the home of the Humania Festival
Moved to Pittsburgh in 1994 from NYC.

Training is as a an orchestral musician, with degrees in clarinet from The Peabody Conservatory, of the Johns Hopkins University-Baltimore
PICT- in our13th season. 2010 in 14 years.
Currently performing Jane Eyre- adapted by Alan Stanford who brought PICT & Pittsburgh the 2008 hit Salome.
Jane Eyre runs at the Stephen Foster Memorial's Charity Randall theater until December 20
Live music composed by Douglas Levine
Performed by Dou Levine-piano and Mary Beth Malek -clarinet
17 actors
Starring David Whalen as Mr. Rochester, Sahelly Delaney as the mature Jane, and Allison McLemore as the younger Jane.
2010 Season April 15

7 productions

1- World Premiere- comissioned by PICT and the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre

BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS- based on the music of Pittsburgh own Stephen Foster- Music by Douglas Levine after Stephen Foster

2. Othello ( in the smaller intimate Henry Heymann Theatre- in the Stephen Foster memorial)
Pinter Festival- Just passed this past year in honor of his 80h Birthday
4 evenings of great theatre

3. The Hothouse- (Sinister & Scathingly funny)

4. The Dumbwaiter/Betrayal (evening of One Acts)

5. The Room/Celebration- (evening of One Acts)

6. The Room- (Ambiguious and Comic)

7. Hobson's Choice

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