Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 12-3-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Anne Akiko Meyers

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers makes her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) when she performs the world premiere of Mason Bates’ Violin Concerto in a weekend of BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts next month.

Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin returns to Heinz Hall to lead the PSO in the two concerts that also will feature Haydn’s charming Symphony No. 68 and Saint-SaĆ«ns’ Symphony No. 3 (“Organ Symphony”).

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $93, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at Read the entire relase here

Olivia Newton-John, star of the hit movie Grease, multiple Grammy Award-winner, and one of the world’s most popular entertainer for decades, will perform many of her hit songs in a special concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall.

Olivia Newton-John
With a career spanning more than four decades Olivia Newton-John remains a vibrant and creative actress, author, singer, philanthropist and humanitarian who is adored by fans across the world. Born in Cambridge, England, in 1948, she moved to Melbourne, Australia with her family when she was five. By 15, she had formed an all-girl group called Sol Four. Later that year, she won a talent contest on the popular TV show, Sing Sing Sing, which earned her a trip to London. By 1963, she was appearing on local daytime TV shows and weekly pop music programs in Australia. She cut her first single for Decca Records in 1966, a version of Jackie DeShannon’s Till You Say You’ll Be Mine. In 1971, she recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s If Not For You, co-produced by John Farrar, who she continues to collaborate with today.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets, ranging from $35 to $125, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting Read the entire release here

SISTER ACT at the Benedum Center, Feb.5 - 10
SISTER ACT is Broadway’s acclaimed musical comedy based on the smash-hit film! When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a crime, the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!

Use promo code HABIT to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public Friday, December 7!

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Saturday, December 22  |  7:30pm
Take a break from your busy holiday prep with The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra Annual Holiday Celebration!  The PJO swings into the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild for the first time with their annual holiday celebration.  Artistic Director of the Orchestra, Sean Jones, says, “We want to try to recreate the spirit of what the holiday is all about.”  This very popular concert spreads Christmas cheer and old favorites receive a jazz makeover, as the skilled musicians of the PJO render a new treatment on holiday classics, and turn the holiday season into a unique celebration of wonder, bliss and merriment the whole family will enjoy.

"Jessica Lee's Entrepreneurial Thursdays"
Musical Networking Happy Hour, EVERY THURSDAY!!! Cover Charge: Only $5.00
Vocalist Jessica Lee & Friends, Little E's Jazz & Blues Club,
949 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jessica Lee
Pre-show networking session at 5:30 pm. Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs! Live music starts at 6:00 pm.

December 6, 2012: "Funny Business"

Featuring interviews with:

Julie Ann Sullivan, Learning Never Ends (

Jay Speyerer, Legacy Road Communication (

Sally Chopping, Acting For Business (

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents The Chief
Returning for a 10th anniversary celebration is Rob Zellers & Gene Collier’s The Chief, starring Tom Atkins and directed by Ted Pappas. The Chief runs for 12 performances,   Jan. 3 – 12, 2013 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit The Chief is presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

In this heroic one-man show, Tom Atkins plays Pittsburgh Steelers founder Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. Set in Mr. Rooney’s office in Three Rivers Stadium in 1976, the audience will hear stories about how a fledgling football team became an NFL dynasty. According to director Ted Pappas: “It’s also about Pittsburgh and how this great industrial city and its people created a great man, and how this man turned around and produced a great team that is a reflection of the city.” Read the entire release here


Tony Award-winning performer and Broadway star Idina Menzel will lead a cast of stars who will join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) at Heinz Hall in January for a special concert paying tribute to the PSO’s world-renowned and beloved Principal Pops Conductor, the late Marvin Hamlisch.
Idina Menzel

The special concert, One Singular Sensation, will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29. Tickets, ranging from $35 to $150, go on sale at 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 3 to PSO subscribers. The general public can buy tickets starting at 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting Net proceeds from the concert will benefit the Marvin Hamlisch Pops Artistic Excellence Fund.

The tribute concert will feature Hamlisch’s works, including such hits as What I Did For Love, The Way We Were, They’re Playing Our Song, At the Ballet and many more. Joining Menzel and the PSO on stage will be Maria Friedman, Lucie Arnaz, Robert Klein and Kevin Cole, among others. The PSO will be led by acclaimed conductor J. Ernest Green. 
Read the entire relase here

December 7th and 9th at 6:30 pm: Urban Impact Performing Arts Department Show
Come see the Urban Impact Performing Arts Department put on the show of the season! There will be singing, dancing, and all manner of holiday cheer as we usher in the Christmas season with the Urban Impact Choir, Urban Impact Singers, and Children's Choir. The event will be held at Allegheny Center Alliance Church and it's free to the public! Cookie reception following the event. Hope to see you there. Preshow begins at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7:00 pm.Childcare available through age 4. Register at or call 412-586-3681 ext. 256. Free parking.

People's Gas Holiday Markettm
The People's Gas Holiday Markettm is now in full swing open daily at 11:00 a.m. in Market Square.  Crowds have beeen pouring in every day to check out the fantastic assortment of Eurpoean and handcrafted gifts. Not to mention getting a bite of streudel! There is also fantastic daily entertainment on the cultural heritage stage.  This week's entertainment schedule is:

Monday, December 3: Brenda Jean 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4: McKeesport Area High School Show Choir 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5: The Woods 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Autobahn Band 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 6: Hampton High School Jazz Bands 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Friday, December 7: August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8: Onyx Woman and Ola Jackson 11 – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 9: The Cavaliers 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Henry Edwardo 4:00 - 6:00 p.m
More entertainment is being added regularly. And don't miss the chance to visit with Santa in his gorgeous Downtown Pittsburgh Home.  Hours are listed on our website. 

If you are a vendor don't miss out on an opportunity to market your products and services, and network. Participate in our discussion on relationships. If your goal for 2013 is to finally get your business up and running, come talk to some of the business coaches who will be on hand to speak with you on how to start and grow your business. Come out and support small businesses. Attendance is FREE!

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Frankie's Extra Long

3535 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201: Neighborhood: Lawrenceville

Don’t go to Frankie’s in the winter when the doors are closed and there’s a line and tell your boss you were stuck in traffic because if he is a Pittsburgh hot dog aficionado, he will know you have been to Frankie’s. The delicious aroma of vats full of green peppers and onions in hot sausage will cling to you. All the sandwiches are $3.95 and you won’t find a menu on their website, because they don’t have one. It’s just a hot dog joint with a neighborhood bar adjoining and a little run down sitting area in the back. They have kielbasa and hot sausage sandwiches and wonderful hot dogs. While I don’t do raw onions, I love to get the onion and green pepper fixings from the hot sausage put on my hot dog with some mustard and their homemade chili.  Quick lunch, quick hunger fix, don’t stay long and the boss won’t know why you are late.


Poinsettas and Pointe Shoes, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Phipps Conservatory
Review by Good News Reporter: Joanne Quinn Smith
Poinsettias & Pointe Shoes, Friday, November 30, 2012, was designed by the Pittsburgh Ballet and Phipps Conservatory to both delight and warm the hearts of visitors. Both organizations outdid themselves. There was stuff for the whole family.  A preview of the ballet left no doubt that attendees would continue their tradition of attending the Nutcracker. Also the combination of the ballet show and being able to wonder the rooms of the Botanical Gardens show just made perfect sense. The magic of a traditional ballet and the 1893 glasshouse enveloped visitors in a Christmas wonderland. Read the full review here

And the Angels Sang!
Celtic Woman : "A Christmas Celebration--The Symphony Tour"
by Roving Pittsburgher Zineb Outnouna
Celtic Woman A Christmas Celebration--the Symphony Tour was simply amazing. The concert was incredible. The presentation from the lighting to the sound to the instrumentation was flawless. This was beyond what I had hoped to experience. The concert, as expected, was a collection of popular Christmas carols; but even though I had heard those thousands of times before, the angelic voices of Chloe, Lisa and Susan, accompanied by the sheer talent of Mairead breathed a new life in each song, and gave it a complete new dimension. Read the full review here

This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2012 All rights reserved.

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