Thursday, November 7, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 10-28-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Co-Host Tonight, Rock 'N Roll Philanthropist Lou Lombardi

Loudini is not just in the business of live music entertainment! His business is marketing entertainment, creating fun filling venues.

He creates win-wins for venue, artist, and the ultimate audience experience.
Loudini's imaginative approach to creating an audience experience is changing the face of the

Lou Lombardi "Loudini"
"live entertainment" business.

Loudini works his magic by creating success for other musicians and those in the live entertainment business such as:
• Other musicians
• Indie artists
• Venue owners
• Those looking to promote and profit from live entertainment
• AND Entertainment seekers who are looking for a live music experience that has them "saving the date" for the next one.

Lou's stellar method is: Creating interactive, audience participation and Good chemistry socially, business and artistically!Loudini is a full time dreamer when not playing music, thinking of new ways to have a good time filling up venues with others who like to "Melt their faces off laughing and having fun."Loudini's Rock 'N Roll Circus also raises money at their events for worthy non-profits. "It's not just "all Rock 'N Roll, you gotta give back to the community."



CULTURAL CLUES: "Hecuba" - "Blue Highway" - Salute to Vienna - Wicked through Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra LUNCHTIME LECTURES - 40th Anniversary of the Hit Song "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" - The Visual Art Exhibition--Threaded Colors/Drawing Lines - PPT "True West" - The Phoenix "Blue Orange"

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Mark 25th Anniversary of the Passage of the Women's Business Ownership Act of 1988-HR 5050, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Partners with Government Contracting Assistance

BUSINESS BUZZ: Public Speakers Association, Jobless Rate Among the Lowest in Country

HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY NEWS: Broadcast High School Sports Live

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Final Rad Day

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: Keepers of the Flame Award Ceremony & Gala, Omega Psi Phi 2013 Achievement Awards

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: New Home for Pittsburgh Public Market


ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: NAWBO Kick Off Breakfast with Rich Fitzgerald..... GAACO Procurement Fair, Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival, Spooktakular at Pittsburgh Symphony

STEELTOWN HERO: St. Basil Youth Ministry

This Week, Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival, GAACO Conference, Spooktakular Pittsburgh Symphony; Next week Loudini’s Rock 'N Roll Circus benefiting Operation Troop Appreciation, November 9, 565 Live, Bellevue 



Conservatory Theatre Company brings fresh perspective to classic Greek tragedy ‘Hecuba’
Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company presents a refreshingly new take on Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy, Hecuba, directed by Monica Payne.

Hecuba opens Friday, Nov. 8, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 24, with a preview on Thursday,

Nov. 7, in the Studio Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Performances will be at 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from $18 to $20 and can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or at

In Greek mythology, Hecuba was a queen, the wife of the King of Troy during the Trojan War, and mother of 19, many of whom became major players in The Iliad. In this fresh twist on Euripides' play, Hecuba is a tragic tale of a mother's grief and the power of revenge. Artfully reimagined, the Conservatory Theatre Company's production evokes striking images of more recent crimes against humanity. Payne directs Hecuba, with scenic design by Jeff Fuga, costume design by Cathleen Crocker-Perry, lighting design by Cat Wilson, and sound design by Steve Shapiro. Nik Nemec is stage manager. Read the entire release here

Blue Highway
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes Blue Highway to the Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland) on Saturday, November 16, 2013, 7:30 PM.

Tickets are available by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting our website: $39 (includes handling fee) / $20 (student rush w/ID). For additional information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915.

At the 17-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band's nine exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today. Read the entire release here

Salute to ViennaJanuary 3, 2014 • 8 pm  / Benedum Center Welcome the New Year with Salute to Vienna! This celebratory concert sells out across North America every year with 22 concerts presented over the New Year season. Enjoy a brilliant new cast of over 75, including full orchestra, stellar European singers, and dancers in beautiful
costumes. Celebrate with the best Strauss waltzes, polkas and excerpts from Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, and more.

To Purchase Tickets: Online at - Call 412-456-6666 - Box Office at Theater Square - 10+ tickets Call 412-471-6930

Jenn Gambatese & Alison Luff
 (Photo:  Joan Marcus)
After breaking box office records in 2011, WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center January 15 through February 9, 2014. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. WICKED is part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Broadway Across America and Pittsburgh Symphony.

“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring back the national tour of WICKED to the Benedum Center in January,” said Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Vice President of Programming, Paul Organisak. “The PNC / Broadway Across America series is the perfect partner with WICKED and it is a pleasure to present, and provides unbridled excitement to audience members, both young and young at heart. Hats off to this timeless treasure of a production. We look forward to seeing our Cultural District teaming with people seeking to journey through this untold story of the witches of Oz.” 
Read the entire release here

Music aficionados and fans of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will once again have the opportunity to gain an “insider’s view” of the orchestra this season through Music 101, a series of informal lunchtime lectures. Presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Association (PSA), Music 101 gives attendees the chance to interact with and learn from symphony musicians, conductors, composers and key staff.

This season’s schedule of presenters includes:

· Nov. 6—Tatjana Mead Chamis, Viola: “Inner Voice”

· Feb. 19—Robert Moir, Artistic Planning: “Adventures in Programming”
· March 20—Rebecca Cherian, Trombone: “From the Back Row”

· May 7—Noah Bendix-Balgley, Concertmaster: “Concertmaster: The Symphony’s Quarterback”

Music 101 lectures are at 12:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Parker Simmons Regency Rooms of Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh. A $2 admission fee benefits the Pittsburgh Symphony, and complimentary beverages and desserts are provided. Attendees are encouraged to “brown bag” their lunch or purchase one from The Common Plea for $8. To order lunch or for more information, call 412-361-3346 or email (Parking can be reserved 24 hours in advance by calling 412-566-4190 or visiting

For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Pittsburgh Symphony, such as the PSA, please visit

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Hit Song  "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"
Written by Aliquippa Natives Melvin and Mervin Steals
@ August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Saturday, November 9, 2013 | 8PM

Dr. Melvin Steals, wife Adrena, their children and Adrena's parents
 with a Motown Gold Record

(pictured from left to right: Melvin Steals Jr, wife Alexis Steals
, Chelsea Steals, Adrena Steals,

Dr. Melvin Steals, Mrs. Richardson,
 Rev. Richardson, and Brandy Steals)
The Urban Impact Singers will open the concert with one song before local favorite Johnny Angel and the Halos take the stage. After intermission, there will be a special guest appearance by CAPA graduate Damarra Chanel singing the Steals’ latest song, “Nothing Without You,” followed by headliner Eddie Holman (“Hey There Lonely Girl”). For more information or tickets, call 1.800.838.3006 or visit General Admission Tickets are $50 
VIP Admission Tickets are $100 

For those who wish to attend a 6PM pre-concert dinner and drinks reception with the artists. VIP ticket holders also have preferred seating in the theater for the concert.

Proceeds from this event benefit Urban Impact Foundation and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.


November 15–December 31, 2013 | 707 Penn Gallery 

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the presentation of an exhibition of three-dimensional drawing, threaded colors // drawing lines by artist Nicole Czapinski. The exhibition is on view at 707 Penn Gallery in the Cultural District November 15–December 31, 2013. 

Czapinski constructs wooden frames enclosed by sheer fabric, creating semi-transparent, two-
Nicole Czapinski threaded colors drawing lines
 Image courtesy of the artist
sided screens. Varicolored thread is woven between the two fabric panels, effectively creating three-dimensional drawings of polygons that appear to float in space. Through backlighting the structured string and sheer fabric, the negative space within the frames becomes palpable. The work—an exploration of sculpture, painting, and drawing—investigates perception.

Nicole Czapinski, a Pittsburgh native, graduated with a bachelor of arts from Bennington College in Vermont. She has held solo exhibitions in Pittsburgh and has been included in group shows throughout the northeastern United States. Best know for her lightbox constructions, Czapinski currently resides in San Francisco, California.

The Public’s MASTERPIECE SEASON Continues withTrue West
Pittsburgh Public Theater’s MASTERPIECE SEASON continues with a brand-new staging of Sam Shepard’s most famous play, True West. Directed by Pamela Berlin (last season’s Clybourne Park), True West runs Nov. 7 – Dec. 8, 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
David Mogentale

True West debuted in 1980 at San Francisco’s Magic Theater. In the play, Austin (Ken Barnett) comes to his mother’s house in southern California to water her plants while she’s away on vacation. He’s left his wife and kids up north while he works on his screenplay and gets ready to meet with Saul (Dan Shor), a Hollywood producer. Austin’s solitude is shattered when his long-lost brother Lee (David Mogentale), a drifter and thief, shows up unexpectedly. Soon Lee announces that he, too, can write a movie. This role reversal leads to an epic battle filled with action, humor, and famously, dozens of slices of toast. When Mom (Mary Rawson) returns, she hardly recognizes either her house or her sons. Described as Sam Shepard’s most accomplished play, True West reflects on authenticity, myths of the American desert, and what it means to be a real man. Read the entire release here

Pittsburgh Premier of Olivier Award-winning play Blue/Orange marks the debut production of The Phoenix
The Phoenix, the new theatre company founded by long-time PICT artistic director and founder Andrew Paul and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre founder and former director of theatre initiatives at the August Wilson Center, Mark Clayton Southers, will debut with a four week run of Joe Penhall’s provocative, caustically funny, Olivier Award-winning play Blue/Orange. 

The production will star acclaimed actors David Whalen, Sam Tsoutsouvas, and newcomer Rico Parker, with direction by Andrew Paul and scenic design by Mark Clayton Southers. Blue/Orange, sponsored by founding Phoenix Board Member and noted arts philanthropist Richard E. Rauh, plays November 1-23, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 937 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Read the entire release here


Women Entrepreneurs Mark 25th Anniversary of the Passage of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988
October 25th marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 in the United States. The legislation, designated as H.R. 5050 – for the equality it set out to establish – was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. (View an infographic about HR5050 here.

“This landmark piece of legislation ushered in a transformation in women’s enterprise development by addressing key barriers that had been impeding entrepreneurism and business growth by women,” said Billie Dragoo, Chair and Interim CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), an organization that was instrumental in the legislation’s passage. “As a result of this legislation, women entrepreneurs were provided with long overdue access to capital, education and technical assistance offered in a woman’s voice, access to federal policymaking circles, and the undercounting of the number and economic contributions of women-owned businesses were finally addressed.”

The four tenets of the Act included: 1) extending the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to include business credit, 2) launching a “demonstration project” that resulted in the establishment of women’s business centers across the country, 3) establishing the National Women’s Business Council, and 4) directing the Census Bureau to include all women-owned firms in its quinquennial business census.

“As important as all of the elements of the Act have been to women’s enterprise development, I’d argue that providing compelling and myth-busting data and statistics have done more than capital, counseling and community to propel the growth of women-owned businesses forward. Indeed, it has proven to be the fuel that has opened eyes, changed hearts and minds, and allowed us to measure progress and point out continued gaps,” stated Julie Weeks, President and CEO of Womenable, who has conducted much of the groundbreaking research on women’s entrepreneurship that has been undertaken since the passage of the Women’s Business Ownership Act.

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a bipartisan advisory body created by H.R. 5050, has as its mission to provide advice and counsel on women entrepreneurial needs to the Congress, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration and the President of the United States.

“Women business owners today are often shocked to hear about the challenges that their predecessors faced only 25 years ago,” according to Virginia Littlejohn, CEO of Quantum Leaps, Inc., one of the NAWBO leadership team who helped the House Small Business Committee organize the hearings. “In an era when many states required a male to co-sign a business loan, one witness who was divorced and didn’t have a husband or father who could be a co-signer had to ask her 17-year old son to co-sign for her – when he couldn’t even vote.”

In addition to commemorating the silver anniversary of H.R. 5050, women are looking forward to what remains to be done, cognizant of the integral role women entrepreneurs play in the nation’s economy. Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is best known as an umbrella group that provides advocacy on behalf of many major associations of women entrepreneurs. It has played a significant role in creating expanded opportunities for women-owned businesses in federal contracting. WIPP’s President and Co-Founder, Barbara Kasoff has been a trailblazer in creating a powerful national voice for women entrepreneurs, and training for a women entrepreneurial growth agenda. She added, “We know all too well that our work is not nearly done; and we know all too well that while women are key drivers of economic growth, we continue to face barriers to economic participation and that gap undermines global economic expansion, an important factor in our growth. We are creating partnerships, we are energizing our leaders and we are building a new, more inclusive and robust role for women in our nation.”

“Women are leading the economic recovery in this country by starting more businesses and growing them faster. If we can spur every woman business owner to add just one employee to her company, we will add millions of new jobs and give this economy the jolt of growth it needs,” said Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women, a magazine that reaches one million women entrepreneurs in 185 countries around the globe.
Listen to this radio interview with Virginia Littlejohn, Terry Neese and Julie Weeks as they talk about the 25th anniversary of H.R. 5050. 

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Partners with Government Contracting Assistance 
Center, Diversity Business Resource Center, and Riverside Center for Innovation for a Supplier Diversity LUNCH ‘N’ LEARN

• Bid Preparation Assistance
• Certification Process & Requirements
• Essential Registrations
• Free Services & Programs to Build

Identifying Bid Opportunities 
• Riverside Center for Innovation

Economic Impacts
• Seminars, Workshops, & Networking Opportunities

Panel Discussion Topics Include:
Speakers Include: 
LaNee M. Benton, Highmark Health Services 
Renee Decker, Government Contracting Assistance Center, Slippery Rock University of PA 
Juan Garrett, Riverside Center for Innovation 
Judy McNeil, Diversity Business Resource Center 

Registration is required! 
Friday, November 8, 2013 / 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 
120 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 

Learn How To Do Business with Highmark BCBS!
If you have any questions, contact LaNee Benton via email at 


We are so excited to bring the Public Speakers Association to the Pittsburgh area 
Please join us for our first meet and greet:

Date: November 8, 2013 / 
Time: 1:30PM / Location: Monroeville Doubletree Hotel 
Address: 101 Mall Plaza Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146 
Attend Once as Our Guest for Free. ... just buy a yummy lunch! 

The Public Speakers Association (PSA) is designed to help people develop solid marketing presentations to create huge traction utilizing speaking to market their business. The Pittsburgh chapter is devoted to helping professionals step up their marketing efforts by training them on the newest information on presentations and building an incredibly effective and profitable business. 

Our focus is for those who want to ramp up speaking with small seminars and events locally and make those efforts productive to find new clients


Help those who want to really take their speaking and business to the ultimate level and do large stage speaking.

The Association is designed to give maximum impact and connection factor. National and International Speakers will be giving incredible presentations to help you in your next step at the meetings and the members will get a chance to do a presentation and receive great feedback to help them improve.

We also welcome businesses whose target market are speakers to attend and network with this highly professional crowd!

Can't wait to meet you...

More info available at

Any questions... Contact Melody Firmani- Pittsburgh Chapter PSA Director

It is an international organization (in the US, Canada and England). Main website is:

My chapter is

From our friends at Pittsburgh Today

The unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh region remains one of the lowest compared with its benchmark peers. With a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August of 6.8 percent, Pittsburgh is lower than the benchmark average of 7.1 percent. Pittsburgh's unemployment rate decreased year-over-year by 0.5 percent but was slightly higher than the rate in July 2013 (6.7 percent).

The number of unemployed people in the Pittsburgh region decreased by 5.9 percent in August 2013 compared to August 2012. The number of employed people increased year-over-year by 1.2 percent as did the total labor force, by 0.6 percent.


Broadcast High School Sports Live... Greg Kulaga Northeast Region Broadcast Specialist at High School Cube 

Hi everyone! With winter sports right around the corner, I wanted to share how you can broadcast your high school's games LIVE on from your iPad, laptop or more - all for free.

Broadcasting enables your students, families and alumni to watch your team LIVE on the Internet and mobile devices. Each broadcast is also recorded in real time so you can watch the events over and over. And if that's not enough, you can instantly cut highlight clips to capture and share your favorite plays.

It takes minutes to get up and running - just visit or contact me at 312-994-9433 to start broadcasting today.

High School Cube


Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium from Rad Days in September and October if you missed itSunday, November 10 
Free Admission: 9 am-5 pm (gates close at 4 pm)

Combine learning, fun, and exploration with a visit to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Thousands of wild animals, including sea lions, leopards, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, and penguins, representing every continent offer a stunning view of our world. Plus, don’t miss the newest members of our family, the toddler gorilla and tiger. Sponsored by PPG Industries. Performances by Pittsburgh CLO Mini-Stars (noon), Bulgarian dance troupe OTETS PAISSII (1pm) and Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras (3pm). Please note: the Zoo entrance is next to major construction on Rte 8/Butler Street, west of the Highland 
Park Bridge – traffic delays are likely.  One Wild Place (Highland Park) •



From our friends at Steel City Live

The Legacy Arts Project invites you to KEEPERS OF THE FLAME AWARD CEREMONY & GALA
Hosted by Nana Malaya Rucker
Saturday, Nov. 2nd, Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm 

VIP Reception, Wine Bar & Silent Auction opens at 6 pm
Award Ceremony Starts at 8 pm
VIP reception (Includes Awards Ceremony) -- $35
Awards Ceromony Only -- $20
Honoring: Alice Pittrell, K. Mensaw Wali, Betty Lane, Kadiatou"Mama" Conte- Forte, Saihou Njie, Tina Brewer
GET TICKETS AT : or Ujamaa Boutique 720 Records

From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt 

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
2013 Annual Achievement Awards Dinner
@ Syria Center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick PA 15024
Saturday, November 23, 2013 | 7PM

In the past, we honored only five individuals for their demonstrated superior leadership in the areas of Business, Medicine, Education, Community Advocacy and Citizen of the Year.

This year, we are recognizing six additional leaders, organizations and institutions whose contributions to the region deserve particular note and a “Omega Man of the Year Awards” to an undergraduate and graduate chapter fraternity brother who has most notably demonstrated the principles of…Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift during the year.

We will also present our Omega Psi Phi Scholarship winners that evening. The proceeds from the Awards dinner fund our Social Action and Scholarship Programs.

Tickets can be purchased at Dorsey's Records,  or on-line at, or by contacting Frederick Crawford at 724.816.8808 or via email

No tickets will be sold at the door or after Nov 9, 2013!

New Home for Pittsburgh Public Market 
The Pittsburgh Public Market is now open in its new location at 2401 Penn Avenue! The new location will provides greater space and improved amenities, which has enabled the Market to expand its services and provide a more comfortable setting for both merchants and shoppers. In addition, hours have been changed to the following: 

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 4: 00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 4: 00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Check the Pittsburgh Public Market webpage or Facebook page for new arrivals and community programming information. See you in the Strip!


Pittsburgh has reinvented itself in the aftermath of the collapse of heavy industry and today ranks near the top in quality of life, economy and attracting young people.

Once a smoky, sooty steel town, Pittsburgh is now host to innovative endeavors in technology, art, social services, education, environmental initiatives, business, medicine and more. Its world class universities, including Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University and Duquesne University, attract bright and inventive individuals, many of whom have chosen to start their dreams in Pittsburgh, a town with a rich and receptive environment for new ideas.

WQED will feature these local entrepreneurs in a series of short videos. The WQED Pittsburgh Innovators Project is a web-based collection of video profiles celebrating innovation in our region.

Small Farm Central
Quantum Theatre
Center for PostNatural History

Evive Station
Conflict Kitchen
Digital Salad

WQED is seeking additional businesses in the city to feature in future videos. To nominate a business for consideration visit The public can also keep up with the latest information regarding The WQED Pittsburgh Innovators Project on Facebook and Twitter (@PGHInnovators) or subscribe to the Project’s YouTube channel
To view the full release click here
For questions or to schedule an interview contact George Hazimanolis at 412-622-1366 or


NAWBO Kick Off Breakfast with Rich Fitzgerald at Engineer’s Club
What a morning, it was worth going downtown at 7 AM. First time at Engineer's Club, service was congenial and best networking breakfast this seasoned networker has ever had. Also Rich Fitzgerald was very forthcoming with information about Allegheny County Economic Development and spent more time answering questions from the audience than any public servant or politician I have ever had the opportunity to hear speak at an event.

About forty men and women attended and as NAWBO president Donna Baxter said, "You gotta show up to go up." If you weren't there, make sure you attend NAWBO's next event.
TechnoGranny guarantees it will be worth it.

GAACO Procurement Fair
Four Points Sheraton Cranberry annual event with both vendors looking to do business with women, minorities, and veterans and also businesses who came looking to learn how the procurement game works. Great networking, great event, very accommodating facility at Four Points.

Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival

Over 100 Whiskey and Spirits Vendors at Pittsburgh Casino with music and entertainment. Each purveyor of spirits was extremely passionate about their product and we learned a lot about many Pittsburgh Area distilleries that we didn't know about before. Good to know we not only have home town breweries but also hometown distilleries.

Spooktakular at Pittsburgh Symphony
What a great event to take your children to and teach them to learn to love the symphony and what an ecclectic group of attendees. There were children dressed in Halloween costumes and others dressed in more "symphony going" attire like little suits and party dresses. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Heinz Hall was the season’s first concert of the Fiddlesticks Family Series Presented by Macys.

Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh and vocalists Katy Williams and Sarah Williams helped Fiddlesticks decide from the stage what he wanted to be for Halloween! It was really neat to see a conductor speak on a pre-schooler and grade school level. What a treat. The concert featured kid-friendly Halloween favorites such as Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, John William’s suite from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Edvard Grieg’s classic In the Hall of the Mountain King, which depicts Peer Gynt’s race to escape the collapsing walls of the Mountain King’s cave. Ballet students from Point Park University will danced to Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty and Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor dressed as Captain Jack to conduct the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean.

TechnoGranny's granddaughter said to her haughtily, "Grandma, I have my symphony manners on because I have been to a 'real symphony.' But this is more fun."

Watch for more Fiddlesticks Family concerts, it's a great way to introduce your kids to the symphony and also make a wonderful memory


From Natalia Rudiak District 4

Taking an active role in all sorts of volunteer projects around South Pittsburgh--and beyond--the St. Basil Youth Ministry, based in St. Basil Catholic Parish in Carrick, provides a resource for youth from grade 8 to grade 12 to build leadership and community. The Youth Ministry lends their time and energy with local soup kitchens and food pantries, helping seniors with yard work and cleaning, visiting their elderly neighbors at senior residences, and more. And every year, they go on a mission trip to Kentucky, in the heart of Appalachia, where they do yard work and home repair, hold religious education sessions, and bring donated goods from Pittsburgh churches. Thanks for all you do, St. Basil Youth Ministry!

This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2013 All rights reserved.

Listen to the show online here.

Tara Darazio is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent copywriter, blogger, article writer, and social media strategist. If you are in need of writing assistance, or need help with your social media efforts connect with Tara on LinkedIn here.

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