Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 12-2-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News


Co-Host, John Pournaras of John Pournaras Agency of Ambridge. 
If you are tired of the "big box" companies or online way of doing taxes, then you need to meet John Pournaras. John is the "Outrageous Accountant." Yes he wears black leather and ostrich boots and a big black stetson. But that is not why he is Outrageous. He is Outrageous because he's the guy who owns
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a business on Main St USA and just like the days when you knew who you were doing business with, you can get to know John and he will get to know you, your family, your business and your tax and accounting needs. Unafraid to answer a new question, John has the IRS on speed dial and knows how to cut through the red tape to get the answer you need.

These days between Fiscal Cliffs and the ever changing, confusing tax codes you need a guy on a white horse or Silver Toyota who will rush in like the Cavalry and advocate for you, should you ever need intercession for your taxes.

For those in the Greater Pittsburgh Area or Beaver and Butler Counties, John Pournaras Agency is connected directly to Penn Dot for online title transfers, online messenger service and online registration renewal.


POSITIVELYPITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: Your Unlimited Access Pass to 17 Superstar Marketers

CULTURAL CLUES: True Blues presented by Calliope, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, ASASE YAA AND HUGH MASEKELA JIM GAFFIGAN "THE WHITE BREAD TOUR"..... Sharon Jones and the Dapkings in Concert

KIDZ KORNER: Caring For Kids Campaign

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Ready to Run Campaign Training for Women, Sarah's Law SB681, Assistance for women seeking solid ground

BUSINESS BUZZ: Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards, SRU basketball teams sponsor project to assist Slippery Rock Senior Center, 2014 Peace Partner Nominations

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT: 10 Pittsburgh Reasons To Be Thankful

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Raising Ms. President at Chatham University, Plaid Tidings

STEELTOWN HERO: Christianpalooza, Commander Schubert Local Business Gives Back This Thanksgiving

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS: Hallelujah! Handel Meets Tiffany!, Silent Night on WQED


Last Week: Loudini’s Rock 'N Roll Circus Black Friday Extravaganza at Hard Rock CafĂ© Benefiting the Food Bank; This weekend at the opening of Sherlock Holmes play at Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre


Your Unlimited Access Pass to 17 Superstar Marketers
To All Positive Pittsburgher Businesses:
The New Year is less than 5 weeks away and since PositivelyPittsburgh Live and Positive Pittsburghers is all about Good News, here is some GREAT NEWS FOR YOU.

If you are wondering how to make 2014 the Best Business Year Ever, help is on the way. Starting Monday, December 2nd I, the TechnoGranny and other Positive Pittsburgher Members, Weston Lyon of Plug N Play Publishing, Matt Tomsho-the Effective Detective and Becky Auer – the 6.5 Million Dollar Woman will bring YOU a panel of 15 marketing experts plus two bonus speakers from around the country who will reveal their absolutely proven ways to put more money in your bank account by increasing business.

From strategies, like copywriting, creating a promotional calendar, writing a book to using LinkedIn for business to tactics, like video marketing, publicity, and much more, that will help you reach, connect, and serve more customers and make more profits than ever before!

And...because the entire telesummit is online you can listen and learn from the comfort of your own home, car, or office. AND if you can’t listen during the actual broadcast (for whatever reason), you can access ALL the recordings online until December 20th! That’s 18 Days to get them all in and then be ready to Jump Start Your Business New Year.

How do you get YOUR No-Cost Unlimited Access Pass? Register Here.

Talk to you on the Tele-Summit as I am interviewing several of our celebrity marketers and will be presenting also. Joanne Quinn-Smith, the TechnoGranny

PS – This once in a lifetime Tele-Summit would cost you tens of thousands of dollars if you paid each speaker for their information...BUT...from December 2nd - 20th YOU can get their money-making information for ZERO COST! This is a benefit to you as a member of Positive Pittsburghers.

Also don’t worry if you can’t make it at the appointment times, there will be replays with access as long as you register. 


CALLIOPE PRESENTS True Blues: Corey Harris, Guy Davis & Alvin Youngblood Hart
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes True Blues to the Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland) on Saturday, January 25, 2014, 7:30 PM.

Tickets are available by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting our website: $39 / $23 student rush w/ ID, (prices include handling fee).
For additional information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915.

Hosted by Corey Harris, a MacArthur Grant recipient, and featuring renowned roots musician Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart, True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of
True Blues
the blues in an evening of music and conversation. The True Blues concert vividly brings to life this crucial wellspring of American music. Harris is just one of a team of premier blues artists who appear on True Blues, a 13-song live CD released in 2013, on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group. Recorded at various venues throughout the United States including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, True Blues explores and celebrates the genre and follows its rich history from the Mississippi delta of the early 1900s to the present day.

Both Corey Harris and Alvin Youngblood Hart were featured in Martin Scorcese’s “The Blues: A Musical Journey,” which followed Corey on a roots journey to West Africa. Alvin contributed, as well, to Wim Wenders’ ” The Soul Of a Man” and Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters.” Guy has often followed in the Thespian footsteps of his parents, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, most recently in the Broadway revival of “Finian’s Rainbow,” and earlier in “Mulebone” and “Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil.”

True Blues – like the music and the tradition that it celebrates – runs the gamut of human emotion and worldly experience. When the voices and the songs and the stories are true, the blues offers something for every listener at every possible step on his or her journey.

This tour engagement of True Blues is funded through the American Masterpieces program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Visit their webpages here:

Porgy and Bess
February 25 - March 2, 2014, Benedum Center

See what Time Magazine exclaims is, “A don’t miss theatre event! The #1 Broadway musical of the year.” Winner of the 2012 TONY AWARD® FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is hitting the road with award-winning members of the Broadway

cast in this stunning and stirring new staging. Accompanied by a lush 23-piece orchestra, this re-envisioned Broadway production includes such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” 

One of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony Award® -winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), have re-imagined George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork specifically for the musical theatre, what USA Today calls “a canny and exuberant re-affirmation of the original’s enduring brilliance.”

KENTE ARTS ALLIANCE Continues the Africa Calling Series in 2014 w/ Two Great Performances!

African-American Dance Theatre
Asase Yaa
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre is a dance company whose objective is to bridge the gap between African and African-American culture through the arts. Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater consists of seasoned musicians, dancers and vocalists with training in various disciplines. They bring their experiences and artistic skills together to present performances that teach audiences the richness of the African Diaspora.

The members of Asase Yaa have traveled to various countries including: Japan, Korea, France, the Netherlands, Iceland, Ghana and Guinea. Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre has worked with VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards, Stars of New York Dance, and the premiere of the HBO “Sing your Song”documentary with Harry Belafonte. 


Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM 
Hugh Masekela

Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela (“Grazing in the Grass”) returns to Pittsburgh with a celebratory 75th Birthday Tour!

An innovator in the world music and jazz scenes, Masekela is also a renowned performer, composer and activist who was integral to Paul Simon’s Graceland Tour, which introduced African music to a wider public.

Among the many artists who have recorded or collaborated with Masekela are Miriam Makeba, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, Herb Alpert and Fela Kuti. He has provided music for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and co-created the hit Broadway show Sarafina, which brought South African music into theaters around the globe. During the 1980s, Masekela’s song “Bring Him Back Home” became an anthem for the Free Nelson Mandela movement. 

Both Events will be @ The New Hazlett Theatre, 6 Allegheny Square East | Pgh, PA 15212


Tickets available at: HEINZ HALL BOX OFFICE
Jim Gaffigan

WWW.PITTSBURGHSYMPHONY.ORG / 412-392-4900 OR 800-743-8560

JIM GAFFIGAN has proven himself a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences, achieving accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting and writing. His clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today and his CDs and DVDs have reached platinum sales. Gaffigan has had an unprecedented number of appearances on late night’s “Letterman” and “Conan.”

“Dad is Fat” is the new book by Jim Gaffigan available in stores now. “I wrote a book. No, I did! It’s all about the joys and horrors of my life with my five young children. I’m not sure if it’s a memoir, a confession, an apology or cry for help but Jeannie [his wife] and friends have told me its really funny,” said Gaffigan.

“Dad is Fat” has been on The New York Times bestsellers list for 20 weeks in a row.


Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 
April 13, 2014 • 8 pm, Byham Theater

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Are Back…with a new record, a new video, and a monumental show!

For over a decade, the band has traveled the world, blowing minds with their explosive live performances and their raw, hand-crafted studio recordings. While other artists have ridden the crests and troughs of passing fads, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have bypassed the hype-and-hit superhighway and taken a detour straight to the hearts and bodies of their listeners, transcending fleeting trends and demographics and delivering a visceral rhythm and soul sound to an ever-expanding base of deeply loyal fans. Give the People What They Want is poised to become not only an iconic album from a prolific band, but a fixture in the canon of Soul Music.


Eat’n Park – starting with our 35th annual Caring for Kids campaign!
Caring For Kids Campaign

We're passionate about local children's hospitals, which is why every year for the past 35 years we've collected donations through our Caring for Kids campaign. Over the years and with your help, we've raised over $8 million for children's hospitals in our communities!

We're looking forward to another big year for the kids, so read on to find out how you can help
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us reach our goal.

Our car raffle is back! That's right: our friends at the Neighborhood Ford Store have graciously donated a new 2014 Ford Fusion for us to give away. Want to win it? You can purchase raffle tickets for just $2 at your neighborhood Eat'n Park.

100% of the ticket sales go to our campaign, making this one sweet deal!


Ready to Run™! 
What are we thankful for this Thanksgiving? At the PCWP, we want to give thanks to everyone in our community who ran for elected office this year! If you are thinking about running for office or getting involved in public life, learn how at Ready to Run™!


Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Chatham University
Register Here

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Drexel University
Register Here

Early Bird Rates Available!
Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh will feature award-winning speaker and executive speech coach, Deb Sofield, and renowned political speaker and educator, Nancy Bocskor.

LEFT: Representative Brian Ellis (bill sponsor) with Sarah
RIGHT: Sarah with Representative Ron Marsico,
PA House Judiciary Committee Chair
"Sarah’s Law”
As a WGF supporter, you've been following Sarah's story since last summer... And now join us as we celebrate and congratulate Sarah on her VICTORY!

Last Representative Brian Ellis introduced "Sarah’s Law” as an amendment to SB681 at the PA State House Judiciary Committee meeting. SB681 - with Sarah's amendment - was approved UNANIMOUSLY! This is AMAZING news!

With your support and action, a good bill was made even better by ensuring that victims of sexual assult, stalking, and harassment who are minors can finally get restraining orders in our state.

Now the bill goes to the full house for vote. We'll be asking you to take action again when that time comes, but for now lets all take a moment to celebrate this victory for Sarah, and for millions of minors across our state who are victims of stalking and harassment.

Assistance for women seeking solid ground
In order to assist women who, for various reasons and at any stage in their lives, are in a state of transition, the Center for Women was established in 2012 by the National Council of Jewish Women. Women in transition refers to those who may find themselves needing assistance to achieve economic independence. 

Their services include: financial fitness classes and workshops, returning to the workforce workshops, mentoring, internships, and job shadow programs, confidential legal consultations, with the Women Helping Women Program, consultations with experts in legal, financial, insurance, or business fields

The center is located at 1620 Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill. To learn more, visit the Center for Women website or call them at 412.421.4400.


From District 4 City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak

Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh
Mayor-elect Bill Peduto and his team have announced that they will be posting every open City position on the website In order to find the best and brightest, the Peduto team has partnered with the foundations community to create this website and shake up how hiring has traditionally been done. Check out current postings and keep an eye on the site as we go into the new year, as more positions will be posted.

The current administration of the City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at Click on the Online Employment Center button to view current job openings and register in the online employment system. If you don’t have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, visit the City’s Online Employment Center at 414 Grant Street, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, or call for Employment Application information at 412.255.2710.

Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards
On January 24 from 5:30-8:30pm Coro will be holding the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards at the New Hazlett Theater in the Northside. Award nominees, Coro alumni, and partners will share examples of leadership models that have succeeded in creating new opportunities for those in low or moderate income households. Nominate an individual for the leadership award here.Nominations accepted until December 6.

Nominate an organization for the leadership award here.

Nominations accepted until December 6.

Purchase tickets here. Event includes Hors D’oeuvres, cash bar, music, and award ceremony.

Sponsorship opportunities. For additional information contact Robert Young:

SRU basketball teams sponsor project to assist Slippery Rock Senior Center
Slippery Rock University’s men’s and women’s basketball team will sponsor a project to benefit the Slippery Rock Senior Center as part of their Dec. 18 home doubleheader.

In exchange for free admission to the games that day vs. Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference “crossover” rival West Chester University in Morrow Field House, The Rock teams will collect household products for use by local senior citizens.

Products that will be accepted include, but are not limited to, plastic wrap, toilet paper, aluminum foil, paper towels, food service gloves, hairnets, all-purpose cleaners, Handi-wipe towels, dish detergent, clamshell containers, cleaning pads and puzzles or other table games.

For more information, contact either Rock Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Reynolds /  724.738.2721 or Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tanya Longo  / 724.738.4399.

The Dec. 18 women’s game between The Rock and Golden Rams is set to tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at approximately 7:30 p.m. One day prior to the doubleheader vs. West Chester, The Rock women and men host East Stroudsburg in a 5:30 p.m./7 p.m. twinbill in Morrow Field House.

The Rock women and men also have home dates Dec. 4 with PSAC-Western Division rival Gannon University. The women’s game is set to tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at approximately 8 p.m.

The Peace It Together Awards
The Peace It Together Awards recognize those persons and organizations who - through their work or services - help to prevent crime and violence in our homes and communities. Individuals, families, businesses, foundations, community groups and organizations who are engaging in innovative violence prevention work are doing their "piece for peace" and are considered Peace Partners.

In 2014, Center for Victims will accept nominations for Peace Partners in the following categories:

1. Youth Pioneer- Young Adult(s) under 21 years of age who actively work to end violence in our homes and communities.

2. Allied Partner- Nonprofit/Government individual or group that demonstrates leadership and innovation, and actively works to end violence in our homes and communities.

3. Business/Corporation- A for-profit organization who has demonstrated commitment to ending violence in our homes and communities.

4. Good Samaritan- An individual who has gone above and beyond to support ending violence in our homes and communities.

Save the Date! Peace It Together Celebration will be held on Thursday, March 13th from 5:30-8:00 pm. Nominate a Peace Partner today by downloading a nomination form here!


From Pittsburgh Today 

10 Pittsburgh Reasons To Be Thankful
by PittsburghTODAY // 11/25/2013

On the occasion of this great American holiday, PittsburghTODAY scoured the statistical landscape and found plenty of reasons why we, as a region, should be thankful. Here are 10 to consider this Thanksgiving.

Record employment
Southwestern Pennsylvania has endured some grim holidays when the economy turned sour and jobs grew scarce. Today, however, regional employment is at an all-time high, with 1,179,188 people working in the seven-county region.

More jobs
Steady job growth is fueling the region’s record employment. Jobs in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area grew 2.5 percent over the past five years – only four other PittsburghTODAY benchmark regions did better during that five-year, recession-marred period.

Rising home values
Many regions have yet to see home prices recover from the dive they took during the housing crisis five years ago. Not so in southwestern Pennsylvania, where third-quarter five-year trends show housing prices up 5.8 percent. In fact, the Pittsburgh MSA is the only PittsburghTODAY benchmark region where housing prices have managed to climb above 2008 levels.

Low cost of living
When it comes to the cost of housing, utilities, groceries and other living essentials, few regions are less expensive. Only benchmark regions Indianapolis and Cincinnati have a lower cost-of-living than Pittsburgh. Thinking about moving to Philadelphia or Baltimore? Be prepared to pay a lot more.
Be Thankful Pittsburgh!
Young adults migrating here
At the peak of Pittsburgh’s economic crisis of the 1980s, tens of thousands of mostly young adults left southwestern Pennsylvania each year. Last year, some 1,800 more people moved to the region than left, a trend that began in 2008. And most are young adults, who are bringing a high level of education and their future families with them.

High schools do their job
Southwestern Pennsylvania may have some work to do to boost the percentage of residents with a college degree, but the region’s high school graduate rate is impressive. Only 7.8 percent of Pittsburgh MSA residents aged 25 or older don’t have a high school diploma. Among the 15 PittsburghTODAY benchmark regions, only Minneapolis has fewer non-graduates.

Health coverage is broad
Health care coverage is a critical economic, social and quality of life issue. When it comes to the rate of coverage, Pittsburgh does better than most regions. More than 90 percent of Pittsburgh MSA residents have some kind of health insurance. Only Boston has a higher rate among the 15 PittsburghTODAY benchmark regions.

Crime rates low and falling
Crime rates have fallen across the U.S. in recent years and the latest data show Pittsburgh remains one of the safest major metropolitan regions in the nation. No other PittsburghTODAY benchmark region reports lower burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft rates, and only a few have lower rates of homicide, robbery and rape.

Winners, at last
How can we not be thankful for the season the Pirates had? On Sept. 9 they secured their first winning season in 20 years with a shutout victory over the Texas Rangers and followed that with a wild card playoff win over rival Cincinnati before falling to the Cardinals in the Divisional Series. The Bucs are back, at last.

Happy are we
If none of the above puts a smile on your face, something else might. Southwestern Pennsylvanians are a relatively happy lot. In the Pittsburgh Regional Quality of Life Survey, residents rated their happiness at 7.84 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “very happy.” That’s happier than what the World Values Survey found to be the case for America as a whole.


From District 4 Council Member, Natalia Rudiak

And speaking of women running for political office and Chatham University… I also had a chance to attend a screening of a new documentary called Raising Ms. President at Chatham University. Studies show that when more women have a hand in decision-making in government, our processes work more effectively and we achieve better results. The problem is that many women don’t have an interest in running for office. This documentary explores the reasons behind this and profiles students, elected officials, and women working to bring more female voices into the halls of power

Plaid Tidings Will Make You Jingle All the Way Home
Review by Dean Quinn
Plaid Tidings is about a musical group sent back to earth from heaven for a unknown purpose.
Brandon Lambert, Billy Hepfinger,
 Eric Longo and Quinn Shannon
As the performance begins, the 
group tries to determine what that purpose is for being there. Comical situations arise. For example, the pianist goes out for a “union” smoke break in which she refuses to return to play for the group members until her break is over. One of the band members loses his glasses and says he cannot sing without them. Which sends him through the crowd singing which gives the crowd an uproar of laughter which adds to the continuous comedy throughout the entire show. Read the full review here


From District 4 Council Member Natalia Rudiak

Christian Connelly
Christian Connelly
For Maria Vondas and her family in Brookline, every November is a chance to remember her son Christian Connelly who, after being diagnosed with cancer, was able to visit Disney World thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Christian passed away at the age of 9 in 2011, but after their family’s experience at the Magic Kingdom, the family and community together created Christianpalooza, an annual event which raises money to help other kids battling life-threatening illnesses get a chance to have their wishes granted.

This year, thanks to the community’s generosity and kindness, Christianpalooza has raised over $16,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation. On average, each wish costs about $3,800, which means that this year’s Christianpalooza raised enough money for four local kids to have their wishes granted.

If you’re interested in learning more about Christianpalooza, or if you’re interested in sponsorship and donation opportunities, please contact Maria Vondas Connelly at or through their Facebook page.

Commander Schubert and the icy, freezing, not warm, very cold day
As part of a yearly tradition, Pittsburgh Police Commander Scott Schubert plunges into icy cold water. He’s the director of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Torch Run, dedicating his free time to raising awareness and funds for athletes who participate in the Special Olympics. This December, he’ll again be taking part in the annual Polar Bear Plunge!

For 2013, he’s agreed to raise a minimum of $3,500 by jumping into the December-cold rivers once an hour for 25 hours straight. Last year, Commander Schubert was able to raise a whopping $25,000 for the athletes--this year his goal is $30,000.

To learn more about the plunge, and to donate to this effort, check out To donate to this effort, click the “Super Plunge” tab and then Commander Scott Schubert’s name. Alternatively, you can donate at the Polar Plunge Kintera site.

From our friends at Urban Media Today 

Local Business Gives Back This Thanksgiving
For the past 9 years, Ron Scott has been running his business; RS Supply LLC in Pittsburgh's East End. And now Scott is giving back to the community and businesses that he serves. Recently, Scott hosted a food give away for patients at the Alma Illery Medical Center in Homewood. As a President and CEO, Scott says it's critical to give back and show young people the importance of supporting their communities.

Ronald Scott is a wholesaler of janitorial supplies, paper products, chemical supplies and 


AJ: Can you tell me how you came up with the idea to give out Thanksgiving baskets to the needy?

His Fraternity (Omega Psi Phi) has been doing a Turkey Drive and Turkey Giveaway for years. I thought as a company, we could give away Thanksgiving baskets for the businesses that we do business with and with the people who supported us throughout the years. And we wanted to be able to reach back and let folks know that the business community does care. We have to show how important it is to support one another no matter how large or how small of a business we have. I think it's important for young folks to see business folks working together.


WQED’s TV Holiday Schedule
Friday, December 13
Silent Night premieres at 9 p.m.

We really get the holiday spirit by rolling out December with Silent Night. This opera recounts the true story of the World War I Christmas Eve truce. For one magical evening on December 24, 1914, French, German and British soldiers laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration reflecting the peace, fellowship and humanity of the season. Based on the Academy Award-nominated film Joyeux Noel, this two-act production was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera and premiered in November 2012 to national acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts. With a libretto by Mark Campbell, “Silent Night” is sung in French, English, German, Italian, and Latin with English subtitles.

Hallelujah! Handel Meets Tiffany! 
Handel’s MESSIAH Third Annual Sing-Along Concert Features Holiday Classic amid Tiffany Stained Glass, Sat., December. 7, 4 pm at Calvary United Methodist in Allegheny West 
Handel's MESSIAH Third Annual Sing-Along Concert or 1-888-71-TICKETS Web site:

George Frideric Handel’s beloved oratorio returns for a third Messiah Sing-Along Concert, a program of Calvary Music and Poets Corner Arts, set in the stunning restored sanctuary featuring some of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s most magnificent stained-glass windows, Saturday, December 7 at 4 pm, Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave. at Allegheny Ave., just a few blocks from Heinz Field (Allegheny West, Pittsburgh 15233). Doors open at 3:15 pm at the historic Northside house of worship.

Concertgoers may view the Tiffany windows in the 45 minutes prior to the program at the 1895 landmark house of worship, acclaimed for its exterior French Gothic architecture and stained glass and interior design by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Audience members are also asked to bring one-pound non-perishable food items for the Northside Food Pantry.

The concert features the Calvary Festival Choir, comprised of voices from the church’s own Renewal Choir and guest choir members from throughout the region. Calvary’s Music Director Brian Burns conducts and guest organist David Bridge is featured at both the parlor and sanctuary’s historic Farrand & Votey organ.

Messiah features a chamber orchestra, a chorus of 50 singers, and four soloists: Anna Singer, soprano; Mary Beth Sederburg, mezzo-soprano, and Matthew Hunt, baritone, all from the Pittsburgh area, and Christopher Quigley, tenor, of York, PA.

The concert is for all ages; kids 12 and under are admitted at no charge and children will receive an activity packet with information on music and Messiah. Tickets are $12 for general admission. $10 for score online with some available at the door. Students and seniors 62 and over, $8. Military service members and children 12 and under admitted at no charge at the door. Tickets are on sale at or at the door. Order by phone at 1-888-71-TICKET. Visit the church Web site at

For details or questions, e-mail or call 412-512-0589. Calvary is on Facebook and Twitter (@CalvaryPgh)

Renewal is indeed a theme as the choir again presents a major chorale work—the first since the 1960’s with a concert of favorite selections from the masterwork celebrating the prophecy and arrival of Christ on earth. The program is designed to both introduce music lovers of all ages to pieces from the first two parts of the sacred chorale work while invited those who know and love the piece to join in on five of the beloved choruses, including the timeless “Hallelujah!”

The first and second annual presentations of Messiah with audience sing-along near-capacity attendance in 2011 and 2012.

Calvary United Methodist Church is completing restoration of its rare 1895 Farrand & Votey pipe organ, featured in MESSIAH. New pipes have been added to blend smoothly with the original pipes while music director Brian Burns continues extensive hands-on repairs and improvement. The organ is only one of two such instruments still in use in the US and is in restoration under Burns’ care. 

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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