Sunday, July 26, 2015

Each One Teach One Conference Radio and Music Conference, Techno Granny to Speak

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Joanne Quinn-Smith, Award winning internet radio broadcaster, blogger, author and internet radio and TV network editor and publisher.  Joanne is the owner and CEO, Creative Energy Officer, of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates, a successful Pittsburgh-based marketing company specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding™  She is a great grandmother, an unlikely trendsetter for online journalism and  broadcasting. Joanne is internationally known as the “Get Your Google On” Gal.  But better known as TechnoGranny™ to over one million accumulated online listeners worldwide. JQS is the online publisher of  PPL Mag is Pittsburgh’s First Internet radio and TV network with syndicated channels and online radio and TV capabilities. PPL Mag garnered 2.65 million visitors in 2014.

Joanne has used her PositivelyPittsburghLive™ Talk Radio broadcasts to focus largely on small business topics in the Greater Pittsburgh and Tri-State area.  She also hosts the Techno Granny Show™, where her expert guests advise listeners on navigating the new world of Technology.  Between these two shows she has interviewed over 2000 guests, mostly small business owners.  Not satisfied with just interviewing she has turned her talents to offering 15 minute marketing webinars every Monday on MondayMorningMarketeer™.  She has turned one of these webinar series into “Folly of Marketing Plan in Your Head, 101 Compelling Reasons to Write One” available on Amazon at:

Monday, July 13, 2015

Positively Pittsburgh, Jeff LeBlanc to Support Parachute Aug 2 @ Rex in Southside

Jeff LeBlanc to Support Parachute Aug 2 @ Rex in Southside

A native New Yorker, 29 year-old Jeff LeBlanc’s new album, Vision, looks to distinguish him from a crowded field of singer/songwriters.  Somewhat R&B and somewhat soulful, the record elevates his signature blend of smooth pop to a higher level – all the while tackling sounds and topics he has yet to explore in his previous efforts.  “I really challenged myself on this record” LeBlanc says.  “I went into the studio each and every day, focused to create something deeper than I ever had before”.  

The core of the record was tracked in Nashville’s legendary Sound Emporium studios and the results are evident.  There is a distinct energy to Vision – with its timeless warmth and unique clarity that is instantly refreshing.  

Listening to this album feels like catching up with an old friend over a cup of coffee.  In the track “Stumbled”, Jeff shares the blunders of re-entering the dating scene and the heartbreak of falling for someone too fast – all set to a lighthearted infectious groove. “Say Anything You Want”, is a response to all those in your life who criticize or doubt you, with a boastful almost arrogant tone, the song drives home the message that no one has the right to put you down.  “Why Do I Worry” is one of LeBlanc’s most lyrically personal songs to date.  “Sometimes I waste my days just thinking” he says.  “We all worry about the things that we can’t control”. 


Vision is the work of an artist who, through self-evaluation, has given us a snapshot into his soul.  The songs have a mature perspective on many issues that young adults face, as well as those who have a few more years in their pocket.  “I hope that the listeners can see themselves in my experiences”LeBlanc says, “yet find their own interpretation on how the words relate to them”. 

Jeff LeBlanc’s trajectory will only continue to rise.  He’s the kind of guy you root for.  His natural musical skills coupled with his genuine likability makes him a success in the eyes of his fans and those that get to meet him.  

Jeff LeBlanc graduated from Sacred Heart University, earned a history degree and imagined his destiny would likely be as a middle-school teacher.  However, LeBlanc’s discovery of songwriting led him down a different path.  Since releasing his first EP "Signals” in 2009, he has epitomized success as an independent artist – netting two top ten albums on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart (2011’s Worth Holding On To & 2013’s My Own Way There), scoring dozens of television placements, achieving both satellite and commercial radio play, selling-out headline shows and touring the country with a wide range of acts such as Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Brett Dennen, Ingrid Michaelson, Parachute, Fifth Harmony, Chris Isaak, Joan Osborne and many more. 

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Emily Ginsberg
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Slinging PR For...
Eliot Lipp * Front Country * Hot Buttered Rum * Jeff LeBlanc * John Craigie * Kosha Dillz * Late Night Radio * SunSquabi * The Ballroom Thieves * The Brothers Comatose * The DuPont Brothers * Trout Steak Revival

Positively Pittsburgh, Help a Neighborhood Business Win Wells Fargo Works Grant.

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StrongCard International LLC is a reward card service company offering societies a community way of achieving sustainable job creation and improve the vitality of small businesses, neighborhoods and Cities’ livability. 
The Company’s StrongCard System is a 21st Century Economic Model providing solutions today for societies’
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StrongCard is applying for an opportunity to receive a $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo Works Project. This grant would help offset the cost of marketing of their latest application- the Small Business Saving Card (SBSC).  

The company plans to offer the first qualifying 300 small businesses in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania a free one year trial test of their latest application.   The Small Business Saving Card (SBSC) offers communities a way for small businesses to sustain growth and expand by providing a solution for  the #1 issue for small businesses – money.   The SBSC accomplishes this by offsetting small businesses’ costs by receiving money upfront on future sales of goods and services.

To obtain the $25,000 grant, it only takes a minute.   Visit Wells Fargo’s direct link to the Company’s entry at to cast a vote for our business. 

Only you can make a difference for the economic future of societies and the SBSC.   Please vote by Jul 19, so now is the time to cast your vote and spread the word about this opportunity to your friends and family. Your vote counts!

Thank you for your continued support.
Eric C. Strong                                   
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

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These words hung quietly in the warm spring air over the hundreds of people gathered for Cocktails and Cuisine , the popular annual fundraiser for Crisis Center North, which was held on May 15th from 6-pm at The Woodlands of Bradford Woods.  Crisis Center North is a nonprofit domestic violence counseling and educational resource center, which has served the community since 1978.

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Othello, a poignant conclusion to the Pittsburgh Public Theater's (PPT) paramount anniversary, is a time- honored and recognized dramatization of humanness. Othello, one of Shakespeare's most emotive and prototypical tragedies, boasts a dazzling cast and is sure to be a performance you won't forget. 

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With the sound of every eerie gong, the Quantum Theatre's world premiere of All the Names kept the audience moving towards the light, falling deeper and deeper into the life and mind of Senhor Jose. In this adaptation of Jose Saramago's Nobel Prize winning book All the Names, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, we are reminded that everyone has a story. Small objective parts of that story are kept in official records and the rest is in the hearts and minds of those we interact with over time.


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First Annual Author Zone Awards with Pat Avery and Joyce Faulkner of Red Engine Press in Bridgeville, Pa.They are co-authors of "Fun Days in Pittsburgh" and third place winners in the Children's Book Category.  Listen in to learn about Luke the Author Dog. 

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July 6, 2015

PITTSBURGH – The official symphony concert world tour Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY arrives at Heinz Hall on Saturday, August 1 at 8 p.m. as part of the Summer with the Symphony series.
This concert features the music of SQUARE ENIX’s iconic video game series FINAL FANTASY, including works by Japanese game composer Nobuo Uematsu. Led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth, Distant Worlds features the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh — led for the last time by retiring director Betsy Burleigh — and local actor Tim Hartman, as narrator, performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

A stirring multimedia experience, Distant Worlds combines beautiful screen images with the soaring emotional impact of the music from the more than 25-year history of this world-renowned video game series performed with the high artistic standards of the Pittsburgh Symphony!
A post-show meet-and-greet, which includes an autograph session and photo opportunity with Roth and FINAL FANTASY XII composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, will be held at Heinz Hall for those who purchase a VIP package, which also includes premium seats.
Tickets for Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY range in price from $45 to $150 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or by visiting
Those interested in attending more than one summer concert can craft their own series of concerts at a discounted rate. Buy tickets to two concerts and receive 10% off the ticket price; three concerts receive 20% off the ticket price; and four or more concerts receive 30% off the ticket price. These discounts are only available via phone or in person at the Heinz Hall box office. Pittsburgh Symphony subscribers can receive a 15% subscriber discount by calling their patron services representative (PSR).
Music Director Arnie Roth is a Grammy Award-winning artist known for his work with a renowned list of international recording and performing artists from pop music, classical, R&B, rock and musical theater, including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Josh Groban, Patrick Stewart, Branford Marsalis and Andrea Bocelli. Roth has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the
London Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Sydney Symphony and the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln. He is well known in the world of video game music for his work with Nobuo Uematsu and SQUARE ENIX as music director and conductor of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy; as conductor of the WDR Radio Orchestra of Cologne’s concerts including Symphonic Fantasies, Symphonic Odysseys and Symphonic Legends; as music director and conductor of PLAY! A Videogame Symphony, and many other successful concert productions in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He was the winner of the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film Barbie as Rapunzel and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song "Shine" from the movie Barbie in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Roth has produced dozens of bestselling CDs. For more information, visit
Tim Hartman has been professionally acting, singing, writing and illustrating since 1982. He has appeared on Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow and A Tale of Two Cities. Regionally he has appeared as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, El Gallo in The Fantasticks and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, as wel as Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hook in Peter Pan, Falstaff in Henry IV and C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands. Hartman also has appeared as Merlin in Camelot, Thenardier in Les Miserables and 24 characters in The Cotton Patch Gospel. His film credits include Silence of the Lambs, The Piano Lesson, The Mothman Prophecies, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and The Fault in our Stars. For the last 15 years, Hartman has been writing and performing assembly programs for schools. He also is an award-winning political cartoonist. For more, visit
At 105 years young, the Mendelssohn Choir is Pittsburgh’s oldest continuing performing arts organization. The Mendelssohn Choir is passionate about choral music. By singing choral music at the highest level, the Choir combines the clarity of words with the mystical power of music so that the deepest and most universal of human expressions are magnified through a community of voices. As the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “chorus of choice,” the Mendelssohn Choir has performed under the baton of some of the world’s foremost conductors including Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Claudio Abbado, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, André Previn, Sir Neville Marriner, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Helmuth Rilling, Ingo Metzmacher, Richard Hickox, Zdenek Mácal and Manfred Honeck. Performances of the Choir with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are heard locally over WQED-FM (89.3) and distributed nationally by PRI. Under the direction of Betsy Burleigh, the Choir has become known for its mastery of the great choral classics. Most recently under her direction, the Mendelssohn Choir has performed Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning and Mozart’s Great Mass to sold-out audiences at East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Dr. Burleigh led the chorus in a critically acclaimed performance of Rachmaninoff’s a cappella masterwork, the Vespers, at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Choir has numerous commissions and premieres to its credit, including works by Ned Rorem, Nancy Galbraith and Derek Bermel.  A leader and collaborator in the regional arts community, the Mendelssohn’s artistic partners have included the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the River City Brass Band, the Children’s Festival Chorus, and the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. The Mendelssohn Choir continues to garner critical accolades as it shares the joy of choral music with the more than 50,000 individuals who hear the Mendelssohn in performance each year. The more than 110 singers who comprise the Mendelssohn share a remarkable commitment to the art of making great choral music and collectively contribute more than 45,000 volunteer hours each year. Through its recordings and commissions of new choral works, the Mendelssohn Choir seeks to advance the choral art. The Choir’s most recent recording released in fall 2011 is Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh with Manfred Honeck conducting. As part of its commitment to educating the next generation of choral musicians, approximately 50 high school singers participate annually in the Junior Mendelssohn Program. Junior Mendelssohn alumni are to be found in concert halls and on opera stages throughout the world. The Junior Mendelssohn achieved national acclaim last year when it was honored nationally with a 2011 American Prize for best vocal performance by a high school chorus. The Mendelssohn Choir is a Steinway Artist.
Whether it's the early sounds of gaming in the 1980s or the live orchestral scores for some of today’s leading game series, Hitoshi Sakimoto is recognized as an industry pioneer, helping to shape the face of video gaming
music. Best known for his work on Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy Tactics and the Valkyria Chronicles series, Sakimoto has so far worked on more than 180 projects, ranging from video games, animated series and CD releases. Beginning his video game career at 16, Sakimoto first gained attention in the industry through his work on the game Revolter, as well as the sound driver Terpsiphorean; a synthesizer driver which was implemented into many games throughout the Japanese game market In the early '90s. This recognition led to many game designers and companies recruiting Sakimoto to compose and arrange music for their projects. Working as a freelance artist, Sakimoto scored many games including Vagrant StoryOgre BattleGradius VLegaia 2: Duel SagaTekken AdvanceVagrant StoryRadiant Silvergun and many others. But amongst these, his first notable title on an international scale came when he and co-composer Masaharu Iwata created the score to SQUARE-ENIX's Final Fantasy Tactics. Praised by fans and critics alike, various sequels and soundtracks to the game would soon follow, as well as another offer from SQUARE ENIX, to compose the entire soundtrack for the inevitable Final Fantasy XII. From the followings of FFXII, Sakimoto expanded his company, Basiscape, as a result of demand for his compositions. It is now regarded as the largest independent video game music production company in Japan. Since its formation, Sakimoto and his team have worked on several high profile titles such as Odin SphereASH (Archaic Sealed Heat), the Valkyria Chronicles series, Tekken 6 and the remake of the classic Tactics Ogre. He also composed the orchestral soundtracks for the Japanese anime Romeo x JulietThe Tower of Druaga and the Valkyria Chronicles animated series.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 119 years, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900—including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America—the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit

Editors please note:

Saturday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m.

ARNIE ROTH, conductor
TIM HARTMAN, narrator

Selections to be announced from stage.


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