The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform its community concert at Wilkinsburg High School on May 16. Details of the performance have been released. From the PSO:
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents the 11th Annual Community Engagement Concert for the community of Wilkinsburg on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Wilkinsburg High School. All proceeds from tickets sales directly benefit the music programs in the Wilkinsburg School District. More than $60,000 has been raised in Wilkinsburg through the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Community Engagement concerts.
Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor will lead the symphony in an exciting program filled with Beethoven, Bernstein, Copland, Sousa and more! A very special performance of "Take Time in Life" will feature students from the Wilkinsburg School District and Pittsburgh Obama High School. Additionally, Pittsburgh Symphony trumpet Chad Winkler will perform Haydn's Concerto in E-flat major, and vocalist Katy Williams will perform Dvorak's "Songs My Mother Taught Me" and the classic "Over the Rainbow" with the symphony. The Pittsburgh Symphony will finish with a patriotic burst of John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."
Tickets are $5 for students K-12 and $10 for adults. A group of 10 adult tickets is available for a discounted price of $75. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wilkinsburg High School Music Department at 412-871-2282 or 412-371-9504 x 2717, and will also be available at the door on the night of the concert.
Sony Pictures Classics will release “Foxcatcher” on Nov. 14.
The movie, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It was filmed in Western Pennsylvania in 2012.
Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”) directs the movie about John du Pont, great-great-grandson of E.I. du Pont, the industrialist who founded the chemical company. In January 1996, he shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the Foxcatcher National Training Center du Pont built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa.
Carell plays the chemical fortune heir, Ruffalo is the slain wrestler and Tatum is his brother and a champion wrestler in his own right.
Pittsburgh Opera just announced a new director of development. More from the press release:
Pittsburgh, PA... Pittsburgh Opera announces a change in senior leadership with the appointment of Cynthia N. McCormick to the position of Director of Development and External Relations, effective June 1, 2014. Ms. McCormick steps into the position held by John Federico, who will be moving to Philadelphia, PA to work for the Cultural Data Project.
Ms. McCormick, who has worked for the Carnegie Museums since 2002, most recently as Associate Vice President for Government Affairs, was responsible for government relations and public affairs programs on behalf of all four of the Carnegie Museums (Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Carnegie Science Center). Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn looks forward to welcoming Ms. McCormick to this important leadership position. "She brings with her a wealth of experience and a deep knowledge of our community, which will help us to thrive as we move beyond our banner 75th Anniversary season. John Federico has served this company with great distinction and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for his hard work and fruitful fundraising efforts. We all wish him the very best in his new position in Philadelphia."
Ms. McCormick began her career in Washington, D.C. as the Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary to three members of Congress, then, as Staff Consultant to Allegheny County Commissioner Barbara Hafer, managed relations with all government bodies on matters related to the Allegheny County Jail. She also served as Director of Government Relations for the national Oncology Nursing Society, and was responsible for all lobbying activities, as well as building a government relations program. Ms. McCormick also spent six years at Port Authority of Allegheny County in various roles, including marketing, community partnerships, and government affairs, before joining the Carnegie museums.
In 2006, Ms. McCormick was appointed by Governor Rendell to the Pennsylvania Board of Judicial Conduct. In addition, she has served as the City of Pittsburgh Civil Service Commissioner for 16 years. She has been affiliated with the boards of Gilda's Club of Western Pennsylvania, WQED Community Advisory Board, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, and the Drug and Alcohol Council of Allegheny County, among others.
Mr. Federico has been the Director of Development for Pittsburgh Opera since 1999, not including a stint as Development Director at City Theatre from 2004-2010. He first joined Pittsburgh Opera in 1997 as Associate Director of Development. During his tenure, Mr. Federico coordinated and executed campaigns that raised more than $45 million for Pittsburgh Opera from individuals, corporations, foundations, government agencies, planned giving, sponsorships, and special campaigns such as the Renaissance Campaign, the Artistic Excellence Program and the 75th anniversary campaign, for which the first-year goal has already been exceeded. Mr. Federico also participated in the fundraising and planning for the first-ever National Performing Arts Convention, held in Pittsburgh in June 2004, and saw the company expand its programming into such venues as the Byham Theatre, the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), and into Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.
Ms. McCormick and Mr. Federico will work together for about two weeks in May 2014 to ensure a smooth transition.