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#SEENOnTV: Ghoulish Halloween Galas!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Happy Halloween, everyone! There is a lot going on this holiday weekend, plenty of reasons to dress up and be a kid for the night! Check out my latest appearance on Pittsburgh Today Live as I chat with Kristine Sorensen about fun parties happening this weekend and into November!

 

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Maazel tribute on Friday in NYC

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

To honor the late Lorin Maazel, the conductor's family has organized a tribute on Friday in New York. Involved in the event include Alan Gilbert, James Galway and others. There's a live-stream available for those not in NYC. Additional information from the press release:

The Maazel Family's tribute to conductor Lorin Maazel, on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:30 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (Two West 64th Street, New York City), will be streamed live on castletonfestival.org for those unable to attend. Five cameras will capture the program in a 720p feed.

The tribute will include remembrances from Maestro Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Sir James Wolfensohn, and members of the Maazel family.

Artists include Sir James Galway performing an excerpt from Gluck's "Orfeo," violinist Eric Silberger performing "Meditation" from Thaïs by Jules Massenet, soprano Jennifer Black performing "Tu che di gel" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, tenor Dominic Armstrong and baritone Paul LaRosa performing a duet from Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi; Mr. LaRosa will also perform with Ms. Black the Love duet from 1984 by Lorin Maazel, Mr. Armstrong will also sing "Pourquoi me réveiller" from Werther by Jules Massenet. Baritone Javier Arrey will perform "Ombra mai fu" from Serse by Händel, mezzo-soprano Erika Rodden will perform a Lied by Brahms. John Arida will be the piano accompanist throughout the program. Ilann S. Maazel will play a Valse by Chopin, and a quintet from the New York Philharmonic will perform Hasenöhrl's "Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders!", an arrangement of Richard Strauss' tone poem Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28. Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center, will perform a Spiritual, accompanied by Dan Nimmer. Also presented will be a short film highlighting the Maestro's legendary career.

Lorin Maazel was one of the world's most esteemed conductors, devoting his life to music professionally for 73 years. Maestro Maazel completed his seventh and final season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in 2009-10 and continued through 2011-12 as Music Director of the Palau de les Artes "Reina Sofia," in Valencia, Spain. He became Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic in 2012 and pursued a broad range of guest conducting activities with the world's leading orchestras, enjoying particularly close associations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, and the Vienna Philharmonic. Maestro Maazel was also a highly regarded composer, with a wide-ranging catalog of works written primarily over the last 15 years. His first opera, 1984, based on George Orwell's literary masterpiece, had its world premiere at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and a sold-out revival at La Scala, Milan. A second-generation American born in Paris, Lorin Maazel began violin lessons at age five and conducting lessons at age seven. At 11, he made his debut with NBC in New York at the invitation of Arturo Toscanini. In addition to his prodigious performing activities, Maestro Maazel devoted much time to nurturing young artists. A significant philanthropic gift and enduring memorial is his Castleton Festival, which benefits over 300 young musicians yearly. The Festival takes place in the rolling hills of Rappahannock County, Virginia, on the Maazel Family's 600-acre farm.

Tributes to Maestro Maazel have been held by the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the London Philharmonia, NHK in Tokyo, and by the Munich Philharmonic and Bavarian Radio in a combined concert event. The New York Philharmonic will soon announce its own tribute to Maestro Maazel for May 2015.

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Republican poll, same results

Gov. Tom Corbett campaigns in Erie. (Associated Press photo)

There is more bad news for Camp Corbett, and this time it's coming from a Republican polling firm.

Harper Polling took its first look at the race between The Battling Toms since early September, and it found that the race hasn't changed all that much. Fifty percent of its respondents, all...

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Empty Netter Assists - 10-30-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-What's Paul Martin's (above) future with the Penguins?

-Welcome back Beau Bennett ... to practice.

The Sutters - the Penguins' Brandon and the Kings' Darryl - discussed fertilizer yesterday.

-The Wild is the only team the Penguins have never recorded a shutout against.

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-An overtime goal and an assist by Jean-Sebastien Dea gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 2-1 win against the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Goaltender Matt Murray made 42 saves in the victory.

-Highlights:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Reid McNeill (hand) and Derrick Pouliot (head) each left the game due to injuries.

-Former Penguins goaltending prospect Mattias Modig has joined the Nottingham Panthers of the United Kingdom EIHL.

-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguins forward Ron Lalonde (right). A fourth-round pick in 1972, Lalonde spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1972-73, Lalone appeared in nine games and failed to record a point. He followed that up in 1973-74 by playing in 73 games and scoring 27 points. After 24 games and three points in 1974-75, Lalonde was traded to the Capitals in exchange for Lew Morrison. In 106 games with the Penguins, Lalonde scored 30 points.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Brad Aitken. A third-round pick in 1986, Aitken spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. As a rookie in 1987-88, Aitken appeared in five games and scored two points. After spending all of 1988-89 and 1989-90 with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, the Penguins' IHL affiliate, Aitken appeared in six games and recorded one assist for the Penguins in 1990-91. At the 1991 trade deadline, he was traded to the Oilers in exchange for Kim Issel. In 11 games for the Penguins, Aitken scored three points.

-After the Jump: Another suspension.

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Christie's Quarantine

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Chris Christie is dressing up like a fear-monger for Halloween. Oh wait ... no. That's just his usual garb. 

103014 Christies Quarantine

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