Fawzi Haimor promoted to PSO resident conductor

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PITTSBURGH—Fawzi Haimor, assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2012, has been promoted to resident conductor, effective immediately, a title he will share with Lawrence Loh, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 2007.
"In the two short seasons that Fawzi has been with us, he has shown amazing versatility, dedication and work ethic," says James Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony. "His warmth and talent create immediate connections to musicians, guest conductors and, most importantly, the audience. We expect great things from him in the future, here at Heinz Hall and around the world."
As resident conductor, Haimor will continue to conduct a variety of concerts, including classical, pops, education and outreach concerts, as well as serving as cover conductor for guest conductors and Music Director Manfred Honeck, conducting pre-concert talks and working on concert recordings. In the 2014-2015 season, Haimor will add leading the Fiddlesticks Family Series to his responsibilities.
"I am thrilled to continue to be a part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. I can't imagine a better way to hone the craft of conducting than with an incredible music director like Manfred Honeck and world-class musicians like those in the Pittsburgh Symphony," said Haimor. "I look forward to sharing the responsibilities of resident conductor with my colleague Lawrence Loh and continuing my adventure in music."
Prior to his position at the Pittsburgh Symphony Haimor was assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony for two seasons. He also has worked with the Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Amman Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonico do Porto and has just made his Italian debut with Filharmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, which resulted in an immediate reinvitation for next season. Further forthcoming debut appearances include those with Württembergisches Kammerorchester on tour in London, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has served as a cover conductor to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseada, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Jan Pascal Tortelier. Born in Chicago in 1983, Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing the violin at the age of 4 and completed his training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University. He studied under David Effron and Arthur Fagen as well as attending master classes around the world led by highly respected conductors including Herbert Blomstedt, Jorma Panula and Gustav Meier.

Haimor earned bachelor's degrees in both music and neurobiology, physiology, and behavior, and a master's degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis before completing his second master's in instrumental conducting from Indiana University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Houda, and their daughters, Aleena and Layla.
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About the Hurricanes - 04-01-14

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A preview of the Hurricanes.

When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Carolina.

Record: 32-32-11, 75 points. The Hurricanes are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Eric Staal, 56 points (17 goals, 39 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 road shootout loss to the Senators, last night. Cam Ward made 28 saves for the Hurricanes.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 home overtime loss, Dec. 27, 2013. Nathan Gerbe (right) had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Eric Staal. He has 37 points in 37 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Hurricanes: Ron Francis, vice president of hockey operations; Jim Rutherford, president/general manager; Jordan Staal, C.

Ex-Hurricanes on the Penguins: Craig Adams, RW; Jussi Jokinen, LW; Brandon Sutter, C.

Useless Hurricanes/Whalers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is one of four people selected in the 1984 NHL draft who have served as a head coach in the NHL. The others are Ed Olczyk (Penguins), Patrick Roy (Avalanche) and John Stevens (Flyers).

Best Hurricanes Video We Could Find: The WHA's New England Whalers meeting the Soviet Union national team in an exhibition game in 1977:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (36-17-4, 2.33 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins. Anton Khudobin (16-12-1, 2.22 GAA, .929 SV%) for the Hurricanes.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Marcel Goc ("lower body"), Evgeni Malkin (foot) and Joe Vitale ("upper body") are out. Right wingers Chris Conner (foot), Pascal Dupuis (knee), defensemen Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, center Andrei Loktionov ("lower body") and left winger Jiri Tlusty ("lower body") are day today. Defenseman Joni Pitkanen (heel) is on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 22 Lee Stempniak
19 Beau Bennett - 36 Jussi Jokinen - - 18 James Neal
17 Taylor Pyatt - 16 Brandon Sutter - 49 Brian Gibbons
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 59 Jayson Megna

3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brook Orpik - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
5 Deryk Engelland - 4 Rob Scuderi

The Hurricanes did not hold a morning skate. Their primary lines and defensive pairings during last night's game against the Senators were:

12 Eric Staal - 8 Andrei Loktionov - 19 Jiri Tlusty
14 Nathan Gerbe - 11 Jordan Staal - 28 Alexander Semin
53 Jeff Skinner - 20 Riley Nash - 19 Elias Lindholm
21 Drayson Bowman - 22 Manny Malhotra - 39 Patrick Dwyer

27 Justin Faulk - 4 Andrej Sekera
65 Ron Hainsey - 26 John-Michael Liles
44 Jay Harrison - 73 Brett Bellemore


-The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened:

-The Penguins' magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division title is two points.

-The Penguins can sweep the season series against the Hurricanes. It would be the fourth time the Penguins have done that against the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise in franchise history.

-Head coach Dan Bylsma has 249 career wins.

-Adams has 99 career assist.

-Letang was named the Penguins' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-The Hurricanes recalled left winger Chris Terry from Charlotte of the AHL.

-Eric Staal has 398 career assists.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Peduto sends out April Fools' Day schedule

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Honoring the April Fools' Day tradition, the internet world is having fun today: Google launched Google Naps, Domino's unveiled edible pizza box and Bill Peduto issued a special April Fools' Day edition of his schedule that includes Breakfast with Luke Ravenstahl, a daily swim in the Mon and a press conference on the Puffy Vest Initiative. 

His full schedule is below. And if you are wondering what he is actually doing today, check out a special app, "Where is Bill Peduto?" built by our own Andrew McGill.

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Breakfast with Luke Ravenstahl
Time: 6 a.m.
...cause they are friends, right? ;)
Press conference on Puffy Vest Initiative
Time: 7 a.m.
This is probably what he'll wear 
City neighborhood tour driving street sweeper
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Daily swim in the Mon
Time: 3 p.m. 
Fishing with County Executive Fitzgerald at the Point
Time: 4 p.m.
Fundraiser for Jack Wagner for Governor 2022 
Time: 5 p.m. 


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#SEENMoneyWellSpent: Sarah Heinz House helps Pittsburgh community

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On March 13,  in my SEEN column I highlighted the Sarah Heinz House’s Steak & Burger Dinner at the Hall of Fame Club in PNC Park. It dawned on me recently that readers might be interested to learn where the money raised at events like that one actually goes.  Hence, here is a special edition for my blog:  #SEENMoneyWellSpent!

Last week, I visited the Sarah Heinz House and chatted with director of development and marketing Janice Wasson and Bob Bechtold, who has been a member of the SHH (Sarah Heinz House) since he was a little kid and for many years has been working there as a physical education teacher. It was inspiring to see how generations of children have benefited from the work done at SHH.

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Bob Bechtold and Janice Wasson


The SHH began serving the community in 1901, and they recently added a new building, which is Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified. This green space offers an indoor pool, has floors made from recycled rubber tires (very cool!), and a new cafe area where they can serve more than 17,000 meals each year (along with 22,000 snacks). This is of great value to the community; as a social worker I have come to realize and see first-hand how many kids in our own backyards go without food on a daily basis.

“We want Pittsburghers to know that the Sarah Heinz House doesn’t just serve the North Side. We work with families and elderly people from all over the city. There are 130 structured after-school programs and each day we serve roughly 300 kids from 90 different schools,” Janice said.

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Kids working on Robotics #SEENFutureEngineers


Bob was equally enthusiastic about the program as he was giving me a tour of the building. “The Sarah Heinz House was there for me as a kid, and I am happy to be serving generations of families. Mrs. Heinz wanted it to feel like a home away from home, and I think we have achieved that,” he said with a smile.

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Future Olympians!


The one thing that SHH is lacking is transportation to take students from schools to their facility. This service was cut due to budget constraints on the state and local levels. If you want to contribute or become a volunteer of the SHH, please visit their website:

This truly is #moneywellspent.

Follow Sarah Heinz House on Twitter: @sarahheinzhouse


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Plant pansies and violas for instant color (and happiness too)

Written by Doug Oster on .

Blog big pansy wat 414The vibrant colors of pansies are the perfect cure for the winter blues. Photos by Doug Oster

Pansies and violas offer an unending myriad of colors. They love cool weather, can be planted in containers or right in the garden. They bring happiness with every blossom.

Both plants are easy to grow. Be sure they get plenty of water and some liquid organic fertilizer every other week to keep them growing strong.

In my garden I fill as many containers as I can, mixing the pansies and violas at will. The front of the house is a rainbow of colors to great visitors. Many have a subtle, but wonderful fragrance too.

Since the flowers can take anything Mother Nature has left in her, they are the perfect choice to plant now.

I'm a cheap gardener (as you know) and I prefer to buy the plants in flats, it's the best bang for the buck. I did have to buy some of the 'Hip Hop' violas at Chapon's Greenhouse. They are sold in plastic pots and are pricey in comparison to buying a flat, but I love them, so I purchased four of them.

Get some pansies in the garden and soak in the beauty, it's guaranteed to make you smile.

blog hort viola 414Mixing violas like these with pansies makes a great combination.

blog pansy 040114In the foreground are 'Hip Hop' violas from Chapon's Greenhouse, I love them.

Blog vert viola 414'Hip Hop' violas have an interesting flower shape.

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