Four conductors to guide Symphony Pops next season


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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2014-15 Pops season includes seven programs showcasing musical favorites from Broadway, film, television and beyond.

One notable absence is that of a principal Pops conductor, a position that has remained unfilled since Marvin Hamlisch died in 2012.

In the opening weekend, "Heroes and Villains," conductor Lucas Richman leads the orchestra in stage and movie music dealing with the enduring battle between good and evil. Next, Jack Everly takes Pops on a "Sci-Fi Spectacular," with music from television shows, cult films and space movies.

Following holiday pops, PSO resident conductor Lawrence Loh takes the baton for four programs. Trumpeter and Grammy-winner Chris Botti brings his jazz back to Heinz Hall; the classic film "Singin' in the Rain" is enhanced by orchestral accompaniment; The Texas Tenors from "America's Got Talent" sing Broadway, classical, country and gospel tunes; and "Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time" features clips from Disney movies.

All performances are at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Seven-concert ticket packages are available for $122.50 to $659.75 at www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.

Pittsburgh Symphony Pops 2014-15 season

Oct. 17-19: "Heroes and Villains," All-Star College Choir, Christine Hestwood, director, Lucas Richman, conductor.

Nov. 14-16: "Sci-Fi Spectacular," Kristen Plumley, vocalist, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Betsy Burleigh, director, Jack Everly, conductor.

Dec. 12-14, Dec. 20-21: Highmark Holiday Pops," Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Ms. Burleigh, Todd Ellison, conductor.

Feb. 6-8, 2015: Chris Botti, trumpet, Lawrence Loh, conductor.

March 13-15, 2015: "Singin' in the Rain," Mr. Loh.

April 24-26, 2015: The Texas Tenors (Marcus Collins, J.C. Fisher, John Hagen), Mr. Loh.

June 19-21: "Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time," Mr. Loh.


Elizabeth Bloom: ebloom@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1750.

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