Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Tony DeSare Photo Credit: Bill Westmoreland

On Thursday, October 1, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform at a professional sporting event for the first time when they share Heinz Field with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the team takes on the Baltimore Ravens in a nationally televised game.
    During halftime, the Pittsburgh Symphony will take to the field to perform “Whitewater,” composed by conductor Jeff Tyzik, principal pops conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic and several other orchestras, a piece that describes the power of the river, roaring through the canyons. “Whitewater” provides the perfect complement to the highlight film of newly inducted Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis’ career, which will be part of the evening’s celebration of his induction.
    Renowned singer and pianist Tony DeSare, who is part of the PNC Pops: Sinatra and Beyond performances on October 2-4 celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, will perform the national anthem with music recorded by the Pittsburgh Symphony.
“This is an incredible opportunity for the Pittsburgh Symphony to show its admiration and affection for ‘Steelers Nation,’” says President and CEO Melia Tourangeau. “I am so pleased that we can be a part of this important and dynamic event. Our sincere thanks goes to the UPMC Health Plan and the Pittsburgh Steelers for making this opportunity possible.”
Kick-off is at 8:25 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS and the NFL Network.
Jeff Tyzik Photo Credit:Tyler Boye

About the Artists
    Grammy Award-winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Tyzik holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also serves as principal pops conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. This season, Tyzik will celebrate his 22nd season as principal pops conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
    Frequently invited as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO, which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over three months. Alex Ross of The New Yorker, called it “one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years.”
     Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O’Connor, Doc Severinsen and John Pizzarelli. He has created numerous original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown, Broadway, film, dance, Latin and swing. Tyzik holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.
     Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, Tony DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the “CBS Early Show,” NPR, “A Prairie Home Companion,” the “Today” show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut George Takei.
    Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He not only won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, but has written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date with Drew, along with several broadcast commercials. DeSare’s forthcoming appearances include the Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Arizona Music Festival, The Smith Center in Las Vegas and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. DeSare releases new recordings, videos of standards and new originals every few weeks on his YouTube channel, iTunes and Spotify. Follow DeSare on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe on YouTube to stay connected. Tony DeSare is a Yamaha Artist.

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