Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kick off the Oscars Early at the PNC Pops

Lawrence Loh to Conduct Concert of Oscar Winning Scores Credit: Rob Davidson

    Former Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh returns to celebrate the last 50 years of Oscar-winning scores with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. From John Williams to John Barry, audiences will enjoy unforgettable music from films like "Titantic," "Schindler’s List," "The Godfather," "Avatar," "Star Wars" and more!
    "As a lifelong fan of film music, this concert is truly the ‘ultimate’ thrill. I couldn’t imagine any of these films without these award-winning scores and this concert serves as an amazing playlist of music," says Loh. "I would argue that the films themselves owe much of their success to the masterful scoring by these brilliant composers. I can’t wait to work with my friends at the Pittsburgh Symphony to bring these scores to life!"
    This concert also features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale, directed by Christine Hestwood and composed of students from Belle Vernon Area High School, Blackhawk High School, California University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, Grove City College, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Point Park University, Quaker Valley High School, Seneca Valley High School, South Fayette High School, Upper St. Clair High School and the University of Pittsburgh.
    Film clips are not included in this performance.
A night that movie music lovers won’t want to miss, tickets to PNC Pops: The Ultimate Oscars begin at only $24. Performances are Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Heinz Hall box office, online at or by phone at 412-392-4900.
    Selections on the program include:
Alfred Newman (arr. Jovic)                     20th Century Fox Fanfare

Jeff Tyzik                                              The Big Movie Suite

Nino Rota                                             Waltz from The Godfather

Richard Rodgers                                    Selections from Oklahoma

John Barry (orch. Raine)                         Theme from Out of Africa

James Horner (arr. Pesavento)                "Avatar Suite"
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale

Vangelis (arr. Raine)                              Theme from Chariots of Fire

Elton John                                             "Circle of Life" from The Lion King
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale

Ernest Gold (arr. Bennett)                       Exodus: An Orchestral Tone Poem

John Williams                                       Theme from Schindler's List
Mr. Huggins

John Williams                                       "Flying Theme" from E. T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)

James Horner (edit. Redford)                  Suite from Titanic
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale

John Williams                                       "Main Title" from Star Wars

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