Heinz Hall

February 21
11:15 a.m.

Love the sights and sounds of winter but hate the cold? Families can experience all of the fun that winter brings—ice skating, sledding and snowmen—while enjoying the ambiance of Downtown’s opulent Heinz Hall.

Local symphonic feline Fiddlesticks returns to the Cultural District stage with his friends from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) for a very special family-friendly concert. For the winter-themed show, our cultured cat celeb teams up with acclaimed PSO resident conductor Fawzi Haimor, solo vocalist Katy Shackleton Williams and gifted 16-year-old violinist Julie Choe.

Arrive at 10 a.m. to participate in the PSO’s special Winter Dreams Discovery Time Adventures before the concert. During the program, children and families are invited to meet symphony musicians, sing along with Katy Shackleton Williams and Maestro Haimor, enjoy storytelling with the Allegheny County Library Association and Carnegie Science Center, make winter crafts and try movement activities with Jayne McDonald from City Music Center.

Soaring compositions such as Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Opus 13″—aptly nicknamed “Winter Dreams”—will help families get into the auditory pleasures of the snowy season. The concert also showcases “Let it Go!” from Disney’s smash-hit Frozen, “L’inverno (Winter)” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Leroy Anderson’s The Waltzing Cat and Johann, Jr. Strauss’ Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning).

Presented by Macy’s, Winter Dreams is the second Fiddlesticks Family Concerts production of the 2014-2015 season. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.