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Four SVC Music Majors to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Concert Feb. 7 to 10

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Posted: Wednesday Feb 6, 2013

February 6, 2013

Four Saint Vincent College music majors will be performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Concert at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

Participating will be Danielle Byrne, a junior from Latrobe; Aaron Gray, a junior from Latrobe; Edward Graybill, a freshman from Pittsburgh (15215); and Ali Kertz-Brooks, a freshman from Kirkwood, Missouri. They are all members of the Saint Vincent College Singers under the direction of Thomas Octave, assistant professor of music and chair of the music department.

They will be joining students from other area colleges and universities who will comprise the All-Star College Chorus under the direction of Grammy Award-winning director Robert Page. They will be performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in their Pops concert, My Funny Valentine. This chorus was formed at the suggestion of the late Broadway composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch. 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the concert will feature love songs from Broadway and the movies, including “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady, John Williams’ love theme from Superman and Jerome Kern’s medley from Showboat.  Also featured will be Marvin Hamlisch’s hit song “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line and the themes he wrote for the movies Ice Castles and The Way We Were.  The program will also include passionate music by Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe and others.

Ticket information is available by contacting the Pittsburgh Symphony box office, 412-392-4900 or 800-743-8560.

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Photo: Students of Saint Vincent assistant professor and music chair Thomas Octave, left, singing with the Pittsburgh Symphony All-Star Chorus this weekend include, continuing from left, Danielle Byrne, Aaron Gray and Edward Graybill. Absent from photo is Ali Kertz-Brooks. 

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