The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents POKEMON: SYMPHONIC EVOLUTIONS, 1/17

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents POKEMON: SYMPHONIC EVOLUTIONS, 1/17

Brought to life by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and accompanied by exciting visuals on giant screens, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the popular video game franchise's most memorable melodies. The premiere of Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions in Washington, D.C. sold out with a second performance added by popular demand. Don't miss this one night only Pittsburgh performance on Saturday, January 17 at 8 p.m.! Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is produced by Princeton Entertainment.

With more than 260 million video games sold since its debut in 1996, Pokémon continues to provide memorable entertainment around the world. Conducted by Susie Benchasil Seiter, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions gives loyal fans and newcomers a chance to experience the evolution of the franchise through all-new orchestral arrangements with carefully timed visuals drawing from classic and recent Pokémon video games including:

· Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue

· Pokémon Yellow

· Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver

· Pokémon Crystal

· Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire

· Pokémon Emerald

· Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl

· Pokémon Platinum

· Pokémon Black and Pokémon White

· Pokémon X and Pokémon

Tickets, which range in price from $34 to $96, go on sale on November 7. Tickets can be purchased at the Heinz Hall Box Office, online atpittsburghsymphony.org or by phone at 412-392-4900. A $1 donation to support arts education will be added to every ticket at the point of purchase.

For more than 117 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh's cultural landscape. The Pittsburgh Symphony, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras. The Pittsburgh Symphony has made 40 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. Under the baton of Gilbert Levine, the PSO was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff's Silver Jubilee celebration. The PSO has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the PSO broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International (PRI). The PRI series is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh and is made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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