June 19 – 22
7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
The symphony and Frank Sinatra will converge when award-winning singer Megan Hilty brings her big voice and vivacious stage presence to the Heinz Hall stage for just four nights. The final PNC Pops concert of the season, Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More, features the enduring sounds of Ol’ Blue Eyes and Broadway from June 19th through June 22nd.
A musical theatre and television actress and vocalist, Hilty rose to fame after starring in several Broadway musicals, including turns as Glinda in Wicked and Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5: The Musical. She is perhaps best known for her role as Ivy Lynn on NBC’s hit musical TV series, Smash, on which she sang many original songs, including the Grammy Award-nominated “Let Me Be Your Star.” Hilty recently starred alongside Sean Hayes in NBC’s comedy Sean Saves the World. In March 2013, she released her debut solo album, It Happens All the Time, which includes fresh interpretations of compositions by contemporary songwriters and producers. Hilty has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and more.
Dubbed “the new princess of Broadway,” Hilty joins acclaimed conductor Steven Reineke and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to legendary Sinatra numbers such as “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “New York, New York” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Additional featured songs include Broadway classics such as “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “Almost Like Being In Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The program will also include favorites by Cole Porter, Barry Manilow and many others.
One of the country’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers, Steven Reineke is music director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The creator of 100-plus orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. A native of Ohio, Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees in both trumpet performance and music composition.
This weekend also marks the first annual Nurses’ Weekend at the Symphony, which includes a 20% discount to all nurses and nursing students, as well as a special workshop and discussion program.
Performances of Luck Be a Lady take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Purchase tickets now.