The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 2008-09 season at West Virginia University with a Nov. 5 performance by Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh.

The Pittsburgh Symphony, under the direction of Steven Reineke, and Cavanaugh will perform the music of Billy Joel and other piano men at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center .

This is the first of three concerts the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform in Morgantown this year as part of the Canady Symphony Series.

The series is the cornerstone of a partnership between the WVU College of Creative Arts and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. It is made possible in part through the generosity of title sponsors Dr. William and Loulie Canady, in memory of their daughter, Valerie, and series sponsor BB&T.

Cavanaugh was selected by Joel himself to star in Broadways recent hitMovinOut.With the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cavanaugh sings the music of Joel, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elton John.

The concert will feature classic tunes from these celebrated artists, including:Great Balls of Fire,Whole Lotta ShakinGoinOn,Lucille,Crocodile Rock,Just the Way You Are,Its Still Rock �€~n Roll,Piano Man,New York State of MindandShes Got a Way.

Cavanaugh won the hearts of audiences and critics night after night during his three years and more than 1,200 in performances withMovinOut.He received rave reviews and accolades, including both Tony and Grammy award nominations.

Shortly after this, he began touring across the country, performing before hundreds of thousands of fans at events of all kinds. His recent appearances include performances at the U.S. Open, The Indy 500 and numerous corporate, private and special events for organizations such as Microsoft, General Electric, the PGA and many more.

Reineke is the principal pops conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and serves as music associate and principal arranger/composer of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Recognized as the sound of the Cincinnati Pops, Reinekes arrangements for that orchestra have been performed worldwide.

In addition to his work for the Cincinnati Pops, he has written and arranged for pops conductors Doc Severinson, Jack Everly and Michael Krajewski. Reinekes arrangements can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops recordings on the Telarc label and have been broadcast nationally by PBS .

A protégé of the legendary pops conductor Erich Kunzel, Reineke has made recent guest conducting appearances with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Toronto, Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Edmonton. In 2008, he will make his Carnegie Hall debut conducting The New York Pops 25th Birthday Gala.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the city of Pittsburghs heritage for more than 100 years. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the Pittsburgh Symphony as their orchestra of choice. Beginning in the early 1900s with frequent performances in Canada, the symphony confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for each tour abroad.

Its 29 international tours include 15 European tours, seven trips to the Far East and two to South America. In January 2004, the Pittsburgh Symphony became the first American orchestra to perform for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican as part of the Pontiffs Silver Jubilee celebration. September 2008 marked the arrival of its ninth music director, Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck.

The best way to secure a seat for the Canady Symphony Series at WVU is to purchase a subscription. Subscriptions for the three-concert series are still available for $97.50 (or $36 for students). Single tickets are $39 (or $12 for students).

Subscriptions are only available through the Pittsburgh Symphony box office. They may be purchased by phone at 800-743-8560 or online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org .

Piano sensation Gabriela Montero will join conductor Andrés Crdenes and the Pittsburgh Symphony in George Gershwins jazz-inspired and ever popularRhapsody in Blueon Jan. 24, 2009. Montero will also perform a few of her own improvisations on the spot, a talent that has made her and her concerts uniquely famous. The concert ends with Felix Mendelssohns moving Symphony No. 5,Reformation.

The final Pittsburgh Symphony concert on March 28, 2009, will feature violinist Nikolaj Znaider performing the sumptuous Violin Concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a Viennese master who later became renowned for classic film scores of the 1940s. Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings Franz SchubertsGreat C MajorSymphony to the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre for a rousing finale.