Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch will return to West Virginia University to lead the orchestra in a concert showcasing stars from hit TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
The concert, “Ballroom with a Twist,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the WVU Creative Arts Center.
“Ballroom with a Twist” is part of the Canady Symphony Series at WVU. The 2011-12 title sponsors of the Series are William and Loulie Canady, in memory of their daughter Valerie.
It will feature an astonishing lineup of dancers choreographed by Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel from the hit TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” Appearing on stage will be Edyta Sliwinska, the only professional dancer to appear on all 10 seasons of “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as top performers from other reality TV shows.
The evening will feature breathtaking costumes, electrifying dance performances and music by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Steve Perry, George and Ira Gershwin, Tito Puente and many others.
In addition, the dancers from “Ballroom with a Twist” will present a dance master class for local dancers and dance minors in the WVU College of Creative Arts from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call the WVU Division of Theatre and Dance at 304-293-6806.
Hamlisch’s music is notable for its versatility and substance. As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. His show, “A Chorus Line,” received the Pulitzer Prize. He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores, including his Oscar-winning score and song for “The Way We Were” and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for “The Sting,” for which he received his third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and musical adaptations for “Sophie’s Choice,” “Ordinary People,” “The Swimmer,” “Three Men and a Baby,” “Ice Castles,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Bananas,” and “Save the Tiger.”
Sliwinska, from “Dancing with the Stars,” started to dance when she was 10. She became a successful ballroom dancer in Poland and achieved a world-class status representing Poland on international competitions all over the world. She moved to the United States in 2000 to pursue her dance career, after she met Alec Mazo at the ballroom dance competition in Blackpool, England. Sliwinska and Mazo became a successful partnership ever since. They represented America the United States on many international championships. In 2005, she appeared on the first season of “Dancing with the Stars” and has partnered on the show with Evander Holyfield, George Hamilton, Ashley Hamilton, Aiden Turner, Joey Lawrence, John Ratzenberger, Cameron Mathison, Jason Taylor, Jeffrey Ross and Lawrence Taylor.
Tickets for the general public start at $25 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 800-743-8560 or by visiting the Pittsburgh Symphony online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/wvu. Discounted subscription and student rates are also available. Unsold tickets, if any, will be available at the door on the evening of the concert.
CONTACT: Ramesh Santanam, Director of Media Relations, Pittsburgh Symphony
Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304.293.4841 ext. 3108, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu
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