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Rock for the Heart Foundation presents Heart Strings – featuring the North American premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's, NOVA, an orchestral adaptation composed by McCartney for his late wife, Linda, which will be performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Friday, September 7, 2012, 8 p.m., at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, to benefit pediatric cardiac research. "We are so honored Pittsburgh and its magnificent symphony will host and perform NOVA's North American premiere," said Kris Fischerkeller, who with her husband, Paul, founded Rock for the Heart after their son Matthew passed away suddenly at age 16 because of cardiac arrest. "We are equally excited about the importance of generating awareness about sudden cardiac arrest among children and teenagers."
Ticket sales for the premiere go on sale July 16 and start at $25/person for reserved seating. VIP tickets include a special post-performance reception with the guest musicians and are priced at $175 per person. VIP guests will also have an opportunity to bid on two Hofner Bass guitars – the models that Sir Paul played when he was with the Beatles. The guitars were autographed by Sir Paul McCartney. To purchase tickets, call 412-392-4900 or visit Pittsburghsymphony.com.
Grammy Award-winning conductor Roger Kellaway, one of the top jazz pianists in the world, will conduct NOVA and will personally perform a McCartney medley of Paul's tunes with a special jazz arrangement for piano. The evening will also include other classical compositions by Sir Paul McCartney including, A Leaf, Spiral, and Tuesday.
Special guest artists will perform with the 60-piece Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and provide interpretations to Sir Paul McCartney's astounding catalog. A string quartet will open the evening with arrangements of McCartney's well-known pop music pieces.
Guest artists who will be performing at the Heart Strings event include:
"While the music is certainly the hallmark of the evening, the goal is to raise moneyfor important medical research," said Fischerkeller, "and businesses across southwestern Pennsylvania are invited to align with this momentous event." The world premiere of NOVA was performed in 2005 at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, produced by Dennis D'Amico it was the number one classical venue in the world, with two sold-out shows that received five-star reviews. Dennis D'Amico will also produce the North American Premiere
of NOVA at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.
In addition to the performance, Ms. Fischerkeller said Rock for the Heart is also announcing a Call for Sponsors to ensure Pittsburgh's business community has an opportunity to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Companies are invited to call 724-433-5701 for information about how to align with the Heart Stringsevent.
About Rock for the Heart
Originally called the Matthew P. Fischerkeller Memorial Fund, the Fischerkeller family decided Rock for the Heart was a more fitting tribute to their musically talented son, who was the lead guitarist for a Pittsburgh rock and roll band, Running From Romance. He died suddenly in his sleep on April 14, 2005, from cardiac arrest brought on by an arrhythmia. He was 16 years old. The mission of Rock For The Heart is to promote and support research intended to prevent sudden cardiac arrests because of congenital heart disorders in children; research and determine why congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect for infants; research and develop better and more effective procedures to treat children that are born and diagnosed with a known cardiac defect.
Rock for the Heart recently presented a grant to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Cardiology Department – a state of the art facility that has the most advanced cardiology equipment in the world and is staffed by some of the world's finest cardiologists. The grant funded a study, the first from Rock for the Heart, to help determine the best treatment methods for children born with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW), one of the pediatric heart defects
children are born with every year and the same defect that Matthew died from.
Rockfor the Heart promotes and supports medical research to prevent sudden cardiac arrests in children, and develop better and more effective procedures to treat children who are born and diagnosed with a known heart defect. Heart defects are the most common birth defect and the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths in the United States. Nearly one out of every 100 children are born with a congenital heart defect – approximately 40,000 infants per year across America. Cardiovascular disease ranks as the second leading cause of death for children under age 16.
For more information about Rock for the Heart or to make a donation to support pediatric cardiac research, visit Rockfortheheart.org/donate.