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Summer Fridays at the Frick presented by UPMC Health Plan

June 26 through August 21
June 26 through August 21

Summer Fridays at the Frick

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Thank you for a successful Summer Fridays season! While we were unable to gather on the Frick grounds this summer, our belief in music’s power to bring people together is unwavering. Enjoy the archival recordings below!

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Summer Fridays at the Frick presented by UPMC Health Plan

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Barrels to Beethoven is dedicated to preserving the steelpan through educational programs and interactive activities. The organization was founded by Leigh Solomon Pugliano, daughter of steelpan builder, tuner, and player Phil Solomon, to honor her father’s contribution to the instrument and continue his work. The organization teaches both playing and building technique, as well as the history of the Afro-Caribbean people who invented and perfected the instrument. Ten years ago, the City of Pittsburgh proclaimed June 26th Phil Solomon Day, in honor of Solomon’s impact and dedication to the steelpan and steelpan education. Join us this Friday June 26 as we celebrate Phil Solomon Day with a performance by the Barrels to Beethoven Ensemble. 

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The sound of Grammy award winning Poogie Bell's drums is what you hear on many of the world's finest jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and hip hop records. Performer, record producer, composer, and arranger, you've heard his work with artists including Chaka Khan, Marcus Miller, Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, and Randy Crawford. Enjoy an evening of music aimed at bringing people together in the spirit of peace, freedom, and respect. Tonight’s quartet features father and son Poogie (drums) and Winston Bell (saxophone) with Tony DePaolis (bass) and Ben Sherman (guitar).

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Max Schang (guitar & vocals), Jim Spears (bass & vocals), and Steve McMurray (drums) have been performing for over 25 years. With their Chicago and jump blues style, the trio is always a crowd pleaser, getting everybody up and dancing. Max Schang is a true master in connecting with the audience, always pulling out the right song for the moment. Be sure to dance along.

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The Diamante Orchestra showcases the talent of Pittsburgh musicians known for their artistry and excellence as soloists and members of the finest organizations in the Pittsburgh Cultural District. PBS MyMusic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Latshaw Pops Orchestra, and the Balcony Big Band are some of the companies these musicians gather from. The Diamante Orchestra performs as a classical crossover orchestra playing Latin, jazz, rock and classical genres.

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Hugo Cruz and Caminos is a Cuban-fusion band led by Hugo Cruz Machado, an award-winning composer, percussionist, and graduate of the Instituto Superior des Artes of Havana, Cuba. Caminos' rhythms and melodies combine Cuban, Afro-Cuban, African, and American jazz sounds to form a unique style that aims to unify the world's music expressions in one experience. Band members include Eli Naragon (bass), Roger Romero (saxophone), and Michael Bernabe (keyboard). Caminos have performed at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival 2019, First Night Pittsburgh 2020, Backstage Bar, and Fabrica des Artes in Havana, Cuba, among other places. Hugo has performed in Havana’s largest jazz festival, Jazz Plaza, with acclaimed artists Dave Weckl and Victor Goines, and won an award at Cubadisco, the most prestige music awards event in Cuba, performing with Afro-Cuban rock-fusion group Síntesis.

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