‘Side by Side by Sondheim’ to be performed March 3

FOXBURG — Resonance Works will bring a taste of Broadway to Lincoln Hall in Foxburg when it presents “Side by Side by Sondheim” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3.

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts will present the professional stage production of the Tony award winning revue.

“Side by Side by Sondheim” is a celebration of the wit and genius of musical theater’s most influential artist of the last half-century, Stephen Sondheim.  It features favorite numbers from “Company,” “Follies,” “A Little Night Music,” “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” “Anyone Can Whistle” and “Pacific Overtures,” plus his collaborations with giants Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers.

Stage director Craig Joseph will return after directing Resonance Work’s “Trouble in Tahiti” last season.

Singing Sondheim’s tasty, introspective and dramatic numbers will be seasoned Resonance Work’s professional singers from New York City and the Pittsburgh region.  They include Hilerie Klein Rensi (“Evidence of Things not Seen”), Rebecca Shorstein (“Elixir of Love,” “Cinderella”), Daniel Teadt (“Amahl,” “Evidence of Things not Seen”) and Christopher Scott (“Evidence of Things not Seen”).

Carnegie Mellon alumna Gillian Hassert, who will have just returned from the national tour of “Fame,” will make her Resonance Works debut.

The production will be narrated by Pittsburgh’s opera and musical icon, Anna Singer, who may have a musical surprise of her own.

In less than four years, Resonance Works has become a part of the professional arts ecosystem in Pittsburgh and is committed to maintaining a rich and vibrant community of professional musicians in the region.  Resonance Works’ multi-modal approach takes the form of a variety of musical performances that may include opera, chamber music, orchestral music, and choral music, often with interwoven elements of dance, visual media and spoken word.

In their first three seasons, the spectrum of their programming has included fully-staged operas by Verdi, Donizetti, Massenet, and Menotti; orchestral works by Shostakovich, Mahler, Bach, de Falla, Piazzolla, Debussy, Respighi, and Copland; vocal works by Britten, Pergolesi, Rorem, Bernstein, and Pittsburgh’s own Nancy Galbraith; and chamber works by Barber, Bach, Boulanger, and many others.

In addition to mainstage productions, they offer a popular Resonance Chamber@The Cloak Room chamber music series.

Resonance Works was founded in 2013 by artistic director Maria Sensi Sellner.  The first three-time winner of The American Prize for Opera Conducting, she is active as an opera conductor throughout the northeast and has previously held positions with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Akron Symphony and Carnegie Mellon University.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for ARCA members and $5 for students.  They are available online at www.alleghenyriverstone.org or by calling (724) 659-3153.