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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 2:33 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Savoyards open their 75th season with a production of “Princess Ida” from Oct. 11-20.

The group is Pittsburgh's oldest theater troupe and has been dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the comic operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan since 1938. The shows feature only local talent, whether onstage, backstage or in the orchestra.

The name “Savoyards” comes from the Savoy Theater in London, where many of the operas premiered and were performed for many years.

The Pittsburgh company has performed at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie since 1993.

Thursday through Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. The spring 2014 show will be “Utopia Limited.” For tickets to “Princess Ida” or for more details, visit

Kicking off

The first show of the season for the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra will be at Upper St. Clair High School at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Following the group's 2013 theme of “Travel the World in Music,” the concert will feature the music of Latin America and Bulgaria. Its volunteer musicians are dedicated to providing quality music at a reasonable cost and practice every Tuesday evening at Our Lady of Grace School, Scott Township. They are under the baton of Warren Davidson.

A Russian Christmas concert is set for Dec. 21, and Hungarian and Italian music will be featured at the Feb. 23 concert. For more information, call 412-279-4030.

Youth rehearsals

Rehearsals begin this month for the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, which practices at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School, Scott Township, on Saturday mornings from October through March.

Student musicians in grades four to 12 are chosen by audition from more than 26 school districts in the Pittsburgh area to perform in the orchestra, the prelude brass ensemble or the prelude strings ensemble.

The organization, originally named Pittsburgh's PHOENIX Youth Festival Orchestra and later the Pittsburgh Youth Pops Orchestra, was founded in 1993 by Roger Tabler, its music director. It was the first such youth pops orchestra in the nation.

The group is planning a summer camp in 2014 at Gilmary Center, Coraopolis, and a tour in 2015. A holiday concert is set for the Children's Museum, North Shore, on Dec. 8 and at the PPG Wintergarden, downtown, on Dec. 14. Its 20th anniversary celebration is set for February 2014 at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum, Oakland. For more information, visit

Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or

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