Heart Strings:a salute to the classical music of Paul McCartney, A Rock for the Heart Symphony Event at Heinz Hall

Heart Strings is a salute to the classical music of Paul McCartney, this concert event is scheduled to take place at Heinz Hall on May 25, 2013 at 8 PM. This event will feature the North American premiere of Sir Paul McCartney’s Nova, performed by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony with world renown guest performances.  Proceeds from this event go to the Pittsburgh based Rock for the Heart Foundation to support pediatric cardiac research.  A Paul McCartney signed Hofner bass guitar  is being auctioned in conjunction with Heart Strings!!!


Rock for The Heart Foundation presents HEART STRINGS, a salute to the classical music of Sir Paul McCartney– featuring the North American Premiere of Sir Paul McCartney’s, NOVA, the orchestral adaptation, composed by McCartney for his late wife, Linda, performed by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. This important concert event takes place Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8PM on the stage of Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. All proceeds will 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 of cardiac arrest. “We are equally excited about the importance of generating much needed awareness about sudden cardiac arrest among children and teenagers.”

Ticket sales for this incredible evening of music go on sale Wednesday, March 20, and start at $25/person for reserved seating. VIP tickets include a special post-performance wine reception with the guest artists and musicians and are priced at $110 per person. All fans and concert attendees will also have an opportunity to bid on a Hofner Bass guitar, signed by Sir Paul ­– the model Sir Paul played when he was with the Beatles, visit www.rockfortheheart.org for more details and the opportunity to place a bid. To purchase tickets and be a part of this “once-in-a-lifetime” event, call 412-392-4900 or visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org/.


Special guest artists include Grammy winner and Oscar nominated pianist and composer Roger Kellaway, international jazz pianist sensation Peter Beets, Nashville‘s super-duo Steel Magnolia and Platinum artist Bill Champlin, who composed such hits as After the Love is Gone, for Earth Wind and Fire and Turn Your Love Around for George Benson. Champlin wrote and was lead vocalist on several hits as a member of CHICAGO for over 30 years. All will perform with the members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and provide interpretations of Sir Paul McCartney’s astounding catalog, as well as their own music.

Dennis J. D’Amico produced the World Premiere of the orchestral adaptation of NOVA. It was performed in 2005 at Teatro Colon, one of the most prestigious classical venues in the world, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The two sold-out performances received five-star reviews. D’Amico is also producing HEART STRINGS, which includes the North American Premiere of NOVA, at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, for Rock for The Heart.

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 extraordinary event. “While the music is certainly the hallmark of the evening, the goal is to raise money for important medical research to save children’s lives. Businesses across southwestern Pennsylvania are invited to be part of this exclusive event.”

Companies are invited to call 724-433-5701 for information about how to partner or become actively engaged with Rock for The Heart Foundation and the HEART STRINGS concert, or visit www.rockfortheheart.org

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 died suddenly in his sleep on April 14, 2005, from cardiac arrest brought on by an arrhythmia. He was 16 years old. Rock for The Heart Foundation promotes and supports research intended to prevent sudden cardiac arrests caused by congenital heart disorders in children, including Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW), one of the pediatric heart defects thousands of children are born with every year and the same defect that Matthew died from.  For more information about Rock for the Heart or to make a donation to support pediatric cardiac research, visit www.rockfortheheart.org/donate.