"I'm so excited to be coming back to Heinz Hall. I used to work the Fiddlesticks programs for kids," says Hilty, a
Hilty and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, conducted by
Her program includes songs identified with
From a very early age, Hilty thought she would go into classical music because that's what her voice teacher was grooming her for and she loved it. She also loved to go to
"It was about the time I went to opera camp that I kind of realized musical theater fit my personality a little better," she says. "While I have very deep respect for opera singers and secretly wish I could be one, I think it requires a little more discipline than I was ready to have, in a way. I never felt too precious about my voice or let it rule my life. My priorities were a little bit different."
Hilty completed her studies at CMU in 2004 and says the school "prepared me in ways I couldn't quite realize until I graduated. I've had a lot of long, hard days, especially on 'Smash' -- good 16-hour days, while filming and rehearsing and in the sound studio and bouncing around from one thing to the next. I remember looking at my schedule at CMU and thinking, 'I can't get through this.' CMU is a great program and prepares you for these demanding schedules. There's nothing grueling when you love it."
In fact, Hilty won the starring role in "Wicked" at the end of her senior year, just before she graduated. The night before the audition in
"By the time I came in, this show had become the biggest thing on
Figuring out what she could bring to the role prepared her for success in taking on other iconic roles, such as
Hilty often gives concerts with her husband, actor and singer
"We have a concert we do with a four-piece band, 'Smash' songs, jazz standards and
Their first child, a girl, is due in about three months.
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