All Events | Starting Wednesday, November 7, 2012
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Music major Harry Jamison performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, Ted Zellers (BA ’12) solos in Rimsky Korsakov's Trombone Concerto, and the orchestra will perform Kerrith Livengood's (PhD ’12) The Land Vaguely Waving.
Driving Miss Daisy
Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh presents Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The story takes place from 1948 to 1973 in Atlanta, GA, and deals with racial and anti-Semitic issues in a subtle manner. The relationship between Miss Daisy, a wealthy Jewish widow, and Hoke, a poor African-American worker, is beautifully drawn and deepens as the play progresses.
The PSO's Broadway at Heinz Hall series begins with the longest running American musical and fourth longest-running production in Broadway history, Chicago, set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s. The recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations, Chicago has been proclaimed “A triumph” by Time magazine, and “Broadway's most electrifying show” by Entertainment Weekly.
Tracy Brigden directs David Lindsay-Abaire's play in which the distance between Boston's Chestnut Hill and the Lower End is measured in more than miles. Mike and Margaret both grew up poor, but he made it out and became a doctor while she is stuck – a single mother who gets by on sarcasm and bingo games with her pals. When they meet again, an invitation leads Margaret to his luxurious home and into a turbulent conversation with Mike and his surprising wife. This tough and tender play looks at luck, choices, blame, pride, and what people will do to survive.
It's 1948 and bluesman Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton, fresh out of jail, has an opportunity he won't let himself pass up: a studio has asked him to travel to Chicago and cut some records. Unfortunately, his unexpected musical success doesn't make up for his errant past. Seven Guitars, the seventh play written in August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle, uses dark humor and flashbacks to paint a rich picture of African-American struggle for identity and self-acceptance against the backdrop of racial prejudice. Jade King Carroll directs.
Moon Over Buffalo
Moon Over Buffalo centers on George & Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. They're in Buffalo performing "Private Lives" & Cyrano in repertory. On the brink of a disastrous split, due to George's dalliance with a young ingenue, they receive word of one last shot at stardom. Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee.
South Side Stories
A World Premiere hometown adventure by Tami Dixon. This vibrant one-woman show portrays the dynamism of a neighborhood. Embedded in the concrete of South Side's city steps are testimonials of teenage mischief, steel mill toil, and townie haunts. This is a neighborhood where parking chairs and bar stools mark territory, where "paradise" is just one turn off of 26th Street.
Pointe in Time: Moulin Rouge Ball
PBT's Pointe in Time Ball is an annual not-to-be-missed social event. Journey back to turn-of-the-century Paris in the Westin's Grand Ballroom, transformed into the infamous Moulin Rouge cabaret in tribute to PBT's upcoming production of "Moulin Rouge - The Ballet."
Duquesne University Tamburitzans
America's longest-running multicultural song and dance company, the Tamburitzans, bring Eastern European folk music alive on stage in a kaleidoscope of sight and sound, including songs in many languages and dialects and hundreds of styles of choreography. Folk instruments such as the bandura, tambura, gadulka and cimbalom are plucked, picked, bowed and hammered while more than 400 extravagant costumes adorn these talented young people.
Past and Present Masters
Istvan Jaray conducts Stravinsky's homage to Tchaikovsky, The Fairy's Kiss; Grieg's Piano Concerto (soloist TBA), and several pieces by John Williams including the Liberty Fanfare, Cowboys Overture, and music from the Star Wars and Superman film scores.
Jon Nakematsu, piano
Jon Nakamatsu performs piano works of Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann.
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Stephen Story conducts Kurt Weill’s eccentric "Little Threepenny Music," as well as Edgard Varèse’s avant-garde "Intégrales" and David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4.
A Shining Night
The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh presents their fall concert under the direction of Susan Medley. See website for details and tickets.
The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare
(Ages 3-adult) Two classic stories told with spectacular glow in the dark electroluminescent wire (EL Wire) puppets. Broadway.com describes their puppetry as "an eye-popping display of storytelling that's like nothing else you've ever seen." Relive two timeless stories about transformation, acceptance, patience and beauty in a visually stunning production that will appeal to all ages.
Thank You, Jimmy Stewart!
"Thank You, Jimmy Stewart!" is a condensed one person tribute to three of Mr. Stewart's films. "Mr. Smith goes to Washington," "Harvey," and "It’s a Wonderful Life!". The show is presented by Christopher David Collins and proceeds benefit the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, PA. The stories are told from the perspective of the characters that Mr. Stewart brought to life in each of the three films. Mr. Collins also portrays some other very special guests through the magic of pure storytelling.
Takács Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin
Schubert: Quartet #13 in A minor, D. 804 "Rosamunde"; Britten: Quartet #1 in D major, Op. 25; Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57. The Takács Quartet holds numerous prestigious accolades and awards including multiple Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, a Chamber Music of America Award, and a Disc of the Year and Chamber Award from BBC Music Magazine. Acclaimed pianist Marc-André Hamelin is recipient of the lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critics' Ass'n.
Parade of American Music
Works by Shirley Barasch, Arthur Hellman, Sheila Bridges, Janet Stivanson, and George Pearsall. Free. A reception follows the program.
England, 1914. As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company become breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.
Edgewood Chamber Concerts opens its inaugural season featuring klezmer and gypsy inspired works by Osvaldo Golijov and Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin in the beautiful CC Mellor Library Community House "Living Room" in Edgewood. Seating is limited to 75 people.
AquiTango plays the traditional tango as opposed to "tango moderno" or avant-garde style created by Piazzolla which uses jazz idioms and other abstract forms. Few embodied the soul of the older style, often referred to as the "romantic tango," as much as Carlos Gardel whose "Por Una Cabeza" was featured in the films "Scent of a Woman" and "Schindler's List". Free admission.