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All Events | Starting Sunday, December 2, 2012

O Come All Ye Faithful
The musical celebration of Advent and the upcoming Christmas season will feature Duquesne University'd Voices of Spirit and the Pappert Men’s and Women’s Chorales directed by Christine Jordanoff and Robert Kurth, as well as instrumental music and sacred readings. Free admission.

Holiday Sounds
Susan Sands conducts te Pittsburgh premiere of "Minor Alterations," a clever medley of holiday favorites transformed into a minor key, plus music from "Polar Express," and more. The Franklin Regional High Schoo Chorus sings "A Vaughan Williams Christmas," "Christmas in the Air" and a sing-along "Hallelujah" Chorus.

Three Rivers Ringers
These concerts are titled "Gift of the Magi" after the centerpiece of the program written by the Ringers' Andy Seay -- a dramatic rendering of the classic O. Henry short story with beautiful music in a variety of styles. A reception follows each concert.

World Music Festival
Carpathian Music Ensemble, Gamelan, and African Music and Dance Ensemble join for an afternoon of music, dancing, and food. Free admission.

Russian Rhapsody
Ronald Zollman leads the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in a n all-Russian program including Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring pianist and 2011 CMU Concerto Competition winner Mengyi Yang, Glinka's charming Valse-Fantasie, and Shostakovich's powerful Symphony #10.

Symphonic Dances
Music Director Lawrence Loh conducts Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Faure's Pelleas and Melisande suite, and, with soloist Noah Bendix-Balgley (PSO Concertmaster), the Mozart Violin Concerto #3.  The concert is free, but tickets are required.  Download them via the PYSO website.

This concert celebrates the extraordinary talent of the WSW featuring the Seton Hill University Faculty Saxophone Quartet and classic works for band by Sergei Prokofiev, Robert Jager and Jan Bach. Paul Basler's exciting "Carnival" brings this concert to a thrilling finish. Jason Worzbyt conducts.

A Victorian Holiday
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh presents "A Victorian Holiday", under the direction of Betsy Burleigh. Travel back to the Dickens era with a jolly program of holiday favorites the whole family will enjoy, with Dickensian readings by Vance Torbert.

Gift of the Magi
Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church presents the Three Rivers Ringers handbell ensemble in a free performance.

Candice Millard
Candice Millard is like a detective who searches for lost stories in American history that changed the country. Her riveting new book, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, is the account of how James Garfield, target of an assassination, was really killed by his own doctors who refused to wash their hands or instruments.

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration with the PSO
These concerts will showcase the group's dynamic voices in a reverent, yet dazzling, live music experience accompanied by the PSO. Celtic Woman's hit PBS-TV special and companion multi-platinum-selling CD and DVD, A Christmas Celebration, continue to be holiday favorites.

Auditions for "HMS Pinafore"
Stage and Vocal Auditions for the Savoyards' March production  of Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore are held on a first-come, first served basis. Prepare a song that best showcases your voice (not a capella, Gilbert & Sullivan preferred. An accompanist will be provided.) Bring headshot and resume. Audition forms available online.

Latshaw Pops Christmas Show
The Latshaw Pops Orchestra, singers and dancers perform a holiday variety show with Christmas songs and carols, and a special visit from Santa. A preconcert lunch may be reserved at 800 528-7429.

Is there no one I can trust? And shall I then suspect my brother, my faithful dog, the wine I drink, the air I breathe? Eugène Ionesco's Macbett turns Shakespeare’s classic tale into a tragic farce that captures the insanity of war. After subduing a rebellion, the generals Macbett and Banco are promised great rewards by the Archduke Duncan. When Duncan breaks his promise, Macbett is driven to plot Duncan’s murder, take his crown, and steal his wife. Ionesco’s reworking. Shannon Sindelar directs.

University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays J.S.Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G, Alberto García Demestres' Genuine Smiles, John Cage's Twenty-three, and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
The much renowned and recorded Pittsburgh Symphony Brass ensemble performs a concert of Christmas music in a small 1882 Gothic church built by the Fox family. The concert is presented by the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts. Tickets at 412-867-1816. (Adult: $25, Student: $1.) A post-concert reception follows at The Red Brick Gallery.

Almost, Maine
The Gateway H.S. Drama Club stages "Almost, Maine," by John Cariani, directed by Larry F. Cervi and produced by Drama Club sponsor Bob Read. On a moonless midwinter night, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.

The Crucible
The hysteria and intolerance of the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s provide the setting for this Arthur Miller classic. When a mysterious illness affects a teenage girl, the family looks for someone or something to blame. Suggestions of witchcraft made by the jealous, conniving Abigail Williams throws this town into a frenzy of accusations. A rich allegory of the McCarthy era of the 1940s and 50s, The Crucible won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1953.

Music 101: Michael Lipman, PSO Cellist
In a lecture/performance entitled, "Old Cello, New Cello," Michael Lipman will tell the stories of his two remarkably different instruments.

The Nutcracker
The adventures of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince unfold in Terrence Orr’s staging with a grand–scale production set in 1912 Pittsburgh, featuring dazzling costumes, a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 80 dancers, and Tchaikovsky's timeless music.

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