All Events | Starting Thursday, December 13, 2012
Tchaikovsky's Winter Dreams
Violinist Gil Shaham returns in Mozart’s Fifth ("Turkish") Violin Concerto with sweet melodies and a hint of military-Turkish music. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker was co-commissioned by the PSO and three other orchestras to write "Strands." And guest conductor Arild Remmereit leads Tchaikovsky's Symphony #1 Winter Dreams” is one of his earliest and masterful works.
'Tis the Season for Singing
A choral concert featuring John Rutter's Gloria with brass and organ. Philip Aley conducts.
Holiday Concert with Joe Negri
The Orchestra of the Alleghenies (formerly McKeesport Symphony), gives its annual holiday concert with legendary guitarist Joe Negri (Mister Rogers Neighborhood). Bethel Park High School (Dec 14 @ 7:30pm) & McKeesport High School (Dec 16 @ 2:00pm).
Tenor Joseph Gaines has recently turned heads in performances with Pittsburgh Opera, Houston's Ars Lyrica, and Apollo's Fire. Now he joins Chatham Baroque for a celebration of seasonal vocal music from the Old and New Worlds, featuring music of Bach, Handel, Corelli, as well as some of America's earliest Hymns and Carols.
Navidad Caribe - Coro Latinoamericano
Coro Latinoamericano's Christmas concert, Navidad Caribe," is a joyous and rhythmic celebration of songs from all over the Caribbean. Free admission, donations suggested. Info: 412 345-1047.
The Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts & Oakland Girls Choirs invite you on a musical journey from darkness to light featuring Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, the Pittsburgh premiere of Frank LaRocca's Magnificat, carols from around the world, and carols arranged by David Willcocks, John Rutter, et. al.
Youth Philharmonic Plays Sounds of the Season
The Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Prelude Ensembles play a free concert of festival holiday music.
A Christmas Festival
Anderson: A Christmas Festival; Corelli: "Christmas Concerto"; Holst: Christmas Day; Anderson: Sleigh Ride; Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker excerpts. Vocals by Maria Mauti.
Imagine four acclaimed singer-songwriters, Grammy nods among them, criss-crossing the USA throughout December, trading original holiday songs in a Bluebird Café-styled "writers-in-the-round" tour before intimate rapt audiences. That was the brainchild when Amy Speace conceived of Decembersongs in 2010 with her colleagues Jon Vezner, Dan Navarro and Sally Barris.
Songs of the Season
Carl Iezzi conducts Christmas on Broadway, arranged by John Higgins; Christmas Joy, by Sammy Nestico; Miracle on 34th Street, by Bruce Broughton; and Christmas Festival, by Leroy Anderson. Plus, Neil Stahurski directs the choir from the Church of the Assumption in Bellevue.
You're invited to sing five choruses with the Calvary Renewal Choir and Festival Orchestra conducted by David Bridge. Soloists include QED's Anna Singer, and Paula Signorino-Richter, Christopher Quigley, and Daniel Teadt.
Festival of Lessons and Carols
Short seasonal scripture readings are followed by choral or handbell arrangements of traditional carols telling the story from the fall of Adam to the birth of the Christ child. Info: 412 835-4415.
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
In the English tradition, a sequence of choral Christmas music and short scripture readings followed by High Tea in Brooks Hall.
St. Brendan's Episcopal Church in Franklin Park presents its 5th annual Messiah Sing Along conducted by Woody Brown. Free admission. Bring your own score, or purchase at the door.
Seasons: A Celtic Christmas
A sibling harp and hammered dulcimer trio. All three play piano and try their hand at percussion.
Latshaw Pops Christmas Show
The Latshaw Pops Orchestra, singers and dancers give two performances of a holiday variety show with Christmas songs and carols, and a special visit from Santa.
Works of Britten, Elgar, and Neruda
Erin Yanacek solos in Johann Neruda's Trumpet Concerto. The ensemble also plays Edward Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony. Edward Leonard and Marice Staton conduct. Free, donations welcome.
Highmark Holiday Pops
Celebrate the season with carols and much-loved holiday music, including "Sleigh Ride" and selections from The Nutcracker. This multitude of holiday treats conducted by Daniel Meyer features vocalist Rachel DeShon, winner of Marvin Hamlisch's Search for a Star competition, and the return of singing detective Ricky Manning.