All Events | Starting Friday, February 15, 2013
Rachmaninoff & Beethoven
Russian powerhouse Denis Matsuev returns to play Rachmaninoff’s well-known Piano Concerto #2. Manfred Honeck conducts Mussorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain, which evokes a witch's Sabbath near Kiev; and Beethoven’s exciting Seventh Symphony closes the concert.
English Lute Music and Songs of Love
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Elizabethan love songs in Westminster's beautiful chapel, with mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead and lutenist Howard Bass. Free.
The Nordic Sound: Music for Flute
Chatham's Friday Afternoon Musicale series presents flutist Diedre Huckabay and Pittsburgh Trillium Ensemble in music by Finnish and Danish composers in honor of the Chatham University Global Focus Program's "Year of Europe: Scandinavia."
Music on the Edge - Haleh Abghari and Lisa Pegher
Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum co-present soprano Haleh Abghari and percussionist Lisa Pegher. Abghari will sing solo works by John Cage, György Kurtág's Attila József Fragments, and selections from Recitations by Georges Aperghis. Lisa Pegher will premiere Patrick Burke's Saturn Girls, Mathew Rosenblum's Northern Flicker, her own composition titled Liquefaction, and works by Paul Lansky, Joe Sheehan, and Andrew Knox.
Fans of the Carnegie Mellon Choirs are in for a treat as Maestro Robert Page conducts Carl Orff's Carmina Burana - the work for which Dr. Page won a Grammy in 1976 as director of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. The opening movement, "O Fortuna", has been used in pop culture to heighten the drama of events such as World Cup soccer, the Howard Stern Show, Gatorade commercials, and Pittsburgh Pirates games.
Cupid and Stardust
A Romantic concert with a spectacular view of Pittsburgh offers a chamber music version of Prokofiev's famous "Romeo and Juliet," plus original chamber music by Zemlinsky. The Winds will play the Cinq Aquarelles (Five Watercolors) by painter and composer Templeton Strong, and a crossover piece by Cuban-American composer Paquito D'Rivera.
Kyle Abraham - Abraham.In.Motion
Like August Wilson, Kyle Abraham draws heavily from his experiences growing up African American in Pittsburgh to create personal and culturally-referenced works. The evening's full-length performance pairs classic essays from W.E.B Du Bois’ Souls of Black Folk and John Singleton's 1991 film, Boyz n the Hood with an operatic score layered with a brash urban landscape.
La Donna Musicale - All-Around Love
Combining stirring performances with groundbreaking scholarship, award-winning ensemble La Donna Musicale presents a concert that depicts a range of emotions from jealousy, anger and melancholy, to lust, ecstasy and joy of human and heavenly love. Music by Barbara Strozzi, Maria Xaviera Peruchona, Isabella Leonarda, Camilla de Rossi and Julie Pinel.
A Modern Twist: Attack Theater + Cello Fury
Acclaimed for innovation, yet rooted in tradition, Cello Fury and Attack Theatre deliver dynamic modern performances. Cello Fury's energetic, original set also includes classical favorites and pop covers. Attack Theatre, with ninja-like intensity, blends contemporary dance with live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms to create passionate pieces that emphasize the humanity in dance. An interactive intermission features Gateway to the Arts teaching artists.
Young Artists Competition Winners Recital
The Westmoreland Symphony Young Artists Competition Winners Recital will feature 4th through 12th grade classical instrumentalists and vocalists who reside or study in Westmoreland County.
Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra
Ronald Zollman conducts Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge by Benjamin Britten, Sellinger's Round by Michael Tippett, and Symphony No. 35 in D Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
East Winds Saxophone Quintet
Symphony East presents a lunch and music program with a saxophone quartet from the East Winds Symphonic Band. Reservations: 724-327-4295
Direct from Broadway, the musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day's album of hits including "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," and the title track, this show is directed by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreographed by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch) and orchestrated by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal).
Bowfire features the top violinists and fiddlers on the continent in an electrifying performance, taking its audience on a musical journey involving great sound, choreography, dramatic lighting, set design, and costumes.
Directed by Tomé Cousin with Musical Direction by Thomas Douglas, Spring Awakening fuses the 19th century German expressionist ideas of Frank Wedekind with the modern angst and energy of the pop-music scene. This Tony award-winning musical follows a group of adolescent students as they struggle with sexual repression and double standards from teachers and parents, leading to more confusion and pain. (Contains adult themes and profanity.)
In the midst of the Cold War, Freddie Trumper of the USA and Anatoly Sergievsky of the Soviet Union face off in a world championship chess tournament. The two men, with the reputation of their countries at stake, prove weak in the face of love and loyalty. Released first as a concept album in 1984, Chess has a critically acclaimed score by ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson. Directed by Scott Wise.
Dialogues of the Carmelites
Duquesne's Opera Workshop (Guenko Guechev, director) presents Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites."
Whispers of Light: A Story of Hope
A world-premiere ballet by Maria Caruso in two acts, in tribute to The Highmark Caring Place. With an original score by Nancy Galbraith, the ballet is based on stories of the children themselves, examining the grieving process of children who are experiencing the loss of a parent or loved one.
This restyled event showcases the versatile Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists in Broadway numbers, novelty songs, show tunes, and hilarious surprises. The Opera's George R. White Studio becomes an intimate New York City-style cabaret, and emcee and pianist Mark Trawka brings his devilish sense of humor to each performance.