All Events | Starting Friday, March 1, 2013
Verdi & Wagner: Greatest Hits
t’s a 200th birthday celebration! Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn hosts an evening of greatest hits from two prolific yet contrasting composers. The Mendelssohn Choir sings rousing opera choruses, with two great opera stars performing favorite arias.
What do Scottish, Irish, and Kentucky Bluegrass music have in common? They share the five-note bagpipe scale. That's a celtic connection! And with St. Paddy's day looming, what better excuse to dust off the bagpipes, put on our dancing shoes and don the kilt? Join us, with school bands from all over the region, as well as the pipes and drums of the Balmoral School of Piping in the explosion of all that is celtic. Guest soloist: Detective Rick Manning.
Benjamin Britten's The Little Sweep
Celebrating the centennial of Benjamin Britten, Microscopic Opera stages "The Little Sweep," part of "Let's Make an Opera," which was a play-and-opera combo created for young people in 1949.
Samoan culture informs and shapes New Zealand’s most accomplished choreographer Neil Ieremia, fueling his artistry with organic exuberance. Black Grace manifests the rhythms, spirit and energy of Pacific heritage with outstanding works from the company’s 17-year history.
Gift of Life Gala
The National Kidney Foundation's annual Kidney Gift of Life Gala will be an evening of black and gold, of celebrating LIFE, and of truly making a difference. The Gala will feature live entertainment by Protégé, a cocktail and hors d’ouerves reception, open bar, sit down dinner, as well as live and silent auctions. Gift of Life honorees include Mr. John V. Heher, President of Liberty Insurance; Dr. Rita McGill, Nephrologist at AGH; and Ms. Zinna Scott, Kidney Walk Volunteer and Fundraiser.
Pub and Parlour
Chatham Baroque and Pittsburgh favorite Chris Norman (wooden flute and bagpipes) bring to life the energetic dance music of Maritime Canada, as well as the elegant sonatas from the parlours of the British Isles and the salons of Colonial New England.
Firebird & Eroica
Music Director Lawrence Loh conducts Beethoven's Symphony #3 "Eroica" (Italian for "heroic"). PYSO Conducting Competition winner Daniel Mallampalli will lead the Farandole from Bizet's L'Arlésienne. Maestro Loh and the PYSO close the concert with Stravinsky's colorful Firebird Suite.
Ultra Lounge Show
Five by Design's show is set in the format of a faux radio broadcast from a tiki lounge, transporting you to exotic locales in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Brazil and Morocco. This musical travelogue includes the songs Mambo Italiano, Danke Schoen, That Old Black Magic, and more.
Bach, Beethoven & Brahms
Pittsburgh Concert Chorale presents two concerts of music by the "Three Bs" -- J. S. Bach's Cantata #4; Brahms' sublimely beautiful Schicksalslied; and Beethoven's powerful Choral Fantasy, featuring pianist Antonio Fermin; Saturday evening at 8 at Ingomar United Methodist Church, and Sunday afternoon at 4 at Fox Chapel Presbyterian.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
One of the greatest bands of all time, the Glenn Miller Orchestra defines big swing and velvety jazz. Miller's feel-good classics, including Tuxedo Junction, In The Mood and Pennsylvania 6-5000 have endured from phonographs to iPods. Jump and jive with these bow-tied musicians who dance while they play. Featuring the incredibly talented vocal duo, Nick Hilscher and Julia Rich.
Young Winners Recital
A joint recital program featuring young pianists Songela Chen, Cody Piper, Sisi Tang, soprano Jessica Snyder accompanied by Walter Morales, and baritone Justin Morrison with pianist Hyery Hwang.
The Musical Conquest of the New World
When it came to music in the Americas, the British and Spanish imperial campaigns spread beauty, not destruction. Mexican and South American cathedral archives contain many jewels composed in the Spaniish late Renaissance style of Morales and Victoria. Choral music written in North America was much more tied to the British cathedral tradition. Composers such as Leo Sowerby and Healey Willan developed a distinctively American style without fully relinquishing their "old country" roots.
Multiple Perspectives: Music by Mozart, Britten & Cage
Chatham's Faculty/ Guest Artist Recital series presents pianist Pauline Rovkah with the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roger Zahab in Mozart's Piano Concerto in d, K 466; and solo works by Britten and Cage.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
The uplifting story of a three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony-winning costumes, Priscilla features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "Finally" and "I Will Survive."
Noah Bendix-Balgley with David Allen Wehr
PCMS presents the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's new concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley, in recital. Mr. Bendix-Balgley won 1st prize at the Vibrarte International Music Competition and the International Violin Competition "Andrea Postacchini." He'll be accompanied by pianist David Allen Wehr who holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duquesne University and who has collected numerous prestigious awards throughout his performing career.
Symphony East has its business meeting at 11 AM, lunch at noon, and a free public musical program with singer Claudia Benack and pianist Deana Muro at 1 PM.
Music 101 - Alison Peters Fujito
“Never Say Never” is an informal lecture/performance by PSO Violinist Alison Peters Fujito. She'll discuss her career and respond to questions from the audience in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms.
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became our first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Ted Pappas directs this exuberant one-man play which tells Thurgood's story in his own words – from humble beginnings as a waiter in Baltimore, to behind the scenes with leaders such as General MacArthur, Robert Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, to his triumphant rise to the highest court in the land. A journey of epic proportions, Thurgood by George Stevens, Jr., is an eye-opening, humorous, and uplifting portrait of a true American hero.
Mozart & Bartok
Conducting favorite Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos returns. Mozart's Serenade No. 6 is a delightful orchestration for two small ensembles. Powerhouse pianist, Shai Wosner makes his PSO debut with Mozart's Concerto No. 15. Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra is one of the composer's most popular works, in which each section of instruments plays a virtuosic role.
A program of captivating choreography by three masters, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, and Mark Morris. Featuring Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Balanchine's dynamic classical work, Valse Fantasie, and Mark Morris' Drink toMe Only With Thine Eyes, this choreography speaks in ways words cannot.