All Events | Starting Friday, April 26, 2013
Beethoven's Ninth, "Ode to Joy"
In this 'Music for the Spirit' concert, Manfred Honeck and the PSO pay tribute to the good in mankind. Beethoven's final symphonic masterpiece, one of the most recognizable pieces of all time, takes its text from Friedrich Schiller’s poem, "Ode to Joy." The PSO also premieres Christopher Theofanides' "The Gift," commissioned by the PSO to honor long-time Board Chair Richard P. Simmons.
Joe Negri Jazz Guitar Scholarship Benefit
A benefit cocktail reception (6pm), and dinner (7pm) to endow the Joe Negri Jazz Guitar Endowed Scholarship with performances by Mr. Negri and various local jazz greats.
Music of Michael Jackson
André Raphel conducts the music of the King of Pops from the earliest Jackson 5 to his mega-selling solo years. Vocalist Gavin Hope sings the hits Billie Jean, Thriller, Bad, and Man in the Mirror. Gavin Hope has shared the stage with Shania Twain, Natalie Cole, James Brown and Aretha Franklin.
Glass Roots - Summer Flower Show
Designed by Phipps Exhibit Coordinator Jordyn Melino, Glass Roots features artists of the Pittsburgh regio, who have made vines and blooms of glass, stained-glass towers lit from within, a glass wooly mammoth skeleton, a variety of vases, oversized glass Chinese lantern seed pods, Queen Anne’s lace-inspired glass flowers, abstract birds, water lilies and reeds, a tall glass sunflower, and more.
Art All Night
Art All Night, 22 hours of art and music, is called one of Pittsburgh’s most popular, and populist, arts events. Hundreds of artists enter more than a thousand works in the show, and they’re displayed by hundreds of volunteers. The show features live music, children’s activities, and more. It opens at 4pm on Saturday, and runs through 2pm on Sunday. Classical WQEDfm will broadcast live onsite, Sunday morning, 9 to noon.
10th Annual Three Rivers Community Band Festival
Enjoy the Community Band South, East Winds Symphonic Band, and Metropolitan Italian Symphonic Band in concert. Then, Samuel R. Hazo conducts the 2013 Regional Festival Band. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham provides commentary as M.C. Free.
A little bit of this, and a little bit of that
Ron Nelson's "Mayflower Overture" depicts the Pilgrims' travel to the New World. Pittsburgh's own Joseph Wilcox Jenkins is featured in his "Tartan Suite". Minnesota composer John Zdechlik's "Psalm 46" celebrates a famous Lutheran hymn, and director Jason Worzbyt closes with a heartfelt "America the Beautiful."
Join up with the league of heroic partiers and supercharge Attack Theatre at The Dirty Ball. Revel in your secret identity, marvel at the company's daredevil acts of dance, and groove to electrifying beats by Titletown Soul & Funk Party and Pandemic.
Rossini's La Cenerentola
The fairy story with the glass slipper and golden carriage becomes an enchanting opera that replaces special effects with the real magic of true love and goodness. Despite her evil stepsisters, Angelina (Vivica Genaux) manages to be the belle of the ball, thanks to the wise Alidoro (Joseph Barron) and a beautiful bracelet. After the ball, the prince (Arthur Espiritu) finds his princess and sees her true beauty: the ability to forgive. With Paolo Pecchioli as Don Magnifico. Antony Walker conducts.
Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra - All Strings
A string orchestra program including Britten's Simple Symphony, Barber's Adagio, Mendelssohn's String Symphony #1, and Nancy Galbraith's Zelo featuring soprano and emcee Anna Singer of Classical WQED-FM 89.3. Thomas Octave conducts.
Daria Burlak, organ
Church of the Epiphany presents award-winning organist Daria Burlak, making her first concert tour of the USA with works by Dupre, Durufle, Messaien and others. The church is next to the Consol Energy Center, downtown.
The Renaissance City Winds and guest Bill Troxler, hammer dulcimer, will perform traditional and original tunes. Troxler, a resident of Chincoteague Island, VA, is Music Coordinator for the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance and can be heard on several CDs. The Winds will also play American chamber music by Samuel Barber, Gunther Schuller, and Eric Barndollar.
Young People's Concerts
These concerts, Storm Chasers, are performed for 3rd through 5th grade students, but are also open to the public. Featured guest artist is violinist Inori Sakai, who'll play "Winter" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Artistic Director Daniel Meyer also conducts works by Wagner, Debussy, Beethoven, and Strauss. $5 tickets are available at the door, or by calling the WSO office at 724 837-1850.
As You Like It, or Make it Hurt
Adapted from Shakespeare by the ensemble. Come, come, wrestle with thy affection. "As You Like It or Make it Hurt" explores this ensemble’s fascination with fetish, violence, and ,gender challenges in William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. Fleeing the sterile court for the lure of the wild forest, the characters are forced to wrestle with each other, and with their own violent and sexual desires. Jessie Mills directs.
Beach Blanket Brass
Too darned hot? Come and chill with River City Brass, the coolest sound this Summer! You'll twist again with the music of the Fab Four, and other great 60s hits. Works to include: Under the Boardwalk, Let's Twist Again, In The Good Old Summertime, Joy-Filled Summer, and H. Owen Reed's La Fiesta Mexicana.
Disco Days & Boogie Nights
No matter what crowd you ran with in the '70s, Jack Everly conducts disco anthems like Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," monster rock hits like Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and singer/songwriter ballads like Don McLean's "American Pie." Along with hits from the Bee Gees, ABBA and Billy Joel, the groovy songs from a decade of music come together for one dynamite symphonic performance!
Crista Miller, organ
Organist and Music Director at Houston's Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Eastman graduate Dr. Crista Miller will play St. Paul's Beckerath organ. Free admission. Free-will offerings suggested.
From the Permanent Collection: The Wolf Family Donations
Highlights from the Permanent Collection: Celebration of the Wolf Family Donations features works by Will Barnet, Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Rockwell Kent, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Moran, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and Grant Wood, among others.
Waverly House Opera
"The Paper Bag Bandit Rides Again" or "Behind the Cheap Mask," the annual Waverly Opera House production benefiting the youth camp scholarship fund. For information, 412 242-0643, or www.waverlychurch.org