All Events | Starting Monday, October 21, 2013
Story Collider in Pittsburgh
Scientists tell stories, and Story Collider features stories about science, both in live shows and in podcasts. The Story Collider's first Pittsburgh show will include stories from CMU students.
Ian Frazier is one of the true humorists of literary fiction. His latest novel features the Cursing Mommy, the beleaguered wife and mother from Frazier's regular essays in the New Yorker. She's endearing, diabolical, and hilarious--and so is Ian Frazier.
Symphony East holds its monthly business meeting, luncheon and concert featuring guest pianist Tom Roberts.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
As a 10th anniversary fundraiser, barebones hosts a combined screening and live performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with local cast including Phat Man Dee, Dana Griffith, Varian Huddleston, Erin Krom, Josh Verbanets, Wammo, Brad Stevenson, Andrew Swackhammer, et. al. performing numbers from the movie during the screening. Audience participation is encouraged.
Faculty Recital - Adam Liu, cello
Cellist Adam Liu performs J. S. Bach's Cello Suite #3 in D Minor; a Kodaly Duo and the Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia with violinist Rachel Stegeman, and Prokofiev's C Minor Sonata with pianist David Allen Wehr.
What does it mean to say we are at war? What is the mass media's role and function in response to war, and what is ours? Can we, as "non-combatants", change the course of war? Created by Christopher McElroen and T. Ryder Smith, the visceral and thought-provoking theatrical work Measure Back seeks a path between the citizen-as-spectator and the citizen-as-participant. Set in an immersive theatrical environment to examine scenes of conflict ranging from Homer's The Iliad to today’s headlines, Measure Back uses audience participation and black humor to probe how war is constructed and performed – from conception through consensus to action.
'Them Preachers' in recital
Ministers present a half-hour recital of uplifting songs, with a light lunch to follow.
Midnight Radio Episode 2: War of the Worlds
Midnight Radio is Bricolage's hit live variety show performed in the style of old-time radio, with vintage sound effects, commercial spoofs, and more. H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds was adapted for radio and stage by Howard W. Koch. Orson Welles directed and narrated the infamous CBS broadcast, which created panic among many listeners who actually believed the US was under attack by Martians. Bricolage performs by permission of Anne Koch.
The God That Comes
Sex, wine and rock and roll. Staged by Nova Scotia's 2b theatre company, The God That Comes is Hawksley Workman's intoxicating one-man cabaret, pop and glam rock hybrid that recreates the story of Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, using Euripides' The Bacchae as a primary source. In a world ruled by a greedy and oppressive king, the lesser classes let loose in a hedonistic spiritual revolution fuelled by wine, ritual madness and ecstasy. The party, however, comes to a halt when the king orchestrates a violent confrontation against his protesters. Contains strong language.
A young girl. An English doctor. A harsh, unforgiving city. Come one, come all and hear the tale of The Venus Hottentot, the beautiful African Dancing Princess. Star of the freak shows and medical wonder. Step right up, folks. Don't be shy. An opportunity like this comes around once in a life time. Cynthia Croot directs Suzan-Lori Parks' brilliant examination of race, history, and the colonization of imagination.
Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring
In Britten's opera, when Lady Billows can't find a virtuous enough girl to crown the Queen of May, she appoints the shy grocer Albert Herring as the King of May. Lady Billows is unaware that Albert longs for a more pleasurable life and a night in the pub. Turning the town upside down with the help of Sid, Nancy, and some spiked lemonade, Albert gets his wish. Brian Garman onducts, Chuck Hudson direct.
Bob James, David Sanborn featuring Steve Gadd
BOTH PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT
Resonance Works | Pittsburgh presents the first performances of Verdi's Macbeth in Pittsburgh in 27 years. Featuring soprano Amelia D'Arcy, baritone Galen Bower and the Gothic-inspired architecture of the Charity Randall Theatre, this production with chamber orchestra will bring the audience chillingly close to Verdi's psychodrama.
Poe's Last Night
Edgar Allan Poe's greatest mystery -- is the story of his own death. Live through that horrifying time at Poe's Last Night. Written by & Starring David Crawford. Directed by Mark Clayton Southers.
Noah Bendix-Balgley Plays Bruch
Praised by the Post-Gazette for his "graceful" baton work, Nikolaj Znaider returns to conduct as PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley performs Bruch's virtuosic Scottish Fantasy. Znaider also leads Kodaly's Dances of Galanta, an homage to the composer's Hungarian hometown, and Schumann's romantically-inspired Symphony #4.
An Evening of Twyla Tharp
PBT presents two works by Tony and Emmy award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp. Described by Tharp as "fierce, driving and relentless," In the Upper Room melds ballet and modern dance in a powerful tour de force driven by Philip Glass's rhythmic score. In Nine Sinatra Songs, Tharp blends ballet and ballroom movement, elevating the glamour and finesse of social dancing to a dance theatre quality.
200th Anniversary Year of Charles Alkan
Eric Dzugan, piano, with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.
An Evening of Clarinet Chamber Music
Ron Samuels, director.
Monster Mass features Anton Bruckner's Mass in E minor and the a cappella Mass in G Minor by William Byrd. Guests are invited to attend in Halloween costumes. Thomas Douglas conducts.
Music Director Istvan Jaray conducts a spooktacular concert that is ghostly fun for the entire family. Wear your costumes and enjoy watching the orchestra play in costume -- even the Maestro will surprise you.