All Events | Starting Thursday, April 10, 2014
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
A fantastic fusion of classical music and classic animation, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is created and conducted by Emmy Award-winner George Daugherty. The concert features favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on screen in their most memorable moments, all with live accompaniment by the PSO. “The roaring kettledrums, the sweetly confiding strings, the braying brasses, and luxuriant woodwinds were every bit as vibrant as the colors and choreography of the animation on screen.” -- The Chicago Tribune
The Playboy of the Western World
Irish playwright J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World takes place in the early 1900s at a pub on the west coast of Ireland, where a young man running away from his farm, claiming he killed his father, finds the locals are more interested in vicariously enjoying his story than condemning the immorality of what he did. At the pub, he captures the attention of the barmaid, who also is the owner's daughter. Kim Martin directs in the Rauh Theatre.
Palace of the Sun King
In 1664 Louis XIV began transforming a humble hunting lodge into the most magnificent palace the world has ever known: Versailles. Sublime soprano Sherezade Panthaki joins us to explore the music heard in its resplendent halls. With guests: Adriane Post, Baroque violin; Andrew Appel, harpsichord.
Pantagleize is a wild rumination on revolution; an explosion of theatricality first produced in 1931 by Michel de Ghelderode, Belgium's great anticipator of the avant garde. Subtitled "A Farce to Make You Sad," it takes its title from the central character, a philosopher-clown unwittingly involved with a cell of revolutionaries who take him for their leader. He robs a bank, falls in love, and goes head to head with forces far beyond his understanding. Jed Allen Harris directs a new adaptation by Jay Ball.
Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia draws from Leo Lionni's exquisitely crafted Caldecott Honor books. Swimmy, a tiny fish, uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience. A lovable inchworm shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. All stories incorporate puppetry and a gentle style. (Ages 3-10, 60 minutes)
Don Quixote with the Orchestra
Ranked among ballet's most complex choreography, Don Quixote weaves a rich tapestry of love, illusion and adventure based on Cervante's classic Spanish novel. Packed with balletic bravado, intricate footwork and virtuoso variations, Don Quixote claims one of the most breathtaking grand pas de deux in classical ballet.
Architecture + Photography
This exhibition, featuring an array of works from the Heinz Architectural Center and Carnegie Museum of Art’s photography collection, demonstrates the wonderfully rich symbiosis between architecture and photography.
Pittsburgh Concert Society Winners in Johnstown
Sage Po, harp, and Sean Kennard, piano.
The University Gamelan performs music and dance of Indonesia.
Violinist Ade Williams, winner of the Sphinx Competition, plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto on a program that also includes Kodaly's Dances of Galanta, and Beethoven's Symphony #7. Matthew Kraemer conducts.
Bobby Watson & Horizon
After an eight-year hiatus, this electrifying quintet (nicknamed "The Happy Band" by fans) is back with a brand new album and tour entitled "Horizon Reassembled." The group has evolved into an all-star ensemble of Terell Stafford, Edward Simon, Essiet Okon Essiet, and Victor Lewis, each leaders in their own right.
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein's latest Bach CD debuted at #1 on the Billboard classical chart. She is a searching and inventive artist whose originality, as described by NPR, "compels the listener to follow her in a journey ofdiscovery...the result of which is a wonderfully expressive interpretation." Dinnerstein will perform Bach's 2-part inventions, Schumann's Kinderszenen, and Beethoven's Sonata Opus 111.
En Pointe: An Evening in Madrid
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents "An Evening in Madrid" to celebrate its season finale in style at its annual En Pointe party. Spanish-infused fare will be provided by Seviche, and you can mingle with the cast and creative team as traditional flamenco dance group Alba Flamenca heats up the dance floor.
Heinz Chapel Choir
John Goldsmith leads his farewell concert as Director of the Heinz Chapel Choir. Program TBA.
Chatham University Choir
Dramatic Scenes for Mezzo-Soprano
Features excerpts from Saint-Saens' "Samson and Delilah" and Verdi's "Aida" sung by Marybeth Sederburg, Robert Frankenberry and Milutin Lazich.
IonSound Project: New Music by Pitt Graduate Students
Department of Music Ensemble in Residence IonSound Project premieres new works by Pitt Graduate Student Composers.
Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Mark Koch & Kenneth Karsh, directors
Jazz Chamber Groups
Sean Jones, director.
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Lyons & Britten
The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Gilda Lyons’ Cicadas and Benjamin Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes.