All Events | Starting Friday, April 25, 2014
Philip Glass in Conversation
Carnegie Mellon School of Music is proud to present composer Philip Glass. Mr. Glass will engage in a conversation about his music with faculty member Richard Randall as well as take questions from the audience. This event will conclude with the Matisse String Quartet performing Glass’ String Quartet No. 5. Free, but tickets required (follow link at right).
Mozart Festival Opens
Principal Horn William Caballero premieres Robert Levin's new edition of Mozart's Horn Concerto #1 and Orchestra. Manfred Honeck conducts Mozart's popular Symphony #41 "Jupiter", nicknamed for the Olympian magnitude of its finale. And, Robert Levin improvises his own cadenza in Mozart's Piano Concerto # 20 in D minor.
Silk Screen Asian-American Film Festival
The Festival begins with an opening night gala, and features 47 screenings in 4 locations including the local premiere of "Omar," the 2014 Oscar-nominated film directed by Hany Abu-Assad. Omar, a young and bold baker who lives in occupied Palestine, is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his forbidden love interest Nadia. Sadly, occupied Palestine knows neithersimple love nor clear-cut war.
Songs from Shakespeare's Troupe
Mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead with lutenist Howard Bass in a program of Elizabethan lute songs and solos from the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro
The Duquesne Opera Workshop (Guenko Guechev, director) presents Mozart's profound and comical opera The Marriage of Figaro with the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra.
Brad Mehldau Trio
Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau's most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Larry Grenadier (most recently at MCG Jazz with Pat Metheny) and Jeff Ballard round out the trio.
Wayne McGregor|Random Dance
Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works. And FAR is no exception. Staged in a mesmerizing environment of shadow and light, FAR binds innovative design with choreography inspired by radical cognitive research process. It will make you think differently about dance.
Works for French Horn with Organ
Hear works by Corelli, Mozart, Franz Strauss, Dubois, Loeillet, Gliere and Rachmaninoff. Carrie Smith has taught at Carnegie Mellon and has worked with Lorin Maazel, Andre Previn, Danny Kaye, Yo-Yo Ma, Lionel Hampton, Chuck Mangione, etc. Ethan LaPlaca is an acclaimed organist known for his dynamic musicianship and intuitive sense of score interpretation. He is the Associate Organist at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Freewill offering suggested.
With her "impeccable sound and technique" (The New York Times), Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova lends her talents to Barber's Violin Concerto. The concert also includes Arvo Part's Fratres and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
Thomas Douglas conducts the Mass of Hope by Pittsburgh's own Joe Negri accompanied by the Joe Negri Trio.
Philip Glass' Orphee
The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets a "lyrical, even seductive" (Washington Times) makeover from Philip Glass, via French visionary Jean Cocteau: the poet Orphee becomes involved with a mysterious Princess. Love eventually triumphs...but not without a price. Matthew Worth is Orphee, Caroline Worra is Euridice. Antony Walker conducts.
Harriet Miller, piano
A listener-friendly recital program featuring works by Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Scriabin, and dance pieces by Bartok and Ginastera. Miller, a pianist at First Lutheran, is organist/music director at Christ United Methodist Church in Moxham. Free and open to the public.
Harpist Claire Jones, former official harpist to the Prince of Wales, with percussionist Chris Marshall (both from Wales)
Ahreum Han, organ
Organist Ahreum Han's imaginative, powerful, and extraordinary performances have thrilled audiences throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. A rising star of the classical organ world, Ms. Han was a featured soloist at the 2012 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, and has been featured on public radio's Pipedreams. Born in Seoul, Korea, Ms. Han earned degrees from Westminster Choir College, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute. Co-presented with the Organ Artists Series.
Harpist Claire Jones & percussionist Chris Marshall
The C2 Duo: Claire Jones, former Official Harpist to HRH Prince Charles, and her husband, composer and percussionist Chris Marshall, give a concert co-presented with the American Harp Society.
Music of Mozart
As part the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Mozart Festival, the PSO and Chamber Music Pittsburgh co-present an all-Mozart concert including selections for Violin and Piano completed by Harvard scholar and Classical period keyboard expert Robert Levin, performing with Noah Bendix-Balgley, newly-appointed First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Levin and PSO members also perform the Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, and Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581.
Some Like It Hot
Too darned hot? Well RCB's about to raise the temperature with this show celebrating some of America's most iconic groups including the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and more. Featuring guest soloist Bill Deasy.
Following a seance with the quirky Madame Arcati, Charles Condomine finds that his late wife Elvira is back and determined to have him to herself–much to the dismay of his current wife! Blithe Spirit playfully mocks the traditions of love and marriage while thumbing its nose at the Grim Reaper. Alan Stanford directs.
Mozart Festival Finale
The Mendelssohn Choir joins the PSO in Mozart's celebratory and moving “Coronation” Mass. Creative force Don Marinelli joins Manfred Honeck and the PSO for the finale of the Mozart Festival, featuring a unique presentation of selections from Mozart's most famous operas.