All Events | Starting Thursday, May 1, 2014
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.
Cassandra Wilson has been described as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field" by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D'Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed a lead role in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.
Happy 125th Anniversary, Johnstown
Istvan Jaray conducts Lucas Richman's A Time for Heroes, Nancy Galbraith's Fantasy for Orchestra, and two works by Johnstown's own early-20th century master of Americana, Charles Wakefield Cadman: "My Own Johnstown" and "Pennsylvania Symphony."
Big Band and Beyond
Thrill to the music that defined the American Century. Susan Medley directs the PCC with the Jazz Conspiracy Swingtet in hits by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and more.
Hope and Gravity
Tracy Brigden directs the world premiere of Michael Hollinger's play in which lives overlap and elevators stop on random floors as ten characters are compellingly revealed in a nonlinear comedy about fate. From a backyard squabble to an unlikely hotel hookup, chance encounters and rocky relationships unfold through nine stories and one momentous leap of faith.
Sounds Upstairs - James Ferla & Roger Zahab
Guitarist James Ferla and violinist Roger Zahab play sparkling, fiery and elegant duo and solo music including David Leisner's Dances in the Madhouse, compositions by Piazzolla, Zahab and others.
Rossini: William Tell Overture; Elgar: Serenade for Strings; Khatchaturian: Adagio from Spartacus; Delibes: Waltz from Coppelia; Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter; Tchaikovsky: Symphony #3, Finale; Duke Ellington: A Medley for Orchestra
Ping at Trinity Cathedral
The virtuoso madrigal ensemble Ping, a quintet founded atr CMU, presents a lunchtime program at Trinity Cathedral in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. This informal concert will feature a variety of sacred and secular music, including works by Ping member and Trinity Cathedral composer-in-residence, Sean Salamon.
Music 101 - Noah Bendix-Balgley
PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley gives an informal lecture, titled "Concertmaster: The Symphony's Quarterback." He will discuss his life and career, and his role as PSO Concertmaster, and also take questions from the audience.