All Events | Starting Saturday, February 25, 2012
World-renowned musician Samite was born and raised in Uganda, where he learned to play the traditional flute. Immigrating to the U.S. in 1987, Samite has released eight CDs internationally and composed an original score for the film Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, which aired on PBS. Samite's vocals, as accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes have mesmerized audiences throughout the world.
ProMusica Pittsburgh Presents: Make Them Hear You
Honoring the past, preserving the present, dreaming a bright future. This recital honors African-American advancement in classical music featuring Pittsburgh native bass-baritone Michael Jackson performing in the Negro Spiritual tradition and joined by soprano Anqwenique Wingfield in music from Slavery to Freedom and Beyond.
Music on the Edge - JACK Quartet
JACK Quartet has played to critical acclaimaround the globe. Their concert features the premiere of Pitt faculty composer Amy Williams’ Richter Textures “loosely inspired by paintings by Gerhard Richter,” along with Michael Gordon’s Potassium for amplified instruments (with distortion), Jason Eckardt's Subject, which tackles the issue of torture with complex lighting effects; and Philip Glass’s String Quartet #5.
Matthew Bengtson, piano
Critically acclaimed as a "musician’s pianist," Matthew Bengtson has a unique combination of musical talents ranging from extraordinary pianist, to composer, analyst, and scholar of performance practice. His program will include works by Schumann, Scriabin, Szymanowski and Albeniz. He has performed in France, Italy and Hungary, at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and in solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
Chatham Baroque with Sara Botkin
"One of Pittsburgh's greatest treasures," says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Chatham Baroque continues to excite local, national, and international audiences with dazzling technique and lively interpretations played on instruments of the Baroque period. Soprano Sara Botkin is known for performances with Chatham Baroque and the Bach and Baroque Ensemble, and for her solo CDs "Breath of Heaven" and "An Angel's Christmas."
The Art of Song
Opera singer Amy Stabnau, with assisting artists Rebekah Hill and Dr. Alastair Stout, will perform art songs, classical arias, and a song cycle written for her by Alastair Stout titled "A Fire for Old Stories." Pre-concert at 2:30 features Pittsburgh Music Academy students.
The Way Back Home
Ages 3-10. Oliver Jeffers, award-winning author of 'How to Catch a Star' and 'Lost and Found,' returns with an intergalactic tale about seeking adventure staged by Big Wooden Horse Theatre Companu. One day a boy finds a plane in his cupboard. He doesn't remember leaving it there but he decides to take it out for a go. He flies until he runs out of gas and lands on the moon. Frightened and lost, he meets a Martian. But which one is the strange alien? Can they really be friends? And how will they find their Way Back Home?
The Grammy-nominated and ASCAP award winning Imani Winds return with hometown girl, Monica Ellis, bassoon. Their program includes the East Meets West Suite by Miguel del Aguila, Valerie Coleman, and Manuel de Falla, arr. By Wayne Peterson, the Wind Quintet, Op. 10 by Pavel Haas, Tzigane by valerie coleman, Zafir by Simon Shaheen, Drones and Nanorhythms by Nikola Resanovic, and Shaheen's Dance Mediterranea.
Sebastian Junger, award-winning journalist and best-selling author of "The Perfect Storm," is fascinated by “extreme situations.” He has covered everything from war crimes in Kosovo to wildfires in the American West, and now he tackles the trenches of Afghanistan in War, a powerful on-the-ground account of combat, fear, and survival.
The "ever-feisty" (Phila. Daily News) Celtic rock quintet seen in James Cameron's "Titanic" (re-releasing soon in 3D) takes its musically dynamic and engaging sound on tour, performing songs from their #1 album 'Cabbage.'
An avid believer in the "republic of the imagination," her best known book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, spent 117 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List, and has been translated into 32 languages. It paints a vivid portrait of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and its effect on Nafisi as a secular woman and university professor, and its effect on her students.
Freudís Last Session
Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud pioneered the Id, the Ego and the Superego. Writer C.S. Lewis created The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Two men, both brilliant, yet vastly different: Freud the atheist, Lewis the believer. In Mark St. Germain's new play, they meet in 1939 as England goes to war against the Nazis. Their evening of electrifying conversation about God, love, sex, and the meaning of life will spark controversy long after the show is over. Mary Robinson directs.
Everything is Fine
Pittsburgh-area teen Demi Brae Cuccia was murdered in 2007 by her ex-boyfriend one day after her 16th birthday. She was a victim of teen dating violence. There were warning signs, but neither Demi, her friends, nor her family were aware of them. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. Demi's story inspired this 45-minute play created by Prime Stage Theatre's Teen Board to address this urgent, but silent, epidemic.
Pirates of Penzance
The Pittsburgh area's oldest theater company presents its 73rd annual spring production, Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
Emanuel Ax & the Enigma Variations
The Washington Post describes Emanuel Ax as “an extremely satisfying pianist… always thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous.” Ax returns for Mozart's engaging Piano Concerto #22. Renowned violinist Nikolaj Znaider makes his PSO conducting debut with music from Wagner's exquisite story of insatiable desire, Tristan und Isolde. Elgar's Enigma Variations is a clever series of musical puzzles containing portraits of the composer's friends that left audiences guessing for years
Conservatory Dance Company
Featuring the works of accomplished dance faculty including Kiesha Lalama, Garfield Lemonius, Peter LeBreton Merz, Nicolas Petrov and Ron Tassone, our students shine on the stage at Point Park University.
GSFA Guitar Night
Four exceptional guitarists representing a broad spectrum of guitar music in one great evening of live music; Ken Karsh, jazz guitar; Ricardo Marlow, Flamenco guitar; Doug Edgell, acoustic guitar; and Thomas Kikta, classical guitar.
Music Director Susan Medley conducts Sergei Rachmaninoff's a cappella choral work, the All Night Vigil (also known as Vespers), considered by many to be his finest musical achievement. The soloists will be mezzo-soprano Eva Rainforth and tenor Joseph Gaines.
Armitage Gone! Dance in Three Theories
Celebrated "punk ballerina" and artistic director Karole Armitage is renowned for pushing boundaries. In Karole Armitage's hands, classical dance receives a needed shock to its system with speed and fractured lines, abstractions and symmetry countermanded by asymmetry. Three Theories is an evening-length work inspired by physicist Brian Greene's best-selling book, The Elegant Universe, which Armitage uses as a means for exploring new possibilities in movement and patterning.
Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble