All Events | Starting Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Every Voice Counts
3-time Grammy Award Winner Ladysmith Black Mambazo headlines the inaugural event in celebration of Life's Work of Western PA's 85 years of championing the cause of individuals with disabilities. Ladysmith Black Mambazo was nominated in 2011 for a 16th "Best World Music" Grammy Award. Their 40 albums have sold over six million copies. Opening act: The Hangovers, the subset of the Cornell University Glee Club.
In a small town, respected insurance man Frank Schooler is being honored as the VFW's Committee on MIAs "Man of the Year." Behind the scenes, Frank and his wife, Emmy, are roiling. The weekend marks what would have been the 40th birthday of their son, Mike, missing since 1991 in Iraq, as their youngest child, Randy, vows to enlist. This world premiere by Bruce J. Robinson blends drama and comedy about real people, love and what it means to be a member of a family and society. John Amplas directs.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera takes an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus Christ, chronicling Jesus' meteoric rise and ultimate death through the troubled eyes of his betrayer Judas. Both thought-provoking and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar includes the songs "Everything’s Alright," "I Don’t Know How To Love Him" and "Superstar."
Trillium Ensemble: Around the World in 80 Minutes
Trillium Ensemble with guests Matthew Pickart (violin/viola), Pamela Murchison (flute) and Katie Palumbo (piano and voice) will perform Bohuslav Martinu's charming Madrigal Sonata, Maurice Duruflé's masterful Prelude, Recitative, and Variations, and Martin Kutowski's Five Argentinean Folk Dances. Palumbo will sing John Corigliano's Three Irish Folksongs, accompanied by Murchison, and Pickart plays Chameleon for Solo Violin by Pittsburgh's David Stock.
Freya String Quartet
Movements from the Ravel and Dvorak String Quartets, as well as the premieres of three dances written for the Freya String Quartet by composers Richard and Sean Neukom. Free admission.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Andrew Lloyd Webber's first smash hit is a tuneful and inspiring rock opera that tells the tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors.
The Little Mermaid
This fully staged production follows the tale of the Little Mermaid who falls in love with a prince and makes a terrible bargain with the loathsome Sea Witch. Watch mermaids, seaweed, sea snakes, spiders and eels and formal dancing at the royal court. The title role is danced by Kiana Del Grosso, a junior at CAPA and a dancer for many years at the Carnegie Performing Arts Center.
Every Tongue Confesses
Written by Marcus Gardley. Directed by Tre Garrett
Music Director Edward Leonard conducts Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture, Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4.
Sarah Chang & West Side Story
Violinist Sarah Chang performs a suite from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story," arranged by David Newman, composer for the films "American Beauty," and "Finding Nemo," son of legendary Hollywood composer Alfred Newman, and cousin of Randy Newman. Morton Gould's Spirituals evoke aspects of African-American life and history. Sibelius' Symphony #1 evokes the shimmering landscape of the composer's native Finland.
Heavenly Music for Harp and Winds
Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet principal harp Nuiko Wadden joins the group for an exotic mix of Russian, French, Austrian, German, and Chinese-American composers. A prizewinner with the American Harp Society, Nuiko Wadden is a member of the janus trio, International Contemporary Ensemble, and principal harpist with the Des Moines Metro Opera.
Young Father Flynn begins a sermon by asking, "What to do when you're not sure?" Audiences soon learn that little is certain in John Patrick Shanley's brilliant, aptly-titled play. Is Father Flynn using his position to encourage or take advantage of youngsters? Is Sister Aloysius protecting children, or accusing an innoncet man?
Chamber Music with Harp
Pittsburgh Symphony principals Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp; Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; and Anne Martindale Williams, cello, play chamber music with harp.
Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo
Celebrating Our Past, Present, and Future
Our March concert celebrates over 150 years of the finest music ever written for band including Jack Stamp's "Five Songs from the Hills", based upon Appalachian folk melodies. Hear classic works for band by Grainger, Persichetti, Chance and exciting music of Pittsburgh's own Samuel Hazo.
Blue Heron: Music for Three Sovereigns
The 12-voice vocal ensemble Blue Heron takes its inspiration from Renaissance music of ethereal and eartly love, in selections written for the chapel and courts of three monarchs. Presented in collaboration with Calvary Episcopal Church.
Puccini's melodrama Tosca was inspired by Sarah Bernhardt's portrayal in Sardou's play La Tosca. This potent tale of an opera diva who defies the most powerful and corrupt man in Rome, in life and in death, has resonated with audiences since 1900. Angela Brown and Hugo Vera as Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi make their Pittsburgh debuts, with Mark Delavan (Falstaff, 2009) returning as Tosca's nemesis Scarpia. Antony Walker conducts.
Toes will be tappin' in the Brass' April concert of marches, a musical genre that has flourished since the 19th century. Marches have been written for the military, for operas, for ceremonial occasions, and even for the circus. Hear March masterpieces from Sousa, Elgar, and Filmore conducted by James Gourlay.
Duquesne Symphony Orchestra
Directed by Jeffrey Turner, the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra develops the understanding, technique, and discipline required of the professional orchestral musician through a broad range of repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary. Soloists often include principal and section players from the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony.
An Afternoon with Freya
Since 2009, The Freya String Quartet has received much acclaim for their musicianship in a wide range of music. Members: Jason Neukom, Ashley Buckley, Jason Hohn, and Katya Janpoladyan. Pre-concert at 2:30 features Sewickley Academy musicians. Free admission.