All Events | Starting Friday, September 7, 2012
First Fridays: Ancient Future
The music of Ancient Future is an exhilarating fusion of exciting rhythms and exotic sounds featuring virtuoso musicians from around the globe. Their music combines contemporary jazz and rock with the irresistible rhythms of Africa, Bali, India, the Middle East and South America, the rich harmonies of European classical music, and the melodic knowledge of the whole world.
The Dukes of Dixieland
The best of traditional Dixieland jazz woven together pop. gospel and country. Bright, brassy and smooth, with more than 38 years of tradition behind them, the Dukes bring a time-honoredauthenticity to all of the hits of Dixie's yesteryear. "The audience is really in love with you."–Keith Lockhart, Conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra.
A Fair in the Park
Over 100 regional and national American contemporary craft artists exhibit clay, textile, jewelry, metal, glass, wood and mised media works of art. Featuring creaft demonstrations, live music, performance art, kid's activities, and a variety of foods.
East Winds Symphonic Band
The Saxonburg Arts Festival presents this East Pittsburgh-based community band in patriotic works including America the Beautiful, You're a Grand Old Flag and Armed Forces Salute; marches On the Mall and Americans We; Broadway favorites including Seventy-Six Trombones and selections from Chicago; plus movie music from Aladdin and by John Williams. Free admission.
Two Ballet Premieres
The premiere of two ballets by founding directors Blake Ragghianti and Luke Mayernik, with orchestra conducted by Ryan Keeling and Alejandro Pinzon -- The Alkonost, with music by Mayernik, and Infinity, with music by Ragghianti. Choreography is by Alan Obuzor, Kelsey Bartman, and Pearlann Porter featuring Texture Contemporary Ballet Company and The Pillow Project. Mention WQED and get a 25% discount on tix, online or at the box office!
Handel Arias and Duets
Chatham's Sunday Vocal Series presents Handel Arias and Duets.
Budapest on the Bluff: Fife and Drums
Nine members of the Pittsburgh Symphony show off an array of sounds and colors in this season-opener, in music ranging from 17th century dances through dazzling Romantic virtuosity. The witty musings of Antal Doráti, one of the great conductors of the 20th century lead to the masterpiece of Bartók's Sonata, a work of overwhelming genius seldom heard in concert because of its great difficulty.
Michael Jackson, baritone
Baritone Michael Jackson performs with guest mezzo-soprano Adele Grabowski and organist Martin Barstow. The program will include Josef Rheinberger's Six Religious Songs, Op.157, Max Reger's Op.105 for Organ and Voice, and J. S. Bach's Cantata #57 "Selig ist der Mann," which will feature singers from the Covenant Church of Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Chamber Players
The Pittsburgh Chamber Players features cellist Mikhail Istomin, violinist Jennfer Orchard, and PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, et al. Repertoire includes Ginastera's Impressiones de la Puna for flute & string quartet, Reza Vali's Folk Songs #9 for flute & cello, Brahms' Piano Quintet, and a mystery piece. Free admission and post-concert reception.
August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean
Free admission. This play features the potent power of Aunt Ester, August Wilson's gatekeeper to spiritual matters, and the hearts of the Hill residents she loves. When Aunt Ester opens her home to the troubled Citizen Bartow, a recent migrant from the rural South, a battle ensues not only within Citizen, who begs Aunt Ester to "wash his soul," but also between Citizen & Caesar Wilkes, a stern man of the law, threatened by Citizen's independence and defiance of his authority.. Mark Clayton Southers directs.
Glue Factory Project: The Life & Death Of Little Finn
The Life & Death Of Little Finn is an adult dance/theater puppet production (for adults 18+) created in collaboration with acclaimed choreographer & designer Marina Harris. Three consummate performers, six puppets, original animation, & other numerous moving parts, all combine to tell the story of an ordinary, little man, made of clay and wood struggling with love & life's fickle tango.
Dixie's Tupperware Party
Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway by storm! Now, join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol' fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. You'll burp with laughter.
Smithfield Street Theatre presents Moll Flanders, a play inspired by the Daniel Defoe novel, adapted by Artistic Director Sean Michael O’Donnell. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays.
Riders to the Sea & Lizbeth
Witness "Riders To The Sea," both as Synge's play and Vaughan Williams' opera, along with Thomas Albert's "Lisbeth." Gregory Lehane directs. Andres Cladera conducts. Casts include--Riders play: Laurie Klatscher, Tressa Glover DiGiulio, and Sean Lenhart; Riders opera: Mary Beth Sederburg, Gail Novak, Leah Dyer and Sean Lenhart. Lizbeth: Anna Singer, Jillian Marini, Erica Olden, Gail Novak, Daphne Alderson and Raymond Blackwell.