All Events | Starting Thursday, September 27, 2012
By Patrick Hamilton, directed by Elmore James. For the mere sake of adventure, danger, and the "fun of the thing," Wyndham Brandon persuades his weak-minded friend, Charles Granillo, to assist him in the murder of a fellow undergraduate. They place the body in a wooden chest, invite a few acquaintances, and host a dinner party with the chest as the supper table. Elmore James creates an edgy, American-ized version of this psychological drama brimming with shock and suspense.
Ted Pappas directs Garson Kanin's hilarious classic comedy that tells the tale of Billie Dawn's transformation from ditzy showgirl to solid citizen. The makeover begins when her crooked boyfriend, Harry Brock, goes to Washington to buy himself a Senator and decides that Billie is too dumb to mingle with the political smart set. He hires a nerdy journalist to teach her how to fit in, and what transpires is the stuff of Broadway and Hollywood legend.
Pittsburgh's cooperative concerto orchestra presents its next concert, featuring a J.S. Bach double concerto for oboe and violin, a Mozart horn concerto, and a C.P.E. Bach symphony. Federico Garcia conducts.
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
Thirty downtown galleries and seven "pop-up" sites present a variety of art, music, dance, and other cultural activities.
A thrilling, heart-stopping investigation of action, STREB: FORCES boldly explores a range of motions, from everyday movements to the extreme action of sports, the circus and adventure rides. Inventor and architect of eccentric action, Elizabeth Streb orchestrates an athletic cadre of daring theater specialists, taking audiences on a wild ride into mechanically outrageous zones and configurations.
Music of The Eagles
Vocalist Michael Shotton, whose incredible vocal range wowed audiences with the music of Led Zeppelin in 2010-2011, returns to Take It to the Limit, performing The Eagles' top hits with orchestra including Desperado, Hotel California, Take It Easy, One of These Nights and much more. André Raphel conducts.
Music Director Daniel Meyer opens the season with the Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz, Cello Concerto #1 by Shostakovich featuring guest soloist Zuill Bailey, and the Carmen Suites 1 & 2 by Bizet.
Music for Medicine - Trinity Jazz Orchestra
To fund high quality health-care for uninsured and income-eligible neighbors in Butler County, The Trinity Jazz Orchestra and American Idol finalist Adam Brock perform classics from the American Songbook. A VIP Reception with hors d'oeuvres and desserts follows. The goal is to raise $50k.
Winner of two Golden Globe awards for his role as teacher Will Schuesterin on the TV show "Glee," Matthew Morrison has also performed in movies and Broadway shows, including Footloose, The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray and What to Expect While You're Expecting. Morrison will perform favorite hits from his forthcoming album of Broadway standards. Lucas Richman conducts.
Jones x Two
Jones x Two promises a thrilling blend of jazz and pop starring Pittsburgh's world-renowned trumpet virtuoso Sean Jones, and NYC singer/songwriter Caroline Jones, straight from headlining at Feinstein's on NYC's Park Avenue. This event benefits children's literacy programs and the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.
Titanic: The Musical
Winner of five 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Titanic recounts the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of those aboard the fateful ship in the third, second, and first class accomodations.
Reminiscences - Tina Faigen, piano
Chatham University Guest Artist Series presents pianist Tina Faigen in a retrospective of great music from Caccini to Tchaikovsky, plus the Pittsburgh premiere of "Eight Reminiscences" by Robert Schultz.
Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Music Director Lawrence Loh will conduct this "Sunday Afternoon Baroque" concert of the PYSO Chamber Orchestra. The program includes Handel's Water Music suite, Sicilienne by Faure, and Bach's Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake) for woodwind quintet, and much more. Proceeds benefit restoration of the church's Tiffany windows.
Andrew Clements wrote the book Frindle, and has more than 9 million copies of his books in print. He'll talk about his new book, About Average -- the story of Jordan, a girl who's determined to be extraordinary.
Four Hands, Warm Heart
Music for Piano, Four-hands, and Solo Quartet. Internationally acclaimed pianists Laura Ward and Harold Evans, along with soprano Sari Gruber, mezzo-soprano Suzanne duPlantis, tenor Joseph Gaines, and bass Randall Scarlata offer a delightful afternoon of quartets, trios, duets, and solos, including Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes, Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles, and more.
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Under the direction of George Vosburgh and Thomas Thompson, the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble will perform Febris Ver, a piece by composition faculty member Nancy Galbraith, as well as the wind band standard Holst's First Suite for Military Band.
Plein Air Mt. Lebanon
More than two dozen of the best Plein Air painters from around the country will fan out across Mt. Lebanon as part of the inaugural Plein Air Mt. Lebanon to capture Mt. Lebanon's historic homes, business districts, parks, sunset vistas or other scenes to submit their work for cash prizes in a juried show and for sale to the public.
Guitar and Violin
Guitarist Petar Jankovic and violinist Sophie Bird present an diverse mix of repertoire including duo and solo pieces.
Pittsburgh Foundation Day of Giving
When you contribute online on Oct. 3rd, The Pittsburgh Foundation will match contributions to each eligible nonprofit with a proportional amount from the Challenge Grant Pool of funds. Follow the website link (at right) for a list of qualified recipients, and to donate.
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Music by Hector Berlioz and Antonin Dvorak, with Olivia Jackson, violin. Free admission.