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All Events | Starting Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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.

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.

Guitar and Violin
Guitarist Petar Jankovic and violinist Sophie Bird present an diverse mix of repertoire including duo and solo pieces.

University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Music by Hector Berlioz and Antonin Dvorak, with Olivia Jackson, violin. Free admission.

Next to Normal
This Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical tells the story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This emotional powerhouse addresses such issues as grief, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.

The Rivals
Directed by Guest Artist Annie Tyson, Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals explores the complexities of the pursuit of love. A rich young woman, Miss Lydia Languish, insists on marrying a poor man. So what is the wealthy Captain Jack Absolute to do if he wants to win Lydia's heart? Led by the legendary theatrical invention, Mrs. Malaprop, this delightful comedy of manners is filled with outrageous characters and uproarious farcical devices.

Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay
American artist Walter Gay (1856–1937) specialized in painting views of opulent residential interiors in late-19th and early-20th-century America and Europe. John Singer Sargent, Gay's contemporary, is well known for painting the sumptuous clothing and jewels of American society in his fashionable portraits. Gay, in contrast, painted society's rooms—with their silk wall coverings, ornate paneling, 18th-century French furniture, tapestries, and sculptures—in often legendary residences.

Olga Kern plays Rachmaninoff
Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin welcomes Olga Kern in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3. Also, American composer William Schuman's Symphony #3, and Scott Eyerly's Alrlington Sons, a piece about a father and son visiting Arlington National Cemetery.

Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Under the direction of George Vosburgh and Thomas Thompson, the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble will perform Vaughan Williams' Sea Songs, a bright and upbeat march, as well as Strauss' lyrical Serenade for Winds, among others. Free admission.

Rebel - Hark the Bright Seraphim!
A majestic, highly-virtuosic program of vocal and instrumental music by four quintessential composers: J.S. Bach, Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi, which perfectly blends Sherezade Panthaki's effervescent soprano and the clarion sound of John Thiessen's natural trumpet, with REBEL's signature incisiveness.

The Travellers
The music of The Travellers creates the perfect blend of modern music and traditional western Chinese folk music. Combining the ancient people's special Dombra (traditional Mongolian instrument), the Matouqin (two-string horse head fiddle), the shaman drum, the African drum, the Hoomei. By mixing the Chinese Long Song form together with modern music and chanting, you can feel their passion towards nature and life.

Music Director Matthew Kraemer begins the orchestra's 64th season with such familiar classics as Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture, Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien and Respighi's The Pines of Rome.

Verdi's Rigoletto
The court jester Rigoletto (Mark Delavan) loves his daughter Gilda (Lyubov Petrova) nearly as much as he hates the Duke of Mantua (Michael W. Lee). The Duke steals Gilda's honor, and the jester must continue to joke, even as he plans revenge. Rigoletto sometimes takes a joke too far for the comfort of his audience. But, this being opera, Rigoletto is met not by boos, but by a curse, when one of his jokes gets a little too personal. Antony Walker conducts.

Opera Orchestra Artists in Recital
Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra violinist Dawn Posey, violin, and harpist Nuiko Wadden perform an arrangement of J.S. Bach's Lute Suite #1, Saint-Saens' Fantasie for violin and harp, Ricardo Lorenz'sJaromiluna, and Henriette Renie's Trio for Harp, Violin, and Cello with cellist Katya Janpoladyan of the Freya String Quartet.

Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir
Robert Page conducts.

Carnegie Mellon Symphony Orchestra
Under the direction of Ronald Zollman, the Carnegie Mellon Symphony Orchestra will perform an all-Beethoven program including the Overture from The Creatures of Prometheus and Symphonies #8 & #4.

Jeffrey Toobin
Jeffrey Toobin is the preeminent writer about the current Supreme Court. He appears with his anticipated new book, The Oath: The Obama White House vs. The Supreme Court. Toobin claims, “The battle between a conservative court and a liberal president will be one of the central behind-the-scenes dramas of the Obama years.”

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015 Venue: Byham Theater Time: 7:30 PM $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. Sydney native Alfio has one of the greatest voices in contemporary music today. This highly charismatic tenor/crooner offers a refreshingly cool and modern throwback to the legendary singers to which he is often compared.   Captivating his audience with equal parts music journey, powerful vocals and comedic banter, Alfio effortlessly brings all generations of music lovers together in one audience; and regardless of whether he sings in English, Italian or Spanish, all languages flow as one.

The Tenors
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Venue: Byham Theater Time: 8:00 PM $125 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. 2013 Juno Award Winners The Tenors have shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Neil Young, Paul Anka, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Brian McKnight, David Foster, and Natalie Cole among others, in venues from Bangkok to London, and New York to Israel. They have been hailed as musical ambassadors and Canada's national treasure.    

B.E. Taylor
 Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015  Venue: Heinz Hall Time: 7:30 PM $100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event.  Now in it’s 19th year, the B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert  continues to wow audiences throughout the Midwest. B.E. Taylor Christmas is the place where the faithful come year after year to feel the love of Christmas. Inside some of the most revered concert halls in America, B.E. Taylor transforms old favorites through bold interpretations to create new traditions that will live in the heart as long as Christmas is celebrated.