All Events | Starting Thursday, November 1, 2012
On the heels of Ray Bradbury's death this summer at 91, Prime Stage Theatre gives the regional premiere of Fahrenheit 451 in the author's own stage adaptation directed by Justin Fortunato. In this dystopian future, firemen burn books and hunt down anyone who takes the risk of reading them. Free thought and intellectualism are discouraged; to question authority puts you in danger.
The Trillium Ensemble, a trio of flute, clarinet and piano dedicated to producing concerts that are accessible, intimate and fun, presents a concert titled "Conversations." This program features super-virtuosic music from living composers including Derek Bermel, Adam Silverman and John Adams, and a Radiohead tune orchestrated Christopher O'Riley, the host of NPR's From the Top.
For Us the Living: A Requiem
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of CUMC's Casavant organ, the Chancel Choir will perform "For Us the Living: A Requiem," composed in 2007 by Alfred Fedak, and meant "to serve as a grateful affirmation of the gift of life." The concert also includes a choral work written for the occasion by John Erickson, and organist Justin Wallace such works as Arvo Part's "Annum per annum."
Red Priest - Johann, I'm Only Dancing!
A dynamic presentation of music by the greatest genius of the baroque era, Johann Sebastian Bach, performed with this ensemble’s legendary blend of creativity, wit and virtuosity. Surprising juxtapositions of familiar and lesser known works are presented in a mixed garden of delights, inspired by Bach’s own improvisatory zeal. The light-hearted title (stolen from a David Bowie song) reflects the infectious spirit of dance which pervades much of Bach’s music.
Trillium Ensemble presents Conversations
This trio of flute, clarinet, and piano presents two programs exploring the range of dialogue in music, with works by Adam Silverman, Derek Bermel, John Adams, Robert Raines, Richard Rodney Bennett, and Radiohead (arranged by Christopher O'Riley). Saturday, Nov. 3, 2pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Oakland; Sunday, Nov. 4, 2pm, St. Maurice Church, Ardmore Blvd., Forest Hills.
Music Director Matthew Kraemer leads a concert featuring the Joe Negri Trio, and a tribute to Irving Berlin.
42nd Annual Jazz Seminar Concert
Particpants include Randy Brecker, trumpet; George Cables, piano; Winard Harper, drums; Javon Jackson, tenor saxophone; Abraham Laboriel, bass; Yotam Silberstein, guitar; Lew Soloff, trumpet, and Bobby Watson, alto saxophone, performing under the direction of Nathan Davis.
Flying Karamazov Brothers
These New Vaudevillians are not your father's wild-haired, juggling, flame-throwing, kilt-and-tutu wearing performers. They'll display their ambidextrous and alliterative talents, and juggle challenging objects brought by audience members. For all audiences.
Mozart's Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni's (M. Todd Simpson) lady-killing ways catch up to him in the form of a statue that he invites to dinner. But life in the fast lane isn't easy, even for a man who claims over 2000 romantic conquests. In the end, Don Giovanni is undone by his own web of deception. Cast includes Caitlin Lynch, Jennifer Holloway, Sari Gruber, and Wayne Tigges. Antony Walker conducts.
Gleb Ivanov, piano
Music at Rodef Shalom presents pianist Gleb Ivanov in works by Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, and Charles Gounod. Mr. Ivanov won the 2010 Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, and has performed at Zankel Hall in NYC and at the Kennedy Center. Free admission.
Mildred Miller & Opera Champion Voice Competitions
The Mildred Miller International Voice Competition is open to professionals under 35, and the Opera Champion Voice Competition is open to amateurs of all ages. Winners will be cast in Opera Theater's 2013 Summerfest. The Opera Champion will receive professional coaching to prepare for a role with Opera Theater.
Nordic Sound: Homage to Kirsten Flagstad
An homage to Kirsten Flagstad, the great Norwegian soprano and one of the greatest Wagnerian singers of all time, in honor of the Chatham University Global Focus Program's "Year of Europe: Scandinavia."
Major Winners Recital
Mengyi Yang, piano; Jessie Nucho, flute, Alexander Hettinga, viola. Natalie Severson, harp. A "Meet the Artists" reception follows.
Pittsburgh Sings: The PCC Festival of Choirs
Participating singers are due for rehearsal at 12:30 pm, the performance begins at 4:00.
POSTPONED: Ellen Goodman
Ellen Goodman will be rescheduled. Date TBA. All tickets will be valid for new date.
Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble
Eliseo Rael makes his debut as Director featuring Dana Wilson's award-winning piece "Primal Worlds," along with music by Eric Moe, Jack Stamp, and Christopher Rouse.
Driving Miss Daisy
Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh presents Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The story takes place from 1948 to 1973 in Atlanta, GA, and deals with racial and anti-Semitic issues in a subtle manner. The relationship between Miss Daisy, a wealthy Jewish widow, and Hoke, a poor African-American worker, is beautifully drawn and deepens as the play progresses.
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Music major Harry Jamison performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, Ted Zellers (BA ’12) solos in Rimsky Korsakov's Trombone Concerto, and the orchestra will perform Kerrith Livengood's (PhD ’12) The Land Vaguely Waving.
Tracy Brigden directs David Lindsay-Abaire's play in which the distance between Boston's Chestnut Hill and the Lower End is measured in more than miles. Mike and Margaret both grew up poor, but he made it out and became a doctor while she is stuck – a single mother who gets by on sarcasm and bingo games with her pals. When they meet again, an invitation leads Margaret to his luxurious home and into a turbulent conversation with Mike and his surprising wife. This tough and tender play looks at luck, choices, blame, pride, and what people will do to survive.
It's 1948 and bluesman Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton, fresh out of jail, has an opportunity he won't let himself pass up: a studio has asked him to travel to Chicago and cut some records. Unfortunately, his unexpected musical success doesn't make up for his errant past. Seven Guitars, the seventh play written in August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle, uses dark humor and flashbacks to paint a rich picture of African-American struggle for identity and self-acceptance against the backdrop of racial prejudice. Jade King Carroll directs.