All Events | Starting Sunday, November 18, 2012
Black Orchid String Trio
The Black Orchid String Trio, a Pittsburgh based ensemble featuring Jennifer Sternick (violin) Amber Rogers (viola) and Rachel Smith (cello), will perform works by Alfred Schnittke, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alan Hovhaness, Judith Weir, Lou Harrison, and more. Free admission.
Music on the Edge: Sequitur
New York's critically acclaimed contemporary music group performs Ravel's Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, Amy Williams' Cineshape 5, Mathew Rosenblum's Maggies, Eric Moe's Strenuous Pleasures, and Variations on a Summer's Day by Harold Meltzer.
Chamber Music Explosion workshop
Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Roy Sonne and the Freya String Quartet present a Chamber Music Explosion workshop for adult amateurs and advanced students. Refresh and reinforce basic techniques,explore elements of ensemble playing, meet new friends and chamber music partners, and enjoy an exciting performance by FSQ.
Carnegie Mellon Baroque
The Baroque Ensemble will be performing works by Bach, Handel, Graupner, and faculty member Nancy Galbraith. Faculty members Stephen Schultz (Electric Baroque Flute) and Luz Manriquez (piano) will give the world premiere of Galbraith's Effervescent Air. Daniel Nesta Curtis will guest conduct the Galbraith premiere.
Duets: Music for Two Pianos
Chatham's Faculty/ Guest Artist Recital series presents pianists Ashlee Mack and Katie Palumbo in 20th and 21st century works by Barber, Bowles, Debussy, and James Romig (world premiere).
Joan Lippincott, organ
Joan Lippincott has recorded extensively and concertized throughout the world, earning the reputation as one of the most acclaimed organ virtuosos of her time. Hailed for her 'dazzling solidity and simplicity' (Boston Globe) and 'first class' recitals (Los Angeles Times), she also has been praised by the New York Times for her 'irresistible' sense of rhythm. Co-presented with the Organ Artists Series.
Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade and wrote her novel, The Tiger’s Wife, at age 25. It was selected by The New York Times as one of the five best novels of 2011. Obreht brings her considerable talent to the Lectures in a talk about her first book that has established her as one of the most vibrant and original writers of our time.
The School for Lies
In David Ives's freewheeling rewrite of Moliere's The Misanthrope, a disillusioned curmudgeon named Frank resolves to tell the truth to everyone he meets, no matter how disconcerting or offensive they may find it. This being a comedy, however, Frank is diverted from his highminded path by his love for the beautiful Celimene, a bored aristocrat with an equally sharp tongue. The play's virtuosic use of language turns their verbal duel into theatrical fireworks of the highest order. Andrew S. Paul directs.
Honeck & A Waltz Tradition
Manfred Honeck continues his Thanksgiving tradition with a fun-filled concert of waltzes and polkas by the Strauss Family. Pianist Yefim Bronfman opens the concert with Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto, the most famous of Beethoven’s five piano concertos.
Whistle Stop (with Eugene Perry, baritone)
Internationally-renowned Eugene Perry returns for favorites by Mozart and Rossini, the stunning "Songs of Sundry Natures" -- settings of Renaissance poetry by the late English composer Phyllis Tate, and Songs of Experience by William Winstead, one of the Winds' first commissions from 1978. A post-concert reception includes guided tours through the mind-boggling toy train museum upstairs in this spectacular Victorian home.
Dolce Appassionato Trio
The Dolce Appassionato Trio -- Amanda Sage, flute; Rachel D'Abruzzo, cello; and Gabriel D'Abruzzo, piano -- play a free concert entitled "An Autumn of Thanksgiving." A meet-the-artist reception follows the performance. Free admission.
Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions
Local and national contestants will compete at this first level of auditions. Winners will proceed to regional auditions in Buffalo for a chance to go on to the Semi Finals and Grand Finals Concert in March, 2013. Pittsburgh's 2012 District winner, Andrey Nemzer, was one of the top finalists at the Grand Finals Concert. District auditions are free and open to the public.