All Events | Starting Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Direct from Broadway, the musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day's album of hits including "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," and the title track, this show is directed by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreographed by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch) and orchestrated by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal).
Bowfire features the top violinists and fiddlers on the continent in an electrifying performance, taking its audience on a musical journey involving great sound, choreography, dramatic lighting, set design, and costumes.
Directed by Tomé Cousin with Musical Direction by Thomas Douglas, Spring Awakening fuses the 19th century German expressionist ideas of Frank Wedekind with the modern angst and energy of the pop-music scene. This Tony award-winning musical follows a group of adolescent students as they struggle with sexual repression and double standards from teachers and parents, leading to more confusion and pain. (Contains adult themes and profanity.)
In the midst of the Cold War, Freddie Trumper of the USA and Anatoly Sergievsky of the Soviet Union face off in a world championship chess tournament. The two men, with the reputation of their countries at stake, prove weak in the face of love and loyalty. Released first as a concept album in 1984, Chess has a critically acclaimed score by ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson. Directed by Scott Wise.
Whispers of Light: A Story of Hope
A world-premiere ballet by Maria Caruso in two acts, in tribute to The Highmark Caring Place. With an original score by Nancy Galbraith, the ballet is based on stories of the children themselves, examining the grieving process of children who are experiencing the loss of a parent or loved one.
Dialogues of the Carmelites
Duquesne's Opera Workshop (Guenko Guechev, director) presents Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites."
This restyled event showcases the versatile Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists in Broadway numbers, novelty songs, show tunes, and hilarious surprises. The Opera's George R. White Studio becomes an intimate New York City-style cabaret, and emcee and pianist Mark Trawka brings his devilish sense of humor to each performance.
Asteria - Renaissance Love Songs
Asteria burst on the national scene in 2004, winning Early Music America's Unicorn Prize and praise from the New York Times. The duo of Eric Redlinger (tenor and lute) and Sylvia Rhyne (soprano) brings out the passion and emotional impact of late medieval and Renaissance songs.
A Kind of Alchemy: Medieval Persian Ceramics
This exhibition provides a beautiful and fascinating look at the diversity of ceramics made in ancient Persia (what is now present-day Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan). Produced for both the luxury and middle-class markets, these vessels, bowls, pitchers, and bottles reflect numerous cultural and artistic influences and an aesthetic sensibility that seems startling modern.
Free concert in a cabaret setting, featuring vocalists from the Bach Choir.
Special Anniversary Concert: Chanticleer
The 20th anniversary season of Music in a Great Space culminates with the return of the ever-popular, Grammy-winning Chanticleer, known the world over as "an orchestra of voices." "The world's reigning male chorus," praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its "tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity," returns with choral music from around the world, of the highest quality.
BYOB - Shakespeare's Ghosts
Bring Your Own Bard is PSIP’s informal scene night. Professional actors and non-actors read favorite Shakespeare. Feb. 25th will feature pieces about ghosts, goblins, witches, and other creatures of the night: the ghost of a murdered father, a spirit who invites himself to dinner, goblins wreaking mischief and witches chanting obscure prophecy.
Academy Chamber Ensemble - All-Mozart Concert
The Academy Chamber Ensemble, directed by Warren Davidson, will perform a duo for violin and viola, two charming works for flute and strings, and the sublime String Quintet in C major. The informal evening will include interesting tales of Mozart's life and the particular origins of these compositions.