All Events | Starting Thursday, April 4, 2013
Dream of Autumn
It seems a chance meeting, two former lovers in a cemetery, where the man will bury his grandmother. But nothing is as it seems, all of life, of lives, of history, is going to emerge from the dreamlike shadows as these two do battle against each other, then turn together to face the forces of the past and future. Written by one of Europe's leading playwrights, Jon Fosse's lyrical and erotic drama provides urgent testimony to the fact that our loves and lives will be the death of us all. World premiere translation by director Sarah Cameron Sunde starring Martin Giles, Karla Boos, Laurie Klatscher, and Gregory Lehane.
Toi Derricotte, poet
Award-winning poet Toi Derricotte will give a free public reading. Her most recent book, The Undertaker's Daughter, looks back on her childhood in an abusive home. Recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the Paterson Poetry Prize, NEA fellowships, and Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundation grants, Derricotte teaches at Pitt, and is co-founder of Cave Canem, a workshop and retreat for African-American poets.
Master of the Modern Flute
A solo recital by flutist Robert Dick, whose influences range from Telemann to electronic and ambient music, jazz to Jimi Hendrix. "Jazz Times" has called him a "truly revolutionary" performer. He'll also join the Alia Musica Pittsburgh ensemble at Bricolage Saturday evening.
Big Band & Doowop Brass
A trip down memory lane, celebrating the music of America's finest and most famous bands, with special guests Johnny Angel and The Halos! Works to include: Blue Moon, Miller Magic, a Tribute to Stan Kenton, In the Mood, April in Paris and much, much more!
East Meets West: A Musical Journey
The Grand Halle Performance Series presents its final concert of the season, with the Greater Johnstown Community Chorus, and organist Bryan Lohr.
PSO Presents Mercury Soul
Composer of the Year Mason Bates joins forces with musicians from the PSO, conductor Joshua Gersen, music director Benjamin Shwartz, director/designer Anne Patterson and Carnegie Mellon Drama. Using the innovations of modern stagecraft and club production, Mercury Soul re-imagines the classical music experience for a broad audience in extraordinary spaces, from clubs to warehouses to concert halls.
Les Ballets Trockadero
For more than 35 years, New York’s legendary all-male dance company “Keeps on Trockin” by playfully bringing the pleasures of dance to the widest possible audience. Through its skillful parodies of ballet classics and modern dance, the Trocks’ comedic brilliance lies in incorporating and exaggerating the foible, accidents and underlying congruities of serious dance.
The Six Brandenburg Concertos
Conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell leads these six masterpieces in concerto grosso form, J.S. Bach's supreme achievement in instrumental music. The Brandenburg Concertos were unknown until published on the centennial of Bach's death. Ms. Sorrell is one of the leading interpreters of Bach's music and will provide insights throughout the concert.
A Musical Menagerie
This concert presents favorites like Peter and the Wolf and the Fledermaus overture, among others.
Spring Rhapsody, the annual dinner-auction benefiting the Westmoreland Symphony will include hors d’oeuvres, fine dining at 7:30 pm, and silent and live auctions. Greensburg's Laurel Quartet will perform.
Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
Young Artist Competition winners; Beethoven Symphony #6 "Pastoral". Warren Davidson conducts.
New Music with flutist Robert Dick
Legendary flutist Robert Dick joins Alia Musica Pittsburgh for its spring concert. The ensemble will play his work, Meristem, plus other new music works including the U.S. premiere of a piece by Pulitzer Prize finalist Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.
Time Zones: The Chaplin/Bach Encounter
The Bach Choir juxtaposes the era of its namesake, Johann Sebastian Bach, and that of writer, actor, and auteur, Charlie Chaplin. Bach Choir director Thomas Douglas combines the musical genius of Bach with the brilliant silent narratives of Chaplin's films.
South & West of Broadway with Carrie Tillis
Singing Rodgers & Hammerstein, Porter and Berlin, Tillis (daughter of country legend Mel) captivates audiences with melodies that make many listeners ache for the old days.
Fiddler on the Roof
In the village of Anatevka, the poor milkman Tevye is trying to keep his family's traditions in place. Times are changing, his daughters want to choose their own husbands. Includes the songs If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise, Sunset; Tradition, and Matchmaker, Matchmaker.
A World of Signs
Shirli Nikolsburg’s film, "A World of Signs," won the educational award at the 2012 international film festival in Vancouver, WA with a score performed by Nikolsburg, PSO cellists Michael Lipman (her husband) and Adam Liu, and pianist Rodrigo Ojeda. The film covers a holistic approach to early education through play, American sign language, music, and visual and folk arts.
In Two Minds
Two great traditional Irish singers, Len Graham and Brian O'hAirt perform an evening of traditional Irish song.
Pianist Jose Ramos Santana
As part of the series, the Arts in Eastertide, following the worship service, hear Mr. Ramos Santana in a brief recital, and enjoy an architectural tour.
Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and an author who has been requested by many audience members, presents an extraordinary finale to our season in a talk about her life and her distinguished body of work, including People of the Book, March, and her latest best-seller, Caleb’s Crossing.
The Six Brandenburg Concertos
Conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell leads these six masterpieces in concerto grosso form, J.S. Bach's supreme achievement in instrumental music. The Brandenburg Concertos were unknown until published on the centennial of Bach's death. QED's Jim Cunningham hosts a pre-concert talk at 6:30.