All Events | Starting Monday, April 8, 2013
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.
California University Concert Band & Community Band South
The California University Concert Band (Charles Marty Sharer, director) and Community Band South (Dean Streator & James Bennet, directors) will perform separately and then join for John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis."
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.
Duets: Music for Cello and Piano
Chatham's Chamber Music Series presents cellist Michael Lipman and pianist Yeeha Chiu in Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata, Op. 18; and other works for cello and piano
In 1941, as Poland is being invaded, we meet ten schoolchildren, each one innocent and unaware of their futures as villains or victims - or both; each actor portrays a character from age 8 to adulthood. Fourteen "lessons" show how fear, envy and paranoia beget violence, murder and retribution. Music by Doug Levine & Susanne Ortner-Roberts (performed live) helps make Our Class an unforgettable experience. Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks. Parental discretion advised.
Cyrus Forough, violin, with Sung-Im Kim, piano
Handbell Soloist in Concert
Nancy Hascall of Lake Oswego, Oregon presents a free concert of classical works by Debussy, Haydn, Massenet, Faure, and Chopin, plus a selection of sacred, folk, and popular tunes. Accompanist: Mary Rita Rossetti, Director of Music at St. Alexis.
Green Light Saxophone Quartet
The quartet of Duquesne University graduate students will feature a variety of music from jazz to classical, as well as celebrate local art with pieces from several local Pittsburgh artists.
The School for Scandal
Directed by Alan Stanford, Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal is widely considered a comic masterpiece of the Restoration Period with witty dialogue, hidden identities, and appropriately scandalous, slanderous, and scheming characters. This comedy of manners (both good and bad!) still feels fresh after 235 years.
Tribute to the Beatles - Beatlemania Magic
Beatlemania Magic, a national touring Beatles Tribute band, recreates the early Beatles concerts with identical costumes, equipment, and spot on harmonies. Songs are played using Vox amps, Gretsch, Hofner & Rickenbacker guitars made famous by the Beatles. The look and sound are uncanny.
Paving the Road of Survival
In collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble journeys through two distinct times in history, representing our individual and collective strengths gained through our heart-wrenching pasts. Featuring "The List" choreographed by Christopher Huggins, and "Dedication" choreographed by Kevin lega Jeff.
Bell Plays Bernstein
Superstar violinist Joshua Bell returns to perform Leonard Bernstein’s heart-wrenching Serenade, a piece Bernstein dedicated to the memory of his mentor, the legendary conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Composer of the Year Mason Bates’ Desert Transport depicts the Arizona desert as seen from above in a helicopter. Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena makes his PSO debut with Brahms' stunning Third Symphony, a prime example of the deeply personal music composed during the Romantic era.
Chatham Baroque-Musical Journey of Bishop Martinez Compañon
Chatham Baroque collaborates with guest director Tom Zajac and 12 world-class singers and instrumentalists in a unique program of popular songs and dances from late 18th-century Peru that survive in an unlikely source, a collection of water color paintings! The program includes songs with Indian and African influences, drinking songs, love songs and a hymn to the Virgin Mary, and will be accompanied by a slide presentation of the beautiful images from the manuscript.
Le Miroir de Jésus by André Caplet
The chamber oratorio Le Miroir de Jésus by André Caplet with poignant lyrics by poet Henry Ghéon is an hour of stunning orchestration and sublime harmonies receiving its Pittsburgh premiere. Soprano Laura Knoop Very performs with The Oakland Girls Chamber Choir, and the Chamber Light Players of Symbiotic Collusion.
Christ UMC presents a Beethoven Piano Trio, Celtic duos, and favorite movie themes played by Debbie Schneider, piano; Charles May, violin; Mary Amrhein-May, cello; Jim Caprio, guitar; Amanda Sage, flute; and the Christ Church and St Louise De Marillac Saturday Night Musicians. A cookie reception follows. Donations support the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and CUMC's music ministries. Free admission.
Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass
The creator of the acclaimed public radio show This American Life explains the keys to his program's tremendous success, including the process of tracking down the great untold stories. Glass includes radio excerpts and music, creating a "live" show as the audience watches. At a special pre-show reception, Glass will be interviewed by hosts from WYEP and Essential Public Radio.
Far Away Places
Pianist Enrique Graf performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major with the orchestra led by music director Matthew Kraemer.
Brilliant Brahms with pianist Angela Cheng
Guest pianist Angela Cheng tackles Brahms' Piano Concerto #1 on a concert that includes Elgar's fascinating Enigma Variations.
30th Anniversary Sponsorship Concert
The performance features the combined choirs of Fox Chapel and Oakmont Presbyterian Churches, under the direction of Guy Russo, with organist David Billings. The program: Mozart's Te Deum, Leavitt's Requiem, Britten's Jubilate Deo and Rejoice in the Lamb. Free.
Pennsbury High School Concert Choir
As part of the series, the Arts in Eastertide, following the worship service, hear this choir from Fairless Hills, PA, in a brief concert, and enjoy an architectural tour.