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All Events | Starting Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pops: Around the World with Disney
The Magical Music of Disney for live orchestra.

Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra
The JSYO Spring Concert, conducted by JSO Music Director Istvan Jaray.  The program includes Saint-Saens, Leroy Anderson, Robert Schumann, Beethoven, tunes from Les Miserables, Titanic, and more. 

Forum 71 - Susan Philipsz
The sound installation "One and the Same" by Susan Philipsz (Scottish, b. 1965) is based on a medieval Scottish folk song known variously as “The House Carpenter,” “The Demon Lover,” and “James Harris.” The song recounts the story of a married woman who is seduced by a former lover (the devil in disguise) and abandons her husband and son. The lover lures her onto a treasure ship, which he destroys at sea. Within Forum Gallery, the artist's voice, imperfect and ethereal, is heard singing three intertwining versions of the song.

American Portrait
Two Pittsburgh premieres, "An American Te Deum" by Randall Stroope and "South Dakota Shadows Suite" by Jackson Berkey will be sung by Concentio and Chamber Choirs, respectively, with strings and piano. Additional works include three traditional American Hymns by Aaron Copland, selections from Randall Thompson's "Frostiana," Eric Whitacre's hauntingly beautiful "Seal Lullaby," Jocelyn Hagan's "Joy", and a set of spirituals.

Old and New Worlds
Warren Davison conducts the orchestra's season finale, including Dvorak's Symphony #9, "From the New World;" Weber's Andante and Hungarian Rondo, featuring bassoonist Alicia Whitney; Johann Strauss' Wine, Women and Song; and Serenade by the Hungarian composer Gyula Beliczay.  Tickets are available at the door.

Season Finale with pianist Hanna Che
Music Director Lawrence Loh features pianist Hannah Che, 17, winner of PYSO's Concerto Competition, in the first movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2. Hannah has soloed with the McKeesport and Butler County Symphony Orchestras, and plays in PYSO's first violin section. The program also includes the finale to Mahler's Symphony #1 and Saint-Saens' Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, with 30 PYSO alumni augmenting the orchestra. Free tickets (required) available via download.

Hartwood Organ Recital
Richard Konzen of Grove City College will play the recently restored 1909/10 Aeolian residence pipe organ located in the mansion in Harwood Acres Park. Reservations: (412) 767-9200.

A Grand Night of Music
The Kollel Jewish Learning Center presents a benefit concert featuring Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Luz Manriquez Meyer, internationally renowned pianist and Associate Professor at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. Their program includes works by Piazzolla, Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Ravel.

Objects of Desire (work in progress)
Continuum Dance Theater will preview its work-in-progress, titled Objects of Desire.

Side By Side By Sondheim
Side By Side By Sondheim is a dazzling collection of songs by Broadway’s musical master, Stephen Sondheim, with music from many of his very best works including: Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle and Pacific Overtures.

A Celebration of Music and Community
Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh leads the PSO with guest host WQED’s Jim Cunningham, vocalist Katy Williams, violinist Michael Ferri (winner of the 2011 Duquesne Young Artist National Concerto Competition), and the Wilkinsburg Community Choir. The program features works by Irving Berlin, Brahms, Copland, Ravel and Vivaldi, along with a special Memorial Day salute to the USA's armed forces.

Afternoon of the Elves
Playhouse Jr. presents Afternoon of the Elves, based on the 1990 Newberry Honor book by Janet Taylor Lisle. It's the story of Sara-Kate Connolly's overgrown back yard, which hides many secrets, the most exciting of which is a mysterious elf village. When Hillary, a popular new fourth grader, learns of the tiny houses, an unlikely friendship develops between the two girls. While caring for the elf village, Hillary stumbles on a much darker secret about Sara-Kate's life, which forces her to consider the charmed life she's had while others her age struggle to survive.

The Classical Music of Sir Paul McCartney
Rock for The Heart foundation presents Heart Strings, a salute to the classical music of Sir Paul McCartney, featuring the North American premiere of the orchestral adaptation of his Nova, performed by members of the PSO; benefits pediatric heart research.  Guest artists include pianist/composer Roger Kellaway, jazz pianist Peter Beets, the Nashville duo Steel Magnolia, and composer and former Chicago member Bill Champlin.

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015 Venue: Byham Theater Time: 7:30 PM $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. Sydney native Alfio has one of the greatest voices in contemporary music today. This highly charismatic tenor/crooner offers a refreshingly cool and modern throwback to the legendary singers to which he is often compared.   Captivating his audience with equal parts music journey, powerful vocals and comedic banter, Alfio effortlessly brings all generations of music lovers together in one audience; and regardless of whether he sings in English, Italian or Spanish, all languages flow as one.

The Tenors
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Venue: Byham Theater Time: 8:00 PM $125 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. 2013 Juno Award Winners The Tenors have shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Neil Young, Paul Anka, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Brian McKnight, David Foster, and Natalie Cole among others, in venues from Bangkok to London, and New York to Israel. They have been hailed as musical ambassadors and Canada's national treasure.    

B.E. Taylor
 Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015  Venue: Heinz Hall Time: 7:30 PM $100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event.  Now in it’s 19th year, the B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert  continues to wow audiences throughout the Midwest. B.E. Taylor Christmas is the place where the faithful come year after year to feel the love of Christmas. Inside some of the most revered concert halls in America, B.E. Taylor transforms old favorites through bold interpretations to create new traditions that will live in the heart as long as Christmas is celebrated.

Holiday Doo Wop
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015  Venue: Heinz Hall  Time: 7:30 PM $90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. The 14th Annual Pittsburgh Holiday Doo Wop Concert returns to Heinz Hall. Featuring - MARY WILSON of the Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love” Lenny Welch “Since I Fell For You”, “Ebb Tide” The Original Tymes “So Much in Love”, “Wonderful, Wonderful” Shirley Alston Reeves original lead  of  The Shirelles “Soldier Boy”, “Mama Said” Tommy Mara and The Crests “Sixteen Candles”, “Cara Mia” Special guest Johnny Angel and The Halos

  Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015 Venue: Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland Time: 6:00 PM   $100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. The distinctive sound of Libera has traveled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015  Venue: Consol Energy Center Time: 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM $100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. TSO is thrilled to announce that the 2015 Winter Tour will feature the live debut of 'The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve'! TSO will also release their newest full-length album titled 'Letters From the Labyrinth' this winter! Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive rock band founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill. TSO has sold more than 9 million concert tickets and over 8 million albums. The band's musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal.