All Events | Starting Thursday, May 23, 2013
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.
Phillips Family in Concert
Todd and Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet. soprano Amy Philllips, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, and violinist Catherine Cho perform music by Beethoven, Schubert, Isaye and Saint-Saëns along with two premieres by Pittsburgh composer and musical patrriarch Eugene Phillips--Quintetto Concertante for soprano, flute, two violins and viola, and Suite for Viola and Bass Flute featuring a giant flute sounding two octaves below the standard instrument.
Pittsburgh Piano Trio
Performance by the Pittsburgh Piano Trio with light fare and dessert provided. Reservations required.
The Kreutzer Sonata
Pozdynyshev, an enigmatic stranger in a smoky rail car, weaves a tale of love, loss and betrayal. His sensuous wife plays piano while his old friend plays violin, the Kreutzer Sonata between them, powerful and evocative. Was Beethoven's music the soundtrack to their illicit passion, or has Pozdynyshev made a terrible mistake? Irish playwright Nancy Harris adapted Tolstoy's classic novella into a theatrical experience. Richard McMillan stars, Alan Stanford directs.
Other Desert Cities
Lyman Wyeth is an actor-politician in the Ronald Reagan mold. His impeccable wife Polly never has a strand of hair out of place. Now retired, their life in a wealthy Palm Springs enclave is upset when relatives arrive for the holidays. Son Trip is a TV reality show producer; Polly's sister Silda is a wisecracking liberal just out of rehab; most troubling is daughter Brooke, who announces that she is about to publish a revealing memoir. This 2012 Tony-nominated Broadway sensation by Jon Robin Baitz is an entertaining look at unruly family politics. Rob Ruggiero directs.