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All Events | Starting Thursday, October 10, 2013

Music 101 - Michael Rusinek
Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek gives an informal lecture, titled "Clarinet Colors".

Freya String Quartet presents Fresh Voices
The Freya String Quartet presents new works by young, up-and-coming composers from across the world. Includes Pennsylvania premieres by Hong-Da Chin, Elizabeth Kowalski, Matthew Peterson, Chung Eun Kim, and Zachary Albrecht. FSQ is Pittsburgh’s only full-time professional string quartet.

Take 6
Heralded by Quincy Jones as the ‘baddest vocal cats on the planet!’, Take 6 celebrates their 25th anniversary with a brand new tour full of new a cappella arrangements, great storytelling and their unbeatable and unmistakable harmonies.

Honeck, Dvorak and Mozart
Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva debuts at Heinz Hall in Mozart's famous Piano Concerto #21, nicknamed "Elvira Madigan" for its inclusion in the eponymous 1967 film. Dvorak's cheerful Symphony #8 was inspired by the folk music of the composer's native Bohemia.

Princess Ida
The Pittsburgh Savoyards celebrate 75 seasons with Gilbert & Sullivan's Princess Ida. A Princess and a Prince -- will there be a Wedding or a War? Join the Savoyards for this hilarious romantic battle.

Latin-American and Bulgarian
Warren Davidson conducts the Vardar Rhapsody by Pancho Vladigerov, a new work for accordion and orchestra by and featuring Vladimir Mollov, and the Sinfonia India by Carlos Chavez with the voices of the Coro Latinoamericano Pittsburgh.

Stile Antico - The Phoenix Rising
English Renaissance choral music owes its current popularity to the UK's Carnegie Trust, whose Tudor Church Music edition revived extraordinary music that had languished unperformed for centuries. Stile Antico celebrates the Carnegie Trust's centennial with a program entirely drawn from its publications, including masterpieces by Taverner, Tallis, Gibbons, White, and the exquisite five-part Mass by William Byrd.

Brown Bag Concert
A one-hour free concert featuring Resident Artists in the George R. White Opera Studio.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
In this Tony-winning Best Play, Vanya and his sister Sonia tolerate the mediocrity of their middle-aged lives in Bucks County, PA, until their movie-star sister Masha returns for a visit that shakes things up. With her boy-toy Spike in tow, Masha incites a madcap family reunion complete with all the comic genius that only Christopher Durang (Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge) can deliver. Tracy Brigden directs.

Verdi's Aida
Enslaved in Egypt, the Ethiopian princess Aida is torn between love for her country and love for the Egyptian general Radames in the grandest of grand operas. Against the backdrop of their warring nations, the lovers try to defy the odds, but their fates are sealed. Latonia Moore is Aida, Carl Tanner is Radames, Elizabeth Bishop is Amneris and Hao Jiang Tian is Ramfis. Antony Walker conducts.

Major Winners Recital - Leta Chin & Fernando Deddos
Violinist Leta Chin plays music by Gordon Chin, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc and Gershwin. Euphoniumist Fernando Deddos performs pieces by Ponchielli, Gershwin, Sparke, and his solo composition "Rabecando."

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Guest conductor Joseph Silverstein, former Music Director of the Utah and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestras and former concertmaster of the Boston Symphony leads the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Beethoven's Leonore Overture #3, Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, and Prokofiev's Symphony #1 "Classical." Mr. Silverstein will also play and conduct Mozart's Concerto Violin Concerto #4 in D Major.

Keith Lockhart conducts PSO Musicians
Guest conductor Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops Orchestra leads members of the Pittsburgh Symphony who will donate their time and talents for this inaugural benefit concert for the PSO Musicians Care Fund — a charitable fund through the Pittsburgh Foundation to support local school music programs in need and preserve the teaching of classical music for future generations.

Beethoven on the Bluff - Piano Trios II
The three Opus 1 piano trios were first performed in 1793, but Beethoven polished them for two more years before publication. He had written much music already, but he wanted to save this important designation for his best work up to that time. The three trios show a remarkable diversity and depth of emotion and many strokes of genius. The Duquesne Piano Trio will present them as a whole, as Beethoven intended.

Pittsburgh Art Places
The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council's Office of Public Art hosts the web site PittsburghArtPlaces.org, a community resource covering 13 southwestern PA counties. Permanent and temporary art spaces are encouraged to create profiles on the site, so that visitors can learn about these places, and share their favorite sites, and create and publish their own itineraries.

Johnstown Voice Recital
Vocalist Leanna McGiboney sings a half-hour recital, with light lunch to follow.

The Rocky Horror Show
Brisbane Management Group presents an interactive new take on Richard O'Brien's cult classic; an immersive theater experience through three distinct venues, with Brad and Janet and 13 other characters. Directed and choreographed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith, with music Direction by Lisa Harrier. No one under 18 admitted.

Zimmermann & de Perrot
FRIDAY SOLD OUT. With a great deal of mischief but at the same time anger and depth, the duo Zimmermann & de Perrot present a disconcertingly original marriage of theatre, circus and dance. Supported by five circus artists and dancers, these two directors, who now enjoy dazzling success, have far exceeded all expectations in their new work. The stage design, which revolves on a horizontal axis, forces the performers into the most unlikely positions. All this is put at the service of a caustic story, which makes Hans was Heiri a work that has broken down barriers among the public to an extent rarely seen.

Harpsichord Showcase
Back for a second year by popular demand, this event features Chatham Baroque's gorgeous concert harpsichord built in 1977 by Mark Adler in Washington D.C. Works by J.S. Bach, Forqueray, Rameau, Scarlatti, and Sweelinck will be played by harpsichordists Marc Giosi, Edward Moore, Richard Stern, and Justin Wallace -- and Chatham Baroque.

Broadway and Beyond with Brian Stokes Mitchell
Tony Award-winning actor and singer Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the PSO in songs from Broadway classics, including Porgy and Bess, South Pacific and Funny Girl. This “Broadway baritone extraordinaire” has enjoyed a critically acclaimed career on Broadway, film and television, as well as in concert halls. Ted Sperling, music director of the 2008 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of South Pacific, will conduct.