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All Events | Starting Thursday, October 24, 2013

Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring
In Britten's opera, when Lady Billows can't find a virtuous enough girl to crown the Queen of May, she appoints the shy grocer Albert Herring as the King of May. Lady Billows is unaware that Albert longs for a more pleasurable life and a night in the pub. Turning the town upside down with the help of Sid, Nancy, and some spiked lemonade, Albert gets his wish. Brian Garman onducts, Chuck Hudson direct.

Midnight Radio Episode 2: War of the Worlds
Midnight Radio is Bricolage's hit live variety show performed in the style of old-time radio, with vintage sound effects, commercial spoofs, and more. H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds was adapted for radio and stage by Howard W. Koch. Orson Welles directed and narrated the infamous CBS broadcast, which created panic among many listeners who actually believed the US was under attack by Martians. Bricolage performs by permission of Anne Koch.

The God That Comes
Sex, wine and rock and roll. Staged by Nova Scotia's 2b theatre company, The God That Comes is Hawksley Workman's intoxicating one-man cabaret, pop and glam rock hybrid that recreates the story of Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, using Euripides' The Bacchae as a primary source. In a world ruled by a greedy and oppressive king, the lesser classes let loose in a hedonistic spiritual revolution fuelled by wine, ritual madness and ecstasy. The party, however, comes to a halt when the king orchestrates a violent confrontation against his protesters. Contains strong language.

A young girl. An English doctor. A harsh, unforgiving city. Come one, come all and hear the tale of The Venus Hottentot, the beautiful African Dancing Princess. Star of the freak shows and medical wonder. Step right up, folks. Don't be shy. An opportunity like this comes around once in a life time. Cynthia Croot directs Suzan-Lori Parks' brilliant examination of race, history, and the colonization of imagination.

Verdi's Macbeth
Resonance Works | Pittsburgh presents the first performances of Verdi's Macbeth in Pittsburgh in 27 years. Featuring soprano Amelia D'Arcy, baritone Galen Bower and the Gothic-inspired architecture of the Charity Randall Theatre, this production with chamber orchestra will bring the audience chillingly close to Verdi's psychodrama.

Poe's Last Night
Edgar Allan Poe's greatest mystery -- is the story of his own death. Live through that horrifying time at Poe's Last Night. Written by & Starring David Crawford. Directed by Mark Clayton Southers.

Bob James, David Sanborn featuring Steve Gadd

Noah Bendix-Balgley Plays Bruch
Praised by the Post-Gazette for his "graceful" baton work, Nikolaj Znaider returns to conduct as PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley performs Bruch's virtuosic Scottish Fantasy. Znaider also leads Kodaly's Dances of Galanta, an homage to the composer's Hungarian hometown, and Schumann's romantically-inspired Symphony #4.

An Evening of Twyla Tharp
PBT presents two works by Tony and Emmy award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp. Described by Tharp as "fierce, driving and relentless," In the Upper Room melds ballet and modern dance in a powerful tour de force driven by Philip Glass's rhythmic score. In Nine Sinatra Songs, Tharp blends ballet and ballroom movement, elevating the glamour and finesse of social dancing to a dance theatre quality.

Chamber Music Recital
Violinist Roy Sonne, cellist Michael Lipman and pianist Tina Faigen will perform Beethoven's Piano Trio in C Minor, Brahms' Piano Trio in B Major, and the Fantasy for Violin and Piano and Lament for Solo Piano by Robert Schultz.

Fiddlesticks Family Concert: "Halloween Spooktacular"
Join conductor Lawrence Loh, the PSO and "scared-y cat" Fiddlesticks for a spooktacular concert. Thrill to kid-friendly, spooky music from favorite films like Sorcerer's Apprentice, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter, as well as Grieg's rousing "In the Hall of the Mountain King," depicting Peer Gynt's race to escape the collapsing Mountain King's cave. Little costumed munchkins are welcomed.

PSO Chamber Players in Foxburg
Fifth annual classical music Oktoberfest.  Four members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra play the Dvorak Piano Quartet, op. 87, plus works by Schumann, Mahler, Dohnanyi, and Fibich.  The Red Brick Gallery offers cookies, cider, and tea beforehand, and ARCA's exhibit space is showing pastels, watercolors, and photography.

Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble - Generations
The Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and special guests Gerdan Music Ensemble of Washington DC, the Ukrainian Cultural Trust Choir and Slava Dance Company present the story of one family, four generations and their journey from Ukraine to the American dream. Share in the joys, heartbreak, laughter and surprises of Generations. A Ukrainian marketplace will be open between performances.

Monster Mass
Monster Mass features Anton Bruckner's Mass in E minor and the a cappella Mass in G Minor by William Byrd. Guests are invited to attend in Halloween costumes. Thomas Douglas conducts.

Halloween Spooktacular
Music Director Istvan Jaray conducts a spooktacular concert that is ghostly fun for the entire family. Wear your costumes and enjoy watching the orchestra play in costume -- even the Maestro will surprise you.

Chatham University Choir
Cabaret Benefit.

An Evening of Clarinet Chamber Music
Ron Samuels, director.

200th Anniversary Year of Charles Alkan
Eric Dzugan, piano, with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

Faculty Recital - Kenneth Burky, piano
Pianist Kenneth Burky plays solo works including Haydn's Sonata #23 in F major, Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Schumann and Debussy' Estampes. Duo works with pianist Anoush Tchakarian include Mozart's Fugue in C minor, Ravel's La Valse, and Milhaud's Scaramouche.

Pittsburgh Sings! Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Festival of Choirs
Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, directed by Susan Medley, welcomes the Central Assembly of God Choir of Houston, PA (Marsha Owens, director); South Fayette Vocal Express Show Choir (Christine Elek, director); and Woodland Hills High School Chamber Choir (Rachel Godfrey, director). The finale features the combined choirs in selections from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.