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All Events | Starting Thursday, January 16, 2014

Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Workshop
Mike Tomaro & Jeff Bush, directors.

Culture Club: These Aren't Your Kids' Puppets!
Pittsburgh-based puppeteer Tom Sarver, who participated in Polish artist Paulina Olowska's puppetry performance Museum Piece (For Margo Lovelace) for the opening of the 2013 Carnegie International, leads a fun-filled evening of puppetry for adults. Join Tom and original cast members for a reprise of Museum Piece and preview Tom's brand new performance with fellow puppeteer Mike Cuccaro. Chat about puppets or create of your own with events throughout the evening.

New Esterhazy Quartet - A Flight of Fugues
From its earliest origins in canon and ricercar, the fugue has challenged composers as a showcase for technical and expressive brilliance within the confines of a highly formalized structure. In this 150-year fugue sampler, New Esterhazy Quartet presents a tasting of the genre from novel to notorious, highlighting vintages of Purcell, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn.

Cincopation Woodwind Quintet
Works by Debussy, Holst, Grieg, Milhaud and Rota. Pre-concert reception at 7:00 pm.

Music from Brazil, Chile and Spain
Works by Villa-Lobos, De Falla and Becerra performed by Nanette Solomon, piano; Thomas Godfrey, flute; Lilly Abreu, soprano; and Paula Tuttle , cello

Haydn & Zarathustra
Christoph Koenig conducts Haydn's Symphony #22 "The Philosopher", thought to be nicknamed for a musical “question and answer” in the first movement. Richard Danielpour pays tribute to the plight of the Iranian people in Darkness in the Ancient Valley, a PSO and Nashville Symphony co-commission featuring soprano Hila Plitmann. Richard Strauss' powerful Also sprach Zarathustra, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's book, was notably featured in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Let Freedom Sing!
Let Freedom Sing! brings city and suburb together, blending performers and audience members of varied ages, races and creeds to realize Martin Luther King's dream through inspiring music and oratory. The concerts feature The Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, combined high school and church choirs from city and suburb, performance artist Vanessa German. Monday's concert also features Jim Donovan, formerly of Rusted Root. Donations welcomed.

Les Delices: Myths & Allegories: Music of the French Baroque
Les Delices performs Myths and Allegories, a program of French Baroque music inspired by Homer's Odyssey, with soprano Clara Rottsolk, former Chatham Baroque violinist Julie Andrijeski, and oboist Debra Nagy, including works by Jean-Fery Rebel, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and Thomas-Louis Bourgeois.

Auditions for Peter Pan
The ballet production in March will be directed by Monica Ryan. Ages 5 and up are invited to audition. Details at 412-279-8887 and online.

The Mountaintop
Flash back to April 3, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee. Enter room 306 of the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent the last night of his life. In this daring reimagining of history, a visit from an enigmatic, young maid unveils the humanity and vulnerability of America's larger-than-life icon. Katori Hall's The Mountaintop won the 2010 Oivier Award for Best New Play.

Behind the Notes - Also Sprach Zarathustra
Christoph Koenig presents a detailed inside look at Richard Strauss' powerful tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's book. Koenig will uncover the musical secrets to each of the seven "chapters" of this towering masterpiece. It begins with a musical "sunrise" made famous in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, possibly the most well-known two minutes of music ever written. After intermission, hear the complete work.

Comala is a a concert cantata for voices and chamber ensemble by Mexican 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. Comala features new-music soprano Tony Arnold and Pittsburgh tenor Rob Frankenberry with guitarist Dieter Hennings, percussionist Stuart Gerber, saxophonist Jan Baker, and the Eastman BroadBand. Conductor Federico Garcia also premieres one of his own works, and leads music by John Arrigo-Nelson and Michael Fiday.

Ted Pappas directs and choreographs a brand-new staging of Sondheim's musical comedy Company. The show evokes the excitement of Manhattan where eligible bachelor, Robert, is surrounded by five married couples and three single women. Robert will be played by Pittsburgh native Jim Stanek, whose Broadway credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Rivals, Little Women, Lestat, and The Story of My Life.

Emmanuel Chabrier's L'Etoile
In Chabrier's opera, King Ouf the First disguises himself and goes in search of a subject to execute. Laoula, the daughter of a monarch, arrives in town unaware that she has been sent to marry the King. Unfortunately, Laoula falls in love with Lazuli, a poor peddler, who insults the incognito king and becomes a candidate for impalement. However, the king's astrologer intervenes, forcing his majesty to make a big decision. Brian Garman conducts, Gregory Lehane directs.

The Music of John Williams
PSO Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh leads the music of John Williams. The winner of five Academy Awards, Williams has written music for Lincoln, Jaws, Schindler’s List, E.T., Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saving Private Ryan, The Accidental Tourist, War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin, Born on the Fourth of July, the first three Harry Potter movies and the unforgettable themes for Star Wars and all four Indiana Jones films.

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.