All Events | Starting Saturday, January 25, 2014
Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters
After a raid on her polygamous family's compound, sister-wife Eliza embarks on a quest for self-discovery. Her journey is burdened by tragedy and strife, in a work that "evokes the jittery buzz of reality television." (New York Times). Pittsburgh Opera's resident artists star in Muhly's 2010 opera conducted by Glenn Lewis.
Robert Burns Supper
Burns is Scotland's national poet. Hear recitations of his Selkirk Grace, Address to the Haggis, Immortal Memory, and more, with Scottish music and authentic fare including Jamison Farm's renowned lamb, a whiskey tasting, silent auction, and souvenir pictures. Performances feature the MacDonald Pipe Band, singer Diane Rudolph, Highland dancers, and Scottish tenor Robert Murdoch. Scottish-born business Gordon MacDonald Reid is the emcee. (Black tie or full Highland dress.)
Strike Duo members Jeffery Meyer (piano) and Paul Vaillancourt (percussion) have been described as "exceptionally fine players both individually and in tandem." The'll play Chen Yi's folk-inspired China West Suite, Mario Davidovsky's electroacoustic classic Synchronisms No. 6, Brooke Joyce's Sacred Trees, Marc Mellits' Tight Sweater (Remix), Eric Moe's Cross Chop (for solo drum set), and Jim David's Duo Toccata. Co-presented with Andy Warhol Museum.
PB&J - May I Have This Dance?
Chatham Baroque's Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are designed for preschool children and their accompanying adults. Based on a model developed by the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, PB&J is hosted by certified Kindermusik teacher Lynda Wingerd, and encourages young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, dance and games. Chatham Baroque performs live, often with guest artists.
Music on the Mount
Triano Woodwind Quintet, James Houlik, director.
Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Guest Conductor Ian Hobson leads the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, Mozart's Piano Concerto #23 in A Major, K 488, featuring Mr. Hobson, and Beethoven's Symphony #1 in C Major.
Fields of Praise
The Pittsburgh Camerata pays tribute to former Artistic Director Gayle Kirkwood (1985-1995) with this concert of works by the Gabrielis (both Andrea and Giovanni), Sergei Rachmaninoff, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, and “Fern Hill” by Richard Corigliano.
Violinist Roger Zahab & Pianist Robert Frankenberry
Violinist Roger Zahab and pianist Robert Frankenberry perform music by Jeremy Beck, Daron Hagen, Eric Moe, John Fitz Rogers, and Zahab's own composition.
Ayelet Waldman has proven that she's much more than Michael Chabon's wife. Her new novel, Love and Treasure, is testimony to a unique literary voice as she re-frames the tragic story of WW2's Hungarian gold train, found abandoned and filled with treasure.
Asana Utsava: A Celebration of Music and Movement
Come celebrate yoga as a breathtaking artistic expression. OvreArts has collaborated with several area yoga studios to create music inspired by each studio's philosophy, and each studio will demonstrate the beauty of bridging mind and body with music.
Sheila McKenna directs the regional premiere of J.T. Rogers' play Madagascar, winner of the American Theatre Critics Association's 2004 Osborn Award and the 2005 Pinter Review Prize, starring Helena Ruoti, Larry John Meyers, and Melinda Helfrich. About the nature of memory, the Rashomon-style play puts the audience in a sort of jurists' box, as the three characters tell their stories in direct address, weaving an interlocking web designed to reveal the elusive truth.
Asana Utsava: A Celebration of Music and Movement
Come celebrate yoga as a breathtaking artistic expression. OvreArts has collaborated with ten area yoga studios to create music inspired by each studio's philosophy, and each studio will demonstrate the beauty of bridging mind and body with music.
The annual program featuring Oscar nominees in the Live Action and Animated categories. Nominees will be announced Jan. 16th.
An American engineer. A British embassy employee. A network journalist. And a freelance photographer. As hostages in a war zone, each responds to the unbearable situation differently, with stark reality and difficult choices. Written by EM Lewis and directed by John Shepard, Heads is a heart-wrenching story about finding hope and intimacy in an environment with seemingly no way out.
Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms
Originally for organ, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor was orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski who conducted it in Disney's Fantasia. With its fiery, rich harmonies and powerful spirit, Beethoven's fourth is surprisingly one of his lesser-known works. With playing touted as "superb, tightly controlled and forcefully articulated" by the L. A. Times, pianist and wildlife conservationist Helene Grimaud returns in Brahms' Piano Concerto #1.
"PSO Musicians Care" Fund Benefit Concert
The musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra present a concert to fund public school music programs. Donations will aid in the repair and purchase of musical instruments, transporting students to Heinz Hall for the PSO's education concerts, and music career scholarships. Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts the program of Bach, Haydn, Strauss, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.
A pianist praised for her “vivid and beautiful playing,” (New York Times) Joyce Yang performs Gershwin's Concerto in F with the Westmoreland Symphony and music director Daniel Meyer. Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5 completes the evening.
Asase Yaa African-American Dance Theatre
The members of Asase Yaa have traveled to around the world, bridging the gap between African and African-American culture. They've worked with VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards, Stars of New York Dance, and the premiere of the HBO "Sing your Song" documentary with Harry Belafonte. Presented by Kente Arts Alliance.
This innovative hip-hop ensemble has become an international phenomenon. Inspired by an encounter with eleven young dancers from the shantytowns of Brazil, director and choreographer Mourad Merzouki created Correria and Agwa—two heart-stopping works that showcase a sensational combination of athletic samba, hip-hop and capoeira dance styles. The all-male company from Brazil exhibits theatrical intelligence and is gifted with irresistible personality and astonishing dancing. Bursting with fun, humor and vitality, this show is set to an energetic soundtrack of samba and bossa nova music.
$100 Donation to WQED includes a thank-you gift of 1 orchestra level ticket to the concert. WQED Presents "Best Seats" Deadline: Monday, June 30 , 2014. For tickets to this concert, you can also call the WQED Presents Hotline (Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm) at 412-622-1382. Credit Card Only, Non-Refundable. Guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel is bringing his virtuosity to the intimate Byham Theatre September 23rd. Performing live for his fans is extremely important to Tommy: he has demonstrated this by playing close to or over 300 concerts every year for the last seven years! Guitar players of all levels come to his shows to watch him work his magic, but his appeal goes far beyond musicians. His live shows are known for their humor, performance, passion, and infectious joy. Tommy has set aside excellent seats for WQED supporters.
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