All Events | Starting Saturday, February 1, 2014
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Peter Serkin, piano
Peter Serkin's program includes Sweelinck's Capriccio, Nielen's Theme and Variations, Op. 40; Wuorinen's Scherzo, Reger's Three Pieces from "Aus Menem Tagebuch," Crawford's Study in Mixed Accents, Stravinsky's Four Etudes, Op. 7; and Beethoven's "Les Adieux" Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 81a.
Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio
Incidental Chamber Players perform Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio followed by performances by students from Pittsburgh School of Creative Performing and Creative Arts. Free admission. Donations to support CAPA are encouraged.
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Britten & Beethoven
Tenor Robert Frankenberry joins the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for Britten's Nocturne, then takes the conductor's podium for Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Director Roger Zahab will pick up his violin to perform the Beethoven with cellist Paula Tuttle and pianist Donna Amato.
Art.Write.Now.Tour 2013 –14
This nationwide traveling exhibition showcases more than 130 pieces of original art and literary work created by teen winners of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These awards, judged by panels of professionals, have a legacy dating back to 1923, when Pittsburgh native M.R. Robinson founded Scholastic Inc. Past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Lena Dunham, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Zac Posen, and many more.
(Another) Evening of One-Acts
On the heels of 2013's successful Evening of One-Acts, Stage Right is presenting (Another) Evening of One-Acts -- all written or premiered in Pittsburgh. The show includes the world premiere of Savesies, by Phillip Beard, the hilarious story of two South Side neighbors arguing (in genuine Pittsburghese) over the last parking space on their street, as they prepare for a Fourth of July cookout.
Six solo exhibits of selected artists from the region represent some of the cutting edge concepts being navigated in contemporary art today and were curated by Adam Welch. The solo artists are: Ian Brill, Keith Lemley, Daniel Luchman, Jennifer Myers, Meghan Olson, and John Sanders.
Fresh Works: Alan Obuzor
Fresh Works is a creative laboratory at The Alloy Studios for Pittsburgh artists who seek to make connections between dance and the rest of the world and explore cross-genre collaborations. This month's program culminates with a performance during Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn featuring choreographer and dancer Alan Obuzor and vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield.
The Planets with NASA Film
Manfred Honeck leads a celebration of Pittsburgh composers. Five composers contributed movements to a world premiere suite inspired by the classical "elements" earth, water, air, fire, and metal. NASA video footage accompanies The Planets. From bellicose Mars to mystical Neptune, Holst's iconic musical portrayal of the planets and their astrological significance delights audiences with its richly-colored orchestration and memorable melodies.
Halfway to Somewhere
2013 PGC resident artists Granite Calimpong of Seattle and Brent Rogers of Chicago came together to experiment, try new ideas and make art in a nonlinear way using different materials and new approaches and processes. Calimpong's work is typically blown and cold-worked glass that is simple and clean with a focus on the form and surface. Rogers' work focuses more on content rather than form. He uses imagery, lamination and painting on glass to convey various concepts.
Robert Qualters: A Life
This retrospective features more than 60 paintings, prints, and drawings, plus photographs of commissioned murals and installations by the Pittsburgh-based artist who was PCA's 1985 Artist of the Year. Qualters' style features the artist's commentary - as cursive text - in the borders of his work. This show is curated by art historian and independent curator Vicky A. Clark, who authored the new book, "Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies."
Hailed as "the dean of Latin jazz" and "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists" by The New York Times, multi-Grammy Award winner Chucho Vald�s has recorded over eighty CDs and performing with Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea and other jazz legends. Vald�s has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and The Hollywood Bowl.
Dora the Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure
Dora, her best buddy Boots the Monkey, and the rest of their friends embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island. Help them navigate over Dancing Mountain, through Silly Singing Bridge and confront the Pirate Piggies to successfully help Dora reach the treasure.
Onward to Mars
If NASA could send you to Mars but it was only a one-way trip, would you go? Dan Wilcox’s "Onward to Mars" is a live, audio/visual astronautical rock opera that takes you on a journey to discover the music of the Red Planet. Part of the Community Supported Art (CSA) series.
The program includes Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini featuring pianist Igor Lipinski, Aaron Jay Kernis' Musica Celestis, and Richard Strauss' Death and Transfiguration.