All Events | Starting Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Saint-Saens: Allegro Appassionato for Cello and Orchestra; Britten: Simple Symphony; Meredith Wilson: Symphonic Impressions of (the musical) The Music Man; directed by Guest Conductor Edward Leonard.
Heinz Chapel Choir Chamber Choir Festival
Outstanding regional high school choirs join with Heinz Chapel Choir for a celebration of a cappella music.
Pittsburgh Gospel Choir
Directed by Herbert V. R. P. Jones, the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir is a multi-age, multi-ethnic ensemble that performs American gospel music.
A Classical Cabaret
Songs and Arias of classical composers strongly influenced by jazz sung by Desiree Soteres and Kelly Lynch.
Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble
Featuring Carrie Vertin, horn, 2013 Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition winner, in James Beckel’s The Glass Bead Game (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, 1997); also, Marilyn Taft Thomas: Snapshots of a Great City and Edgard Varese: Ionization
Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra
Jeffrey Turner conducts Bernstein's Candide Overture, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe Suite #2, and Holst's The Planets.
Adam Liu, cello
Cellist Adam Liu is joined by pianist David Allen Wehr in a recital celebrating Mr. Liu's 10th anniversary in Pittsburgh, and welcoming the Chinese Year of the Horse. The program includes works by Boccherini, Saint-Saens, Chopin, Faure and Brahms, plus the evocative Chinese erhu showpiece Sai Ma (The Horse Race) played by Mr. Liu. Free admission.
Helene Cooper is White House correspondent for The New York Times, with a unique perspective on America's first African-American president. Her memoir The House At Sugar Beach, is the story of an idyllic childhood in Liberia--until it became a nightmare.