All Events | Starting Monday, February 10, 2014
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.
A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!The music of ABBA, the story and the characters make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good Broadway show with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. A mother confronts her past as three men return to the Greek Island they've not visited for 21 years - just as her 20-year-old daughter is about to be married.
Una Voce: The Chamber Choir of Seton Hill
Free concert directed by Mark A. Boyle. Info at 412 835-7720.
Duquesne University’s Red Masquers present Awakening, a one-act play by German expressionist August Stramm. It's a whirlwind journey full of disaster, destruction and chaos.
Fauré String Trio with Tara Yaney, flute
Flutist Tara Yaney joins the trio in Mozart's Flute Quartet in D Major, KV 285. The Faure String Trio also plays Mozart's Divertimento in E-flat major KV 563, and Schubert's String trio in B flat major, D.471.
A Steady Rain
barebones stages another edgy, thought-provoking Pittsburgh premiere: Keith Huff's A Steady Rain, which starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig on Broadway. Joey and Denny, best friends since kindergarten, work together as Chicago cops and are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny's wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line as trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop of pimps, prostitutes, and criminal lowlifes. Melissa Martin directs David Whalen and barebones artistic director Patrick Jordan.
Agamemnon returns home from the Trojan War victorious, only to discover the deadliest enemies waiting in his bed. Relatives battle for succession and the right to rule in the original Game of Thrones. Ted Hughes' masterful translation of Aeschylus' classic recasts the tragedy to explore themes of remorse, survivors' guilt, and the need to grasp at significance after a tragic death in the family. Holly Thuma directs.
Music for the Spirit
The PSO and Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh invite the public to a free concert featuring works by Schubert, Dvorak, Schmidt, Ullmann, and others, conducted by Manfred Honeck. Guest artists include the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, directed by Betsy Burleigh; the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts' Concentio directed by Kathryn Barnard; and PSO Associate Principal Viola Tatjana Mead Chamis in Boris Pigovat's instrumental requiem, "The Holocaust."
Swan Lake with the Orchestra
One of Tchaikovsky's most famous ballets, Swan Lake symbolizes more than 100 years of tradition and some of the most revered roles in classical ballet. In a performance of emotional intensity and technical mastery, the ballerina captures the essence of both eternal love and deception in the coveted dual role of Odette and Odile.
Insatiable Love: Songs for Valentine's Day
In songs by Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, and Robert Schumann, we explore the ups and the downs of love: sensual ecstasy, tender intimacy, exploded delusion, vindictive jealousy, flirtatious intrigue, and more including a secret encore! Director and pianist Benjamin Binder welcomes guests Laura Knoop Very, soprano; Joseph Gaines, tenor; and Karen Roethlisberger Verm, piano
Directed by Dek Ingraham, Dueling Valentines thrills the audience with an epic battle of love and hate. Listen to poems, sonnets, and odes performed by an all female cast and decide who will be crowned victorious. Advance tickets required.
A Mass Affair – French Kiss
Thomas Douglas conducts the beautiful Requiem Masses by Maurice Durufle and Gabriel Faure. The twist here is that the sections of each Mass will be presented back-to-back – the Kyrie of one followed by the Kyrie of the other, et cetera – hence the "French Kiss."
Ingrid Matthews & Byron Schenkman: The Bach Standard
Bach's Sonatas for violin and harpsichord represent a microcosm of what makes the great composer great: exquisitely beautiful melodies, rich counterpoint, perfect formal structure, and an unparalleled breadth of expression. Violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman have been probing this magnificent repertoire together for over 20 years, dazzling audiences with the intensity and passion of their performances and establishing themselves among the top Bach interpreters of their generation.
The Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60
The Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60 celebrates the great history of the Newport Jazz Festival and its current role as one of the most active presenters of contemporary jazz artists in the world. This star-studded tour features Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield accompanied by an A-list rhythm section of pianist Peter Martin, drummer Clarence Penn and bassist Larry Grenadier.
Meet "Paul's Case" composer Gregory Spears
Reservations due by Feb. 14 at 4:00 pm. This Opera Up Close preview of Paul's Case features composer Gregory Spears, two Willa Cather scholars, stage director George Cederquist, and Pittsburgh Opera Director of Artistic Operations Biull Powers.
Teacher from the Black Lagoon
This musical revue from Theatreworks USA is based on the books Teacher from the Black Lagoon, Dogzilla, I Want My Hat Back, Love, and Splat shows that our imagination can get the best of us. Amuse and quell fears of new experiences, all at the same time! Join Hubie and friends as they learn to be courageous when confronting the things that scare them. (60 minutes, ages 3-10)
An Evening of Chamber Music
An evening of chamber music in celebration of the renovation of St. Andrews' sanctuary. Mozart's Clarinet Quintet will be played by the Freya String Quartet and clarinetist Ivan Ivanov. Brahms' Horn Trio will feature PSO violinist Louis Lev, hornist Carrie Smith, Hornist, and pianist Henry Spinelli.
Beethoven on the Bluff - Violin/Cello II
The Beethoven duo cycle featuring pianist David Allen Wehr with guests Noah Bendix-Balgley and Anne Martindale Williams continues with the beloved 3rd Sonata for cello and piano, one the composer's most spacious and melodically appealing works. The Op. 30 violin sonatas were written when Beethoven was facing the crisis of his increasing deafness and the professional challenge of breaking out of his extremely successful early music to create a more dramatic and poetic style.
Wind Symphony/Symphony Band
Dr. Robert Cameron conducts.