All Events | Starting Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Art of the Serenade
Mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis and tenor Paulo Faustini join guitarist Allen Krantz in a program representing five centuries of song
A Russian Easter Overture
Lawrence Loh conducts Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture, Copland's The Promise of Living, and Mahler's Totenfeier. Conducting competition winner Yani Quemado will lead Bizet’s March of the Toreadors. Tickets are required and are available online for free. (click the adjacent 'website' link)
This Pittsburgh quartet enlarges the definition of jazz by blending old with new, jazz with non-jazz, and acoustic with electronic to create an original sound while holding appreciation of the current diverse musical landscape.
Virginia Glee Club
Founded in 1871, the Virginia Glee Club is the oldest musical organization at the University of Virginia and one of the oldest male collegiate vocal ensembles in the USA. The Club has been recognized consistently as a leader among American men's choruses, performing sacred and secular music in the classical tradition. Directed by Grammy Award-winner Frank Albinder, the group has toured domestically and abroad, and has appeared on NBC's Today Show, NPR's Performance Today, and the VOA.
An Evening with Carol Brown
Chatham University presents its 2014 Hollander Award for Women in Leadership to Carol Brown, retired President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Brown's lecture on the changing climate for women in Pittsburgh is free and open to the public. Prior registration is recommended.
Colum McCann won the National Book Award for his acclaimed novel and book-club favorite, Let The Great World Spin. He celebrates Ireland with his latest work in literary fiction, Transatlantic, "emotionally charges, beautifully controlled tales..." raves Kirkus Reviews.
Recital & Luncheon
Greater Johnstown High School Jazz Band, directed by Adam Bukosky followed by light lunch.
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go.
Junie B. Jones (Theatreworks USA)
Dear first-grade journal, This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! Its got loads of funny songs, and its based on a bunch of books about the things I do in first grade by Barbara, Park. Whew! I'm glad I can write everything down in my Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal! And you know what? I think I might like first grade after all. Love, (but not the mushy kind) Junie B. (60 minutes, ages 3-10)
Featured in Disney's Fantasia and based on a poem by Goethe, Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice tells the story of a student who uses magical spells he hasn't yet learned to control. Pianist Michel Camilo, whose music combines elements of classical, jazz and world music, performs his own Piano Concerto #2. Conductor Leonard Slatkin presents four Ravel works, including his famous Bolero that demonstrate the composer's penchant for traditional dance forms.
After his classic acoustic albums in the 1960s, Ramsey Lewis reunited in the '70s with Maurice White, leader of the enigmatic and iconic, Earth, Wind & Fire to record the certified gold album Sun Goddess. Ramsey has pulled together a new electric group that can funk it out, getting that good-time groove on with tunes from Sun Goddess as well as new compositions composed for this tour.
Distinguished members of faculty of the Juilliard Historical Performance program are individually award-winning recitalists, Grammy-nominated recording artists, soloists, and/or principals with every major international early music ensemble. Here they join together in a virtuoso conversation of brilliant German trio and solo sonatas by G.F. Handel, both C.P.E. and his father J.S. Bach, and the mysterious and wonderful 17th-century Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka.
Behind the Notes - Ravel's Bolero
Conductor Leonard Slatkin explains and the PSO demonstrates details inside The Sorcerer's Apprentice and four Ravel works that demonstrate Ravel's penchant for traditional dance forms. On the second half, hear these complete works including Ravel's Bolero and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice which tells the story of a student who uses magical spells he hasn't yet learned to control.
Myths & Legends
A sweet program of suites including Felix Mata's Suite for String Orchestra, Sibelius' Swan of Tuonela (soloist: Sharlotte Devere), Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden Suite, Faure's Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite (1919). Music Director Walter Morales conducts.
Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement
In the latest installment, it's 1960 and a reformation is underway. Among a new crop of Confirmands, Beverly, the youngest, dons her first pair of high heels for her confirmation ceremony. Mavis, the able-bodied farm wife, must find a way to deal with the new superhighway which cuts through her farm. Pastor has found new love and announces his impending nuptials.
IonSound Project: Please Turn Your Cell Phone ON
IonSound Project presents "Please Turn Your Cell Phones ON," inviting you to send instant comments and feedback via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram during performances of Arvo Part's Spiegel Im Spiegel, Paul Lansky's Hop, Jacob Mackey's Breakdown Tango, and Jonathan Kolm's Trio For Clarinet, Cello & Piano.
Passport: A Musical Excursion
Violinist Charles May, cellist Mary May, organist Jennifer Marshall, drummer Andy Moore, and the CUMC Chancel Choir will perform gospel, spiritual, jazz and classical music spanning eight nationalities from American to African and Celtic to Caribbean, in a global journey through music and song. Child care provided. Free admission. An offering will be taken.
Tuneful Turnings: A Fortieth Anniversary Reunion Concert
A celebration with current and former singers as well as former directors of The Pittsburgh Camerata, featuring “Spem in Alium,” the forty-part Renaissance motet by Thomas Tallis.
Young Winners Recital
Performances featuring guitarist Joseph Daval, baritone Joel Goodloe, and pianists Suvir Mirchandani, Rebecca Lee, and Caroline Fedor.
The Piano Guys
Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Venue: Benedum Center
Time: 8:00 PM
$100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event.
Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos that have amassed three million YouTube subscribers and more than 500 million views.