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All Events | Starting Saturday, March 15, 2014

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.

Juilliard Baroque
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.

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.

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.

Young Winners Recital
Performances featuring guitarist Joseph Daval, baritone Joel Goodloe, and pianists Suvir Mirchandani, Rebecca Lee, and Caroline Fedor.

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.

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.

Paul Huang, violin
22-year-old Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang is a recipient of the Juilliard Achievement Award and the 2012 YCA Helen Armstrong Fellowship. He has performed with American and international orchestras. "An artist with the goods for a significant career" (Washington Post), Mr. Huang plays a 1638 Nicolo Amati violin.

Laura Williamson, piano
Canadian born-and-trained Johnstown pianist Laura Williamson performs "a romantic piano sampler" including Beethoven's Fur Elise, some Schubert waltzes, four of Grieg's Lyric Pieces, and a Paderewski menuet. A light lunch follows the recital.

Recital & Luncheon
Piano recital by Laura Williamson followed by a light lunch.

Music 101 - Rebecca Cherian
PSO Co-Principal Trombonist Rebecca Cherian gives an informal lecture/performance, titled "From the Back Row." Brown-bag lunches can be ordered ahead or you can bring your own to the Regency Rooms at Heinz Hall.

Bach Birthday concert
Renaissance at Redeemer features a Bach motet and canons from the Musical Offering in performances by Chatham Baroque, with Justin Wallace, harpsichord, and vocal ensemble conducted by Don Franklin. Reception follows with Birthday Cake.

ABBA Mania


Neshome - New & Old Yiddish Music: Classic, Klezmer and more
The Three Rivers Klezmer Festival presents Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley; pianist, accordionist and Brave Old World director Aland Bern; and clarinetist Suzanne Ortner-Roberts playing traditional klezmer melodies and Jewish-themed classical works. Free admission.

Peter Pan
Peter Pan, the delightful tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, is a children’s ballet. Director Monica Ryan choreographs the production with a cast of 70 children. An array of fantastical characters inhabit Neverland including Mermaids, Fish, Indians, Pirates, and Lost Boys. Baldwin High School senior Nigel Armbruster stars as Peter Pan with Adrienne Elion as Wendy and 9-year-old Madisen Albert as Tinkerbell.

Music of Chile
Luz Manriquez, piano.

Highlights from "The Ring"
The PSO presents Euphonic Blues by Pittsburgh Composer of the Year, Nancy Galbraith. Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto #1 features acclaimed British-born pianist Stephen Hough. Donald Runnicles conducts famous orchestral excerpts from Wagner's epic opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Vera Stark is a budding actress in an era where the only roles for African-American women are maids. When she is cast in the same Southern epic as her employer, an aging star grasping at her dwindling career, sparks fly. Written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Tome' Cousin, "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" is a hilarious satire of race in the glamorous days of Old Hollywood.

Wendy Whelan Project
Wendy Whelan has joined forces with four of today’s top male choreographers, Pittsburgh’s own Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo. Arguably the finest ballet dancer of our time, Whelan has danced with New York City Ballet for more than 25 years. She embarks on a new dance adventure with this vibrant suite of four contemporary duets, each with its own distinct style and artistry.