All Events | Starting Saturday, March 29, 2014
Puccini's La Boheme
It's Christmas Eve in Paris, and the young poet Rodolfo (David Lomeli) meets the love of his life, Mimi (Leah Crocetto). Their time together is a poignant picture of poverty and illness, shared by friends. The entrancing set captures the charm and vigor of 19th-century Paris. Sari Gruber is Musetta, Troy Cook is Marcello, and Kevin Glavin is cast as Benoit/Alcindoro.
Gustav Holst's masterpiece The Planets transports audiences on a musical journey through the solar system. Wagner's Overture to Tannhaeuser begins the concert. Daniel Meyer conducts.
George Brant's powerful one-woman show follows a gutsy fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy puts her career on hold. When she gets back in the game, flying has a whole new meaning: operating remote-controlled drones in Afghanistan from an air-conditioned trailer near Las Vegas. Hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night, the pilot's struggle to navigate her dual identities is her toughest mission yet.
Transcriptions for Piano and Organ
Pittsburgh pianist Nathan Carterette and organist Edward Alan Moore perform Franz Liszt's Totentanz and George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; two works originally for piano and orchestra. The orchestral paret will be played on a 1926 Skinner organ ideally suited to orchestral transcription. The program will also include works for solo piano and solo organ.
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
George Vosburgh, Thomas Thompson, and Stephen Story, conduct the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble in a program including Mendelssohn's Overture for Wind Band in C Major, Mahler's "Der Grosse Appel" sequence from Symphony # 2, Alan Fletcher's Clarinet Concerto featuring Michael Rusinek, and Mahler's Um Mitternacht, from the Ruckert Lieder, sung by Tami Fire.
Wind Symphony/Symphony Band
Dr. Robert Cameron, conducts
Classic Guitar Ensemble
Michael Chapman, director.
French Music for Harp and Strings
Violinist Dawn Posey and harpist Nuiko Wadden (members of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra) will present a program of French music including works by Jacques Ibert, Andre Caplet, Maurice Ravel and the premiere of a new duo by Pittsburgh composer Mark Fromm. Guest artists: Katie Pierson, violin; Marylene Gingras Roy, viola; and Katya Janpoladyan, cello. Suggested donation: $10.
Big Band Brass
River City Brass swings into Big Band mode featuring the Rat Pack! Hits made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and of course Sammy Davis Jr., but also big band sounds from the libraries of Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and many more! It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!
Ravel & Debussy
Guest Conductor Juraj Valcuha conducts La Mer, Debussy's colorful sonic impression of the sea, and Ravel's La Valse, a decadent impression of the Viennese waltz. Violinist Stefan Jackiw plays Korngold's Violin Concerto, and the PSO gives a world premiere to new music by Christopher Rouse.
Local artists risk their creative necks to support Bricolage's 2014 season. Inspired by a 90-minute city bus ride, these artists have just 24 hours to write, direct, and memorize six new 10-minute plays. The last stop on the journey is an unforgettable performance at The New Hazlett Theater. Come Friday night to learn all the secrets, and/or hop on board Saturday for food, libations, performances, music, and a silent auction. We guarantee an amazing ride.
Carpathian Music Ensemble
Experience and evening of Eastern European folk, funk, fusion with Pitt's Carpathian Music Ensemble.
PB&J - Channel Crossings
Chatham Baroque's Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are designed for preschool children and their accompanying adults. Based on a model developed by the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, PB&J is hosted by certified Kindermusik teacher Lynda Wingerd, and encourages young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, dance and games. Chatham Baroque performs live, often with guest artists.
Men’s Glee Club
Joined by New York gambist Martha McGaughey, Chatham Baroque explores the distinct music styles of 17th-century France and England, featuring the sultry sounds of Marais and Couperin juxtaposed with the catchy crotchets and quavers of Simpson, Jenkins, and Lawes.
Voices of Spirit, Pappert Men's Chorale, Pappert Women's Chorale and University Singers. Craig Cannon & Robert Allen Kurth, directors.
Austrian and Young Artists winners
Warren Davidson conducts the Rosamunde Overture by Franz Schubert, and the Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss II, and features the PCO's Young Artist Competion Winners as well as dancers from the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh.
Our Young Talents and Shining Brass
A Side by Side Concert with the Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra includes Ives' Variations on "America", Arutiunian's Trumpet Concerto featuring Matthew Barabas, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March.