All Events | Starting Monday, April 7, 2014
Ann Patchett returns for Literary Evening with a new collection of essays, This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage. A distinguished novelist who can match wits with Stephen Colbert, Ann Patchett is an audience favorite and here for a special reason that will be revealed.
Cabaret Series - Liz Callaway
Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway debuted on Broadway in Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and received a Tony Nomination for her performance in Baby. She starred in the original cast of Miss Saigon, and as Grizabella in Cats. Liz starred as Norma Desmond in Pittsburgh CLO's Sunset Boulevard. She's best known for singing in numerous animated movies including the title role in Anastasia, The Swan Princess, Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Her recordings include 4 solo albums as well as Sibling Revelry and Boom! Live at Birdland with her sister Ann Hampton Callaway.
All percussion majors gain experience by performing in the Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Eliseo Rael.
Showcasing an eclectic mix of contemporary, classical and jazz fusion material, students perform on electronic keyboards, violin and cello; wind and guitar controllers, and electronic percussion. Lynn Purse & Kenneth Karsh, directors.
Music 101 - Robert Moir
Robert Moir, Pittsburgh Symphony Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning & Audience Engagement gives an informal lecture, titled "Adventures in Programming."
The Playboy of the Western World
Irish playwright J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World takes place in the early 1900s at a pub on the west coast of Ireland, where a young man running away from his farm, claiming he killed his father, finds the locals are more interested in vicariously enjoying his story than condemning the immorality of what he did. At the pub, he captures the attention of the barmaid, who also is the owner's daughter. Kim Martin directs in the Rauh Theatre.
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
A fantastic fusion of classical music and classic animation, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is created and conducted by Emmy Award-winner George Daugherty. The concert features favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on screen in their most memorable moments, all with live accompaniment by the PSO. “The roaring kettledrums, the sweetly confiding strings, the braying brasses, and luxuriant woodwinds were every bit as vibrant as the colors and choreography of the animation on screen.” -- The Chicago Tribune
Pantagleize is a wild rumination on revolution; an explosion of theatricality first produced in 1931 by Michel de Ghelderode, Belgium's great anticipator of the avant garde. Subtitled "A Farce to Make You Sad," it takes its title from the central character, a philosopher-clown unwittingly involved with a cell of revolutionaries who take him for their leader. He robs a bank, falls in love, and goes head to head with forces far beyond his understanding. Jed Allen Harris directs a new adaptation by Jay Ball.
Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia draws from Leo Lionni's exquisitely crafted Caldecott Honor books. Swimmy, a tiny fish, uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience. A lovable inchworm shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. All stories incorporate puppetry and a gentle style. (Ages 3-10, 60 minutes)
Don Quixote with the Orchestra
Ranked among ballet's most complex choreography, Don Quixote weaves a rich tapestry of love, illusion and adventure based on Cervante's classic Spanish novel. Packed with balletic bravado, intricate footwork and virtuoso variations, Don Quixote claims one of the most breathtaking grand pas de deux in classical ballet.
The University Gamelan performs music and dance of Indonesia.
Pittsburgh Concert Society Winners in Johnstown
Sage Po, harp, and Sean Kennard, piano.
Violinist Ade Williams, winner of the Sphinx Competition, plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto on a program that also includes Kodaly's Dances of Galanta, and Beethoven's Symphony #7. Matthew Kraemer conducts.
Bobby Watson & Horizon
After an eight-year hiatus, this electrifying quintet (nicknamed "The Happy Band" by fans) is back with a brand new album and tour entitled "Horizon Reassembled." The group has evolved into an all-star ensemble of Terell Stafford, Edward Simon, Essiet Okon Essiet, and Victor Lewis, each leaders in their own right.
Heinz Chapel Choir
John Goldsmith leads his farewell concert as Director of the Heinz Chapel Choir. Program TBA.
American classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein became a critical and commercial success with her 2007 self-financed, best-selling Telarc recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations. She was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning. Her second Sony Classical album, Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert, was released in 2012.
En Pointe: An Evening in Madrid
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents "An Evening in Madrid" to celebrate its season finale in style at its annual En Pointe party. Spanish-infused fare will be provided by Seviche, and you can mingle with the cast and creative team as traditional flamenco dance group Alba Flamenca heats up the dance floor.
Chatham University Choir
Dramatic Scenes for Mezzo-Soprano
Features excerpts from Saint-Saens' "Samson and Delilah" and Verdi's "Aida" sung by Marybeth Sederburg, Robert Frankenberry and Milutin Lazich.
Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Mark Koch & Kenneth Karsh, directors