All Events | Starting Saturday, May 3, 2014
Hope and Gravity
Tracy Brigden directs the world premiere of Michael Hollinger's play in which lives overlap and elevators stop on random floors as ten characters are compellingly revealed in a nonlinear comedy about fate. From a backyard squabble to an unlikely hotel hookup, chance encounters and rocky relationships unfold through nine stories and one momentous leap of faith.
Cassandra Wilson has been described as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field" by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D'Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed a lead role in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.
Happy 125th Anniversary, Johnstown
Istvan Jaray conducts Lucas Richman's A Time for Heroes, Nancy Galbraith's Fantasy for Orchestra, and two works by Johnstown's own early-20th century master of Americana, Charles Wakefield Cadman: "My Own Johnstown" and "Pennsylvania Symphony."
Big Band and Beyond
Thrill to the music that defined the American Century. Susan Medley directs the PCC with the Jazz Conspiracy Swingtet in hits by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and more.
Sounds Upstairs - James Ferla & Roger Zahab
Guitarist James Ferla and violinist Roger Zahab play sparkling, fiery and elegant duo and solo music including David Leisner's Dances in the Madhouse, compositions by Piazzolla, Zahab and others.
Rossini: William Tell Overture; Elgar: Serenade for Strings; Khatchaturian: Adagio from Spartacus; Delibes: Waltz from Coppelia; Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter; Tchaikovsky: Symphony #3, Finale; Duke Ellington: A Medley for Orchestra
Music 101 - Noah Bendix-Balgley
PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley gives an informal lecture, titled "Concertmaster: The Symphony's Quarterback." He will discuss his life and career, and his role as PSO Concertmaster, and also take questions from the audience.
Ping at Trinity Cathedral
The virtuoso madrigal ensemble Ping, a quintet founded atr CMU, presents a lunchtime program at Trinity Cathedral in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. This informal concert will feature a variety of sacred and secular music, including works by Ping member and Trinity Cathedral composer-in-residence, Sean Salamon.
The Devil's Arithmetic
In this adaptation of Jane Yolen's Newbery Award-winning novel, Hannah, a modern day teenager, has to celebrate yet another Jewish holiday with her family – but this year will be different. Little does she know her world is about change. She is mysteriously transported back to the Holocaust. With Hannah, we become caught up in a world of deceit, discoveries, friendship, faith and family. Lisa Ann Goldsmith directs.
Ping 101: The Final [Exam] Concert
CMU's virtuoso madrigal quintet, Ping, ends its inaugural season with music from their bucket list, with two premieres by Carnegie Mellon students Daniel Arnaldos and Andrew Dewey and works by Sondheim, Stephen Foster, Mister Rogers, and the most difficult madrigal ever written.
Doubt, A Parable
In this brilliant and powerful drama by John Patrick Shanley, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.
Marlon Youngblood's "Comfort Zone," featuring Tony Award nominee Anthony Chisholm and directed by Mark Whitehead, is about the aftermath of a shooting and how it impacts a community. "Comfort Zone" is based on the searing hit production from last year's Theatre Festival in Black & White.
Uniting Community Through Song: Celebrating Seven Years
The Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, directed by Herbert V.R.P. Jones, will celebrate its 7th Anniversary in concert.
Festival of Bach
Pittsburgh Music Alliance members (The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh Camerata, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, and Renaissance & Baroque) will represent the breadth of Bach’s works across 12 hours, in performances including Bach's Chaconne for violin, a variety of motets, three violin concertos as well as the concerto for violin and oboe, the quadruple and triple harpsichord concertos, and concluding with the grand “Magnificat” performed jointly by all five organizations. Free admission. Donations encouraged.
From Russia with Love
Glinka's Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Monique Mead, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique."
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Venue: Heinz Hall Time: 7:30 PM
$100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. Now in it’s 19th year, the B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert continues to wow audiences throughout the Midwest. B.E. Taylor Christmas is the place where the faithful come year after year to feel the love of Christmas. Inside some of the most revered concert halls in America, B.E. Taylor transforms old favorites through bold interpretations to create new traditions that will live in the heart as long as Christmas is celebrated.
Holiday Doo Wop
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Venue: Heinz Hall Time: 7:30 PM
$90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. The 14th Annual Pittsburgh Holiday Doo Wop Concert returns to Heinz Hall. Featuring - MARY WILSON of the Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”
Lenny Welch “Since I Fell For You”, “Ebb Tide”
The Original Tymes “So Much in Love”, “Wonderful, Wonderful”
Shirley Alston Reeves original lead of The Shirelles “Soldier Boy”, “Mama Said”
Tommy Mara and The Crests “Sixteen Candles”, “Cara Mia”
Special guest Johnny Angel and The Halos
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015
Venue: Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland
Time: 6:00 PM
$100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event.
The distinctive sound of Libera has traveled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli.
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015 Venue: Consol Energy Center Time: 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
$100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. TSO is thrilled to announce that the 2015 Winter Tour will feature the live debut of 'The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve'! TSO will also release their newest full-length album titled 'Letters From the Labyrinth' this winter!
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive rock band founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill. TSO has sold more than 9 million concert tickets and over 8 million albums. The band's musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal.