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All Events | Starting Friday, September 19, 2014

Two Trips
Music Director Manfred Honeck begins the season with the lovesick Hector Berlioz's opioid hallucinations in the visionary Symphonie fantastique. Also, YouTube phenom Valentina Lisitsa returns to display her virtuosity in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The program opens with another kind of trip, back to the boyhood summers of the young American composer Mason Bates, via his "Rusty Air in Carolina."
09/19/2014


The Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Program 1
Pianist Walter Morales begins his complete cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas at Chatham University with the Sonata #1 in F minor, Op. 2 #1; Sonata #24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 "A Therese"; and Sonata #21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein".
09/19/2014


The Elixir of Love
This artist-driven performing arts company presents one of opera's most popular romantic comedies, Donizetti's The Elixir of Love. This production transforms the White Studio into "Adina's Cabaret" with the audience at the center of the action for an immersive opera experience. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Maria Sensi Sellner conducts.
09/19/2014


Ligonier Highland Games
With the sound of pipes and drums, the 56th annual Ligonier Highland Games continues the centuries-long tradition of the Clans of Scotland coming together to celebrate in song and storytelling, to compete in dance and heavy athletics, and to socialize.
09/20/2014


James McBride
James McBride is the author of the 2013 National Book Award winning novel The Good Lord Bird, and well as the New York Times bestseller The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. McBride will focus on his life and on his newest novel, The Good Lord Bird, a story humorously narrated by the elderly Henry Shackleford, as he reminisces about his youthful adventures.
09/22/2014


The Book of Mormon
The Book or Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. Creators Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone also begat the four-time Emmy Award-winning landmark animated series, "South Park."
09/23/2014


Cello Fury
WQED and the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership present a LIVE performance by the "cello rock powerhouse" Cello Fury to usher in a new season of the PBS Arts Fall Festival on WQED-TV. The PBS Arts Fall Festival -- a Friday night fall tradition since 2011 --will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth beginning Friday, September 26 at 9 pm with "Sweeney Todd" in concert with the New York Philharmonic.
09/25/2014


Passing Strange
The ground-breaking adventurous musical Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodewald tells the story of a young African-American's travels from his roots in Los Angeles to Europe and back in his search for personal and artistic authenticity. Winner: 2008 Tony for Best Book of a Musical and three Drama Desk awards including Outstanding Musical. Mark Clayton Southers directs.
09/25/2014


10th Anniversary Gallery Crawl
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cultural Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawls with exhibitions and live music in the downtown Cultural District including the openings of Pittsburgh Biennial shows at SPACE gallery and 707 Penn Avenue.
09/26/2014


Souvenir
Florence Foster Jenkins was an eccentric wealthy socialite whose utter inability to carry a tune never prevented her from holding recitals at the Ritz Carlton or selling out Carnegie Hall. Told through the eyes of her accompanist, Cosme McMoon, Stephen Temperley's hilariously off-key Souvenir has been called "the funniest show on Broadway since The Producers." It's a wonderful and poignant journey through her performances that were the talk of New York. Tome' Cousin directs.
09/26/2014


Public Record - A Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition
Public Record — a nine-person multimedia exhibition in celebration of Pittsburgh artists — explores love, absurdity, surveillance, gaming, and identity. Artists include Rafael Abreu-Canedo, Matthew Biederman (with Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Marko Peljhan, and Brian Springer), Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Paolo Pedercini, Caroline Record, Paul Rosenblatt, Martha Rial, Susanne Slavick, and Two Girls Working. 'Paul’s Vinyl Records' (at 707 Penn Gallery) features recordings were sold, collected, and (well) played before the artist collected them again.
09/26/2014


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.
08/27/2015


Alfio
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015 Venue: Byham Theater Time: 7:30 PM $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. Sydney native Alfio has one of the greatest voices in contemporary music today. This highly charismatic tenor/crooner offers a refreshingly cool and modern throwback to the legendary singers to which he is often compared.   Captivating his audience with equal parts music journey, powerful vocals and comedic banter, Alfio effortlessly brings all generations of music lovers together in one audience; and regardless of whether he sings in English, Italian or Spanish, all languages flow as one.
11/07/2015


The Tenors
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Venue: Byham Theater Time: 8:00 PM $125 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. 2013 Juno Award Winners The Tenors have shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Neil Young, Paul Anka, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Brian McKnight, David Foster, and Natalie Cole among others, in venues from Bangkok to London, and New York to Israel. They have been hailed as musical ambassadors and Canada's national treasure.    
11/18/2015


Liberia
  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.
12/20/2015