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FM Cultural Calendar | Starting today

Improvised Shakespeare Company
Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! Each of the players has brushed up on his "thee's" and "thou's" to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare.
09/18/2014
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Chatham University Eden Hall Campus
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Secondary Cause of Death
By Peter Gordon. If you thought 'Murdered to Death' was funny, just wait till you see this! Inspector Pratt arrives at Bagshot House with grim news for Colonel Craddock, but that's just the beginning. Who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army Captain? How does the eccentric thespian, Longfellow fit in to the equation? These and other characters make Pratt's return a chaotic nightmare as the bodies pile higher and higher.
09/18/2014 - 09/28/2014
Apple Hill Playhouse, 275 Manor Rd., Delmont, PA
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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 - 09/21/2014
09/19 - 7:30 pm
09/20 - 7:30 pm
09/21 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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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 - 09/21/2014
09/19 - 8:00 pm
09/21 - 3:00 pm

Location: George White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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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
Time: 4:00 pm
Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
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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
Time: 9 am - 6 pm

Location: Idlewild Park, Rt. 30, Ligonier, PA


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
Time: 7:30 pm
Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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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 - 10/05/2014

Location: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
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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 - 10/09/2014

Location: TBA
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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
Time: 11:30am - 1:30p

Location: Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA
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