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FM Cultural Calendar | Starting today

Villegas Plays Rodrigo
Guitarist Pablo Villegas returns, alongside the debut of fellow Spaniard, conductor Gustavo Gimeno. Villegas performs Rodrigo's Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre, a piece rich in haunting melodies and Spanish folk dances. Gimeno conducts music from two ballets -- Stravinsky's Jeu de cartes and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe. The program begins with Academy Award-nominated music from "There Will Be Blood," written by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.
10/09/2015 - 10/11/2015
10/09 - 7:30 pm
10/11 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Diamond Horseshoe Ball
Pittsburgh Opera celebrates the opening of a new season with its Diamond Horseshoe Ball.

Location: Omni William Penn Hotel

Verdi's Nabucco
Mark Delavan (Falstaff, Rigoletto, and Scarpia) returns as Nabucco in this epic story of the Jews in exile in Babylon. Impressive and affecting projections accompany this big, traditional production containing that most beloved of choruses, "Va, pensiero." Antony Walker conducts. Bernard Uzan provides stage direction for the poignant family story of betrayal and reconciliation at the heart of the opera.
10/10/2015 - 10/18/2015
10/10 - 8:00 pm
10/13 - 7:00 pm
10/16 - 7:30 pm
10/18 - 2:00 pm
Benedum Center, 231 7th St., Pittsburgh, PA
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Duruflé Requiem
The Mendelssohn Choir's 2015-2016 season opens with Maurice Durufle's soulful Requiem, conducted by Music Director Betsy Burleigh. Durufle completed the Requiem in 1947, and dedicated the piece to the memory of his father. Don't miss Betsy Burleigh's farewell performance of one of the most spellbinding and transcendent choral works of the 20th century.
Time: 3:00 pm

Location: East Liberty Presbyterian Church,

Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble
Daniel Nesta Curtis directs the Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble in Derek Bermel's Canzonas Americanas (2010), Donnacha Dennehy's As An Nos (2009), and Magnus Lindberg's Souvenir (2010).
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Alumni Concert Hall, College of Fine Arts,

John Irving
Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim with his 1978 novel The World According to Garp. Several of his 14 novels have been bestsellers, and five have been adapted to film, including The Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire. Irving won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his script for The Cider House Rules.
Time: 8:00 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA
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Mark Twain Tonight
Mark Twain Tonight, the longest-running show in American theater history, marks its 61st year. Clive Barnes of the New York Times reviewed creator Hal Holbrook as Twain in 1977: "Hilariously funny. We see him not as the precursor of Will Rogers or even H. L. Mencken, but clearly as a prototypal Lenny Bruce, so anti-establishment you wonder why they allowed him into his century."
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St, Pittsburgh, PA

The Rite of Spring
Considered scandalous at its 1913 premiere in Paris, Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring is now considered one of the greatest works of the 20th century. Principal harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen will play Ginastera's Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, and the orchestra gives the Pittsburgh premiere of Edu Lobo's Suite Popular Brasileira.
10/16 - 2:30 pm
10/16 - 7:30 pm
10/17 - 7:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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French, Russian, and American Piano Music
Pianist Michael Noble plays music by Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev and Frederic Rzewksi.
Time: 4:00 pm
Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
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