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All Events | Starting Friday, December 7, 2012

Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert
Robert Page leads his final Holiday Concerts with the Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir, Repertory Chorus, and Phlharmonic in seasonal favorites including his own arrangements of Gloucester Wassail and  It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Hamlisch's Hanukkah Lights. Page alsoconducts Honegger's Une Catate de Noel.

The Nutcracker
The adventures of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince unfold in Terrence Orr’s staging with a grand–scale production set in 1912 Pittsburgh, featuring dazzling costumes, a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 80 dancers, and Tchaikovsky's timeless music.

The Light of Christmas
Music has the power to transform this bleakness — to lift us out of the cold and the dark, into the light of the Christmas season. Flutist Josie Kost and oboist Lenny Young will accompany the vocal ensemble, creating musical links between the choral selections. The program opens with "O Blessed Light" by Pittsburgh composer Robert Schultz.

Chatham Choir Candlelight Concert
The Chatham Choir sings music for the holiday season by candlelight.

Winter Dreams
Celebrate the holiday season with Tchaikovsky's Symphony #1 ("Winter Dreams") and Nutcracker Suite, along with Christmas medleys and a holiday sing-along -- Friday, Dec. 7, 8pm, Butler County Community College; Saturday, Dec. 8, 7pm, Shaler Area Elementary School. 

Haydn & Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony
Leonard Slatkin conducts the PSO premiere of the charming Symphony #68 by Franz Joseph Haydn. Then hear the world premiere of Composer of the year Mason Bates' Violin Concerto featuring Anne Akiko Meyers, and Saint-Saëns' popular Third Symphony, featuring the organ, wdedicated to the composer's friend, Franz Liszt.

Holiday Fairy Tales
Kick off the holiday season in style! Join Clara as she embarks on a magical adventure in a Suite from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Sing, dance, and dash through the snow with carols, Anderson's Sleighride, and other holiday favorites!

Handmade Arcade
Pittsburgh's first and largest independent craft fair, founded to provide grassroots, independent crafters with an opportunity to show and sell their wares, creating an alternative to traditional craft and fine art fairs, and committed to showcasing handmade, locally produced goods.

Cookie Walk
Homemade holiday cookies and homemade soups-to-go will be for sale.

Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John, multiple Grammy Award winner and star of the hit movie Grease will join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to perform many of her hit songs, such as Physical, You're The One That I Want, Summer Nights, and Hopelessly Devoted To You.

Apollo's Fire - Sacrum Mysterium
With a Gaelic prayer, a candle is lit and a sacred procession is launched. Jeannette Sorrell's new celebration of Celtic artistic traditions interweaves renaissance choral music with ancient pagan carols, folk dances and joyous fiddle tunes. Featuring soprano soloist, celtic dancer, 12-person choir, string quartet and celtic quintet (celtic harp, lute, bagpipe, hammered dulcimer)

Timeless - Messiah in Space
Thomas Douglas leads The Bach Choir and Academy Chamber Orchestra in a reprise of the choir's acclaimed “Messiah in Space,” an unique interpretation which allows the text to be rediscovered in a new light.

Holiday Favorites
Rediscover the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and join the ESO in singing your holiday favorites.

Celebrate the Holidays
A festive evening for the entire family with sing-alongs, dancers, holiday music, special guests including a visitor from the North, and much more.

Women's Choral Ensemble Holiday Concert


Westminster Christmas Concert
Annual Christmas concert with Upper St. Clair Chanticleers, church choirs and Christmas carols.

Warm By The Fire
The choirs, directed by Dr. Jeffry Blake Johnson and joined by the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra and the youth ensemble Dreams of Hope, share familiar holiday songs and some new works, including a commission from composer Jake Hegge (composer of the opera, Dead Man Walking) and lyricist Mark Campbell (lyricist for the opera, Silent Night, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music), Six Christmas Traditions.

Sharon Creech
Sharon Creech is a Newbery-Award winning author for her book, Walk Two Moons. Her newest book, The Great Unexpected, is set in Ireland and tells the enchanted tale of two orphans, Naomi and Lizzie. Naomi is a romantic. Lizzie is a singer. But when a mysterious boy named Finn falls out of a tree, he changes everything. (Ages 8 and up).

Handel's Messiah
Mark Anderson directs Handel's Messiah, sung by the Shadyside Chancel Choir accompanied by period instruments of the Baroque played by Chatham Baroque and Rick Murrell, trumpet. Soloists include Kelly Ann Bixby, soprano; Joseph Gaines, tenor; and Dimitri Lazich, baritone. A reception and crèche display will follow.

One Singing World
Enjoy music from around the world, featuring classical, folk and traditional selections in many languages from around the world…sung by Pittsburgh's most renowned youth chorus.