All Events | Starting Saturday, February 9, 2013
Respighi, Britten, and More!
Ronald Zollman conducts a small but elite group of student instrumentalists in a concert of early 20th century chamber orchestra repertoire, including works by Benjamin Britten, Ottorino Respighi, Arthur Honegger, and Wojciech Kilar.
American History - Land of the Free
Maestro Istvan Jaray celebrates Black History Month and Presidents' Day with Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Copland's A Lincoln Portrait (narrator TBA), and William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony.
Family-Friendly Brown Bag concert
Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists are joined by dancers from Attack Theatre in a collaborative Brown Bag concert featuring music from The Barber of Seville, Dido and Aeneas, The Marriage of Figaro, and others, as well as a sneak peek at Attack Theatre's new production, "Soap Opera." Free admission.
Opus II String Orchestra
Opus II String Orchestra will feature familiar pieces including themes from Les Miserables, West Side Story, and Carmen, as part of the church's Music on the Hill series. Opus II develops and showcases the talents of middle school through adult string musicians from Pittsburgh and the eastern suburbs.
Music Director Matthew Kraemer leads a concert featuring saxophonist Arthur Black, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.
Guests Laura Heimes (soprano) and Andrew Appel (harpsichord) join Chatham Baroque for a concert of songs and sonatas from the musical treasure troves of Thomas Jefferson and other colonial Americans.
The Scene began as a non-touring bluegrass band back in 1971 in jam sessions at the home of Ben Eldridge. 40 years later, this band has become one of the single largest contributers to the progression of bluegrass from the early days of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe to the more contemporary sounds that they developed.
Duo Pianists Tina Faigen & Becky Billock
Duo Pianists Tina Faigen & Becky Billock play works by Rachmaninoff, Schultz and more.
(Ages 3-10) When the family dog eats a bowl of alphabet soup, the letters go up to her brain instead of down to her belly and Martha literally becomes outspoken! A new musical adapted from the Martha Speaks book series by Susan Meddaugh and the PBS Kids TV series.
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Conductors Stephen Story, George Vosburgh, and Thomas Thompson lead works including William Schuman's "Chester Overture", based on an early American tune; Darius Milhaud's jazz-inflected "La Creation du Monde", and music of Schoenberg and Percy Grainger.
Budapest on the Bluff: Hungarian Harmonies
Brahms's Piano Quartet #1 is widely loved for its melodic richness and irresistible Gypsy fireworks in the finale, but music lovers will be charmed to hear how Brahms liberally quotes from this concert's opener, Schubert's little-known Divertissement, a masterpiece in its own right. In his Hungarian Dances, Brahms arranged popular Gypsy themes, filtered through his own sensibility. Andres Cardenes and Anne Martindale Williams share the fruits of decades of music-making together in Kodály's rhapsodic and folk-infused Duo.
Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis is famous for his book, Bud, Not Buddy, which won the Newbery Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. Mr. Curtis will celebrate Black History Month with his latest book, The Mighty Miss Malone. Deza Malone is a dynamic little girl who is determined to keep hope alive, even when her father loses his job in the middle of the Great Depression. Her motto is, "We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful!" (Ages 8 +)
Memories of Love
Free concert with sopranos Katie Manukyan, Joanne Chung, and Rosemary Pavlovsky; mezzo-soprano Michelle Gray-Schaffer; baritone David Jennings-Smith; and pianists Joyce Moon Strobel and Betty Reiley; music by Mozart, Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov, Puccini, Offenbach, and more.
A dinner theater production on Thursday & Friday (meals will not be served at the Saturday matinee). This musical revue is a tribute to the musicians of the 1920s and '30s Harlem Renaissance, and takes its title from the 1929 Fats Waller's song "Ain't Misbehavin'".
In the turn of the century Paris, a city of exquisite contradiction, the heady elixir of personal freedom bred lifestyles both reckless and addictive. Tempt fate as you seek love and destiny at the infamous cabaret – The Moulin Rouge®. Along with a rousing French soundtrack, Moulin Rouge – The Ballet features high-kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak.
Music of Sting and The Police
A Valentine's Day date with the music of Sting and the Police. Every Breath You Take, Fields of Gold, Roxanne. These are just a few of the many hits made popular by these British sensations. This concert features vocalist Neil Donell, often referred to as “the most recorded voice” in Canada. Donell has been heard on albums of such artists as Anne Murray, Triumph, and Rush. André Raphel conducts.
English Lute Music and Songs of Love
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Elizabethan love songs in Westminster's beautiful chapel, with mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead and lutenist Howard Bass. Free.
Rachmaninoff & Beethoven
Russian powerhouse Denis Matsuev returns to play Rachmaninoff’s well-known Piano Concerto #2. Manfred Honeck conducts Mussorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain, which evokes a witch's Sabbath near Kiev; and Beethoven’s exciting Seventh Symphony closes the concert.
The Nordic Sound: Music for Flute
Chatham's Friday Afternoon Musicale series presents flutist Diedre Huckabay and Pittsburgh Trillium Ensemble in music by Finnish and Danish composers in honor of the Chatham University Global Focus Program's "Year of Europe: Scandinavia."
A Modern Twist: Attack Theater + Cello Fury
Acclaimed for innovation, yet rooted in tradition, Cello Fury and Attack Theatre deliver dynamic modern performances. Cello Fury's energetic, original set also includes classical favorites and pop covers. Attack Theatre, with ninja-like intensity, blends contemporary dance with live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms to create passionate pieces that emphasize the humanity in dance. An interactive intermission features Gateway to the Arts teaching artists.