All Events | Starting Friday, April 12, 2013
Bell Plays Bernstein
Superstar violinist Joshua Bell returns to perform Leonard Bernstein’s heart-wrenching Serenade, a piece Bernstein dedicated to the memory of his mentor, the legendary conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Composer of the Year Mason Bates’ Desert Transport depicts the Arizona desert as seen from above in a helicopter. Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena makes his PSO debut with Brahms' stunning Third Symphony, a prime example of the deeply personal music composed during the Romantic era.
Paving the Road of Survival
In collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble journeys through two distinct times in history, representing our individual and collective strengths gained through our heart-wrenching pasts. Featuring "The List" choreographed by Christopher Huggins, and "Dedication" choreographed by Kevin lega Jeff.
Tribute to the Beatles - Beatlemania Magic
Beatlemania Magic, a national touring Beatles Tribute band, recreates the early Beatles concerts with identical costumes, equipment, and spot on harmonies. Songs are played using Vox amps, Gretsch, Hofner & Rickenbacker guitars made famous by the Beatles. The look and sound are uncanny.
Chatham Baroque-Musical Journey of Bishop Martinez Compañon
Chatham Baroque collaborates with guest director Tom Zajac, and twelve world-class singers and instrumentalists in a unique program of popular songs and dances from late 18th century Peru that survive in an unlikely source, a collection of water color paintings! The program includes songs with Indian and African influences, drinking songs, love songs and a hymn to the Virgin Mary, and will be accompanied by a slide presentation of the beautiful images from the manuscript.
Christ UMC presents a Beethoven Piano Trio, Celtic duos, and favorite movie themes played by Debbie Schneider, piano; Charles May, violin; Mary Amrhein-May, cello; Jim Caprio, guitar; Amanda Sage, flute; and the Christ Church and St Louise De Marillac Saturday Night Musicians. A cookie reception follows. Donations support the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and CUMC's music ministries. Free admission.
Le Miroir de Jésus by André Caplet
The chamber oratorio Le Miroir de Jésus by André Caplet with poignant lyrics by poet Henry Ghéon is an hour of stunning orchestration and sublime harmonies receiving its Pittsburgh premiere. Soprano Laura Knoop Very performs with The Oakland Girls Chamber Choir, and the Chamber Light Players of Symbiotic Collusion.
Brilliant Brahms with pianist Angela Cheng
Guest pianist Angela Cheng tackles Brahms' Piano Concerto #1 on a concert that includes Elgar's fascinating Enigma Variations.
Far Away Places
Pianist Enrique Graf performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major with the orchestra led by music director Matthew Kraemer.
Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass
The creator of the acclaimed public radio show This American Life explains the keys to his program's tremendous success, including the process of tracking down the great untold stories. Glass includes radio excerpts and music, creating a "live" show as the audience watches. At a special pre-show reception, Glass will be interviewed by hosts from WYEP and Essential Public Radio.
30th Anniversary Sponsorship Concert
The performance features the combined choirs of Fox Chapel and Oakmont Presbyterian Churches, under the direction of Guy Russo, with organist David Billings. The program: Mozart's Te Deum, Leavitt's Requiem, Britten's Jubilate Deo and Rejoice in the Lamb. Free.
Pennsbury High School Concert Choir
As part of the series, the Arts in Eastertide, following the worship service, hear this choir from Fairless Hills, PA, in a brief concert, and enjoy an architectural tour.
Music at Rodef Shalom
Violinist Bella Hristova, winner of the Young Concert Artists Award, has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She’ll play works by Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin, and Arvo Pärt. Free admission
The Ebène Quartet won the 2004 ARD International Competition in Munich and the 2005 Forberg-Schneider Foundation Belmont Prize. The Quartet is known for its mastery of traditional repertoire as well as its innovative renditions of jazz standards.
All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company's Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography. One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter's first-class musical comedy is sailing to Pittsburgh, while it continues a triumphant run on Broadway.
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Art Songs and Interludes
A free community concert with all new works composed especially for the occasion.
With brilliant wit, this 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner and 2012 Tony-winning Best Play inspects one house in two separate years: 1959 and 2009. In Act One, a black family moves into Chicago’s white Clybourne Park. In Act Two, it's 50 years later and the issue is white gentrification in the now black neighborhood. Clybourne Park is a perceptive and sharply funny play about the minefield of personalities that must be negotiated before a community can be created. Pamela Berlin directs.
A Deco Affair
a pre-season gala event with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, gourmet dinner, opera gems performances featuring Diba Alvi, Anna Singer, Daniel Teadt, and Juan Jose De Leon; silent and live auctions, dessert and dancing to a Live band.
The Nordic Sound: Norway
Chatham's Friday Afternoon Musicale series presents pianist Walter Morales in music by Halvorsen, Grieg, Sinding, and Tellefsen in honor of the Chatham University Global Focus Program’s Year of Europe: Scandinavia.
Cinderella (with Orchestra)
PBT's season ends with the enchanting fairy-tale story of Cinderella choreographed by Septime Webre with dazzling sets, shimmering costumes, enchanting fairies, jesters, dragonflies, a fairy godmother, and evil stepsisters. This production features the PBT Orchestra playing Sergei Prokofiev's magnificent score.