All Events | Starting Saturday, April 20, 2013
Mary Flower and Colin Linden
Mary Flower, a 2008 Blues Music Award Nominee for "Acoustic Artist of the Year," is renowned for a uniquely personal vision of roots music that blends ragtime, acoustic blues, and folk styles. Linden is a singer and songwriter, a prolific record producer (Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Colin James), a guitar sideman for such stars as Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and a member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
Inspired by the words of Victor Hugo, "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent," CMU performance majors Alexander Hettinga (viola), Jessie Nucho (flute), and Natalie Severson (harp) won the Pittsburgh Concert Society's Major Artist Auditions, and worked with Pittsburgh composer David Stock to prepare his piece "A Vanished World."
Veit Hertenstein, viola
Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artist auditions, Veit Hertenstein won the "la Grange" prize at the Verbier Festival, and has appeared at the Marlboro and Menuhin Festivals. He'll debut this season at NYC's Merkin Hall and the Kennedy Center in DC. With pianist Pei-Yao Wang, he'll play works by Schumann, Prokofiev, Rota, Shostakovich and Piazzolla.
A large-scale, city-wide historic concert event featuring Manfred Honeck and the PSO with a choir of thousands from the Pittsburgh region and beyond. Selections will include Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Verdi's Requiem, Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, a world premiere, an audience sing-along, and remarks from Cardinal Donald Wuerl,
70th Anniversary Celebration
The Pittsburgh Concert Society celebrates 70 years of promoting Pittsburgh talent with food, friendship, and performances by pianists L. Mark Carver, Tina Faigen, Ariana Chiu, Christian Chiu, and Charles Oestreich; soprano Leah Edmondson Dyer, trumpeter Charles Lirette, harpist Rebecca Pfingstl, and the Hilal String Quartet. 71st season concerts will be announced. Adrian Daly, Dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music, is the guest of honor.
Organist Paul Jacobs plays Bach
As part of the Pittsburgh Symphony's Music for the Spirit Festival. world-renowned organist Paul Jacobs performs one of Bach's most stunning and challenging masterpieces, the Clavier Ubung III, expressing humanity's connection to the divine, amidst the stunning 23 windows of Heinz Chapel.
Music for Two Viols
Music for Two Viols: Music of Telemann, Simpson, Ford, and Ste. Colombe, played by gambists Patricia Halverson (Chatham Baroque) and Martha McGaughey
The Three Rivers Ringers performs gems from classical composers such as Brahms, Grieg, Shostakovich, and Verdi, as well as today’s leading handbell composers in its six-concert spring series. Details online.
A fab fundraiser celebrates the season and the PBT dancers in style at an edgy venue. Meet the PBT musicians, professional dancers, and crew that made the 2012-2013 season possible, savor delectables, and sip bubbly.
The Best of Verdi's Otello
Chatham's Sunday Vocal Series presents a selection of highlight's from Vardi's Shakespearean opera "Otello."
CMU Baroque Ensemble
Claire Jones, harp
Claire Jones is one of the most celebrated young classical harpists. From 2007 to 2011 she was official harpist to Prince Charles, and performed at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. In this concert, co-presented with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society, Miss Jones will include works by Debussy, Puccini, Saint-Saens, pieces from her new CD, and a special piece chosen by William and Catherine for their wedding.
Art Songs and Interludes
A free community concert featuring new works, new composers, and a few surprises.
Romeo & Juliet
Directed by Don Wadsworth, Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare's most-beloved romantic tragedy, comes to life in a brutally modern American setting amidst civil unrest and street brawls. Despite the violence, two star-crossed lovers find sanctuary in each other's embrace but the fury of their love is no match for the fury of an ancient feud. Romeo & Juliet is one of the most timeless stories of love, loyalty and sensuality.
The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds
Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival marks its 10th anniversary with “The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds,” a multimedia chamber opera by Ofer Ben-Amots inspired by the Yiddish tale of love and mystical possession. This new adaptation is presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Music for the Spirit Festival, with stage direction by Aron Zelkowicz, choreography by Joan Wagman, and video by Sheri Wills. The performers are soprano Yahli Toren, clarinetist Gilad Harel, baritone Guenko Guechev, actor Leon S. Zionts, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and the Pappert Women’s Chorale & Children's Festival Chorus directed Christine Jordanoff, Music Director. "The Dybbuk" is in Hebrew, with English supertitles.
Charlie Chaplin with Tom Roberts
The Manor Theater presents pianist Tom Roberts and special guests performing Tom's original scores to "The Rink" and "One AM," two silent Charlie Chaplin classics from 1916. The Pittsburgh Symphony commisioned these scores for its 2012 Paris Festival.
Music of Michael Jackson
André Raphel conducts the music of the King of Pops from the earliest Jackson 5 to his mega-selling solo years. Vocalist Gavin Hope sings the hits Billie Jean, Thriller, Bad, and Man in the Mirror. Gavin Hope has shared the stage with Shania Twain, Natalie Cole, James Brown and Aretha Franklin.
Joe Negri Jazz Guitar Scholarship Benefit
A benefit cocktail reception (6pm), and dinner (7pm) to endow the Joe Negri Jazz Guitar Endowed Scholarship with performances by Mr. Negri and various local jazz greats.
Beethoven's Ninth, "Ode to Joy"
In this 'Music for the Spirit' concert, Manfred Honeck and the PSO pay tribute to the good in mankind. Beethoven's final symphonic masterpiece, one of the most recognizable pieces of all time, takes its text from Friedrich Schiller’s poem, "Ode to Joy." The PSO also premieres Christopher Theofanides' "The Gift," commissioned by the PSO to honor long-time Board Chair Richard P. Simmons.
Rossini's La Cenerentola
The fairy story with the glass slipper and golden carriage becomes an enchanting opera that replaces special effects with the real magic of true love and goodness. Despite her evil stepsisters, Angelina (Vivica Genaux) manages to be the belle of the ball, thanks to the wise Alidoro (Joseph Barron) and a beautiful bracelet. After the ball, the prince (Arthur Espiritu) finds his princess and sees her true beauty: the ability to forgive. With Paolo Pecchioli as Don Magnifico. Antony Walker conducts.