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WQED Cultural Calendar

Two Trips
Date(s): 09/19/2014 - 09/21/2014
Music Director Manfred Honeck begins the season with the lovesick Hector Berlioz's opioid hallucinations in the visionary Symphonie fantastique. Also, YouTube phenom Valentina Lisitsa returns to display her virtuosity in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The program opens with another kind of trip, back to the boyhood summers of the young American composer Mason Bates, via his "Rusty Air in Carolina."
Presenter: Pittsburgh Symphony
09/19 - 7:30 pm
09/20 - 7:30 pm
09/21 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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The Elixir of Love
Date(s): 09/19/2014 - 09/21/2014
This artist-driven performing arts company presents one of opera's most popular romantic comedies, Donizetti's The Elixir of Love. This production transforms the White Studio into "Adina's Cabaret" with the audience at the center of the action for an immersive opera experience. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Maria Sensi Sellner conducts.
Presenter: Resonance Works | Pittsburgh
09/19 - 8:00 pm
09/21 - 3:00 pm
Location: George White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA

The Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Program 1
Date(s): 09/19/2014 Time: 4:00 pm
Pianist Walter Morales begins his complete cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas at Chatham University with the Sonata #1 in F minor, Op. 2 #1; Sonata #24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 "A Therese"; and Sonata #21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein".
Presenter: Chatham University
Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
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Ligonier Highland Games
Date(s): 09/20/2014 Time: 9 am - 6 pm
With the sound of pipes and drums, the 56th annual Ligonier Highland Games continues the centuries-long tradition of the Clans of Scotland coming together to celebrate in song and storytelling, to compete in dance and heavy athletics, and to socialize.
Location: Idlewild Park, Rt. 30, Ligonier, PA

James McBride
Date(s): 09/22/2014 Time: 7:30 pm
James McBride is the author of the 2013 National Book Award winning novel The Good Lord Bird, and well as the New York Times bestseller The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. McBride will focus on his life and on his newest novel, The Good Lord Bird, a story humorously narrated by the elderly Henry Shackleford, as he reminisces about his youthful adventures.
Presenter: Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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The Book of Mormon
Date(s): 09/23/2014 - 10/05/2014
The Book or Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. Creators Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone also begat the four-time Emmy Award-winning landmark animated series, "South Park."
Presenter: PNC Broadway Across America
Location: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

Passing Strange
Date(s): 09/25/2014 - 10/09/2014
The ground-breaking adventurous musical Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodewald tells the story of a young African-American's travels from his roots in Los Angeles to Europe and back in his search for personal and artistic authenticity. Winner: 2008 Tony for Best Book of a Musical and three Drama Desk awards including Outstanding Musical. Mark Clayton Southers directs.
Presenter: The Phoenix: A Theatre Company
Location: TBA

Cello Fury
Date(s): 09/25/2014 Time: 11:30am - 1:30p
WQED and the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership present a LIVE performance by the "cello rock powerhouse" Cello Fury to usher in a new season of the PBS Arts Fall Festival on WQED-TV. The PBS Arts Fall Festival -- a Friday night fall tradition since 2011 --will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth beginning Friday, September 26 at 9 pm with "Sweeney Todd" in concert with the New York Philharmonic.
Location: Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA

Public Record - A Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition
Date(s): 09/26/2014 - 11/09/2014
Public Record — a nine-person multimedia exhibition in celebration of Pittsburgh artists — explores love, absurdity, surveillance, gaming, and identity. Artists include Rafael Abreu-Canedo, Matthew Biederman (with Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Marko Peljhan, and Brian Springer), Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Paolo Pedercini, Caroline Record, Paul Rosenblatt, Martha Rial, Susanne Slavick, and Two Girls Working. 'Paul’s Vinyl Records' (at 707 Penn Gallery) features recordings were sold, collected, and (well) played before the artist collected them again.
Presenter: SPACE Gallery
812 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
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10th Anniversary Gallery Crawl
Date(s): 09/26/2014
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cultural Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawls with exhibitions and live music in the downtown Cultural District including the openings of Pittsburgh Biennial shows at SPACE gallery and 707 Penn Avenue.
Presenter: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Location: Cultural District, Pittsburgh, PA