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WQED Cultural Calendar

Thanksgiving with Igudesman and Joo
Date(s): 11/28/2014 - 11/30/2014
Often compared to luminaries such as Victor Borge and Dudley Moore, violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious sketches. Their performances with some the most prestigious classical musicians have won reviews from The New York Times, Vanity Fair and many others. Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts.
Presenter: Pittsburgh Symphony
11/28 - 7:30 pm
11/30 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Latin American Fiesta
Date(s): 11/29/2014 Time: 8:00 pm
Renaissance City Winds will perform Latin American works and Holiday music by Efrain Amaya, Julio Medaglia, and Paquito D'Rivera. After the concert will be a reception and tour of the astounding Model Train Museum on the upper floors of this beautiful North Side Mansion.
Presenter: Renaissance City Winds
Location: Holmes Hall, 719 Brighton Rd., Pittsburgh, PA
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Silents, Please! Tom Roberts & "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp"
Date(s): 11/30/2014 Time: 4:00 pm
As part of the Silents, Please! series, pianist/composer Tom Roberts will perform his score for "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" along with the 1926 silent film starring Harry Langdon and Joan Crawford.
Location: Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Av, Dormont, PA

Great Expectations
Date(s): 12/04/2014 - 12/20/2014 Time: various
A woman hell-bent on revenge on all men snares Pip, a kindhearted boy, in her wicked web, with the beautiful Estella as bait. Pip is stuck fast in Miss Havisham's web of love and deceit–will he become a gentleman and win the love of Estella? Dickens' classic novel has been adapted by Hugh Leonard with the best parts of Pip's adventure. Like A Christmas Carol, this play brims with unusual characters–a perfect family entertainment to end the year. Alan Stanford directs.
Presenter: PICT Classic Theatre
Stephen Foster Memorial Pittsburgh, PA
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Christmas Brasstacular
Date(s): 12/04/2014 - 12/12/2014
James Gourlay leads the River City Brass' traditional Christmas Brasstacular, complete with carols, choirs, Santa and his elves and, of course, their own particular brand of humor and fun. Enjoy the world premiere of Symphony of Carols by Drew Fennell featuring a variety of choirs from the region.
Presenter: River City Brass
12/04 - 7:30 pm
12/05 - 7:30 pm
12/06 - 7:30 pm
12/09 - 7:30 pm
12/11 - 7:30 pm
12/12 - 7:30 pm
Location: (six locations)
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Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert
Date(s): 12/04/2014 Time: 8:00 pm
Under the direction of Andres Cardenes, the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic will feature award-winning pianist Luis Hernandez on Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The Chorus will join the Philharmonic on Vivaldi's Gloria. Also on the program will be Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
Presenter: Carnegie Mellon School of Music
Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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The Nutcracker
Date(s): 12/04/2014 - 12/14/2014
Monica Ryan directs two weekends of The Nutcracker presented by the Carnegie Performing Arts Center. Students from CAPA and other area high schools dance the lead roles. Over 70 dancers from many community dance schools ranging in age from 5 to adult round out the cast of swirling snowflakes and candy flowers.
Presenter: Carnegie Performing Arts Center
Carnegie Library Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave, Carnegie, PA
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BeethovenFest: The Revolutionary
Date(s): 12/05/2014 - 12/07/2014
Maestro Honeck begins three (non-consecutive) weekends on Beethoven's life and works with two of Beethoven's most-loved symphonies. The profoundly philosophical Fifth is surely one of the most well-known musical testaments in the repertoire. And the joyful, highly-charged Seventh exudes optimism despite the composer's total deafness.
Presenter: Pittsburgh Symphony
12/05 - 7:30 pm
12/06 - 7:30 pm
12/07 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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The Nutcracker
Date(s): 12/05/2014 - 12/28/2014
Terrence Orr's production set in early 1900s Pittsburgh laces the traditional tale with new surprises each year and keeps the magic alive by showcasing the virtuosity of more than 170 dancers. From the moonlit Snow Scene to the effervescent Land of Enchantment, and with Tchaikovsky's beloved score, The Nutcracker is a perennial holiday treat.
Presenter: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
237 Seventh St., Pittsburgh, PA
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Romeo and Juliet
Date(s): 12/05/2014 - 12/14/2014
The Conservatory Dance Company stages another memorable production of Prokofiev's famous ballet, choreographed by Nicolas Petrov, an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and artistic director who retired from Point Park last year. He choreographed the American premiere of Romeo and Juliet at Point Park more than 40 years ago as his debut production at the school.
Presenter: Point Park University
Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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