All Events | Starting Saturday, September 13, 2014
Letters From the 19th Century: Music for 4 Voices and 2 Pianos
The Liebeslieder Walzer by Johannes Brahms, and works by Schubert, Schumann and Strauss. Singers Lara Lynn Cotrill, Raquel Winnica Young, Robert Frankenberry and Peter Bianchi perform with pianists Billie Jo Miller and Jack Kurutz. The venues are private homes in Beechview, Beaver and Fox Chapel.
Gala Concert with Anne-Sophie Mutter
Join Music Director Manfred Honeck and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter for a spectacular Gala opening to the PSO's 2014-2015 season featuring Bruch's Violin Concerto #1 and popular pieces by Smetana, Sibelius, Strauss, and Prokofiev.
Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic
Under the direction of Andres Cardenes, the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic will feature Joshua Burca on Jean Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D Minor. Also on the program: Maurice Ravel's Alborada del gracioso, Veljo Tormis' Overture #2, and selections from Sergei Prokofiev's orchestral suites from Romeo and Juliet.
A meeting of Symphony East, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, will have entertainment provided by a brass quartet featuring the PSO's Charles Lirette and Chad Winkler, trumpets; James Nova, trombone; and Joseph Rounds, horn.
Pittsburgh Chamber Players
The Pittsburgh Chamber Players play Brahms's Clarinet Quintet, Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major with its famous slow "Dumka" movement, and the world premiere of David Stock's "Klezmer Dreams." Members include Noah Bendix-Balgley & Jennifer Orchard, violins; Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola; Lorna McGhee, flute; Ron Samuels, clarinet; Mikhail Istomin, cello; and Eugene Sirotkine, piano.
Secondary Cause of Death
By Peter Gordon. If you thought 'Murdered to Death' was funny, just wait till you see this! Inspector Pratt arrives at Bagshot House with grim news for Colonel Craddock, but that's just the beginning. Who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army Captain? How does the eccentric thespian, Longfellow fit in to the equation? These and other characters make Pratt's return a chaotic nightmare as the bodies pile higher and higher.
Improvised Shakespeare Company
Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! Each of the players has brushed up on his "thee's" and "thou's" to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare.
The Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Program 1
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".
The Elixir of Love
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.
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."
Ligonier Highland Games
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.