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All Events | Starting Thursday, September 25, 2014

Passing Strange
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.

Cello Fury
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.

10th Anniversary Gallery Crawl
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.

Florence Foster Jenkins was an eccentric wealthy socialite whose utter inability to carry a tune never prevented her from holding recitals at the Ritz Carlton or selling out Carnegie Hall. Told through the eyes of her accompanist, Cosme McMoon, Stephen Temperley's hilariously off-key Souvenir has been called "the funniest show on Broadway since The Producers." It's a wonderful and poignant journey through her performances that were the talk of New York. Tome' Cousin directs.

Public Record - A Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition
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.

Music and Lyrics: Art Songs, Opera, Musical Theatre, Sacred Music
Featuring Stacey Conner, Zachary Marshall, and Jennifer Marshall. Free admission.

The Matisse Strings
These young artists are members of a Carnegie Mellon honors ensemble. It will be a delightful evening of listening, performed by Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Audition winners.

Beaver County Invitational Marching Band Festival
Thirteen Beaver County High School Marching bands perform their fall shows. Sponsored by the New Brighton Band Parent Organization.

Newberry Consort - Rosas das Rosas: Cantigas de Santa Maria
While languishing in ilness, Alfonso X - twelfth-century king of Castille, Leon and Galicia—prayed to the Virgin Mary for divine intercession that he might survive. After his recovery, he commissioned songs, or cantigas, recounting the Virgin's miracles and singing her praises. Set to compelling melodies, these cantigas are, at turns, funny, moving, and even awe inspiring. This multimedia production includes lavish images from the E codex, currently held in El Escorial, Spain.

Wagner's Tristan and Isolde: Duets and Liebestod
Featuring WQED's Anna Singer, Robert Frankenberry, and Kelly Lynch. Free admission.

Lyric Fest in Pittsburgh: La Bella Vita!
Philadelphia-based Lyric Fest comes to Pittsburgh for an afternoon of Italian arias and art songs, performed by soprano Jen Aylmer, mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis, tenor Eric Rieger, bass Randall Scarlata, and pianist Laura Ward.

Takacs Quartet
The Takacs Quartet returns to play Haydn's Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 64 #3; Debussy's Quartet in G minor, and Beethoven's Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130 with the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

The Wiggles
The number one children's entertainment group, The Wiggles, are bringing their "catchy brand of preschool pop" (Chicago Tribune) back to North America. "The band that rocks the cradle" (The New York Times) will perform songs from their new CD and DVD, Apples and Bananas. The Wiggles "Ready, Steady, Wiggle" is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series.

Pop-Up Exhibition: Gabe Felice & Jacob Stempky
Greensburg native Gabe Felice lives at the Brewhouse in Pittsburgh. His new work, Hands, stems from a recent fascination with the elegant, yet primal significance owned and operated by the human hand. Jacob Stempky was raised in Michigan and from a very early age was especially fond of drawing. He graduated Cum Laude from The University of Michigan School with a degree in Drawing, Painting & Printmaking. In Chicago, he started The Super Duper Art Co, then moved to Pittsburgh in 2009.

Arts Day of Giving
The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Pittsburgh Foundation team up again to support more than 150 arts organizations and artists with their Arts Day of Giving from 6 am until midnight. During this 18-hour opportunity, you can log on to and donate online to arts non-profits. Each donation from $15 to $1,000 will be partially matched, making your dollars go even further.

ArtDOG salon
A world premiere arrangement, featuring you, led by PNME's new Directorof Education Jennie Dorris. PNME flutist Lindsey Goodman will perform works by Pittsburgh's Eric Moe and Roger Dannenberg, and new PNME Board member -- pianist, composer, and blogger Linda Kernohan (a.k.a. Ms. Music Nerd) -- will give a special performance. Desserts will be served. Register for Free admission at

Choral Music Workshop & Concert
Dr. Herbert V.R.P. Jones directs Bethany's first Choral Music Workshop and Concert, The Workshop Concert will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 at 5:00 pm.

James Gourlay directs music inspired by legends, sagas, fairy tales and heroic deeds. Enter a multi-media world of Hobbits, Wizards and evil goblins with music from The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Imagine the Roman Legions in Respighi's The Pines of Rome and have your heart lifted by some of America’s greatest marches.

The Glass Menagerie
The fading Southern belle, Amanda Wingfield; her sensitive daughter, Laura, who collects figurines that catch the light; their hopes for the Gentleman Caller who comes to pay a visit. These are Tom's memories of his family. After the recent acclaimed Broadway revival, The Public launches its 40th anniversary "Season of Legends" with a new production of Williams' classic -- the first play ever staged by this company.

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