All Events | Starting Saturday, October 4, 2014
Music Director & Conductor Matthew Kraemer gegins the season with the Capriccio Espagnole by Rimsky-Korsakov, Concerto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo with guest guitarist Nicholas Goluses, Alborada del Gracioso by Ravel, Carmen Suite #1 by Bizet, and The Three-Cornered Hat Suite #2 by De Falla. Maestro Kraemer gives a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm.
Book of Ezra
Playwrights founder and producing artistic director Mark Clayton Southers will direct the premiere of a one-man play, Book of Ezra, written and performed by spoken word artist and national slam poet Leslie Ezra Smith. Book of Ezra chronicles his coming of age and consciousness – growing up as a Black man in America.
French and Belgian Music for Violin and piano
An afternoon of works by Leclaire, Ysaye, Franck, and Ravel. Featuring Cyrus Forough, violin; Sung Im Kim, piano.
Faith & Fate: Beethoven's Mass in C and Brahms' Schicksalslied
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra accompanies the Mendelssohn Choir in Brahms and Beethoven conducted by Betsy Burleigh. Brahms' Schicksalslied, or Song of Fate, takes us from heavenly bliss to the dramatic depths of despair, bemoaning the unpredictability of our earthly existence. Beethoven's Mass in C Major is an unexpectedly peaceful and sublime expression of faith from the stormy iconoclast.
Guest Recital: Nancy Allen, harp
Principal Harpist of the New York Philharmonic, Nancy Allen will give a guest recital featuring the works of Respighi, Faure, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Francois Couperin, and more.
The Story Collider: Reactions
Five Carnegie Mellon students will share the true, personal stories behind their research. Adam struggles to save his sea urchins from the polar vortex. Casey's in the middle of the ocean when the ship's internet breaks, and Matineh reacts to a change in culture when her research moves her from Iran to Pittsburgh. The result is a funny and touching show.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder, as part of the TRUST Cabaret Series. Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country, and jazz. As the tragic character "Lucy" in the Broadway musical JEKYLL & HYDE, Eder blew the roof off each night as she belted out "Someone Like You" and "A New Life," and was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination.
The Pinchpenny Phantom of the Opera
By Dave Reiser & Jack Sharkey. Gaston, proprietor and star tenor of a tacky opera house, can only afford a chorus of two and one guest soprano per opera. The guest sopranos keep succumbing to ghastly fates such as strangulation, electrocution, enraged bulls, banana peelings underfoot, poison fleas, falling chandeliers and hypothermia. Why? Because the Phantom wants Pristine to star– and at the rate he bumps off her rivals, she'll soon be the only soprano in grand opera!
"Something wicked this way comes," says one witch as Macbeth approaches. As Macbeth's ambition grows, fueled by the prophecies of the three witches, he and his Lady begin a campaign of devastation and death to secure the throne of Scotland. How far will they go to satisfy the blossoming wickedness in their hearts? If you enjoy Game of Thrones, Macbeth will thrill you. Alan Stanford directs Shakespeare's shortest tragedy.
Songs from Home
The Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra premieres Mark Stanley Fromm's Frick Gates, which highlights the four stone gatehouses of Frick Park, all designed by the architect of the Jefferson Memorial. Edward Leonard also conducts Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Dvorak's epic Symphony #9 "From the New World."
The Savoyards begin their 77th season with Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Sorcerer."
A Night in Spain
Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber makes his Pittsburgh debut, leading Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic Manfred Symphony. Wellber is joined by the charismatic young Spanish guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas, in the beloved Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo. The program opens with Debussy's charming Petite suite, inspired by the poetry of Paul Verlaine.
A Marvelous Party
A retrospective revue of standards from the '30s, '40s, and early '50s by Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein and more, performed by Sewickley Academy alumni and students. members of the 8:40 and 7:40 theater groups, and local singers. RSVP online. Shows at 5:30 and 8:40 pm.
Opening City Theatre's 40th Anniversary Season is "Outside Mullingar" by John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony-winning author of "Moonstruck" and "Doubt." This comedy tells the story of Tony Reilly, an aging Irish cattle farmer and widower, who threatens to leave his family's farm to an American nephew instead of his own son, Anthony. That is, until neighbor Rosemary steps in with a long-held family secret that could change Anthony’s fate and her own.
Robert Gruca, guitar
The Pittsburgh Classical Guitar Society presents Robert Gruca, who covers a wide range of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire. Possessing powerful musical interpretation and complete technical command over his instrument, he has earned first prizes at the Columbus State Guitar Symposium Competition, the Appalachian State Guitar Festival Competition, and others.
Sergey Schepkin, piano
Sergey Schepkin, Associate Professor of Piano at Carnegie Mellon University, will perform J. S. Bach's Six Keyboard Partitas, BWV 825-830. Free admission.
Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's bold vision focuses on presenting groundbreaking work from the world’s most exciting, emerging choreographers. Square None, by Norbert De La Cruz III, is an ambitious and expansive piece that explores themes of youth and naivete. Beautiful Mistake, by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, expertly exhibits the gorgeous physicality of this incredible company through dynamic partnering. In Heart(s)pace by company-favorite Nicolo Fonte, the stage glows with exuberant light and color in an abstract piece illuminating the importance of touch.