All Events | Starting Thursday, October 9, 2014
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic
With guest conductor and pianist Barry Douglas, the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic will perform Joseph Haydn's Symphony #88 in G Major, Beethoven's Piano Concerto #2 in B-Flat Major, and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony #4.
Hailed by the Chicago Tribute as "a gifted young pianist who is going places," Korean pianist Ji (formerly known as Ji-Yong) made his Alice Tully Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke's in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G. His recital program includes Bach, Schumann, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky.
Debussy for Pianists and Piano Teachers
At its annual meeting, the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association presents Henry Spinelli, Chatham University Professor Emeritus, discussing "Debussy for the Pianist." Open to the public.