All Events | Starting Friday, October 17, 2014
Roberto Clemente was more than just a baseball player. He was a legend. A hero. Golden Glover. World Series champ. And a selfless humanitarian. This world premiere musical by Alki Steriopoulos tells the unforgettable story of the life and death of Hall of Famer Clemente, as well as the three women instrumental in molding him – his mother, Dona Luisa, his wife, Vera, and his doting sister, Anairis.
Casablanca - A Cinematic Symphony Event
Fall in love all over again when the PSO presents "Casablanca," a symphonic cinema event. This 1942 film classic tells the dramatic story of a man torn between love and virtue and features iconic performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Experience Casablanca on the HD big screen with Max Steiner's Oscar-nominated score played live by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Here's looking at you, kid!
60th Annual Diamond Horseshoe Ball
This grande dame of galas features a cocktail reception, performances by the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera, live and silent auctions, dancing to the music of In The Mood, and more.
Heroes and Villains
The battle between good and evil begins! Armed with epic music from stage and screen, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conductor Lucas Richman, guest vocalist Sheena Easton and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale (Christine Hestwood, director) will once more save the day with notes that fly faster than a speeding bullet.
Every Voice! Benefit
Support the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts while enjoying wine, hors d'oeuvres, fine desserts and beautiful music by Klezlectic. The evening will also include a Fund-A-Need for Scholarship and a live auction with opportunities for extravagant get-aways
Opening Night Celebration
The ESO's 27th season powerful opening night celebration conducted by Walter Morales features soloist Andrew Sords in Sibelius's transcendental Violin Concerto. Beethoven’s dramatic Coriolan Overture and Brahms's romantic Third Symphony complete this festive evening.
Grand & Glorious
Pittsburgh Opera opens its 76th season with a 'Grand & Glorious' concert of vocal and orchestral fireworks from Rigoletto, Pagliacci, Norma, La forza del destino, Cavalleria Rusticana, Die Meistersinger, and more. Opera stars Marianne Cornetti, Angela Meade and Carl Tanner perform with Resident Artists and the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra conducted by Antony Walker.
A Musical Banquet
A table is set - a band of eight players at your service. Come and partake of a sumptuous feast of 17th-century string music for this Emily Norman Davidson Memorial Concert. The menu includes Bertali's Tausend Gulden & Prothimia Suavissima, Biber's Mensa Sonora, Schein's Banchetto Musicale, and Schmelzer's Harmonia a Cinque served up by the trio with guest artists Allison Edberg, Baroque Violin; Kristen Linfante, Karina Schmitz & Matt Hettinga, Viola; and Adam Pearl, Chamber Organ.
Hillman Halloween Spooktacular
The Hillman welcomes Illusionists Ted and Marion Outerbridge in "Clockwork Mysteries" as they guide the audience through a bizarre and fascinating journey through time, with the help of a Victorian time machine. Often hailed as the "most successful magic act in Canada," the Outerbridges' stun spectators with their magical race against time. The Spooktacular will include a haunted hayride, bounce houses, late-nite music, kettle corn and more.
Major Winners Recital
Violinist Shanrong Tuo plays part of Beethoven's "Eroica" Sonata and the Fantasie by Messaien with pianist Sung Im Kim. Pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou plays Book II of "Images" by Debussy and Prelude #1 by Gershwin.
Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra
Roger Zahab conducts a contemporary music concert including a golden string by Judith Weir (Master of the Queen’s Music), Toru Takemitsu's The Dorian Horizon, and Zahab's own Evening on 57th Street for solo violin and strings with the composer as soloist and guest conductor Rob Frankenberry.
The Brass Roots: Symphonic Spectacular
The Brass Roots' concert titled "Symphonic Spectacular" highlights great moments from the orchestral repertoire. This music truly captures the power of brass, featuring composers such as Mahler and Mussorgsky. The Brass Roots was founded by four musicians who had collaborated while pursuing graduate degrees at Carnegie Mellon University and who have since recruited some of the most capable musicians in the Steel City.
Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza Orchestra
Jerry has dedicated his life to promoting tambura culture in America and abroad, maintaining and elevating the standards of musical excellence established by Europe's leading tambura orchestras. His vast repertoire broadens the appeal of this music to every nationality.
Pianist Rick Purcell and vocalist Shari Richards perform Songs from the Great American Songbook for Symphony East, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Robert J. Lacovic, piano
Johnstown's Robert J. Lacovic of will perform piano works by contemporary Spanish composers and classics from earlier periods by Scarlatti, Debussy, De Falla, Rachmaninoff and Joaquin Turina.
Benjamin Britten's The Beggar's Opera
The Beggar's Opera is a ballad opera in three acts written in 1728 by John Gay with music adapted by Benjamin Britten in 1948. The Beggar's Opera is widely considered Gay's best known work. Philip Walsh, conductor; Dan Rigazzi, stage director.
A Chorus Line
During the course of a midsummer night in the post-Civil War South, Miss Julie, the young daughter of a plantation owner, seeks to escape her cramped uptight life by trying to seduce one of her father's former slaves. What begins as a flirtatious grappling for power between the two quickly escalates into a sexual relationship which has dark consequences. This new adaptation by Mark Clayton Southers mixes race into the dangerous cocktail of class and gender politics that Strindberg exploded onstage, restoring the sense of shock and outrage with which audiences greeted the play's original premiere. Andrew Paul directs.
Guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier returns to lead Grieg's popular Peer Gynt suite. Principal Flutist Lorna McGhee solos in Nielsen's Flute Concerto. Sibelius' romantic Symphony No. 5, the composer’s reaction to the musical modernism of his time, closes this program.
The PBT Orchestra accompanies the fairytale splendor of The Sleeping Beauty. Resting at the pinnacle of classical ballet, good conquers evil in the beloved story of Princess Aurora's enchanted slumber. Set to one of Tchaikovsky's most celebrated scores, The Sleeping Beauty's legendary Rose Adagio scene ranks among the most spellbinding sequences in classical ballet.