All Events | Starting Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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.
Art Show and Sale
More than 150 diverse paintings, drawings, fiber art, sculpture, photography, and mixed-media pieces by over 60 local artists will be on view. Jurors were the renowned Pittsburgh sculptor Thaddeus Mosley, and artist, photographer, and gallery owner Mark Panza.
Featuring Elise DePasquale, flute; Rachael Stutzman, clarinet; Katie Palumbo, piano.
Ain't Misbehavin' Gala
Join Belle Voci of Pittsburgh at the "Speakeasy" at this year's Ain't Misbehavin' Gala, featuring the Joe Negri Trio, a cocktail reception and auction, and choral performances by Belle Voci, Duquesne University's Voices of Spirit and Fox Chapel Area High School's Vulpes Cantantes. Jon Burnett will emcee.
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.
A faculty recital of music from China, Bulgaria, France, Russia and Italy performed by pianist David Allen Wehr, cellist Adam Liu, bass-baritone Guenko Guechev, mezzo-soprano Xiu-Ru Liu and Cello Fury.
Chamber Music Recital: The Slavic Soul
An ensemble of CMU faculty members and Pittsburgh Symphony members perform Mikhail Glinka's Trio pathetique in D Minor, Anton Arensky's Quartet for Violin, Viola and Two Cellos, Op. 35, and Ernst von Dohnanyi's Piano Quintet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1.
Music Scores, Books, CDs & DVDs Sale
A variety of genres and formats available at crazy low (or at least completely reasonable) prices in the International Poetry Room on the 2nd floor.
Karkowska Sisters Duo
Anna, virtuoso violinist and Kasha, concert pianist, will entertain you with an extraordinary program of virtuosity and laughter -- full of beautiful music, unforgettable stories and comedy.
Alkan 200th Anniversary Concert
Pianist Eric Dzugan and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh directed by Betsy Burleigh perform a Halloween-themed concert celebrating composer Charles-Valentin Alkan and his beloved deceased pet parrot, Jaco. The program includes Alkan's smaller piano works ("the many facets of Alkan"), then a large scale work, and finally a section titled "the Funereal and the Grotesque."
Jose Ramos Santana, piano
Born in Puerto Rico, Jose Ramos Santana performs a wide and diverse repertoire while being an acknowledged master of Spanish music. Mr. Ramos Santana has appeared as a guest soloist with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony.
St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church presents the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble. The acclaimed vocal quartet will perform a selection of Russian sacred and folk music. Freewill donation suggested.
Soyeon Lee and Ran Dank, pianos
Duo pianists Soyeon Lee and Ran Dank will perform a four-hand arrangement of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and solo pieces by Scriabin, Ravel, Chopin and Lizst. Ms. Lee and Mr. Dank placed 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition.
The first American to win an international organ competition, Cherry Rhodes studied with Karl Richter, Marie-Claire Alain and Jean Guillou. Ms. Rhodes has recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her program will include the Prelude and Fugue, BWV 548 by J. S. Bach, Four Chorale Preludes by Brahms, Sportive Fauns by Dezso Antalffy-Zsiross, and Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition as transcribed by Guillou.
Pianist Jolanta Ziemski and guitarist Maciej Ziemski perform works from Chopin to Piazzolla.
Robert Sutherland Lord Memorial Organ Concert
A tribute to the late Robert Sutherland Lord, longtime organist at Heinz Chapel, featuring performances by his proteges Steven Anisko, Robert Blevins and Douglas Homes. Free and open to the public.
The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale's Third Annual Festival of Choirs features the McKeesport High School and North Hills High School choirs, followed by PCC. All three choirs will join forces to close the concert with selections from "Carmina Burana."