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FM Cultural Calendar | Starting Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sharon Creech
Sharon Creech is a Newbery-Award winning author for her book, Walk Two Moons. Her newest book, The Great Unexpected, is set in Ireland and tells the enchanted tale of two orphans, Naomi and Lizzie. Naomi is a romantic. Lizzie is a singer. But when a mysterious boy named Finn falls out of a tree, he changes everything. (Ages 8 and up).
Time: 2:30 pm
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Handel's Messiah
Mark Anderson directs Handel's Messiah, sung by the Shadyside Chancel Choir accompanied by period instruments of the Baroque played by Chatham Baroque and Rick Murrell, trumpet. Soloists include Kelly Ann Bixby, soprano; Joseph Gaines, tenor; and Dimitri Lazich, baritone. A reception and crèche display will follow.
Time: 4:00 pm
Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Pl, Pittsburgh, PA
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One Singing World
Enjoy music from around the world, featuring classical, folk and traditional selections in many languages from around the world…sung by Pittsburgh's most renowned youth chorus.
Time: 4:00 pm

Location: East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA

Warm By The Fire
The choirs, directed by Dr. Jeffry Blake Johnson and joined by the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra and the youth ensemble Dreams of Hope, share familiar holiday songs and some new works, including a commission from composer Jake Hegge (composer of the opera, Dead Man Walking) and lyricist Mark Campbell (lyricist for the opera, Silent Night, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music), Six Christmas Traditions.
Time: 7pm

Location: Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

Westminster Christmas Concert
Annual Christmas concert with Upper St. Clair Chanticleers, church choirs and Christmas carols.
Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA

Pacifica Quartet
The Grammy-Award winning Pacifica Quartet was Musical America's 2009 Ensemble of the Year and won the 1998 Naumburg Prize. The ensemble is the quartet-in-residence at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 135; Janáček: Quartet #2, "Intimate Letters"; Smetana: Quartet #1 "From my Life."
Time: 7:30 pm
Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Tchaikovsky's Winter Dreams
Violinist Gil Shaham returns in Mozart’s Fifth ("Turkish") Violin Concerto with sweet melodies and a hint of military-Turkish music. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker was co-commissioned by the PSO and three other orchestras to write "Strands."  And guest conductor Arild Remmereit leads Tchaikovsky's Symphony #1 Winter Dreams” is one of his earliest and masterful works.
12/14/2012 - 12/16/2012
12/14 - 8:00 pm
12/15 - 8:00 pm
12/16 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Continental Christmas
Tenor Joseph Gaines has recently turned heads in performances with Pittsburgh Opera, Houston's Ars Lyrica, and Apollo's Fire. Now he joins Chatham Baroque for a celebration of seasonal vocal music from the Old and New Worlds, featuring music of Bach, Handel, Corelli, as well as some of America's earliest Hymns and Carols.
12/14/2012 - 12/16/2012
12/14 - 8:00 pm

Location: various

Holiday Concert with Joe Negri
The Orchestra of the Alleghenies (formerly McKeesport Symphony), gives its annual holiday concert with legendary guitarist Joe Negri (Mister Rogers Neighborhood). Bethel Park High School (Dec 14 @ 7:30pm) & McKeesport High School (Dec 16 @ 2:00pm).
12/14/2012 - 12/16/2012

Location: 2 locations

'Tis the Season for Singing
A choral concert featuring John Rutter's Gloria with brass and organ. Philip Aley conducts.
12/14/2012 - 12/15/2012
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Rd., Upper St. Clair, PA

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