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All Events | Starting Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Crucible
The hysteria and intolerance of the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s provide the setting for this Arthur Miller classic. When a mysterious illness affects a teenage girl, the family looks for someone or something to blame. Suggestions of witchcraft made by the jealous, conniving Abigail Williams throws this town into a frenzy of accusations. A rich allegory of the McCarthy era of the 1940s and 50s, The Crucible won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1953.

Almost, Maine
The Gateway H.S. Drama Club stages "Almost, Maine," by John Cariani, directed by Larry F. Cervi and produced by Drama Club sponsor Bob Read. On a moonless midwinter night, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.

Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
The much renowned and recorded Pittsburgh Symphony Brass ensemble performs a concert of Christmas music in a small 1882 Gothic church built by the Fox family. The concert is presented by the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts. Tickets at 412-867-1816. (Adult: $25, Student: $1.) A post-concert reception follows at The Red Brick Gallery.

Music 101: Michael Lipman, PSO Cellist
In a lecture/performance entitled, "Old Cello, New Cello," Michael Lipman will tell the stories of his two remarkably different instruments.

The Light of Christmas
Music has the power to transform this bleakness — to lift us out of the cold and the dark, into the light of the Christmas season. Flutist Josie Kost and oboist Lenny Young will accompany the vocal ensemble, creating musical links between the choral selections. The program opens with "O Blessed Light" by Pittsburgh composer Robert Schultz.

Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert
Robert Page leads his final Holiday Concerts with the Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir, Repertory Chorus, and Phlharmonic in seasonal favorites including his own arrangements of Gloucester Wassail and  It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Hamlisch's Hanukkah Lights. Page alsoconducts Honegger's Une Catate de Noel.

Holiday Fairy Tales
Kick off the holiday season in style! Join Clara as she embarks on a magical adventure in a Suite from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Sing, dance, and dash through the snow with carols, Anderson's Sleighride, and other holiday favorites!

Chatham Choir Candlelight Concert
The Chatham Choir sings music for the holiday season by candlelight.

The Nutcracker
The adventures of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince unfold in Terrence Orr’s staging with a grand–scale production set in 1912 Pittsburgh, featuring dazzling costumes, a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 80 dancers, and Tchaikovsky's timeless music.

Haydn & Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony
Leonard Slatkin conducts the PSO premiere of the charming Symphony #68 by Franz Joseph Haydn. Then hear the world premiere of Composer of the year Mason Bates' Violin Concerto featuring Anne Akiko Meyers, and Saint-Saëns' popular Third Symphony, featuring the organ, wdedicated to the composer's friend, Franz Liszt.

Winter Dreams
Celebrate the holiday season with Tchaikovsky's Symphony #1 ("Winter Dreams") and Nutcracker Suite, along with Christmas medleys and a holiday sing-along -- Friday, Dec. 7, 8pm, Butler County Community College; Saturday, Dec. 8, 7pm, Shaler Area Elementary School. 

Handmade Arcade
Pittsburgh's first and largest independent craft fair, founded to provide grassroots, independent crafters with an opportunity to show and sell their wares, creating an alternative to traditional craft and fine art fairs, and committed to showcasing handmade, locally produced goods.

Cookie Walk
Homemade holiday cookies and homemade soups-to-go will be for sale.

Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John, multiple Grammy Award winner and star of the hit movie Grease will join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to perform many of her hit songs, such as Physical, You're The One That I Want, Summer Nights, and Hopelessly Devoted To You.

Apollo's Fire - Sacrum Mysterium
With a Gaelic prayer, a candle is lit and a sacred procession is launched. Jeannette Sorrell's new celebration of Celtic artistic traditions interweaves renaissance choral music with ancient pagan carols, folk dances and joyous fiddle tunes. Featuring soprano soloist, celtic dancer, 12-person choir, string quartet and celtic quintet (celtic harp, lute, bagpipe, hammered dulcimer)

Timeless - Messiah in Space
Thomas Douglas leads The Bach Choir and Academy Chamber Orchestra in a reprise of the choir's acclaimed “Messiah in Space,” an unique interpretation which allows the text to be rediscovered in a new light.

Celebrate the Holidays
A festive evening for the entire family with sing-alongs, dancers, holiday music, special guests including a visitor from the North, and much more.

Women's Choral Ensemble Holiday Concert


Holiday Favorites
Rediscover the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and join the ESO in singing your holiday favorites.

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).

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