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All Events | Starting Saturday, April 6, 2013

New Music with flutist Robert Dick
Legendary flutist Robert Dick joins Alia Musica Pittsburgh for its spring concert.  The ensemble will play his work, Meristem, plus other new music works including the U.S. premiere of a piece by Pulitzer Prize finalist Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. 

Spring Rhapsody
Spring Rhapsody, the annual dinner-auction benefiting the Westmoreland Symphony will include hors d’oeuvres, fine dining at 7:30 pm, and silent and live auctions. Greensburg's Laurel Quartet will perform.

South & West of Broadway with Carrie Tillis
Singing Rodgers & Hammerstein, Porter and Berlin, Tillis (daughter of country legend Mel) captivates audiences with melodies that make many listeners ache for the old days.

A Musical Menagerie
This concert presents favorites like Peter and the Wolf  and the Fledermaus overture, among others.

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
Young Artist Competition winners; Beethoven Symphony #6 "Pastoral". Warren Davidson conducts.

Fiddler on the Roof
In the village of Anatevka, the poor milkman Tevye is trying to keep his family's traditions in place. Times are changing, his daughters want to choose their own husbands. Includes the songs If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise, Sunset; Tradition, and Matchmaker, Matchmaker.

Time Zones: The Chaplin/Bach Encounter
The Bach Choir juxtaposes the era of its namesake, Johann Sebastian Bach, and that of writer, actor, and auteur, Charlie Chaplin. Bach Choir director Thomas Douglas combines the musical genius of Bach with the brilliant silent narratives of Chaplin's films.

Pianist Jose Ramos Santana
As part of the series, the Arts in Eastertide, following the worship service, hear Mr. Ramos Santana in a brief recital, and enjoy an architectural tour.

A World of Signs
Shirli Nikolsburg’s film, "A World of Signs," won the educational award at the 2012 international film festival in Vancouver, WA with a score performed by Nikolsburg, PSO cellists Michael Lipman (her husband) and Adam Liu, and pianist Rodrigo Ojeda. The film covers a holistic approach to early education through play,  American sign language, music, and visual and folk arts.

In Two Minds
Two great traditional Irish singers, Len Graham and Brian O'hAirt perform an evening of traditional Irish song.

California University Concert Band & Community Band South
The California University Concert Band (Charles Marty Sharer, director) and Community Band South (Dean Streator & James Bennet, directors) will perform separately and then join for John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis."

Geraldine Brooks
Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and an author who has been requested by many audience members, presents an extraordinary finale to our season in a talk about her life and her distinguished body of work, including People of the Book, March, and her latest best-seller, Caleb’s Crossing.

The Six Brandenburg Concertos
Conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell leads these six masterpieces in concerto grosso form, J.S. Bach's supreme achievement in instrumental music. The Brandenburg Concertos were unknown until published on the centennial of Bach's death. QED's Jim Cunningham hosts a pre-concert talk at 6:30.

Duets: Music for Cello and Piano
Chatham's Chamber Music Series presents cellist Michael Lipman and pianist Yeeha Chiu in Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata, Op. 18; and other works for cello and piano

Our Class
In 1941, as Poland is being invaded, we meet ten schoolchildren, each one innocent and unaware of their futures as villains or victims - or both; each actor portrays a character from age 8 to adulthood. Fourteen "lessons" show how fear, envy and paranoia beget violence, murder and retribution. Music by Doug Levine & Susanne Ortner-Roberts (performed live) helps make Our Class an unforgettable experience. Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks. Parental discretion advised.

Faculty Recital
Cyrus Forough, violin, with Sung-Im Kim, piano

Handbell Soloist in Concert
Nancy Hascall of Lake Oswego, Oregon presents a free concert of classical works by Debussy, Haydn, Massenet, Faure, and Chopin, plus a selection of sacred, folk, and popular tunes. Accompanist: Mary Rita Rossetti, Director of Music at St. Alexis.

Green Light Saxophone Quartet
The quartet of Duquesne University graduate students will feature a variety of music from jazz to classical, as well as celebrate local art with pieces from several local Pittsburgh artists.

The School for Scandal
Directed by Alan Stanford, Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal is widely considered a comic masterpiece of the Restoration Period with witty dialogue, hidden identities, and appropriately scandalous, slanderous, and scheming characters. This comedy of manners (both good and bad!) still feels fresh after 235 years.

Bell Plays Bernstein
Superstar violinist Joshua Bell returns to perform Leonard Bernstein’s heart-wrenching Serenade, a piece Bernstein dedicated to the memory of his mentor, the legendary conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Composer of the Year Mason Bates’ Desert Transport depicts the Arizona desert as seen from above in a helicopter. Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena makes his PSO debut with Brahms' stunning Third Symphony, a prime example of the deeply personal music composed during the Romantic era.

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