All Events | Starting Sunday, April 28, 2013
Daria Burlak, organ
Church of the Epiphany presents award-winning organist Daria Burlak, making her first concert tour of the USA with works by Dupre, Durufle, Messaien and others. The church is next to the Consol Energy Center, downtown.
Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra - All Strings
A string orchestra program including Britten's Simple Symphony, Barber's Adagio, Mendelssohn's String Symphony #1, and Nancy Galbraith's Zelo featuring soprano and emcee Anna Singer of Classical WQED-FM 89.3. Thomas Octave conducts.
The Renaissance City Winds and guest Bill Troxler, hammer dulcimer, will perform traditional and original tunes. Troxler, a resident of Chincoteague Island, VA, is Music Coordinator for the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance and can be heard on several CDs. The Winds will also play American chamber music by Samuel Barber, Gunther Schuller, and Eric Barndollar.
Young People's Concerts
These concerts, Storm Chasers, are performed for 3rd through 5th grade students, but are also open to the public. Featured guest artist is violinist Inori Sakai, who'll play "Winter" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Artistic Director Daniel Meyer also conducts works by Wagner, Debussy, Beethoven, and Strauss. $5 tickets are available at the door, or by calling the WSO office at 724 837-1850.
As You Like It, or Make it Hurt
Adapted from Shakespeare by the ensemble. Come, come, wrestle with thy affection. "As You Like It or Make it Hurt" explores this ensemble’s fascination with fetish, violence, and ,gender challenges in William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. Fleeing the sterile court for the lure of the wild forest, the characters are forced to wrestle with each other, and with their own violent and sexual desires. Jessie Mills directs.
Beach Blanket Brass
Too darned hot? Come and chill with River City Brass, the coolest sound this Summer! You'll twist again with the music of the Fab Four, and other great 60s hits. Works to include: Under the Boardwalk, Let's Twist Again, In The Good Old Summertime, Joy-Filled Summer, and H. Owen Reed's La Fiesta Mexicana.
Disco Days & Boogie Nights
No matter what crowd you ran with in the '70s, Jack Everly conducts disco anthems like Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," monster rock hits like Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and singer/songwriter ballads like Don McLean's "American Pie." Along with hits from the Bee Gees, ABBA and Billy Joel, the groovy songs from a decade of music come together for one dynamite symphonic performance!
Crista Miller, organ
Organist and Music Director at Houston's Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Eastman graduate Dr. Crista Miller will play St. Paul's Beckerath organ. Free admission. Free-will offerings suggested.
Waverly House Opera
"The Paper Bag Bandit Rides Again" or "Behind the Cheap Mask," the annual Waverly Opera House production benefiting the youth camp scholarship fund. For information, 412 242-0643, or www.waverlychurch.org
From the Permanent Collection: The Wolf Family Donations
Highlights from the Permanent Collection: Celebration of the Wolf Family Donations features works by Will Barnet, Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Rockwell Kent, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Moran, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and Grant Wood, among others.
Mark Morris Dance Group
Endlessly inventive and masterful, Mark Morris ranks among the world's greatest choreographers. Described as "undeviating in his devotion to music," Mark Morris has made live musical accompaniment the gold standard in modern dance. For more than three decades, the Mark Morris Dance Group has been wowing the world over with outstanding works that dutifully exude Mark Morris’ prolificacy, passion and artistic conviction.
By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, writer for Glee. Whatever happened to Abigail Williams? It's 1702, a decade after The Crucible's infamous seductress danced with the devil in Salem. Now, the devil returns for a visit, the blood on the gallows is dry, and Abigail hides behind a changed name in a new town. Imagining the destiny of the immortal stage villain who cried "Witch!," this suspenseful drama reveals the accuser's unforeseen fate.
Maestro Istvan Jaray closes the season with the JSO Chorus, soloists including WQEJ's Anna Singer, church and school choirs in Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Santos' From the Minds of Desire, and Beethoven's Symphony #9 "Choral" with its closing Ode to Joy.
Made in America
A salute to America and American composers, including a newly-commissioned work, "The Voices," by Dale Warland. The concert also includes favorites including Shenandoah, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Over the Rainbow, and more. Saturday, 8pm, Fox Chapel; Sunday, 4pm, Ingomar.
East End Choral Festival
The festival features the choirs of East Liberty Presbyterian, Shadyside Presbyterian, Calvary Episcopal, and St. Andrew's Episcopal churches. The guest conductor will be David Hill, conductor of the BBC Singers and Bach Choir of London. Combined choirs will sing works of Gerald Finzi, Benjamin Britten, and Randall Thompson.
25th Anniversary Season Finale
This concert and gala features the Festive Overture by Shostakovich, Grieg's Piano Concerto with Music Director Walter Morales as soloist, a world premiere by Pittsburgh composer Robert Schultz, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4.