All Events | Starting Saturday, May 4, 2013
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.
Vincent Carr, organ
Vincent Carr will play the Cathedral’s historic 1931 Steinmeyer organ. Now Associate Organist at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ, Carr earned his bachelor's degree in organ performance at Indiana University, and received the Charles Ives Prize from the Yale School of Music.
Walk Two Moons
Adapted by Tom Arvetis from the Newbery Award-winning book by Sharon Creech and directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith. "Flawlessly adapted, 'Walk Two Moons' challenges audiences to look outward into a world where everyone has the immense power to help one another. 'Walk Two Moons' has a poignant, valuable message for audiences of every age." - ChicagoBeat.
Benedetti & Tchaikovsky
Conductor Kazem Abdullah begins his PSO concert debut with Brahms' furiously brooding Tragic Overture. Hindemith's Mathis der Maler is arguably the German composer's most famous orchestral work and is based on music from his opera of the same name. Young Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs the Tchaikovsky concerto, featured on her recent highly-praised recording.
Angela Sheik Red Dress Tour with special guest Jim Rodgers
2011-2012 BOSS US National Loop Champion Angela Sheik is a fierce vocal- and multi-instrumentalist who wows audiences by building her own virtual backup band using rhythmic harmonies, beatbox rhythms, a looper pedal, and a collection of unusual instruments. Pittsburgh Symphony bassoonist Jim Rodgers goes electric with sound layering devices, recreating classical favorites, rock classics, and original soundscapes.
Coming from three different continents, the musicians in Trio Aoide bring a unique blend of classical music from their varied musical backgrounds and styles. They have played their respective instruments (violin, piano, and cello) throughout the U.S. and Europe, and enjoy playing together as Trio Aoide, named after the Greek muse of song
Maecenas XXIX Gala
Consistently recognized as one of Pittsburgh “Top Ten” parties, Pittsburgh Opera's Maecenas gala is always a glamorous, elegant evening. This year, Pittsburgh Opera honors PNC with the Maecenas Award and Dr. Jared L. Cohon of Carnegie Mellon University with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets available at pittsburghopera.org or 412-281-0912, ext 225.