All Events | Starting Friday, May 10, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Yarrow Mother's Day Concert
The music of Peter, Paul and Mary awakened a generation to activism and idealism. Their songs, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “If I Had a Hammer,” are classics. Peter Yarrow continues to use music to inspire and bring people together to create a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. This pay-what-you can benefit concert supports Hope Academy’s music scholarship fund.
Art for Change
The 25th anniversary of Persad's largest fundraiser and premiere art auction in southwestern Pennsylvania. The event is a verbal and silent auction featuring more than 200 original works of art donated by local, national, and international artists, including paintings, photography, sculpture, furniture, and jewelry. Tickets: PersadArtforChange.org, or 412 441-9786 x-224
Mother's Day Concert
Bring your mom to this fun and festive celebration.
Pittsburgh International Childrens Festival
The Festival offers 65 performances in 5 venues with performers from Australia, Russia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and United States. Attending a performance engages audiences with different cultures and perspectives, as well as exposes them to different mediums for expressing ideas and stories, such as puppetry, soundscapes, music, movement, and dance.
Johnstown Community Strings
A concert of music for string ensemble by Bach, Rush, Dello Joio, Cohen, and more.
Market Street Arts Festival
An Arts and Music festival celebrating local art in the Fayette, Westmoreland, Greene and Washington County area. Featuring Cello Fury.
PBT School Pre-Professional Showcase
The Pre-Professional Showcase includes "Graduation Ball" and the "Swan Lake" Act II Divertissements staged by PBT Artistic Director Terrence Orr, James Washington's "Beauty, The Lack Of," Michael Smuin's "Quattro a Verdi," and "Prossimo" by former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Andre Reyes.
Enjoy Romeo and Juliet and other timeless love stories of William Shakespeare set to music by great composers: Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev do Romeo and Juliet; selections from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream; Weber: Oberon overture
Elgar, Grieg & Ravel
Ukrainian-born pianist and YouTube phenom Valentina Lisitsa performs Grieg's much-loved Piano Concerto. Then, Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Osvaldo Golijov's "Siderius," co-commissioned by the PSO. After intermission, one of Ravel's first works for orchestra, Rapsodie Espagnole, inspired by the Spanish folk tunes sung by Ravel's mother. Elgar's "Alassio" was inspired by the town on the Italian Riviera where Elgar and his family vacationed.
All-Russian Concert with pianist Stewart Goodyear
Known for his elegant and exquisite technique, Stewart Goodyear gives his virtuosic performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1. The season concludes with the dramatic intensity of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 composed in the wake of Stalin's death. André Raphel also conducts Mussorgsky's Khovantchina Overture.