All Events | Starting Friday, May 17, 2013
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.
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.
Market Street Arts Festival
An Arts and Music festival celebrating local art in the Fayette, Westmoreland, Greene and Washington County area. Featuring Cello Fury.
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.
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
Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra
The JSYO Spring Concert, conducted by JSO Music Director Istvan Jaray. The program includes Saint-Saens, Leroy Anderson, Robert Schumann, Beethoven, tunes from Les Miserables, Titanic, and more.
Forum 71 - Susan Philipsz
The sound installation "One and the Same" by Susan Philipsz (Scottish, b. 1965) is based on a medieval Scottish folk song known variously as “The House Carpenter,” “The Demon Lover,” and “James Harris.” The song recounts the story of a married woman who is seduced by a former lover (the devil in disguise) and abandons her husband and son. The lover lures her onto a treasure ship, which he destroys at sea. Within Forum Gallery, the artist's voice, imperfect and ethereal, is heard singing three intertwining versions of the song.
Two Pittsburgh premieres, "An American Te Deum" by Randall Stroope and "South Dakota Shadows Suite" by Jackson Berkey will be sung by Concentio and Chamber Choirs, respectively, with strings and piano. Additional works include three traditional American Hymns by Aaron Copland, selections from Randall Thompson's "Frostiana," Eric Whitacre's hauntingly beautiful "Seal Lullaby," Jocelyn Hagan's "Joy", and a set of spirituals.
Pops: Around the World with Disney
The Magical Music of Disney for live orchestra.
Old and New Worlds
Warren Davison conducts the orchestra's season finale, including Dvorak's Symphony #9, "From the New World;" Weber's Andante and Hungarian Rondo, featuring bassoonist Alicia Whitney; Johann Strauss' Wine, Women and Song; and Serenade by the Hungarian composer Gyula Beliczay. Tickets are available at the door.
Season Finale with pianist Hanna Che
Music Director Lawrence Loh features pianist Hannah Che, 17, winner of PYSO's Concerto Competition, in the first movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2. Hannah has soloed with the McKeesport and Butler County Symphony Orchestras, and plays in PYSO's first violin section. The program also includes the finale to Mahler's Symphony #1 and Saint-Saens' Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, with 30 PYSO alumni augmenting the orchestra. Free tickets (required) available via download.
Hartwood Organ Recital
Richard Konzen of Grove City College will play the recently restored 1909/10 Aeolian residence pipe organ located in the mansion in Harwood Acres Park. Reservations: (412) 767-9200.
A Grand Night of Music
The Kollel Jewish Learning Center presents a benefit concert featuring Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Luz Manriquez Meyer, internationally renowned pianist and Associate Professor at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. Their program includes works by Piazzolla, Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Ravel.
Objects of Desire (work in progress)
Continuum Dance Theater will preview its work-in-progress, titled Objects of Desire.
Side By Side By Sondheim
Side By Side By Sondheim is a dazzling collection of songs by Broadway’s musical master, Stephen Sondheim, with music from many of his very best works including: Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle and Pacific Overtures.
A Celebration of Music and Community
Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh leads the PSO with guest host WQED’s Jim Cunningham, vocalist Katy Williams, violinist Michael Ferri (winner of the 2011 Duquesne Young Artist National Concerto Competition), and the Wilkinsburg Community Choir. The program features works by Irving Berlin, Brahms, Copland, Ravel and Vivaldi, along with a special Memorial Day salute to the USA's armed forces.