All Events | Starting Saturday, May 25, 2013
Afternoon of the Elves
Playhouse Jr. presents Afternoon of the Elves, based on the 1990 Newberry Honor book by Janet Taylor Lisle. It's the story of Sara-Kate Connolly's overgrown back yard, which hides many secrets, the most exciting of which is a mysterious elf village. When Hillary, a popular new fourth grader, learns of the tiny houses, an unlikely friendship develops between the two girls. While caring for the elf village, Hillary stumbles on a much darker secret about Sara-Kate's life, which forces her to consider the charmed life she's had while others her age struggle to survive.
The Classical Music of Sir Paul McCartney
Rock for The Heart foundation presents Heart Strings, a salute to the classical music of Sir Paul McCartney, featuring the North American premiere of the orchestral adaptation of his Nova, performed by members of the PSO; benefits pediatric heart research. Guest artists include pianist/composer Roger Kellaway, jazz pianist Peter Beets, the Nashville duo Steel Magnolia, and composer and former Chicago member Bill Champlin.
Phillips Family in Concert
Todd and Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet. soprano Amy Philllips, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, and violinist Catherine Cho perform music by Beethoven, Schubert, Isaye and Saint-Saëns along with two premieres by Pittsburgh composer and musical patrriarch Eugene Phillips--Quintetto Concertante for soprano, flute, two violins and viola, and Suite for Viola and Bass Flute featuring a giant flute sounding two octaves below the standard instrument.
Pittsburgh Piano Trio
Performance by the Pittsburgh Piano Trio with light fare and dessert provided. Reservations required.
The Kreutzer Sonata
Pozdynyshev, an enigmatic stranger in a smoky rail car, weaves a tale of love, loss and betrayal. His sensuous wife plays piano while his old friend plays violin, the Kreutzer Sonata between them, powerful and evocative. Was Beethoven's music the soundtrack to their illicit passion, or has Pozdynyshev made a terrible mistake? Irish playwright Nancy Harris adapted Tolstoy's classic novella into a theatrical experience. Richard McMillan stars, Alan Stanford directs.
Other Desert Cities
Lyman Wyeth is an actor-politician in the Ronald Reagan mold. His impeccable wife Polly never has a strand of hair out of place. Now retired, their life in a wealthy Palm Springs enclave is upset when relatives arrive for the holidays. Son Trip is a TV reality show producer; Polly's sister Silda is a wisecracking liberal just out of rehab; most troubling is daughter Brooke, who announces that she is about to publish a revealing memoir. This 2012 Tony-nominated Broadway sensation by Jon Robin Baitz is an entertaining look at unruly family politics. Rob Ruggiero directs.
Honeck, Rossini & Strauss
Manfred Honeck conducts Rossini's exciting William Tell Overture -- famously used as the theme music for the Lone Ranger radio and television shows. Symphony #93 is the first of 12 “London symphonies” composed by Haydn and showcases the composer's humor. Strauss' tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) depicts a hero's journey from the battlefield to finding peace.
Broadway razzle-dazzle at its best. Fired from her first Broadway show, starry-eyed actress Peggy Sawyer thought she’d never see her name in lights, but fate had other plans. Come and meet those dancing feet in this Tony Award®-winning musical. The toe-tapping, foot-stomping score includes such classics as "We’re in the Money," "42nd Street" and "Lullaby of Broadway."
Radio Golf by August Wilson
Pittsburgh Playwrights becomes one of the few theatres in the world to present all ten plays of August Wilson's Pittsburgh Century Cycle in the order of their Broadway appearance. Mark Clayton Southers, Art Terry, Wali Jamal with Kevin Brown and Chrystal Bates under the direction of Eileen J. Morris bring Wilson's characters to life as they tell the story of Harmond Wilks and his evolution in the Historic Hill District.
Suzanne Levinson, flute, with Raymond Blackwell, piano & baritone, and Margaret Kenney, oboe & English horn, in a program by French, Dutch, Australian, American, Bohemian, and British composers. 412 882-9300.