All Events | Starting Saturday, September 21, 2013
Great Opera for a Great City
The JSO's 21st annual Opera Festival Gala heralds the concert season with inspiring music and world class guest opera singers including soprano Sari Gruber, mezzo-soprano Barbara Rearick, tenor Ray Bauwens, and bass-baritone Richard Zeller. Istvan Jaray conducts. A dinner and live and silent auctions follow the concert.
Beethoven on the Bluff - Septet/Piano Trios I
The Duquesne Piano Trio (David Allen Wehr, Charles Stegeman and Adam Liu) makes its formal debut with the tuneful and youthful Septet, one of Beethoven's most popular works during his lifetime. The program opens with the "Ghost" Piano Trio, said to be inspired by the Witches' Scene from "Macbeth", and its companion, the elegant Piano Trio, Op. 70 #2.
Wind Symphony & Symphony Band
Dr. Robert C. Cameron conducts.
Major Winners' Recital - Seungmin Oh & Sage Po
Flutist Seungmin Oh plays music by Marais, Taktakishvili, Barber and Jolivet. Harpist Sage Po performs works by Scarlatti, Faure, Maayani, and Palmer.
Michael Moss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times; author of Salt, Sugar, Fat, a look at the processed food industry.
Anna Singer - An American Songbook
Anna Singer and Rob Frankenberry perform selections from the great American songbook by Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Jerome Kern and others, including selections from Carousel, The Sound of Music, and Phantom of the Opera. Small plates and desserts included. Reservations and valet parking required.
Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano, and Laura Ward, piano
Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves has earned popular and critical acclaim in the world's great opera houses and concert halls. Pianist Laura Ward has performed in Carnegie Hall, Italy's Spoleto Festival, and France's Saint Denis Festival.
A story that is simple yet profound. A work of unparalleled imagination and heart. A stunning theatrical achievement that captures the experience of living in the moment. Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town is America's most acclaimed play. Ted Pappas directs Pittsburgh's most beloved actor, Tom Atkins, in the legendary role of the Stage Manager.
Adam and Eve, Archie and Edith, Ozzy and Sharon -- History is full of infamous duos who, despite their differences, somehow made it work. Odd Pairings is a musical tribute to opposites and their (sometimes unexpected) attractions. Featuring all-new works by Blake Ragghianti, Luke Mayernik, Neil Stahurski, Chris Massa, and guest composers Robert Farrell and Ryan McMasters. Music Director Ryan Keeling conducts.
Mayhem and Majesty
Mayhem and Majesty returns home to Pittsburgh, before its 3-week, off-Broadway run this winter. The show has wowed audiences around the country with its daring musical athleticism and visual exploits. Come join the Squonkers in preparing the Mayhem AND the Majesty to deliver to New York City.
Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist and composer, Ahmad Jamal needs no introduction in his home city of Pittsburgh. Jamal will present a concert of his latest works and classic tunes. He continues performing around the world, as he has for over four decades.
The Austrian audiovisual media duo of Kurt Hentschlager and Ulf Langheinrich created large scale installations that fuse light and sound into one medium. Through their manipulation of technology, the works of Granular Synthesis serve to challenge human perception, conditioning and consciousness.
Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts
Featuring the US debut of Florentijn Hofman's sensational 40-foot high Rubber Duck, the Festival of Firsts will present performance and visual art premieres by Companie Marie Chouinard, NanoDanses, Robin Frohardt, Perth Theater Company, Zimmerman & De Perot, 2b theatre company, Christopher McElroen & T. Ryder Smith, and Kurt Hentschlager.
Gallery Crawl with The Rubber Duck
This crawl celebrates the opening night of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, a project of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. To mark the occasion, The Rubber Duck, the US debut of artist Florentijn Hofman’s four-story-high rubber duck, launches into the Allegheny River, coming to rest by the 6th Street Bridge. The bridge will be closed to traffic to host The Rubber Duck Bridge Party featuring Night Market VI.
Once Upon a Time Gala
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" with Music Director Manfred Honeck and the PSO in a gala concert that also includes Dvorak's Carnival Overture and music inspired by fairy tales. Premium tickets include a season-opening soiree at the Fairmont Pittsburgh with PSO musicians.
Before heading off to war in Iraq, Casey Johnson neatly organizes her life into a box of lists, envelopes and registration forms for her son's activities. Months later, she returns to Western Pennsylvania forever changed, with deep psychological scars that no amount of arranging seems to be able to fix. Directed by John Amplas for its world premiere, Tammy Ryan's poignant Soldier's Heart shines a light on the struggles facing women warriors.
Party w/Ahmad Jamal and the Pittsburgh Jazz Legends
Details and reservations online.
Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble
George Vosburgh, Thomas Thompson, and Stephen Story conduct the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble in a multitude of pieces including Gordon Jacob's Old Wine in New Bottles, Poulenc's Suite Francaise, Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Holst's English Folk Song Suite, and Strauss' Serenade for 13 Winds. Free admission.
Compaignie Marie Chouinard
Marie Chouinard creates dance conceived from primeval dreams— earthy and strong, yet shaped by irrepressible secrets and unseen dimensions in time. Selected to launch the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, the program will include Michaux Mouvements, inspired by poetry and drawings by Belgian artist Henri Michaux, and the U.S. premiere of Gymnopedies, set to piano pieces of Eric Satie. In Michaux Mouvements, the dancers form a stunning silhouette to projections exuding a haunting sense that they, in the artist's words, are connected to "the strangeness of natural things and the naturalness of strange things." This performance contains nudity.