All Events | Starting Friday, October 4, 2013
O Fortuna! The BNY Mellon Grand Classics season opens with one of the most recognizable works of all time, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Based on a collection of lusty medieval poetry, this choral masterpiece has been heard countless times in film, television and even at professional sports events. Also, the PSO plays Beethoven's Fidelio Overture and world-premieres the Symphony #6 by one of its Pittsburgh Composers of the Year, David Stock.
Student Choreography Project
The Conservatory Dance Company opens its season with the Student Choreography Project, a showcase of original choreography by the Conservatory's top students. Recognized for national festivals and awards, this edgy and inspired concert features selections from a variety of dance genres by some of today's most promising young artists.
Ensemble Son & Either/Or
Stockholm's Ensemble Son and New York's Either/Or will combine forces to present a concert of premiere performances, including Dark Flow by Either/Or cofounder and pianist Richard Carrick, Hereabouts by Ensemble Son trombonist Ivo Nelson, and works by Keeril Makan (Letting Time Circle Through Us), Lisa Streich (PAPIROSN), and Zeena Parkins (Circles and Squares). Works will explore spatial relationships, sometimes by placing the performers in different parts of the performance space; sometimes by having different elements of the music unfold on independent, yet interconnected, timelines.
Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra
Formed in 2013, the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra is dedicated to restoring the lost history of the ragtime era in Pittsburgh. The ensemble will perform recently rediscovered compositions by Pittsburgh composers that have not been heard in almost 100 years. In addition, the ACRO will perform Latin American-inspired pieces by composers from Harlem's Clef Club.
Sold: Renn Woods in Concert
Former child star and teenage heartthrob actress/singer Renn Woods, best known for her roles as Fanta in the classic TV mini-series "Roots" and her unforgettable interpretation of "Aquarius" in Milos Forman's movie musical "Hair," has written, and will star, in this new stage musical adapted from her successful autobiographical one-woman show "A Diva Like Me." Mark Clayton Southers and Monteze Freeland direct.
Photographs by Christopher Ruane
Commercial and fine art photographer Christopher Ruane's religious-themed prints are on view in the Second Floor Parlor.
Brahms, Copland & Dvorak
Music Director & Conductor Matthew Kraemer begins the season with the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, Appalachian Spring by Copland, and Dvorak's Cello Concerto with soloist Edward Arron, a Juilliard graduate who opened the 2000 Caramoor Festival with Yo-Yo Ma in a Vivaldi double concerto.
Gary Burton and the New Gary Burton Quartet
Gary Burton and the New Gary Burton Quartet showcase the new rock stars of the jazz world: the astounding wunderkind guitarist, Julian Lage; Pat Metheny’s favorite drummer, Antonio Sanchez; and up-and-coming bassist, Scott Colley.
2013 Carnegie International
Initiated by Andrew Carnegie in 1896, the Carnegie International is among the leading exhibitions of contemporary art worldwide. The 2013 exhibition brings together 35 artists from 19 countries, including a series of large-scale commissions throughout the museum and beyond. A playground, designed in 1972, and installed outside the museum entrance, highlights an exhibition of postwar playground architecture. An ambitious reinstallation of Carnegie Museum of Art's permanent collection of modern and contemporary art will explore the International's legacy and unique history. Finally, the Carnegie International engages with neighborhoods through the Lawrenceville Apartment Talks, which began in 2011.
America's premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at the Benedum Center. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere.
PB&J - Corelli's Violin
Chatham Baroque's Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are designed for preschool children and their accompanying adults. Based on a model developed by the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, PB&J is hosted by certified Kindermusik teacher Lynda Wingerd, and encourages young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, dance and games. Chatham Baroque performs live, often with guest artists.
Variations on Corelli
Chatham Baroque commemorates the 300th anniversary of the death of Arcangelo Corelli with a program celebrating his epochal work and influence. Featured works include his Op. 6 Concerti Grossi, as well as works of Francesco Geminiani based on his violin sonatas, and include the reverential L'Apotheose de Corelli by Francois Couperin. Guests: Allison Edberg, Annie Loud, and Leslie Nero, baroque violin; Kristen Linfante, baroque viola; and Leon Schelhase, harpsichord.
The cello-rock band Cello Fury performs. Free admission.
Love Duets from the Age of Chivalry
Excerpts from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Deems Taylor's The King's Henchmen featuring WQED's Anna Singer, soprano; and Robert Frankenberry, tenor.
Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra
Jeffrey Turner conducts Bizet's Carmen Suite #1, Lynn Purse's Arcadian Tone Poems featuring saxophonist James Houlik, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony #5.
Sounds Upstairs - South Side Sharps
The South Side Sharps (Maria Mangano, clarinet; David Rollinson, euphonium; and Bruce Lazier, trombone) perform music ranging from Renaissance to Ragtime.
Cabaret Series - Marilyn Maye
Marilyn Maye appeared on the Johnny Carson show a record 76 times. She appeals to Broadway and cabaret people, who like their singing big and theatrical, and the jazz crowd, who want everything cool and understated. Her recording of Cabaret became an instant hit and her RCA "Lamp Is Low" album is considered a timeless classic. Named "Celebrity of the Year" by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs each year since 2009, Maye received the 2013 "Legend" award from New York's Nightlife Critics Association.
Artist Talk: Takaharu Tezuka of Tezuka Architects
Japanese architects Takaharu and Yui Tezuka design buildings for public use and delight. As part of The Playground Project for the 2013 Carnegie International, their installation "run run run" evokes the Fuji Kindergarten designed by the Tezukas to facilitate physical activity and communal learning.
Sue Grafton arrives with a much-anticipated new Alphabet Mystery featuring her iconic character, private investigator Kinsey Millhone. She'll share the personal details of her life spent in mystery and the stories behind this new best-seller.
Through the Lens
An exhibition of photographs by members of the Greater Johnstown Camera Club.