All Events | Starting Thursday, October 31, 2013
Joe Penhall's Olivier Award-winning Blue/Orange is a caustically funny play about race and the mental health system. In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient (Rico Parker) claims to be the son of an African dictator--a story that seems unnervingly plausible. What begins as a battle of wills between a young idealistic doctor (David Whalen) and his jaded superior (Sam Tsoutsouvas) over the appropriate course of treatment for his patient, eventually turns into something altogether different. Andrew S. Paul, director; Mark Clayton Southers, producer.
Guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier returns with a program of early 20th-century Russian music. Young 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition winner Daniil Trifonov performs Prokofiev's tumultuous and technically-demanding Piano Concerto #2. Then, Totelier conducts Rachmaninoff's passionate and sweeping Symphony #2, which restored the composer's confidence after the poorly-received First.
Turn of the Screw
Adapted by Jeffery Hatcher, from the novella by Henry James, Turn of the Screw is "a total theatrical experience, a challenge for the imagination." An old English Manor House is filled with secrets, strange movements flicker in the underbrush, unidentifiable cries are heard in the moonlight, and abrupt coldness and breezes touch your imagination. Do the ghosts haunt the children? Or is it just her imagination? Joe Warik directs.
Mildred Miller International Voice Competition
Named after Opera Theater's founder, the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition attracted 183 emerging young professionals (ages 19-35) from throughout North America, Bulgaria, France, Russia, Korea, and Taiwan. Semi-finals on Saturday: 11a-1p & 3p-5p. Finals on Sunday: 3-5p.
Pitt Jazz Seminar Concert
Geri Allen, Pitt's newly appointed Director of Jazz Studies, will lead an all-star band as they carry on the legacy of Nathan Davis, the founder of the Jazz Seminar and Concert who retired this past summer. Performers taking part this year include Allen, piano; Brinae Ali, tap percussionist; Marcus Belgrave and Randy Brecker, trumpet; Vincent Chandler, trombone; Ravi Coltrane and Ernie Watts, saxophone; Russell Malone, guitar; Kenny Davis, bass; Kassa Overall and Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums; and Carmen Lundy, vocalist
Dremlen Feygl (Birds Are Dreaming)
Members of the Tuesday Musical Club perform European works from the first half of the 20th century by Schreker, Zemlinsky, Ullmann, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Adolf Strauss, Klein, Rudnitska, Korngold and Kalman.
Universally praised as one of the greatest films ever made, City Lights – written by, directed by, and starring the great Charlie Chaplin – is presented in all its cinematic glory on the big screen, with the orchestra performing the superb soundtrack live.
Flanders Recorder Quartet
An R&B favorite, the world's foremost recorder quartet returns for a delightful program inspired by their boundless admiration for J.S. Bach. Original arrangements of works by the German master comprise the first half and in the second you are invited to dine on delectable "courses" – early and contemporary – inspired by Chef Bach.
Voices of Spirit, Pappert Men's Chorale, Pappert Women's Chorale and University Singers. Craig Cannon, director.
Opening Night features Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and Bach's Magnificat featuring the all-new 40-member Westmoreland Symphony Chamber Singers under the direction of Marc Tourre.
John Cannon, organ
St. James presents world‑class organist John Cannon, who served as organist at Heinz Chapel and has performed on every continent to enthusiastic audiences. Free‑will offerings will be accepted, as well as non-perishable items for the Sewickley Community Center Food Bank. The St. James Children's Choir will perform at 2:30.
Carnegie Mellon Baroque
Stephen Schultz directs a program featuring Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Trumpets in A, a passacaglia by Handel, Neruda's Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat, and the Orchestral Suite #2 and Cantata #45 "Es ist dir gesagt" by J. S. Bach.
Sounds Upstairs - Ellen Gozion
Ellen Gozion sings traditional American songs in a voice that is plaintive and haunting.
David Nasaw brings his award-winning biography of the remarkable Joseph P. Kennedy to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy. A New York Times 2012 "Top Five Books" selection.
Cabaret Series - Maureen McGovern
Maureen McGovern's 40-year career has taken her from "Disaster Theme Queen" to "The Stradivarius Voice" with a voice that defies categorization. Maureen's recording career began with the Oscar-winning "The Morning After" and "We May Never Love Like This Again" from the classic disaster films, The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. Other hits include "Can You Read My Mind" and "Different Worlds." She made her Broadway debut in 1981.
University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Roger Zahab leads this orchestra of mostly non-music majors in music by Massenet, Wagner, and Grieg featuring soprano Anna Singer and pianist Nick Stamatakis.
Jazz Chamber Groups
Sean Jones, director.
Music 101 - Tatjana Mead Chamis
Violist Tatjana Mead Chamis gives an informal lecture, titled "Inner Voice."
Written by Euripides in 424 BC, Hecuba is a tragic story of sacrifice, revenge, and the brutal aftermath of a war between the Trojans and the Greeks. In her darkest hour, Hecuba, the fallen Queen of Troy, exacts revenge on those who have wronged her. Monica Payne directs.
Two estranged brothers find themselves together in a house near the desert. One is a writer and family man. The other is a drifter and a thief. Their epic rivalry has made this grand and mythic story Sam Shepard's most famous play. Full of twists, action, insight, and gritty humor, True West has been a magnet for charismatic actors since its debut in 1980.