All Events | Starting Saturday, February 15, 2014
The Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60
The Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60 celebrates the great history of the Newport Jazz Festival and its current role as one of the most active presenters of contemporary jazz artists in the world. This star-studded tour features Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield accompanied by an A-list rhythm section of pianist Peter Martin, drummer Clarence Penn and bassist Larry Grenadier.
Ingrid Matthews & Byron Schenkman: The Bach Standard
Bach's Sonatas for violin and harpsichord represent a microcosm of what makes the great composer great: exquisitely beautiful melodies, rich counterpoint, perfect formal structure, and an unparalleled breadth of expression. Violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman have been probing this magnificent repertoire together for over 20 years, dazzling audiences with the intensity and passion of their performances and establishing themselves among the top Bach interpreters of their generation.
An Evening of Chamber Music
An evening of chamber music in celebration of the renovation of St. Andrews' sanctuary. Mozart's Clarinet Quintet will be played by the Freya String Quartet and clarinetist Ivan Ivanov. Brahms' Horn Trio will feature PSO violinist Louis Lev, hornist Carrie Smith, Hornist, and pianist Henry Spinelli.
Meet "Paul's Case" composer Gregory Spears
Reservations due by Feb. 14 at 4:00 pm. This Opera Up Close preview of Paul's Case features composer Gregory Spears, two Willa Cather scholars, stage director George Cederquist, and Pittsburgh Opera Director of Artistic Operations Biull Powers.
Teacher from the Black Lagoon
This musical revue from Theatreworks USA is based on the books Teacher from the Black Lagoon, Dogzilla, I Want My Hat Back, Love, and Splat shows that our imagination can get the best of us. Amuse and quell fears of new experiences, all at the same time! Join Hubie and friends as they learn to be courageous when confronting the things that scare them. (60 minutes, ages 3-10)
Beethoven on the Bluff - Violin/Cello II
The Beethoven duo cycle featuring pianist David Allen Wehr with guests Noah Bendix-Balgley and Anne Martindale Williams continues with the beloved 3rd Sonata for cello and piano, one the composer's most spacious and melodically appealing works. The Op. 30 violin sonatas were written when Beethoven was facing the crisis of his increasing deafness and the professional challenge of breaking out of his extremely successful early music to create a more dramatic and poetic style.
Wind Symphony/Symphony Band
Dr. Robert Cameron conducts.
Renee Fleming in Recital
Soprano and international opera star Renee Fleming performs for one night only in Pittsburgh. Program TBA.
Music of the Beatles
Mike Tomaro directs the Duquesne U. Jazz Ensemble. The concert covers all eras of the Beatles, including two approaches to their music. The first involves exact transcriptions from the recordings: vocals, guitar, bass, drums, piano, strings, horns, etc., says Tomaro. The second approach is more jazz-oriented in which Tomaro freely twists and turns its elements to fit his jazz sensibilities.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Winner of an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a comedic Wild West rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party. It traces the rise of Andrew Jackson, from early childhood to his controversial presidency. Michael McKelvey directs in the Rockwell Theatre.
Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs
Guest conductor Gerard Schwarz, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs will join forces to perform Brahms' Schicksalslied, Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, Op.25, featuring Natalie Severson, and Holst's The Planets. Maestro Schwarz is Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony after 26 seasons there as Music Director.
Anthony Coleman in Recital
Solo concert by innovative composer and pianist Anthony Coleman.
Witness the North American premier of Congregation, a public interactive kinetic light and sound installation by UK-based media artists KMA. Presented free of charge by the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art and Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership. Open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Sundays.
The Secret Life of Robots
This show by Toby Atticus Fraley (creator of the whimsical installation "Fraley's Robot Repair") features a dozen scenes of robots in everyday scenarios, which are domestic vignettes presenting an unpolished look into the unseen, and often mundane, lives of robots -- constructed from vintage thermoses, picnic coolers, and various found objects.
The Great One
A tale of family, friendship, and redemption, plus Roberto Clemente and the Pittsburgh Pirates!
Freya String Quartet Presents Roots
Music from and inspired by the roots of the Freya String Quartet's members. Includes Armenian folk songs, the world premiere of Matthew Peterson's Badlands, and the String Quartet in G Minor by Edvard Grieg. FSQ's recent residencies include those at the Charlotte New Music Festival and Opera Theater Summerfest.
Casella, Prokofiev & Schumann
Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads influential Italian Alfredo Casella's orchestral suite from La donna serpente (the serpent woman), his only major opera, from 1931. Pianist Jean Eflam Bavouzet performs Prokofiev's dynamic Piano Concerto #5, written a year later. Schumann's hopeful Symphony #2 closes the program.
Conservatory Dance Company at Point Park University
Conservatory Dance Company students shine on stage in this annual tradition featuring the dazzling work of our most accomplished dance faculty.
Bach and Beyond
Chatham Baroque's core trio focuses on Bach's intimate works: the magnificent Chaconne for unaccompanied violin, a solo suite for the German lute, duets from The Art of the Fugue, and Bach's Sonata for violin and continuo in G Major. Beyond Bach are pieces by his contemporaries Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Friedrich Abel, and Johann Kropfgans.
Music for Guitar
Matt Korbanic, guitar.