All Events | Starting Monday, February 24, 2014
Bring Your Own Bard: Murder and Mayhem
February's BYOB readings promise "Murder and Mayhem" with scenes and monologues of be-headings and eye-gouging, poisonings and assassinations, brawls and blood. Also, get a sneak preview of "The Compleat Guide to Murder and Mayhem by Will Shakespear," a world premiere play scheduled for the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival in May. Believe it or not, the evening is suitable for all ages.
Listen Locally: Freya String Quartet: Roots
Hear music inspired by and from the North Dakota roots of FSQ members, featuring the world premiere of Badlands by Matthew Peterson honoring the North Dakota roots of violinist Jason Neukom and violist Jason Hohn, rousing Armenian folk songs from cellist Katya Janpoladyan's native country arranged by Komitas, and Edvard Grieg's String Quartet in G Minor, a childhood favorite of violinist Ashley Buck.
Opus One performs Beethoven's Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 16b, Steven Stucky's Rain Shadow, and Brahms' Piano Quartet #3 in C minor, Op. 60.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess aqrrives in a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain’t Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess features one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), bringing George & Ira Gershwin's legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.
Golden Age of Hollywood Cabaret
Duquesne's Ballroom transforms into an old Hollywood supper club as Duquesne University’s Red Masquers present The Golden Age of Hollywood Cabaret, a one-night-only, black-tie showcase of dancing, food, drinks and performances of such Hollywood classics as Singin’ in the Rain, No Business Like Show Business and Blue Skies. Reservations required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Soweto Gospel Choir
The two-time Grammy-winning choir visits Pittsburgh on a three-month, 30-city US tour to celebrate the launch of their latest album, "Divine Decade," celebrating the ensemble's past ten years of artistic collaborations and accolades.
Fourth River Music Project
Featuring guest composer David Borden, Showcasing an eclectic mix of contemporary, classical and jazz fusion material, students perform on electronic keyboards, violin and cello; wind and guitar controllers, and electronic percussion. Lynn Purse, director.
Performances of African-influenced chamber music from Cuba and America including composers such as William Grant Still share a program with European classics by Austria's Franz Schubert.
Essence of Joy in Johnstown
Essence of Joy, directed by Dr. Anthony T. Leach, is a Penn State Department of Music choral ensemble performing sacred and secular music from African and African-American traditions.
The Gentlemen Sing: Three Generations of Song
This brand-new curated project by Marty Ashby and MCG Jazz features Allan Harris, Ernie Andrews and a brand-new artist who was chosen through a nationwide search.
Joshua Bell & Symphonie Espagnole
Violinist Joshua Bell returns to the PSO for Lalo's daring concert piece, Symphonie espagnole, written at the beginning of a French fascination with Spanish-themed music. Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads the PSO in Liszt's rarely performed dramatic portrayals from Goethe's "Faust" - the fallen scholar Faust, his innocent love Gretchen, and the demon Mephistopheles.
Experience the beauty and serenity of this exquisite work, featuring orchestra, organist David Billings, and mezzo-soprano Eva Rainforth. Susan Medley conducts.
Music on the Edge: JACK Quartet
The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with "explosive virtuosity" (Boston Globe) and "viscerally exciting performances" (New York Times). David Patrick Stearns (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed their performance as being "among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience." Co-presented with The Andy Warhol Museum.
Every hour, there are choices of singalongs or dancing/instrument making at downtown Greensburg churches: First Presbyterian, First Lutheran, First Reformed, and First Methodist. This event for all ages offers jazz, Broadway, shaped‑note, folk, children, country, eastern European, and other styles.
Fiddlesticks Family Concert: "Carnival of the Animals"
Conductor Lawrence Loh joins Fiddlesticks onstage as cartoon artist Joe Wos from the Toonseum illustrates the animals in Saint-Saens' musical menagerie, from the royal lion to the graceful swan, as the PSO performs. Discovery Time activities at 10:00 am (concert at 11:15) will include tortoise races provided by the Pittsburgh Zoo, animal-themed arts and crafts, sing-a-long music, and dancing activities!
Music Plus: Voices of Eternity
St. James' Music Plus series presents the 16-voice Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts Chamber Choir in a 50-minute program titled "Voices of Eternity" directed by Kathryn Barnard. With flute and piano, they'll perform music by Glick, Ullman, Stroope, and others, including the Hebrew pieces "Drei Gebrausch," "Hebrew Rounds for Peace", and selections from "Ann Frank: A Living Voice." A 2:30 preconcert, "The Fourth Wind", features a quartet of high school seniors.
Soprano Marlissa Hudson & organist Marvin Mills
Soprano Marlissa Hudson, a graduate of Duke University and the Peabody Institute, is at home both on the operatic and concert stage. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch described her as a "superb lyric coloratura." Organist Marvin Mills has established himself as one of the finest organists of his generation, and served as arranger and accompanist on mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves's CD "Angels Watching Over Me." The concert will include works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Ricky Ian Gordon, and others, and the premiere of three spirituals arranged for Ms. Hudson by Mr. Mills.
Young Winners Recital
Performances featuring pianists Jonah Berger, Isaac Che, Stephanie Petinaux, Katie Liu, and harpist Hannah Piston.
Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Instrumental and vocal music will be performed, wine will be sipped, chocolate will be consumed, and a good time will be had at this event benefiting The Pittsburgh Camerata and Renaissance and Baroque.
Cabaret Series - Carol Woods
Carol Woods's nightclub and cabaret performances span from London to Tokyo, and Las Vegas to Honolulu. Nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in Blues In The Night, Carol has sung at New York's Carnegie Hall, The Village Gate, B. Smith's, Michael's Pub and Town Hall. Broadway credits include Chicago, One Mo' Time, Follies, Smokey Joe's Café, Stepping Out, The Goodbye Girl, Big River and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.