All Events | Starting Friday, April 4, 2014
Ravel & Debussy
Guest Conductor Juraj Valcuha conducts La Mer, Debussy's colorful sonic impression of the sea, and Ravel's La Valse, a decadent impression of the Viennese waltz. Violinist Stefan Jackiw plays Korngold's Violin Concerto, and the PSO gives a world premiere to new music by Christopher Rouse.
Local artists risk their creative necks to support Bricolage's 2014 season. Inspired by a 90-minute city bus ride, these artists have just 24 hours to write, direct, and memorize six new 10-minute plays. The last stop on the journey is an unforgettable performance at The New Hazlett Theater. Come Friday night to learn all the secrets, and/or hop on board Saturday for food, libations, performances, music, and a silent auction. We guarantee an amazing ride.
Carpathian Music Ensemble
Experience and evening of Eastern European folk, funk, fusion with Pitt's Carpathian Music Ensemble.
PB&J - Channel Crossings
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.
Men’s Glee Club
Joined by New York gambist Martha McGaughey, Chatham Baroque explores the distinct music styles of 17th-century France and England, featuring the sultry sounds of Marais and Couperin juxtaposed with the catchy crotchets and quavers of Simpson, Jenkins, and Lawes.
Voices of Spirit, Pappert Men's Chorale, Pappert Women's Chorale and University Singers. Craig Cannon & Robert Allen Kurth, directors.
Our Young Talents and Shining Brass
A Side by Side Concert with the Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra includes Ives' Variations on "America", Arutiunian's Trumpet Concerto featuring Matthew Barabas, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March.
Austrian and Young Artists winners
Warren Davidson conducts the Rosamunde Overture by Franz Schubert, and the Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss II, and features the PCO's Young Artist Competion Winners as well as dancers from the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh.
Trio Nova Mundi
After its tour to Africa and appointment as Trio in Residence at Geneva College, Trio Nova Mundi performs the Piano Trio by Amy Beach, 5 Spirituals by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Trio Romantico by Manuel Ponce, and Cafre Music by Paul Schoenfield. Members are violinist Maureen Conlon Gutierrez, cellist Elisa Kohanski, and pianist Becky Billock.
Women’s Choral Ensemble
Cabaret Series - Liz Callaway
Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway debuted on Broadway in Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and received a Tony Nomination for her performance in Baby. She starred in the original cast of Miss Saigon, and as Grizabella in Cats. Liz starred as Norma Desmond in Pittsburgh CLO's Sunset Boulevard. She's best known for singing in numerous animated movies including the title role in Anastasia, The Swan Princess, Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Her recordings include 4 solo albums as well as Sibling Revelry and Boom! Live at Birdland with her sister Ann Hampton Callaway.
Ann Patchett returns for Literary Evening with a new collection of essays, This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage. A distinguished novelist who can match wits with Stephen Colbert, Ann Patchett is an audience favorite and here for a special reason that will be revealed.
All percussion majors gain experience by performing in the Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Eliseo Rael.
Music 101 - Robert Moir
Robert Moir, Pittsburgh Symphony Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning & Audience Engagement gives an informal lecture, titled "Adventures in Programming."
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 & Kenneth Karsh, directors.
The Playboy of the Western World
Irish playwright J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World takes place in the early 1900s at a pub on the west coast of Ireland, where a young man running away from his farm, claiming he killed his father, finds the locals are more interested in vicariously enjoying his story than condemning the immorality of what he did. At the pub, he captures the attention of the barmaid, who also is the owner's daughter. Kim Martin directs in the Rauh Theatre.
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
A fantastic fusion of classical music and classic animation, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is created and conducted by Emmy Award-winner George Daugherty. The concert features favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on screen in their most memorable moments, all with live accompaniment by the PSO. “The roaring kettledrums, the sweetly confiding strings, the braying brasses, and luxuriant woodwinds were every bit as vibrant as the colors and choreography of the animation on screen.” -- The Chicago Tribune
Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia draws from Leo Lionni's exquisitely crafted Caldecott Honor books. Swimmy, a tiny fish, uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience. A lovable inchworm shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. All stories incorporate puppetry and a gentle style. (Ages 3-10, 60 minutes)
Don Quixote with the Orchestra
Ranked among ballet's most complex choreography, Don Quixote weaves a rich tapestry of love, illusion and adventure based on Cervante's classic Spanish novel. Packed with balletic bravado, intricate footwork and virtuoso variations, Don Quixote claims one of the most breathtaking grand pas de deux in classical ballet.