All Events | Starting Saturday, May 3, 2014
Cassandra Wilson has been described as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field" by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D'Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed a lead role in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.
Hope and Gravity
Tracy Brigden directs the world premiere of Michael Hollinger's play in which lives overlap and elevators stop on random floors as ten characters are compellingly revealed in a nonlinear comedy about fate. From a backyard squabble to an unlikely hotel hookup, chance encounters and rocky relationships unfold through nine stories and one momentous leap of faith.
Happy 125th Anniversary, Johnstown
Istvan Jaray conducts Lucas Richman's A Time for Heroes, Nancy Galbraith's Fantasy for Orchestra, and two works by Johnstown's own early-20th century master of Americana, Charles Wakefield Cadman: "My Own Johnstown" and "Pennsylvania Symphony."
Big Band and Beyond
Thrill to the music that defined the American Century. Susan Medley directs the PCC with the Jazz Conspiracy Swingtet in hits by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and more.
Sounds Upstairs - James Ferla & Roger Zahab
Guitarist James Ferla and violinist Roger Zahab play sparkling, fiery and elegant duo and solo music including David Leisner's Dances in the Madhouse, compositions by Piazzolla, Zahab and others.
Rossini: William Tell Overture; Elgar: Serenade for Strings; Khatchaturian: Adagio from Spartacus; Delibes: Waltz from Coppelia; Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter; Tchaikovsky: Symphony #3, Finale; Duke Ellington: A Medley for Orchestra
Ping at Trinity Cathedral
The virtuoso madrigal ensemble Ping, a quintet founded atr CMU, presents a lunchtime program at Trinity Cathedral in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. This informal concert will feature a variety of sacred and secular music, including works by Ping member and Trinity Cathedral composer-in-residence, Sean Salamon.
Music 101 - Noah Bendix-Balgley
PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley gives an informal lecture, titled "Concertmaster: The Symphony's Quarterback." He will discuss his life and career, and his role as PSO Concertmaster, and also take questions from the audience.
Ping 101: The Final [Exam] Concert
CMU's virtuoso madrigal quintet, Ping, ends its inaugural season with music from their bucket list, with two premieres by Carnegie Mellon students Daniel Arnaldos and Andrew Dewey and works by Sondheim, Stephen Foster, Mister Rogers, and the most difficult madrigal ever written.
The Devil's Arithmetic
In this adaptation of Jane Yolen's Newbery Award-winning novel, Hannah, a modern day teenager, has to celebrate yet another Jewish holiday with her family – but this year will be different. Little does she know her world is about change. She is mysteriously transported back to the Holocaust. With Hannah, we become caught up in a world of deceit, discoveries, friendship, faith and family. Lisa Ann Goldsmith directs.
Doubt, A Parable
In this brilliant and powerful drama by John Patrick Shanley, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.
Marlon Youngblood's "Comfort Zone," featuring Tony Award nominee Anthony Chisholm and directed by Mark Whitehead, is about the aftermath of a shooting and how it impacts a community. "Comfort Zone" is based on the searing hit production from last year's Theatre Festival in Black & White.
Festival of Bach
Pittsburgh Music Alliance members (The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh Camerata, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, and Renaissance & Baroque) will represent the breadth of Bach’s works across 12 hours, in performances including Bach's Chaconne for violin, a variety of motets, three violin concertos as well as the concerto for violin and oboe, the quadruple and triple harpsichord concertos, and concluding with the grand “Magnificat” performed jointly by all five organizations. Free admission. Donations encouraged.
From Russia with Love
Glinka's Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Monique Mead, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique."
Uniting Community Through Song: Celebrating Seven Years
The Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, directed by Herbert V.R.P. Jones, will celebrate its 7th Anniversary in concert.