All Events | Starting Friday, July 6, 2012
First Fridays: River City Brass
James Gourlay directs America's only full-time professional brass band in virtuoso marches, jazz, classical and pop transcriptions, and brass masterworks.
Shana Simmons Dance presents over 20 artists - choreographers, musicians, writers/poets, installation artists, and visual artists – all commissioned to create 5-20 minute pieces which will continue on a loop through the evening. Semi-guided tours will lead the audience to experience the space and the artists in a comfortable explorative way. Audiences may stay to view a piece multiple times, or move through the venue at their own pace.
PNME Concert 01
Kevin Noe conducts a program including Fantasy Etudes by Fred Lerdahl, Piece pour Ivry by Bruno Maderna, Fertility Rites by Christos Hatzis, Deep by Alex Shapiro, and the premiere of Taking Charge by Joseph Schwantner.
Fun. Comical. A little naughty! A newly-commissioned series of mini music dramas by six composers, all set in the same hotel. Catch a signature Night Caps cocktail, a glass of wine and some cabaret on the patio before your Night Cap, a 15-minute finale of absolutely unique “grown-up” entertainment! New, different, edgy. Meet metro-opera!
Thomas Hong conducts Barber's Overture to The School for Scandal, Henry Mancini favorites including Moon River, Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, Gershwin's An American in Paris, Sousa marches and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
Sid Kweller: An Avian Adventure
Whimsical drawings by Sid Kweller including his "Green Dog" series, and his recent bird drawings from "The Annals of the Odd-U-Bon Society" are on view. Kweller may be best known as the architect for many specialty stores along Walnut St. in Shadyside such as London Dock, The Balcony, and The Gazebo.
Gilbert & Sullivan at SummerFest
Singers from the Pittsburgh Savoyards perform Gilbert & Sullivan "hits," plus a preview of their next production, The Yeomen of the Guard.
The glass is always half-full for Leonard Bernstein's Candide in this story of ultimate optimism! Travel the globe with our unlikely hero, as he confronts doom, death and destruction at every turn. And yet Candide finds a happy ending to make his garden grow in this “best of all possible worlds!"
Monroeville Jazz Festival
The Airmen of Note, the United States Air Force jazz band, will headline the 10th annual Monroeville Jazz Festival, which also features local jazz artists: Eric Johnson, Maureen Budway, Benny Benack Jr., and Lilly Abreu. Tony Mowod is the Festival emcee.
Thomas Hong conducts Samuel Barber's Overture to The School for Scandal, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto #2 featuring Dennis O'Boyle, and Elgar's "Enigma Variations."
Alan Lewis, organ
Alan Lewis of Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, PA. Freewill offerings accepted.
Allegheny Brass Band
The ABB is a British-style brass band. Unlike your typical high school or college band and most “community” bands, we have no woodwinds (saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, flute, oboe). And of course, we have "no strings attached." Founded in 1984, the ABB is made up of about 30 amateur players who despite their diverse backgrounds and walks of life – share a common love of music. Free admission.
The Total Immersion Of Madeleine Favorini
Pittsburgh's No Name Players opens its new-plays reading season with Frank Gagliano's drama in which Madeleine journeys from dutifulness to rebellion on a gynecological examining table that takes wing — and which features the soaring "vacuum vagina" speech. "The Total Immersion Of Madeleine Favorini" is directed by Linda Haston, and stars Lauren Michaels, Tony Bingham and Erica Highberg playing multiple roles. Free admission.
Franz Mohr and the Horowitz Steinway
Franz Mohr, Steinway's Chief Technician since 1965, worked closely with Horowitz, Cliburn, Rubinstein and others. He will appear with the piano that Horowitz played wherever he performed, and which Mohr gave its signature brilliant tone and lightning-quick action. Young pianists will play the instrument. Mohr will speak, take questions, and sign copies of his memoir "My Life with the Great Pianists." For reservations: 412 922-0903.
Nathan Carterette, organ
Nathan Carterette, Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill, plays a 30 minute recital on Westminster's Austin organ.
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
A FREE quarterly showcase of art and entertainment in the heart of the Cultural District. All events take place at a variety of galleries and spaces and are open to the public. Text “CRAWL” to SMASH (76274) for special offers.
“Mama” Kadiatou: Kiridi (The Orphan) - A Cinderella Story
Set in a traditional Guinean village, "Mama" Kadiatou weaves the Cinderella-Like fairytale of a young woman who is forbidden to dance and pursue the man she loves by her jealous stepmother and stepsisters. The rich percussive rhythms of the native Sossou, Malinke, and Toma set the tone for a powerful ensemble of more than 15 dancers and drummers.
PNME Concert 02
Kevin Noe conducts a program including Allegro Sostenuto by Helmut Lachenmann, L'Ange Pale by Amy Beth Kirsten, What She Saw There by Evan Ziporyn; and The New Maths by Louis Andriessen.
Fiddler on the Roof
Packed with memorable music and rousing dances, this legendary production is filled with side-splitting laughter and heartfelt tears. This award-winning masterpiece captures the story of one father's struggle to hold onto his family's traditions amidst the rebellious antics of his three independent daughters and the turmoil of a changing world.
Pittburgh Symphony Orchestra at Wisp Resort
Violinist Chee-Yun plays Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony led by Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh. This concert for the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival opens with Mozart's Symphony #39.