All Events | Starting Thursday, October 4, 2012
Directed by Guest Artist Annie Tyson, Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals explores the complexities of the pursuit of love. A rich young woman, Miss Lydia Languish, insists on marrying a poor man. So what is the wealthy Captain Jack Absolute to do if he wants to win Lydia's heart? Led by the legendary theatrical invention, Mrs. Malaprop, this delightful comedy of manners is filled with outrageous characters and uproarious farcical devices.
Next to Normal
This Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical tells the story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This emotional powerhouse addresses such issues as grief, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.
Olga Kern plays Rachmaninoff
Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin welcomes Olga Kern in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3. Also, American composer William Schuman's Symphony #3, and Scott Eyerly's Alrlington Sons, a piece about a father and son visiting Arlington National Cemetery.
Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay
American artist Walter Gay (1856–1937) specialized in painting views of opulent residential interiors in late-19th and early-20th-century America and Europe. John Singer Sargent, Gay's contemporary, is well known for painting the sumptuous clothing and jewels of American society in his fashionable portraits. Gay, in contrast, painted society's rooms—with their silk wall coverings, ornate paneling, 18th-century French furniture, tapestries, and sculptures—in often legendary residences.
The music of The Travellers creates the perfect blend of modern music and traditional western Chinese folk music. Combining the ancient people's special Dombra (traditional Mongolian instrument), the Matouqin (two-string horse head fiddle), the shaman drum, the African drum, the Hoomei. By mixing the Chinese Long Song form together with modern music and chanting, you can feel their passion towards nature and life.
Rebel - Hark the Bright Seraphim!
A majestic, highly-virtuosic program of vocal and instrumental music by four quintessential composers: J.S. Bach, Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi, which perfectly blends Sherezade Panthaki's effervescent soprano and the clarion sound of John Thiessen's natural trumpet, with REBEL's signature incisiveness.
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Under the direction of George Vosburgh and Thomas Thompson, the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble will perform Vaughan Williams' Sea Songs, a bright and upbeat march, as well as Strauss' lyrical Serenade for Winds, among others. Free admission.
Music Director Matthew Kraemer begins the orchestra's 64th season with such familiar classics as Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture, Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien and Respighi's The Pines of Rome.
The court jester Rigoletto (Mark Delavan) loves his daughter Gilda (Lyubov Petrova) nearly as much as he hates the Duke of Mantua (Michael W. Lee). The Duke steals Gilda's honor, and the jester must continue to joke, even as he plans revenge. Rigoletto sometimes takes a joke too far for the comfort of his audience. But, this being opera, Rigoletto is met not by boos, but by a curse, when one of his jokes gets a little too personal. Antony Walker conducts.
Opera Orchestra Artists in Recital
Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra violinist Dawn Posey, violin, and harpist Nuiko Wadden perform an arrangement of J.S. Bach's Lute Suite #1, Saint-Saens' Fantasie for violin and harp, Ricardo Lorenz'sJaromiluna, and Henriette Renie's Trio for Harp, Violin, and Cello with cellist Katya Janpoladyan of the Freya String Quartet.
Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir
Robert Page conducts.
Carnegie Mellon Symphony Orchestra
Under the direction of Ronald Zollman, the Carnegie Mellon Symphony Orchestra will perform an all-Beethoven program including the Overture from The Creatures of Prometheus and Symphonies #8 & #4.
Jeffrey Toobin is the preeminent writer about the current Supreme Court. He appears with his anticipated new book, The Oath: The Obama White House vs. The Supreme Court. Toobin claims, “The battle between a conservative court and a liberal president will be one of the central behind-the-scenes dramas of the Obama years.”