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All Events | Starting Saturday, October 6, 2012

Verdi's Rigoletto
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.

The Travellers
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.

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
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.”

Honeck Presents Mozart's Requiem
Actor John Lithgow narrates this work with readings form Mozart's letters to his father in this realization created by Manfred Honeck. Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley plays Beethoven's Violin Concerto, and Honeck leads the PSO premiere of ABBA-MA by Herbert Willi.

Yeomen of the Guard
The Savoyards' 74th season begins with Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard." Set in the Tower of London...A Gallant Prisoner, Jester and Jailers...Love and Woe...A magnificent score. Musical Director Guy Russo, Stage Director Charles Penick.

Apollo Unbound
As the patron god of music and poetry, Apollo was the leader of the Muses and director of their choir.  Artistic Director Rebecca Rollett commissioned playwright Patrick Shaw to develop an original drama which asks the question, “Can music be the key to healing the fatal flaw in the artist?”  The Pittsburgh Camerata will take on the role of the Greek chorus for this drama within a choral concert.

Organ Symphonies
Bizet: Carmen Suite #1; Handel: Organ Concerto Opus 4 #1; Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony (Nicholas Will, organ. Mr. Will is the Music Director and organist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Carnegie, PA)

Midnight Radio, Jr.
In 2011, Bricolage launched its first-ever, family-friendly episode of Midnight Radio, and it was so successful that it's becoming a permanent part of the sesaon. Kids aged 6-12 will enjoy an unique combination of storytelling, music, and live sound effects.

Maple and Vine
A provocative '50s fantasy by Jordan Harrison. Burned out by their hectic, Manhattan lifestyles, Katha and Ryu move to Maple and Vine, a corner of the world where the milkman still makes daily deliveries and the housewives' smiles are as sweet as their homemade apple pies. This is 1955—perpetually. Reenacting the era with startling authenticity, the community gives up their smart phones for switchboards. But when their civil liberties are in question, what will they sacrifice for happiness?

Opening Concert
Istvan Jaray conducts Danzon #2 by Arturo Marquez, Henryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto #2 featuring the Romanian-born violinist Lenuta Ciulei, and Mahler's Symphony #1 "The Titan."

Say, Darlin' Say
The spirited folk music of our Appalachian region gets the Chatham Baroque treatment! Acclaimed folk musicians Mark Tamsula (banjo, fiddle) and Ellen Gozion (vocals, banjo) join the group to explore the influential musical traditions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina.

Time Remembered/Time Forgotten
Thomas Douglas conducts the Pittsburgh premiere of Robert S. Cohen's Alzheimer's Stories, a touching oratorio which captures the memories of families, friends and individuals affected by the disease. The choir also sings Howard Hanson's Song of Democracy,with text by Walt Whitman, and Rachmaninoff's Vocalise.

B.E. Taylor
 Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015  Venue: Heinz Hall Time: 7:30 PM $100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event.  Now in it’s 19th year, the B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert  continues to wow audiences throughout the Midwest. B.E. Taylor Christmas is the place where the faithful come year after year to feel the love of Christmas. Inside some of the most revered concert halls in America, B.E. Taylor transforms old favorites through bold interpretations to create new traditions that will live in the heart as long as Christmas is celebrated.

Holiday Doo Wop
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015  Venue: Heinz Hall  Time: 7:30 PM $90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. The 14th Annual Pittsburgh Holiday Doo Wop Concert returns to Heinz Hall. Featuring - MARY WILSON of the Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love” Lenny Welch “Since I Fell For You”, “Ebb Tide” The Original Tymes “So Much in Love”, “Wonderful, Wonderful” Shirley Alston Reeves original lead  of  The Shirelles “Soldier Boy”, “Mama Said” Tommy Mara and The Crests “Sixteen Candles”, “Cara Mia” Special guest Johnny Angel and The Halos