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All Events | Starting Saturday, December 8, 2012

Apollo's Fire - Sacrum Mysterium
With a Gaelic prayer, a candle is lit and a sacred procession is launched. Jeannette Sorrell's new celebration of Celtic artistic traditions interweaves renaissance choral music with ancient pagan carols, folk dances and joyous fiddle tunes. Featuring soprano soloist, celtic dancer, 12-person choir, string quartet and celtic quintet (celtic harp, lute, bagpipe, hammered dulcimer)

Cookie Walk
Homemade holiday cookies and homemade soups-to-go will be for sale.

Celebrate the Holidays
A festive evening for the entire family with sing-alongs, dancers, holiday music, special guests including a visitor from the North, and much more.

Handmade Arcade
Pittsburgh's first and largest independent craft fair, founded to provide grassroots, independent crafters with an opportunity to show and sell their wares, creating an alternative to traditional craft and fine art fairs, and committed to showcasing handmade, locally produced goods.

Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John, multiple Grammy Award winner and star of the hit movie Grease will join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to perform many of her hit songs, such as Physical, You're The One That I Want, Summer Nights, and Hopelessly Devoted To You.

Women's Choral Ensemble Holiday Concert


Timeless - Messiah in Space
Thomas Douglas leads The Bach Choir and Academy Chamber Orchestra in a reprise of the choir's acclaimed “Messiah in Space,” an unique interpretation which allows the text to be rediscovered in a new light.

Holiday Favorites
Rediscover the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and join the ESO in singing your holiday favorites.

Westminster Christmas Concert
Annual Christmas concert with Upper St. Clair Chanticleers, church choirs and Christmas carols.

Warm By The Fire
The choirs, directed by Dr. Jeffry Blake Johnson and joined by the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra and the youth ensemble Dreams of Hope, share familiar holiday songs and some new works, including a commission from composer Jake Hegge (composer of the opera, Dead Man Walking) and lyricist Mark Campbell (lyricist for the opera, Silent Night, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music), Six Christmas Traditions.

Handel's Messiah
Mark Anderson directs Handel's Messiah, sung by the Shadyside Chancel Choir accompanied by period instruments of the Baroque played by Chatham Baroque and Rick Murrell, trumpet. Soloists include Kelly Ann Bixby, soprano; Joseph Gaines, tenor; and Dimitri Lazich, baritone. A reception and crèche display will follow.

Sharon Creech
Sharon Creech is a Newbery-Award winning author for her book, Walk Two Moons. Her newest book, The Great Unexpected, is set in Ireland and tells the enchanted tale of two orphans, Naomi and Lizzie. Naomi is a romantic. Lizzie is a singer. But when a mysterious boy named Finn falls out of a tree, he changes everything. (Ages 8 and up).

One Singing World
Enjoy music from around the world, featuring classical, folk and traditional selections in many languages from around the world…sung by Pittsburgh's most renowned youth chorus.

Pacifica Quartet
The Grammy-Award winning Pacifica Quartet was Musical America's 2009 Ensemble of the Year and won the 1998 Naumburg Prize. The ensemble is the quartet-in-residence at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 135; Janáček: Quartet #2, "Intimate Letters"; Smetana: Quartet #1 "From my Life."

Holiday Concert with Joe Negri
The Orchestra of the Alleghenies (formerly McKeesport Symphony), gives its annual holiday concert with legendary guitarist Joe Negri (Mister Rogers Neighborhood). Bethel Park High School (Dec 14 @ 7:30pm) & McKeesport High School (Dec 16 @ 2:00pm).

'Tis the Season for Singing
A choral concert featuring John Rutter's Gloria with brass and organ. Philip Aley conducts.

Continental Christmas
Tenor Joseph Gaines has recently turned heads in performances with Pittsburgh Opera, Houston's Ars Lyrica, and Apollo's Fire. Now he joins Chatham Baroque for a celebration of seasonal vocal music from the Old and New Worlds, featuring music of Bach, Handel, Corelli, as well as some of America's earliest Hymns and Carols.

Tchaikovsky's Winter Dreams
Violinist Gil Shaham returns in Mozart’s Fifth ("Turkish") Violin Concerto with sweet melodies and a hint of military-Turkish music. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker was co-commissioned by the PSO and three other orchestras to write "Strands."  And guest conductor Arild Remmereit leads Tchaikovsky's Symphony #1 Winter Dreams” is one of his earliest and masterful works.

A Christmas Festival
Anderson: A Christmas Festival; Corelli: "Christmas Concerto"; Holst: Christmas Day; Anderson: Sleigh Ride; Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker excerpts. Vocals by Maria Mauti.

Imagine four acclaimed singer-songwriters, Grammy nods among them, criss-crossing the USA throughout December, trading original holiday songs in a Bluebird Café-styled "writers-in-the-round" tour before intimate rapt audiences. That was the brainchild when Amy Speace conceived of Decembersongs in 2010 with her colleagues Jon Vezner, Dan Navarro and Sally Barris.