All Events | Starting Thursday, January 24, 2013
Ted Pappas directs this grand Tony Award-winning Best Musical. 1776 presents the heroes of the American Revolution like you’ve never seen them before – in rousing songs and dances, comic encounters, and impassioned politics. The stakes have never been higher as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin wrangle to get everyone on the same page; namely, the Declaration of Independence. Theatrical fireworks fly in this thrilling story of how we went from 13 colonies, to these United States of America.
The Tender Land
Inspired by the photos of Walker Evans, The Tender Land is Aaron Copland's coming-of-age opera about Laurie Moss, an innocent but ambitious Midwestern farm girl. When Martin, a handsome drifter finds work on her grandparents' farm, she must choose between the familiar comforts of agrarian life and the siren call of the great wide world. Gregory Lehane directs, Gil Rose conducts.
The Nordic Sound: Vocal music from Iceland, Finland & Norway
Chatham's Faculty/ Guest Artist Recital series features bass-baritone Keith Reed and pianist Walter Morales in Scandinavian songs.
Mozart's Symphony #40
In his PSO debut, England's Michael Francis conducts Mozart's Symphony #40 is easily one of the most recognizable and popular pieces of classical music. Christian Tetzlaff also debuts with the PSO in Dvořák’s Violin Concerto. Like "The Moldau," "Sárka" is one of six movements from Smetana's beloved Má vlast or “My Country.” Janáček’s symphonic rhapsody orchestrates the famed story of Taras Bulba, his sons and their journeys in the Ukraine.
Holst: St. Paul's Suite; Debussy: Sacred and Profane Dances (Rebecca Pfingstl, harp); Work for Brass; Dvorak: Serenade Op. 44; Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
The New Trio, winner of the 2008 Fischoff Prize and 2010 Arthur Foote Prize play an all-Beethoven program: The Three Periods, featuring the Piano Trios in E-flat Major, Op.1 #1, in D Major, Op. 70 #1 "Ghost," and B-flat Major, Op. 97 "Archduke."
Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto
Carolina and Paolino want to be openly married, so they plot to marry off Carolina's older sister Elisetta to appease a strict father. As it turns out, Carolina's aunt Fidalma is also in love with Paolino. And when the man betrothed to Elisetta arrives, he falls in love with Carolina. Much scheming, amorous intrigue, and silliness ensue. Sara Jobin conducts a production featuring Pgh Opera's resident artists.
One Singular Sensation
This tribute to beloved Principal Pops Conductor, the late Marvin Hamlisch features Tony Award-winning Idina Menzel, triple Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman, asa well as Lucie Arnaz, Robert Klein and Kevin Cole, among others. The PSO will be led by acclaimed conductor J. Ernest Green in an evening of Hamlisch's Tony, Oscar, Pulitzer, Grammy and Emmy-winning works.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano; Canteloube: Rustiques for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon; Milhaud: La cheminée du roi René for Wind Quintet; Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet; Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat major, K. 452. This Winds + Piano program will feature such renowned artists as Gilles Vonsattel (piano), Tara Helen O'Connor (flute), David Shifrin (clarinet), Stephen Taylor (oboe), Peter Kolkay (bassoon), and Butler, PA's William Purvis (horn).
You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!
From seductive young lovers to reluctant Facebook friends, Annabelle and Jeff have 10 years of marriage under their belts when they encounter the question all married couples face – “Where would we be without Pinot Noir?” This 75-minute tour de force directed by Van Kaplan takes a humorous look at a relationship that seemed doomed by opposing personalities from the start.
Youth Orchestra Winter Concert
The PYCO will perform selections from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Mozart's Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, and works by Corelli and Saint-Saens. Two winners of the PYCO concerto competition will be featured: North Allegheny Senior High's Kavita Shankar and Carson Middle School's Kennedy Urban.
Becky's New Car
By Steven Dietz, directed by Kim Martin. Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn't dare. Becky's New Car is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.
John Gabriel Borkman
Disgraced and destitute following a fraud scandal and imprisonment, John Gabriel Borkman paces alone in an upstairs room. Downstairs his wife and former mistress – who happens to be her sister - are in for a dark and stormy night. A scorching indictment of 19th century capitalism, Ibsen's penultimate play shows how unbridled lust for money and power can make you crazy. Translation: Michael Meyer. Starring Robin Walsh and Bridget Connors. Directed by Martin Giles.
"...and on this day..."
Playing off the date of this concert, composers wrote new music inspired by events that occured on a January 31st. Composers include OvreArts founders Blake Ragghianti and Luke Mayernik, as well as Erberk Eryilmaz, Chris Massa, Emily Jackson and Ryan McMasters. Original choreography by Texture Contemporary Ballet and Chelsea Zimmer will be featured, as well as a special appearance by WQED's own Rick Sebak. Classical QED's Ted Sohier hosts.