All Events | Starting Monday, February 4, 2013
Rebecca Skloot and David Lacks
Rebecca Skloot and David “Sonny” Lacks appear with the unforgettable story of David’s mother, Henrietta, the subject of Skloot’s best-seller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta, a poor farmer who died of cancer in 1951, left behind an immortal line of cells known as HeLa. These cells, taken without her knowledge, have been used for decades in ground-breaking medical research. Skloot traces her own ten-year writing journey to uncover a mystery about race, class and bioethics in America.
Duquesne faculty members Adam Liu, cello; David Allen Wehr, piano; and Rachel Stegeman, violin, perform in recital.
Sister Act is Broadway’s acclaimed musical comedy based on the smash-hit film. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a crime, the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
An Evening of One Acts
An Evening of One Acts features plays from the Pittsburgh New Works Festival: LA VITRA LOCO, about residents in a senior citizens home whose lives are upset by one resident's decision to try the "little blue pill;" STRUTTING AND FRETTING, an absurdly hilarious play which follows a director and his two actors rehearsing a play about the meaning of life; and A BLANKET OF STARS, in which two senior women sit under the night sky and share some absolutely hilarious dialogue.
Wind Symphony & Symphony Band
Robert Cameron conducts.
Rossini's The Barber of Seville
With the help of the crafty Figaro, the amorous Count Almaviva attempts to woo the beautiful Rosina from under the nose of her jealous and controlling guardian, Dr. Bartolo. 14 singers will be heard over the run of four performances.
My Funny Valentine
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the PSO Pops welcomes Broadway stars Melissa Errico and Doug LaBrecque joining the orchestra for "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady, the theme from Ice Castles and more. It will be a night of laughs, tears and most of all, romance. Michael Krajewski, pop conductor of the Houston and Atlanta symphonies leads the orchestra.
Family-Friendly Brown Bag concert
Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists are joined by dancers from Attack Theatre in a collaborative Brown Bag concert featuring music from The Barber of Seville, Dido and Aeneas, The Marriage of Figaro, and others, as well as a sneak peek at Attack Theatre's new production, "Soap Opera." Free admission.
Respighi, Britten, and More!
Ronald Zollman conducts a small but elite group of student instrumentalists in a concert of early 20th century chamber orchestra repertoire, including works by Benjamin Britten, Ottorino Respighi, Arthur Honegger, and Wojciech Kilar.
Opus II String Orchestra
Opus II String Orchestra will feature familiar pieces including themes from Les Miserables, West Side Story, and Carmen, as part of the church's Music on the Hill series. Opus II develops and showcases the talents of middle school through adult string musicians from Pittsburgh and the eastern suburbs.
Guests Laura Heimes (soprano) and Andrew Appel (harpsichord) join Chatham Baroque for a concert of songs and sonatas from the musical treasure troves of Thomas Jefferson and other colonial Americans.
The Scene began as a non-touring bluegrass band back in 1971 in jam sessions at the home of Ben Eldridge. 40 years later, this band has become one of the single largest contributers to the progression of bluegrass from the early days of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe to the more contemporary sounds that they developed.
American History - Land of the Free
Maestro Istvan Jaray celebrates Black History Month and Presidents' Day with Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Copland's A Lincoln Portrait (narrator TBA), and William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony.
Music Director Matthew Kraemer leads a concert featuring saxophonist Arthur Black, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Conductors Stephen Story, George Vosburgh, and Thomas Thompson lead works including William Schuman's "Chester Overture", based on an early American tune; Darius Milhaud's jazz-inflected "La Creation du Monde", and music of Schoenberg and Percy Grainger.
Duo Pianists Tina Faigen & Becky Billock
Duo Pianists Tina Faigen & Becky Billock play works by Rachmaninoff, Schultz and more.
Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis is famous for his book, Bud, Not Buddy, which won the Newbery Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. Mr. Curtis will celebrate Black History Month with his latest book, The Mighty Miss Malone. Deza Malone is a dynamic little girl who is determined to keep hope alive, even when her father loses his job in the middle of the Great Depression. Her motto is, "We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful!" (Ages 8 +)
Budapest on the Bluff: Hungarian Harmonies
Brahms's Piano Quartet #1 is widely loved for its melodic richness and irresistible Gypsy fireworks in the finale, but music lovers will be charmed to hear how Brahms liberally quotes from this concert's opener, Schubert's little-known Divertissement, a masterpiece in its own right. In his Hungarian Dances, Brahms arranged popular Gypsy themes, filtered through his own sensibility. Andres Cardenes and Anne Martindale Williams share the fruits of decades of music-making together in Kodály's rhapsodic and folk-infused Duo.
(Ages 3-10) When the family dog eats a bowl of alphabet soup, the letters go up to her brain instead of down to her belly and Martha literally becomes outspoken! A new musical adapted from the Martha Speaks book series by Susan Meddaugh and the PBS Kids TV series.