All Events | Starting Sunday, February 10, 2013
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 +)
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.
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.
Memories of Love
Free concert with sopranos Katie Manukyan, Joanne Chung, and Rosemary Pavlovsky; mezzo-soprano Michelle Gray-Schaffer; baritone David Jennings-Smith; and pianists Joyce Moon Strobel and Betty Reiley; music by Mozart, Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov, Puccini, Offenbach, and more.
A dinner theater production on Thursday & Friday (meals will not be served at the Saturday matinee). This musical revue is a tribute to the musicians of the 1920s and '30s Harlem Renaissance, and takes its title from the 1929 Fats Waller's song "Ain't Misbehavin'".
Music of Sting and The Police
A Valentine's Day date with the music of Sting and the Police. Every Breath You Take, Fields of Gold, Roxanne. These are just a few of the many hits made popular by these British sensations. This concert features vocalist Neil Donell, often referred to as “the most recorded voice” in Canada. Donell has been heard on albums of such artists as Anne Murray, Triumph, and Rush. André Raphel conducts.
In the turn of the century Paris, a city of exquisite contradiction, the heady elixir of personal freedom bred lifestyles both reckless and addictive. Tempt fate as you seek love and destiny at the infamous cabaret – The Moulin Rouge®. Along with a rousing French soundtrack, Moulin Rouge – The Ballet features high-kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak.
The Nordic Sound: Music for Flute
Chatham's Friday Afternoon Musicale series presents flutist Diedre Huckabay and Pittsburgh Trillium Ensemble in music by Finnish and Danish composers in honor of the Chatham University Global Focus Program's "Year of Europe: Scandinavia."
English Lute Music and Songs of Love
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Elizabethan love songs in Westminster's beautiful chapel, with mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead and lutenist Howard Bass. Free.
Rachmaninoff & Beethoven
Russian powerhouse Denis Matsuev returns to play Rachmaninoff’s well-known Piano Concerto #2. Manfred Honeck conducts Mussorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain, which evokes a witch's Sabbath near Kiev; and Beethoven’s exciting Seventh Symphony closes the concert.
Music on the Edge - Haleh Abghari and Lisa Pegher
Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum co-present soprano Haleh Abghari and percussionist Lisa Pegher. Abghari will sing solo works by John Cage, György Kurtág's Attila József Fragments, and selections from Recitations by Georges Aperghis. Lisa Pegher will premiere Patrick Burke's Saturn Girls, Mathew Rosenblum's Northern Flicker, her own composition titled Liquefaction, and works by Paul Lansky, Joe Sheehan, and Andrew Knox.
Fans of the Carnegie Mellon Choirs are in for a treat as Maestro Robert Page conducts Carl Orff's Carmina Burana - the work for which Dr. Page won a Grammy in 1976 as director of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. The opening movement, "O Fortuna", has been used in pop culture to heighten the drama of events such as World Cup soccer, the Howard Stern Show, Gatorade commercials, and Pittsburgh Pirates games.
Cupid and Stardust
A Romantic concert with a spectacular view of Pittsburgh offers a chamber music version of Prokofiev's famous "Romeo and Juliet," plus original chamber music by Zemlinsky. The Winds will play the Cinq Aquarelles (Five Watercolors) by painter and composer Templeton Strong, and a crossover piece by Cuban-American composer Paquito D'Rivera.
Kyle Abraham - Abraham.In.Motion
Like August Wilson, Kyle Abraham draws heavily from his experiences growing up African American in Pittsburgh to create personal and culturally-referenced works. The evening's full-length performance pairs classic essays from W.E.B Du Bois’ Souls of Black Folk and John Singleton's 1991 film, Boyz n the Hood with an operatic score layered with a brash urban landscape.
La Donna Musicale - All-Around Love
Combining stirring performances with groundbreaking scholarship, award-winning ensemble La Donna Musicale presents a concert that depicts a range of emotions from jealousy, anger and melancholy, to lust, ecstasy and joy of human and heavenly love. Music by Barbara Strozzi, Maria Xaviera Peruchona, Isabella Leonarda, Camilla de Rossi and Julie Pinel.
A Modern Twist: Attack Theater + Cello Fury
Acclaimed for innovation, yet rooted in tradition, Cello Fury and Attack Theatre deliver dynamic modern performances. Cello Fury's energetic, original set also includes classical favorites and pop covers. Attack Theatre, with ninja-like intensity, blends contemporary dance with live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms to create passionate pieces that emphasize the humanity in dance. An interactive intermission features Gateway to the Arts teaching artists.
Young Artists Competition Winners Recital
The Westmoreland Symphony Young Artists Competition Winners Recital will feature 4th through 12th grade classical instrumentalists and vocalists who reside or study in Westmoreland County.
Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra
Ronald Zollman conducts Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge by Benjamin Britten, Sellinger's Round by Michael Tippett, and Symphony No. 35 in D Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.