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All Events | Starting Sunday, April 21, 2013

Organist Paul Jacobs plays Bach
As part of the Pittsburgh Symphony's Music for the Spirit Festival. world-renowned organist Paul Jacobs performs one of Bach's most stunning and challenging masterpieces, the Clavier Ubung III, expressing humanity's connection to the divine, amidst the stunning 23 windows of Heinz Chapel.

Handbell Classics
The Three Rivers Ringers performs gems from classical composers such as Brahms, Grieg, Shostakovich, and Verdi, as well as today’s leading handbell composers in its six-concert spring series. Details online.

The Best of Verdi's Otello
Chatham's Sunday Vocal Series presents a selection of highlight's from Vardi's Shakespearean opera "Otello."

70th Anniversary Celebration
The Pittsburgh Concert Society celebrates 70 years of promoting Pittsburgh talent with food, friendship, and performances by pianists L. Mark Carver, Tina Faigen, Ariana Chiu, Christian Chiu, and Charles Oestreich; soprano Leah Edmondson Dyer, trumpeter Charles Lirette, harpist Rebecca Pfingstl, and the Hilal String Quartet. 71st season concerts will be announced. Adrian Daly, Dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music, is the guest of honor.

Music for Two Viols
Music for Two Viols: Music of Telemann, Simpson, Ford, and Ste. Colombe, played by gambists Patricia Halverson (Chatham Baroque) and Martha McGaughey

En Pointe
A fab fundraiser celebrates the season and the PBT dancers in style at an edgy venue. Meet the PBT musicians, professional dancers, and crew that made the 2012-2013 season possible, savor delectables, and sip bubbly.

CMU Baroque Ensemble


Claire Jones, harp
Claire Jones is one of the most celebrated young classical harpists. From 2007 to 2011 she was official harpist to Prince Charles, and performed at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. In this concert, co-presented with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society, Miss Jones will include works by Debussy, Puccini, Saint-Saens, pieces from her new CD, and a special piece chosen by William and Catherine for their wedding.

Art Songs and Interludes
A free community concert featuring new works, new composers, and a few surprises.

The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds
Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival marks its 10th anniversary with “The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds,” a multimedia chamber opera by Ofer Ben-Amots inspired by the Yiddish tale of love and mystical possession. This new adaptation is presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Music for the Spirit Festival, with stage direction by Aron Zelkowicz, choreography by Joan Wagman, and video by Sheri Wills. The performers are soprano Yahli Toren, clarinetist Gilad Harel, baritone Guenko Guechev, actor Leon S. Zionts, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and the Pappert Women’s Chorale & Children's Festival Chorus directed Christine Jordanoff, Music Director. "The Dybbuk" is in Hebrew, with English supertitles.

Romeo & Juliet
Directed by Don Wadsworth, Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare's most-beloved romantic tragedy, comes to life in a brutally modern American setting amidst civil unrest and street brawls. Despite the violence, two star-crossed lovers find sanctuary in each other's embrace but the fury of their love is no match for the fury of an ancient feud. Romeo & Juliet is one of the most timeless stories of love, loyalty and sensuality.

Charlie Chaplin with Tom Roberts
The Manor Theater presents pianist Tom Roberts and special guests performing Tom's original scores to "The Rink" and "One AM," two silent Charlie Chaplin classics from 1916. The Pittsburgh Symphony commisioned these scores for its 2012 Paris Festival.

Joe Negri Jazz Guitar Scholarship Benefit
A benefit cocktail reception (6pm), and dinner (7pm) to endow the Joe Negri Jazz Guitar Endowed Scholarship with performances by Mr. Negri and various local jazz greats.

Music of Michael Jackson
André Raphel conducts the music of the King of Pops from the earliest Jackson 5 to his mega-selling solo years. Vocalist Gavin Hope sings the hits Billie Jean, Thriller, Bad, and Man in the Mirror. Gavin Hope has shared the stage with Shania Twain, Natalie Cole, James Brown and Aretha Franklin.

Beethoven's Ninth, "Ode to Joy"
In this 'Music for the Spirit' concert, Manfred Honeck and the PSO pay tribute to the good in mankind.  Beethoven's final symphonic masterpiece, one of the most recognizable pieces of all time, takes its text from Friedrich Schiller’s poem, "Ode to Joy." The PSO also premieres Christopher Theofanides' "The Gift," commissioned by the PSO to honor long-time Board Chair Richard P. Simmons.

Glass Roots - Summer Flower Show
Designed by Phipps Exhibit Coordinator Jordyn Melino, Glass Roots features artists of the Pittsburgh regio, who have made vines and blooms of glass, stained-glass towers lit from within, a glass wooly mammoth skeleton, a variety of vases, oversized glass Chinese lantern seed pods, Queen Anne’s lace-inspired glass flowers, abstract birds, water lilies and reeds, a tall glass sunflower, and more.

10th Annual Three Rivers Community Band Festival
Enjoy the Community Band South, East Winds Symphonic Band, and Metropolitan Italian Symphonic Band in concert.  Then, Samuel R. Hazo conducts the 2013 Regional Festival Band.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham provides commentary as M.C.  Free.

Rossini's La Cenerentola
The fairy story with the glass slipper and golden carriage becomes an enchanting opera that replaces special effects with the real magic of true love and goodness. Despite her evil stepsisters, Angelina (Vivica Genaux) manages to be the belle of the ball, thanks to the wise Alidoro (Joseph Barron) and a beautiful bracelet. After the ball, the prince (Arthur Espiritu) finds his princess and sees her true beauty: the ability to forgive. With Paolo Pecchioli as Don Magnifico. Antony Walker conducts.

A little bit of this, and a little bit of that
Ron Nelson's "Mayflower Overture" depicts the Pilgrims' travel to the New World. Pittsburgh's own Joseph Wilcox Jenkins is featured in his "Tartan Suite". Minnesota composer John Zdechlik's "Psalm 46" celebrates a famous Lutheran hymn, and director Jason Worzbyt closes with a heartfelt "America the Beautiful."

Dirty Ball
Join up with the league of heroic partiers and supercharge Attack Theatre at The Dirty Ball. Revel in your secret identity, marvel at the company's daredevil acts of dance, and groove to electrifying beats by Titletown Soul & Funk Party and Pandemic.