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All Events | Starting Thursday, July 4, 2013

Coordinated by Robert Mickelsen, a Florida-based glass artist, "Lifeforms" is inspired by Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka's glass biological models made in the 19th and 20th centuries for Harvard University. The PGC exhibition includes more than 50 contemporary flameworked models, cast impressions, blown renditions, and an actual fish cast in glass.

Murphy/Smith Dance Collective - Sound Project
Murphy/Smith Dance Collective, formed in 2011 by Pittsburgh-based choreographers Jamie Erin Murphy and Renee Danielle Smith, explores the relationship between sound and human instinct. Sound Project illuminates how our everyday life sounds around us create environment, a source of communication and even our general feeling of safety. So what can happen when our familiar soundscape becomes distorted or even disappears?

Pittsburgh Symphony at South Park
Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a free outdoor concert in celebration of Independence Day as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. The program includes Rossini's lively William Tell Overture, classics by Gershwin and Beethoven, and American staples such as Victor Herbert's American Fantasie, John Williams' Born on the Fourth of July, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, an Armed Forces Salute, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and more.

Tales of Hoffmann - Retold
Hoffmann is obsessed with three beautiful women—or is it one mercurial woman, split into three different personalities? The great story of E.T.A. Hoffmann's love life is retold in a new version incorporating some of the poet-composer’s own music. International star Robert Chafin (Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper) plays Hoffmann.

A Little Night Music
Fredrik dearly loves Anne, his icy young new bride. But he also carries a torch for Desiree, a hot-blooded actress. Desiree is involved with Count Carl-Magnus, who's married to Charlotte, Anne's best friend. Imagine what happens when they all spend a weekend in the country together! Stephen Sondheim's Bergman-inspired musical includes "Send in the Clowns."

Pittsburgh Symphony at Hartwood
Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a free outdoor concert as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. The program opens with Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overtuer. Then, PSO violinist Jennifer Orchard will play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, and the closer will be Beethoven's famous Symphony No. 7 in A major.

Allegheny Brass Band
Allegheny Brass Band.

Disney's The Little Mermaid
In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it's a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.

Thirty Minutes of Exceptional Organ Music
Free organ recitals, Thursdays at 5.  Today, Chaz Bowers, of Immaculate Conception, Irwin.

Night Caps International
All set in the same hotel, the 2013 edition of “Night Caps International” introduces characters from around the world whose paths and languages intersect with comic results during a hotel stay. One of four 15-minute operas will be performed following SummerFest mainstage operas, July 11-13 & 19, and all four Night Caps will be staged on the 20th & 21st.

Shining Brow, The Opera about Frank Lloyd Wright
Daron Hagen's Shining Brow reveals the inner landscape of Wright's heart through a tragic love affair with the wife of a client. Shining Brow is at once intimate and universal. Hailed as "one of the most important American operas of the past decade," Shining Brow (1993) appears in a newly-revised version created by the composer especially for SummerFest.

Harlem Quartet - Take the "A" Train
Co-presented with the Kelley-Strayhorn and the African-American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh. The Harlem Quartet's mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.

Lady Windermere's Fan
Tongues wag when the tarnished Mrs. Erlynne returns to town, but it's Lady Windermere who is most scandalized: she suspects her new husband of having an affair with this woman of ill-repute. When she decides to strike back at him with her own unfaithfulness, an unlikely rescuer saves her from the deed and its consequences. Re-conceived by director Alan Stanford, Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece time-travels to the 1940's, where the price for breaking high society's rules are still considerable. Nike Doukas stars.

Twelfth Night