All Events | Starting Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A story that is simple yet profound. A work of unparalleled imagination and heart. A stunning theatrical achievement that captures the experience of living in the moment. Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town is America's most acclaimed play. Ted Pappas directs Pittsburgh's most beloved actor, Tom Atkins, in the legendary role of the Stage Manager.
Adam and Eve, Archie and Edith, Ozzy and Sharon -- History is full of infamous duos who, despite their differences, somehow made it work. Odd Pairings is a musical tribute to opposites and their (sometimes unexpected) attractions. Featuring all-new works by Blake Ragghianti, Luke Mayernik, Neil Stahurski, Chris Massa, and guest composers Robert Farrell and Ryan McMasters. Music Director Ryan Keeling conducts.
Mayhem and Majesty
Mayhem and Majesty returns home to Pittsburgh, before its 3-week, off-Broadway run this winter. The show has wowed audiences around the country with its daring musical athleticism and visual exploits. Come join the Squonkers in preparing the Mayhem AND the Majesty to deliver to New York City.
The Austrian audiovisual media duo of Kurt Hentschlager and Ulf Langheinrich created large scale installations that fuse light and sound into one medium. Through their manipulation of technology, the works of Granular Synthesis serve to challenge human perception, conditioning and consciousness.
Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist and composer, Ahmad Jamal needs no introduction in his home city of Pittsburgh. Jamal will present a concert of his latest works and classic tunes. He continues performing around the world, as he has for over four decades.
Before heading off to war in Iraq, Casey Johnson neatly organizes her life into a box of lists, envelopes and registration forms for her son's activities. Months later, she returns to Western Pennsylvania forever changed, with deep psychological scars that no amount of arranging seems to be able to fix. Directed by John Amplas for its world premiere, Tammy Ryan's poignant Soldier's Heart shines a light on the struggles facing women warriors.
Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts
Featuring the US debut of Florentijn Hofman's sensational 40-foot high Rubber Duck, the Festival of Firsts will present performance and visual art premieres by Companie Marie Chouinard, NanoDanses, Robin Frohardt, Perth Theater Company, Zimmerman & De Perot, 2b theatre company, Christopher McElroen & T. Ryder Smith, and Kurt Hentschlager.
Once Upon a Time Gala
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" with Music Director Manfred Honeck and the PSO in a gala concert that also includes Dvorak's Carnival Overture and music inspired by fairy tales. Premium tickets include a season-opening soiree at the Fairmont Pittsburgh with PSO musicians.
Gallery Crawl with The Rubber Duck
This crawl celebrates the opening night of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, a project of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. To mark the occasion, The Rubber Duck, the US debut of artist Florentijn Hofman’s four-story-high rubber duck, launches into the Allegheny River, coming to rest by the 6th Street Bridge. The bridge will be closed to traffic to host The Rubber Duck Bridge Party featuring Night Market VI.
Party w/Ahmad Jamal and the Pittsburgh Jazz Legends
Details and reservations online.
Compaignie Marie Chouinard
Marie Chouinard creates dance conceived from primeval dreams— earthy and strong, yet shaped by irrepressible secrets and unseen dimensions in time. Selected to launch the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, the program will include Michaux Mouvements, inspired by poetry and drawings by Belgian artist Henri Michaux, and the U.S. premiere of Gymnopedies, set to piano pieces of Eric Satie. In Michaux Mouvements, the dancers form a stunning silhouette to projections exuding a haunting sense that they, in the artist's words, are connected to "the strangeness of natural things and the naturalness of strange things." This performance contains nudity.
Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble
George Vosburgh, Thomas Thompson, and Stephen Story conduct the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble in a multitude of pieces including Gordon Jacob's Old Wine in New Bottles, Poulenc's Suite Francaise, Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Holst's English Folk Song Suite, and Strauss' Serenade for 13 Winds. Free admission.
Two Sides of Celtic
Grainne Hambly and William Jackson's program will span centuries of the musical traditions of Ireland and Scotland. Their selections will include the music of Rory Dall, which was played for the ancient clan chieftains and kings, as well as compositions by Thomas and William Connellan and Turlough O'Carolan.
Terry McMillan: Who Asked You?
"Who Asked You?" is a hilarious and heartfelt new novel introducing a cast of classic Terry McMillan characters. The novel casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don’t agree. The bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back is at her best with this wicked, bold and "laugh out loud" funny and poignant story about how a family falls apart and stitches itself back together again. Co-presented with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Listen Locally - Arabesque Winds
The Arabesque Winds return to Pittsburgh to start the season of the Listen Locally Series. These beautiful and talented musicians will be playing some of their favorite music (Barber, Bozza, Ravel, and Ligeti) but this time, without a net! A full program, utterly from memory. Reception to follow.
Johnstown Choral Concert
Christ-Centered Community Church Choir, directed by Brandon C. King. Half-hour recital with light lunch to follow.
Emerson String Quartet
The multi-Grammy winning quartet plays Mozart's Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428; Britten's Quartet #3, and Mendelssohn's "Razumovsky" Quartet in C major, Op. 59 #3. it's the Emerson's first Pittsburgh concert with their new cellist, Paul Watkins. A pre-show lobby concert features the Reed III trio.
Ashes to Ashes
Husband, love, therapist, killer? In Harold Pinter's "Ashes to Ashes," an evening alone with Devlin and Rebecca proves to be more than we bargained for. As Devlin questions Rebecca about a past abuse, she reveals an eerie communion with the dead victims of unnamed political barbarities. Peter Wood directs.
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Venue: Heinz Hall Time: 7:30 PM
$100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. Now in it’s 19th year, the B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert continues to wow audiences throughout the Midwest. B.E. Taylor Christmas is the place where the faithful come year after year to feel the love of Christmas. Inside some of the most revered concert halls in America, B.E. Taylor transforms old favorites through bold interpretations to create new traditions that will live in the heart as long as Christmas is celebrated.
Holiday Doo Wop
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Venue: Heinz Hall Time: 7:30 PM
$90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. The 14th Annual Pittsburgh Holiday Doo Wop Concert returns to Heinz Hall. Featuring - MARY WILSON of the Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”
Lenny Welch “Since I Fell For You”, “Ebb Tide”
The Original Tymes “So Much in Love”, “Wonderful, Wonderful”
Shirley Alston Reeves original lead of The Shirelles “Soldier Boy”, “Mama Said”
Tommy Mara and The Crests “Sixteen Candles”, “Cara Mia”
Special guest Johnny Angel and The Halos