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All Events | Starting Friday, September 27, 2013

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.

Granular Synthesis
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.

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.

Ahmad Jamal
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.

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.

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.

Soldier's Heart
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.

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.

Party w/Ahmad Jamal and the Pittsburgh Jazz Legends
Details and reservations online.

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.

A Steady Rain
Keith Huff's play offers a piercing insight into the gritty world of two Chicago policemen, childhood friends whose drive to serve and protect is challenged by the reality of Chicago's mean streets.

Pittsburgh Foundation's Day of Giving
The Pittsburgh Foundation apportions funds from its matching pool based on how much is donated online to nonprofit organization. If the pool contains $750,000 and $8,000,000 is donated, then the match is 9 cents on the dollar. Approximately $750,000 will be available for Allegheny County organizations and about $100,000 for Westmoreland County organizations.

Autumn Leaves
Celebrating the music, life and times of one of America's greatest musicians, Nat King Cole. Along with his contemporaries these were artists who sang with the greatest big bands the world has ever known over decades of the finest music. Featuring guest soloist Joe Negri.

Carmina Burana
O Fortuna! The BNY Mellon Grand Classics season opens with one of the most recognizable works of all time, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Based on a collection of lusty medieval poetry, this choral masterpiece has been heard countless times in film, television and even at professional sports events. Also, the PSO plays Beethoven's Fidelio Overture and world-premieres the Symphony #6 by one of its Pittsburgh Composers of the Year, David Stock.