All Events | Starting Monday, September 30, 2013
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.
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.
Student Choreography Project
The Conservatory Dance Company opens its season with the Student Choreography Project, a showcase of original choreography by the Conservatory's top students. Recognized for national festivals and awards, this edgy and inspired concert features selections from a variety of dance genres by some of today's most promising young artists.
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.
Ensemble Son & Either/Or
Stockholm's Ensemble Son and New York's Either/Or will combine forces to present a concert of premiere performances, including Dark Flow by Either/Or cofounder and pianist Richard Carrick, Hereabouts by Ensemble Son trombonist Ivo Nelson, and works by Keeril Makan (Letting Time Circle Through Us), Lisa Streich (PAPIROSN), and Zeena Parkins (Circles and Squares). Works will explore spatial relationships, sometimes by placing the performers in different parts of the performance space; sometimes by having different elements of the music unfold on independent, yet interconnected, timelines.
Brahms, Copland & Dvorak
Music Director & Conductor Matthew Kraemer begins the season with the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, Appalachian Spring by Copland, and Dvorak's Cello Concerto with soloist Edward Arron, a Juilliard graduate who opened the 2000 Caramoor Festival with Yo-Yo Ma in a Vivaldi double concerto.
Photographs by Christopher Ruane
Commercial and fine art photographer Christopher Ruane's religious-themed prints are on view in the Second Floor Parlor.
Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra
Formed in 2013, the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra is dedicated to restoring the lost history of the ragtime era in Pittsburgh. The ensemble will perform recently rediscovered compositions by Pittsburgh composers that have not been heard in almost 100 years. In addition, the ACRO will perform Latin American-inspired pieces by composers from Harlem's Clef Club.
Sold: Renn Woods in Concert
Former child star and teenage heartthrob actress/singer Renn Woods, best known for her roles as Fanta in the classic TV mini-series "Roots" and her unforgettable interpretation of "Aquarius" in Milos Forman's movie musical "Hair," has written, and will star, in this new stage musical adapted from her successful autobiographical one-woman show "A Diva Like Me." Mark Clayton Southers and Monteze Freeland direct.
Gary Burton and the New Gary Burton Quartet
Gary Burton and the New Gary Burton Quartet showcase the new rock stars of the jazz world: the astounding wunderkind guitarist, Julian Lage; Pat Metheny’s favorite drummer, Antonio Sanchez; and up-and-coming bassist, Scott Colley.
2013 Carnegie International
Initiated by Andrew Carnegie in 1896, the Carnegie International is among the leading exhibitions of contemporary art worldwide. The 2013 exhibition brings together 35 artists from 19 countries, including a series of large-scale commissions throughout the museum and beyond. A playground, designed in 1972, and installed outside the museum entrance, highlights an exhibition of postwar playground architecture. An ambitious reinstallation of Carnegie Museum of Art's permanent collection of modern and contemporary art will explore the International's legacy and unique history. Finally, the Carnegie International engages with neighborhoods through the Lawrenceville Apartment Talks, which began in 2011.
America's premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at the Benedum Center. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere.
Variations on Corelli
Chatham Baroque commemorates the 300th anniversary of the death of Arcangelo Corelli with a program celebrating his epochal work and influence. Featured works include his Op. 6 Concerti Grossi, as well as works of Francesco Geminiani based on his violin sonatas, and include the reverential L'Apotheose de Corelli by Francois Couperin. Guests: Allison Edberg, Annie Loud, and Leslie Nero, baroque violin; Kristen Linfante, baroque viola; and Leon Schelhase, harpsichord.
PB&J - Corelli's Violin
Chatham Baroque's Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are designed for preschool children and their accompanying adults. Based on a model developed by the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, PB&J is hosted by certified Kindermusik teacher Lynda Wingerd, and encourages young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, dance and games. Chatham Baroque performs live, often with guest artists.