All Events | Starting Friday, November 8, 2013
Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade tells the story of The Thousand and One Nights in which the Persian queen Scheherazade saves her own life through cunning story-telling. Violinist Arabella Steinbacher returns with artistry of "immense beauty, light agility and secure intonation" (The Bruckner Journal) in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto #1. Another PSO Pittsburgh Composer of the Year, Leonardo Balada, captures two psychological aspects of war in his "Symphony of Sorrows" in desperate tensions as well as desolated intimate moments.
The Wedding Singer (The Musical)
Based on the film, written by Tim Herlihy. Rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer -- the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Distraught, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. But she's about to marry a Wall Street shark, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade.
Three Rivers Film Festival
The 2013 festival expands to approximately 80 films - independent American cinema, sneak peeks, new documentaries, restored classics, a competitive shorts program, critically-acclaimed international films, and new this year: a microcinema component. There are visiting filmmakers, informal discussions, live music events and more at the Harris Theater, Melwood Screening Room, Regent Square Theater, and Waterworks Cinemas.
Paul Winter Sextet
The Paul Winter Sextet 50th Anniversary celebrates the group's invitation from Jacqueline Kennedy to play the first-ever jazz concert in the White House. Their 50th Anniversary Anthology features 12 never-released tracks, a selection of which you will hear live.
100th Anniversary of Benjamin Britten
with Aron Zelkowicz, cello. Rescheduled from Nov. 2.
Benjamin Britten: The Cello Suites
Cellist Aron Zelkowicz performs and discusses Britten's three solo Cello Suites, which were written for Mstislav Rostropovich.
Faculty Recital - Robert Allen Kurth
Robert Allen Kurth, baritone; and featuring Russell Gartner, tenor.
Trillium Ensemble opens its fourth season with this concert.ï¿½ The flute, clarinet, and piano trio introduces its new flutist, Elise DePasquale, in trios by Maria Grenfell, Paul Schoenfield, and Jennifer Higdon, and a flute solo by Toru Takemitsu.ï¿½
Charles Ives Take Me Home
A father's love of music and a daughter's passion for basketball are at odds in this new play about competition, commitment, and craft. Jessica Dickey (The Amish Project) enlists modernist composer Charles Ives to guide a violinist to an understanding of what it means to be a father—and a fan. Matt Morrow directs.
Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection
To honor the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, this exhibition includes more than 100 drawings by artists working for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper during the Civil War years and immediately following. These early “embedded” journalists recorded their first-hand impressions of war, daily life during wartime, and other aspects of 19th-century American culture. The Becker collection is a recently discovered treasure trove of drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues. A rich and fascinating glimpse at a decade, these drawings offer a surprisingly intimate look at American life during this volatile decade of war, change, and growth.
Mozart's The Magic Flute
Charming and fantastical, Mozart's final opera is a profound yet lighthearted work that stars acclaimed former Resident Artists that got their starts right here in Pittsburgh, including Sean Panikkar as Tamino, Craig Verm as Papageno, Oren Gradus as Sarastro and Audrey Luna as the Queen of the Night. Sung in English, the production is "gorgeously whimsical" (Toronto Globe and Mail).
A performance by the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, with members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Junior Mendelssohn Choir in Mozartâ€™s Requiem
Susan Medley conducts the Junior Mendelssohn Choir in Mozart’s Requiem with members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. The program also features several a cappella works.
Eyes on Sound
Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives; Gilda Lyons: Chrysalis; Karol Szymanowski: Mythes; Michael Nyman: Yellow Beach
Music on the Mount
A performance by the Duquesne Opera Workshop, Guenko Guechev, director.
Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and other classics
Demareus Cooper, soprano
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble and Choirs
George Vosburgh, Thomas Thompson, and Stephen Story conduct the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble and Choirs in a program including Nancy Galbraith's Danza de los Duendes, Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurumque, William Schuman's George Washington Bridge, and Philip Sparke's Dance Movements.
Major Winners' Recital - Mimi Jung & Sean Kennard
Violinist Mimi Jung plays music by Beethoven, Paganini, Liptak and Saint-Saens. Pianist Sean Kennard performs pieces by Chopin and Barber, and "Danse Macabre" transcribed by Horowitz.
From Darkness to Triumph
The Mendelssohn Choir performs "From Darkness to Triumph," in the sanctuary at Rodef Shalom, exploring the human condition from the depths of despair to the highest peaks of exultation through the music of Ginastera, Carissimi, Schubert and Mendelssohn. Music Director Betsy Burleigh conducts this free concert, which features members of the Choir as soloists.
All percussion majors gain experience by performing in the Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Eliseo Rael.