All Events | Starting Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Carnegie Mellon University Guitar Ensemble
James Ferla directs the Carnegie Mellon Guitar Ensemble in selections including Molinaro's Saltarello and Ballo, Gagnon's Kaleidoscope, and the traditional Spanish folksong El Vito.
CMU Guitar Ensemble concert
James Ferla, director
Showcasing an eclectic mix of contemporary, classical and jazz fusion material, students perform on electronic keyboards, violin and cello; wind and guitar controllers, and electronic percussion. Lynn Purse & Kenneth Karsh, directors.
Wind Symphony & Symphony Band
Robert C. Cameron conducts.
Norma: A fiery love triangle set in the mysterious, mythical world of the ancient Druids. Norma has broken her vow of chastity for the love of a Roman soldier, Pollione. When Pollione abandons her for another druid priestess, Adalgisa, Norma swears revenge on the pair. But something proves stronger than revenge, bringing this classic opera to an unbelievable end.
Mike Tomaro, director.
Music for Violin and Piano by Beethoven and Brahms
Roy Sonne, violin; Yeeha Chiu, piano.
Music of Advent and Christmas
This concert benefits Hekima Place a home in Kenya for orphaned and vulnerable girls. Artists include Kathy English, piano; Julie McGough, flute; Steve McGough, trumpet; Mary Amrhein-May, violin; Charles May, cello; and Nathan Bellas, piano.
The Kennedy Legacy
Directed by Dek Ingram, "The Kennedy Legacy" engages the audience in excerpts from powerful speeches by President John F. Kennedy read by local actors on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.
Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes
Phipps Conservatory and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre bring the magic of The Nutcracker ballet to Phipps’ historic glasshouse in Oakland. Performed by a cast of pre-professional students from the PBT School, these vignettes from Terrence Orr's The Nutcracker, including the Sugarplum Pas de Deux, will showcase the next generation of professional dancers, many of whom will soon perform on the Benedum stage with the PBT company.
The New Collective, an All-Guild Exhibition
This juried exhibit features works by the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh, Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Group A, Pittsburgh Print Group, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Society of Sculptors, and Women of Visions, Inc. The exhibition coincides with the PCA's annual Holiday Shop, with extended shop and gallery hours.
Community Sing with Ysaye Barnwell
Ysaye Barnwell, a member of Sweet Honey in the Rock from 1979 until her retirement this year, describes a community sing as "an opportunity for anyone who wants to sing with other people to come and do just that. You don't have to read music or have any musical training. I sing to the group and the group sings back. We begin in a fun, easy way and in two hours we become a choir of uncommon voices singing with great joy in 4 to 8 part harmony, and as many rhythms, and raising the roof."
Heinz Memorial Chapel 75th Anniversary
Group renewal of wedding vows at 4:30, presided over by the Honorable Max Baer, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. At 8:00 pm, Heinz Chapel's resident ensemble, OvreArts, presents a concert of new works composed for this occasion. Free, but pre-registration is suggested. Details online.
Inclined to Sing Fall Concert
Inclined to Sing and The Apprentice Choir, the children's choruses of the Johnstown Symphony, present their fall concert -- a program of Renaissance to contemporary music for treble voices, including "Velvet Shoes" by Randall Thompson, "Sound the Trumpet" by Henry Purcell, and some holiday classics.
CMU Contemporary Music Ensemble concert
Daniel Nesta Curtis, director
Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz saxophonists to emerged in the 90s. Redman has recorded and performed with musicians such as Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Yo Yo Ma, The Rolling Stones, and many more.
PB&J - Let's Be Composers
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.
Freya String Quartet presents Snapshots - Album Preview
The Freya String Quartet performs a sneak peek of their first album, Snapshots, featuring commissioned works by Richard and Sean Neukom. Each short character piece recalls familiar musical and dance forms presented in a new light. Since its inception in 2009, FSQ has presented over 60 educational and concert programs to a wide variety of audiences across multiple genres.
Concierto de Aranjuez
Ensemble Ripieno (Federico Garcia, music director) welcomes Mexican guitarist Dieter Hennings in Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, a gem of the guitar repertory from 1939. Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for 4 solo winds and orchestra, a popular piece whose wind writing is only surpassed by Mozart's later Gran Partita, will feature Pittsburgh's REED III trio and Jaclyn Perez, horn.
Johnstown Organ Recital
Dr. Ann Labounsky, Professor of Music and Chair of Organ and Sacred Music at Duquesne University and Dean of the Pittsburgh Chapter, American Guild of Organists, plays a program of German and French music -- from Bach, Mendelssohn, Vierne, and Langlais -- plus an improvisation on submitted themes.