All Events | Starting Friday, November 22, 2013
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
WIP Choreography Project
WIP (Works in Progress) is a project that allow choreographers to hone their craft in an open and encouraging enviroment. WIP will feature all new works in an intimate setting.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Music and Art
A heavenly evening of music with harpist Nuiko Wadden and winds, including holiday selections and other pieces which paint musical pictures, surrounded by art at Gallery Christine Frechard on the 24th and Victorian architecture at Holmes Hall on the 30th.
The Next Generation: PYSO & Jr. Mendelssohn
Music in a Great Space proudly presents the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in Mozart's Requiem. The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is comprised of choristers in 8th through 12th grade. The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra has enjoyed an affiliation with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1962.
Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, is today's most acclaimed Chinese-American novelist. Her new book, The Valley of Amazement, is her first in eight years and will be released just before her lecture.
ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
Honeck, Beethoven, & A Waltz Tradition
Celebrate year five of Manfred Honeck's Thanksgiving tradition with favorite Strauss waltzes and polkas plus a few special PSO surprises. Viennese pianist Till Fellner brings his scrupulous musicianship to Beethoven's beautiful Piano Concerto #4. Children ages 3-12 may attend free of charge.
$100 Donation to WQED includes a thank-you gift of 1 orchestra level ticket to the concert. WQED Presents "Best Seats" Deadline: Monday, June 30 , 2014. For tickets to this concert, you can also call the WQED Presents Hotline (Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm) at 412-622-1382. Credit Card Only, Non-Refundable. Guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel is bringing his virtuosity to the intimate Byham Theatre September 23rd. Performing live for his fans is extremely important to Tommy: he has demonstrated this by playing close to or over 300 concerts every year for the last seven years! Guitar players of all levels come to his shows to watch him work his magic, but his appeal goes far beyond musicians. His live shows are known for their humor, performance, passion, and infectious joy. Tommy has set aside excellent seats for WQED supporters.
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