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All Events | Starting Thursday, November 28, 2013

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.

24th Annual Festival of Lights
View and purchase one-of-a-kind holiday trees beautifully decorated by businesses, organizations, and individuals at the historic Samuel Warden Mansion. Sponsored by Braddock Trail Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Metropolitan Opera District Auditions
Winners from this first round of Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions will proceed to the Great Lakes Region Auditions in February, whose winners compete at The Met for semi-finals in March. Finalists perform on The Met stage with its orchestra for broadcast on May 17th on Classical QED 89.3.

Heinz Chapel Choir - Music for the Holiday Season
ALL PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT. Classical WQED-FM 89.3 will broadcast the Dec. 4th invitation-only concert live at 7:30 pm. John Goldsmith directs the Heinz Chapel Choir in his 25th and final set of holiday concerts as music director. The a capella program includes O Come, O Come Emanuel, traditional English, Polish, Ukrainian, and Basque carols, and contemporary settings by Arvo Paert, Eric Whitacre and Kirk Mecham.

Suite Life - A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash
Featuring Sean Jones with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. Pre-concert reception at 6:00 pm.

2 Pianos 4 Hands
For anyone who ever dreamed big—and then didn't quite make it, this is the riotous story of Ted and Richard, childhood friends who spent years chasing the same goal: concert pianist stardom. Two actors, two pianos, and dozens of characters grace the stage in this hilarious portrayal of pushy parents, eccentric teachers, and the triumphs and tortures of being extraordinarily good (or failed?) musicians.

Jingle Brass
A free concert of Christmas music for brass band, choir, organ and more. Donations welcome.

Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
Now considered to be among the finest Baroque compositions, these concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg were only rediscovered in 1849. Join Chatham Baroque and Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society in their very first collaboration as they realize the splendor of these beloved masterworks, concertos Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6, with 13 guest artists including Stephen Schultz, baroque flute; Josh Cohen, baroque trumpet; and Adam Pearl, harpsichord.

Classic Guitar Ensemble
Michael Chapman, director.

Sherlock Holmes & The Crucifer of Blood
The Pittsburgh premiere of the play by Paul Giovanni adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story, "The Sign of the Four." Described as a “hilarious whodunit,” the play is directed by Matt Torney, and features David Whalen as Holmes and Justin Holcomb as Watson.

Midnight Radio: Episode 5 - Animated Holidaze
Get ready to relive some great holiday memories with Animated Holidaze, an hilarious dubbed–over (adults-only) spin on classic animated holiday favorites with musical guests Cello Fury. Midnight Radio is Bricolage's hit live variety show in the style of a classic old-time radio, with vintage sound effects, commercial spoofs, and more.

10th Annual Theatre Festival in Black & White - Holiday Edition!
This seasonal edition of PPTCO's signature one-act theatre festival pairs black directors with white playwrights, and white directors with black playwrights. There are two programs of one-act plays, ticketed separately.

Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert
Maria Sensi Sellner conducts the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs in holiday concerts featuring Bach's Cantata "Jauchzet, frohlocket", Holst's Wassail Song, Prokofiev's "Troika", Vivaldi's "Winter" from The Four Seasons, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Respighi's Fountains of Rome, Berlin's White Christmas, and other holiday favorites.

Christmas Brasstacular
Ho ho ho! it's Christmas time. And what better way to celebrate than with the River City Brass and the choirs of Fox Chapel and Westmoreland Choral Society. Works to include: Sleigh Ride, A Christmas Festival, Santa Baby, holoday carol sing-alongs, and more.

Sounds Upstairs - Oakland Girls Choir
The Oakland Girls Choir sing a variety of holiday choral music from unison to four-part harmoy.

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015 Venue: Byham Theater Time: 7:30 PM $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. Sydney native Alfio has one of the greatest voices in contemporary music today. This highly charismatic tenor/crooner offers a refreshingly cool and modern throwback to the legendary singers to which he is often compared.   Captivating his audience with equal parts music journey, powerful vocals and comedic banter, Alfio effortlessly brings all generations of music lovers together in one audience; and regardless of whether he sings in English, Italian or Spanish, all languages flow as one.

The Tenors
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Venue: Byham Theater Time: 8:00 PM $125 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. 2013 Juno Award Winners The Tenors have shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Neil Young, Paul Anka, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Brian McKnight, David Foster, and Natalie Cole among others, in venues from Bangkok to London, and New York to Israel. They have been hailed as musical ambassadors and Canada's national treasure.    

B.E. Taylor
 Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015  Venue: Heinz Hall Time: 7:30 PM $100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event.  Now in it’s 19th year, the B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert  continues to wow audiences throughout the Midwest. B.E. Taylor Christmas is the place where the faithful come year after year to feel the love of Christmas. Inside some of the most revered concert halls in America, B.E. Taylor transforms old favorites through bold interpretations to create new traditions that will live in the heart as long as Christmas is celebrated.

Holiday Doo Wop
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015  Venue: Heinz Hall  Time: 7:30 PM $90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. The 14th Annual Pittsburgh Holiday Doo Wop Concert returns to Heinz Hall. Featuring - MARY WILSON of the Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love” Lenny Welch “Since I Fell For You”, “Ebb Tide” The Original Tymes “So Much in Love”, “Wonderful, Wonderful” Shirley Alston Reeves original lead  of  The Shirelles “Soldier Boy”, “Mama Said” Tommy Mara and The Crests “Sixteen Candles”, “Cara Mia” Special guest Johnny Angel and The Halos

  Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015 Venue: Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland Time: 6:00 PM   $100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. The distinctive sound of Libera has traveled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli.