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All Events | Starting Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beethoven on the Bluff - Violin/Cello I
Beethoven wrote sonatas as true duos for two star soloists and contain some of his most entertaining and profound writing. Pianist David Allen Wehr welcomes PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and Principal Cellist Anne Martindale Williams for the Violin Sonatas #4 and #5 "Spring", and the two cello sonatas of Op. 5.

Saturn String Quartet with clarinetist Alex Jones
Clarinet Quintets by Mozart (K. 581) and Brahms (Op. 115). 12:30 pm at Faith United Methodist Church, W. Chapel Ridge Rd, Fox Chapel, PA. 4:00 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon, PA

Henry Doktorski, accordion
Henry Doktorski is one of the leading concert accordionists in the United States and a recognized figure in international classical accordion circles.

It all began when Floyd got his kite stuck in a tree... He throws his shoe to shift it, but that gets stuck too. So he throws his other shoe and that gets stuck along with…the cat, a ladder, a pot of paint, the kitchen sink, an orangutan and a whale, among other things! With original music and audience participation, this new story by Oliver Jeffers is produced by the team behind Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Way Back Home. (50 minutes, ages 3-10)

Clarinet Quintets
Clarinetist Alex Jones, of the Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh, joins the Saturn String Quartet in clarinet quintets by Wolfgang Mozart and Jonannes Brahms.

Recipes Our Mothers Gave Us: The 2014 Glue Factory Project
Corningworks' Glue Factory Project presents an American, an Asian, & a French/Swede exploring societal recipes that season one's life. Lines we were fed, words we imbibed, the recipes … tried. 'RECIPES' for success, for failure, for nutrition, for starvation — the world intrudes, the ingredients reinterpreted. Created & performed by Beth Corning, with award-winning guest artists Maria Cheng & Francoise Fournier and music by Mary Ellen Childs. A complimentary "tasting event" with a local guest celebrity chef follows each performance.

When last seen Pittsburgh in 2011, Wicked broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is Broadway's biggest blockbuster, a cultural phenomenon and was just named "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times. Long before Dorothy arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. See how they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Culture Club: These Aren't Your Kids' Puppets!
Pittsburgh-based puppeteer Tom Sarver, who participated in Polish artist Paulina Olowska's puppetry performance Museum Piece (For Margo Lovelace) for the opening of the 2013 Carnegie International, leads a fun-filled evening of puppetry for adults. Join Tom and original cast members for a reprise of Museum Piece and preview Tom's brand new performance with fellow puppeteer Mike Cuccaro. Chat about puppets or create of your own with events throughout the evening.

Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Workshop
Mike Tomaro & Jeff Bush, directors.

New Esterhazy Quartet - A Flight of Fugues
From its earliest origins in canon and ricercar, the fugue has challenged composers as a showcase for technical and expressive brilliance within the confines of a highly formalized structure. In this 150-year fugue sampler, New Esterhazy Quartet presents a tasting of the genre from novel to notorious, highlighting vintages of Purcell, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn.

Cincopation Woodwind Quintet
Works by Debussy, Holst, Grieg, Milhaud and Rota. Pre-concert reception at 7:00 pm.

Music from Brazil, Chile and Spain
Works by Villa-Lobos, De Falla and Becerra performed by Nanette Solomon, piano; Thomas Godfrey, flute; Lilly Abreu, soprano; and Paula Tuttle , cello

Haydn & Zarathustra
Christoph Koenig conducts Haydn's Symphony #22 "The Philosopher", thought to be nicknamed for a musical “question and answer” in the first movement. Richard Danielpour pays tribute to the plight of the Iranian people in Darkness in the Ancient Valley, a PSO and Nashville Symphony co-commission featuring soprano Hila Plitmann. Richard Strauss' powerful Also sprach Zarathustra, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's book, was notably featured in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Let Freedom Sing!
Let Freedom Sing! brings city and suburb together, blending performers and audience members of varied ages, races and creeds to realize Martin Luther King's dream through inspiring music and oratory. The concerts feature The Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, combined high school and church choirs from city and suburb, performance artist Vanessa German. Monday's concert also features Jim Donovan, formerly of Rusted Root. Donations welcomed.

Les Delices: Myths & Allegories: Music of the French Baroque
Les Delices performs Myths and Allegories, a program of French Baroque music inspired by Homer's Odyssey, with soprano Clara Rottsolk, former Chatham Baroque violinist Julie Andrijeski, and oboist Debra Nagy, including works by Jean-Fery Rebel, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and Thomas-Louis Bourgeois.

Auditions for Peter Pan
The ballet production in March will be directed by Monica Ryan. Ages 5 and up are invited to audition. Details at 412-279-8887 and online.

Behind the Notes - Also Sprach Zarathustra
Christoph Koenig presents a detailed inside look at Richard Strauss' powerful tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's book. Koenig will uncover the musical secrets to each of the seven "chapters" of this towering masterpiece. It begins with a musical "sunrise" made famous in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, possibly the most well-known two minutes of music ever written. After intermission, hear the complete work.

The Mountaintop
Flash back to April 3, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee. Enter room 306 of the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent the last night of his life. In this daring reimagining of history, a visit from an enigmatic, young maid unveils the humanity and vulnerability of America's larger-than-life icon. Katori Hall's The Mountaintop won the 2010 Oivier Award for Best New Play.

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