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All Events | Starting Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sheila McKenna directs the regional premiere of J.T. Rogers' play Madagascar, winner of the American Theatre Critics Association's 2004 Osborn Award and the 2005 Pinter Review Prize, starring Helena Ruoti, Larry John Meyers, and Melinda Helfrich. About the nature of memory, the Rashomon-style play puts the audience in a sort of jurists' box, as the three characters tell their stories in direct address, weaving an interlocking web designed to reveal the elusive truth.

Asana Utsava: A Celebration of Music and Movement
Come celebrate yoga as a breathtaking artistic expression. OvreArts has collaborated with several area yoga studios to create music inspired by each studio's philosophy, and each studio will demonstrate the beauty of bridging mind and body with music.

Oscar Shorts
The annual program featuring Oscar nominees in the Live Action and Animated categories. Nominees will be announced Jan. 16th.

Asana Utsava: A Celebration of Music and Movement
Come celebrate yoga as a breathtaking artistic expression. OvreArts has collaborated with ten area yoga studios to create music inspired by each studio's philosophy, and each studio will demonstrate the beauty of bridging mind and body with music.

An American engineer. A British embassy employee. A network journalist. And a freelance photographer. As hostages in a war zone, each responds to the unbearable situation differently, with stark reality and difficult choices. Written by EM Lewis and directed by John Shepard, Heads is a heart-wrenching story about finding hope and intimacy in an environment with seemingly no way out.

Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms
Originally for organ, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor was orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski who conducted it in Disney's Fantasia. With its fiery, rich harmonies and powerful spirit, Beethoven's fourth is surprisingly one of his lesser-known works. With playing touted as "superb, tightly controlled and forcefully articulated" by the L. A. Times, pianist and wildlife conservationist Helene Grimaud returns in Brahms' Piano Concerto #1.

Gershwin Valentine
A pianist praised for her “vivid and beautiful playing,” (New York Times) Joyce Yang performs Gershwin's Concerto in F with the Westmoreland Symphony and music director Daniel Meyer. Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5 completes the evening.

"PSO Musicians Care" Fund Benefit Concert
The musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra present a concert to fund public school music programs. Donations will aid in the repair and purchase of musical instruments, transporting students to Heinz Hall for the PSO's education concerts, and music career scholarships. Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts the program of Bach, Haydn, Strauss, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.

Compagnie Kafig
This innovative hip-hop ensemble has become an international phenomenon. Inspired by an encounter with eleven young dancers from the shantytowns of Brazil, director and choreographer Mourad Merzouki created Correria and Agwa—two heart-stopping works that showcase a sensational combination of athletic samba, hip-hop and capoeira dance styles. The all-male company from Brazil exhibits theatrical intelligence and is gifted with irresistible personality and astonishing dancing. Bursting with fun, humor and vitality, this show is set to an energetic soundtrack of samba and bossa nova music.

Asase Yaa African-American Dance Theatre
The members of Asase Yaa have traveled to around the world, bridging the gap between African and African-American culture. They've worked with VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards, Stars of New York Dance, and the premiere of the HBO "Sing your Song" documentary with Harry Belafonte. Presented by Kente Arts Alliance.

Peter Serkin, piano
Peter Serkin's program includes Sweelinck's Capriccio, Nielen's Theme and Variations, Op. 40; Wuorinen's Scherzo, Reger's Three Pieces from "Aus Menem Tagebuch," Crawford's Study in Mixed Accents, Stravinsky's Four Etudes, Op. 7; and Beethoven's "Les Adieux" Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 81a.

Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio
Incidental Chamber Players perform Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio followed by performances by students from Pittsburgh School of Creative Performing and Creative Arts. Free admission. Donations to support CAPA are encouraged.

University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Britten & Beethoven
Tenor Robert Frankenberry joins the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for Britten's Nocturne, then takes the conductor's podium for Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Director Roger Zahab will pick up his violin to perform the Beethoven with cellist Paula Tuttle and pianist Donna Amato.

Art.Write.Now.Tour 2013 –14
This nationwide traveling exhibition showcases more than 130 pieces of original art and literary work created by teen winners of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These awards, judged by panels of professionals, have a legacy dating back to 1923, when Pittsburgh native M.R. Robinson founded Scholastic Inc. Past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Lena Dunham, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Zac Posen, and many more.

(Another) Evening of One-Acts
On the heels of 2013's successful Evening of One-Acts, Stage Right is presenting (Another) Evening of One-Acts -- all written or premiered in Pittsburgh. The show includes the world premiere of Savesies, by Phillip Beard, the hilarious story of two South Side neighbors arguing (in genuine Pittsburghese) over the last parking space on their street, as they prepare for a Fourth of July cookout.

Tommy Emmanuel
$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. *A portion of your donation is tax-deductible and supports the programs on WQED television.  

Under the Streetlamp & Gentlemen's Rule
Under the Streetlamp & Gentlemen's Rule Date: September 24, 2014 Venue: Byham Theatre Time: 8:00 p.m. Tickets: Single- $75 Donation Credit Card Only, Non-Refundable

Australian Pink Floyd in concert ("Set the Controls" tour)
The Australian Pink Floyd Show is BACK! After more than twenty years performing the music of Pink Floyd to millions of fans, Aussie Pink Floyd brings their show back to Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall this October. The band has secured great seats for WQED supporters for their Set the Controls tour.  

Judy Collins
Judy Collins Date: October 23rd, 2014 Venue: Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Single- $80 Donation Credit Card Only, Non-Refundable

Igudesman & Joo
Iguldesman & Joo Date: November 28, 2014 Venue: Heinz Hall Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Single- $120 Donation Classical music hasn't been this funny since Victor Borge! Virtuosos Aleksy Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo perform their comedic show in Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall. Check them out on YouTube, and then get tickets for this show Thanksgiving weekend. Credit Card Only, Non-Refundable