All Events | Starting Friday, February 7, 2014
Fresh Works: Alan Obuzor
Fresh Works is a creative laboratory at The Alloy Studios for Pittsburgh artists who seek to make connections between dance and the rest of the world and explore cross-genre collaborations. This month's program culminates with a performance during Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn featuring choreographer and dancer Alan Obuzor and vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield.
The Planets with NASA Film
Manfred Honeck leads a celebration of Pittsburgh composers. Five composers contributed movements to a world premiere suite inspired by the classical "elements" earth, water, air, fire, and metal. NASA video footage accompanies The Planets. From bellicose Mars to mystical Neptune, Holst's iconic musical portrayal of the planets and their astrological significance delights audiences with its richly-colored orchestration and memorable melodies.
Halfway to Somewhere
2013 PGC resident artists Granite Calimpong of Seattle and Brent Rogers of Chicago came together to experiment, try new ideas and make art in a nonlinear way using different materials and new approaches and processes. Calimpong's work is typically blown and cold-worked glass that is simple and clean with a focus on the form and surface. Rogers' work focuses more on content rather than form. He uses imagery, lamination and painting on glass to convey various concepts.
Six solo exhibits of selected artists from the region represent some of the cutting edge concepts being navigated in contemporary art today and were curated by Adam Welch. The solo artists are: Ian Brill, Keith Lemley, Daniel Luchman, Jennifer Myers, Meghan Olson, and John Sanders.
Robert Qualters: A Life
This retrospective features more than 60 paintings, prints, and drawings, plus photographs of commissioned murals and installations by the Pittsburgh-based artist who was PCA's 1985 Artist of the Year. Qualters' style features the artist's commentary - as cursive text - in the borders of his work. This show is curated by art historian and independent curator Vicky A. Clark, who authored the new book, "Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies."
Dora the Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure
Dora, her best buddy Boots the Monkey, and the rest of their friends embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island. Help them navigate over Dancing Mountain, through Silly Singing Bridge and confront the Pirate Piggies to successfully help Dora reach the treasure.
Hailed as "the dean of Latin jazz" and "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists" by The New York Times, multi-Grammy Award winner Chucho Vald�s has recorded over eighty CDs and performing with Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea and other jazz legends. Vald�s has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and The Hollywood Bowl.
Onward to Mars
If NASA could send you to Mars but it was only a one-way trip, would you go? Dan Wilcox’s "Onward to Mars" is a live, audio/visual astronautical rock opera that takes you on a journey to discover the music of the Red Planet. Part of the Community Supported Art (CSA) series.
The program includes Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini featuring pianist Igor Lipinski, Aaron Jay Kernis' Musica Celestis, and Richard Strauss' Death and Transfiguration.
Pittsburgh Gospel Choir
Directed by Herbert V. R. P. Jones, the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir is a multi-age, multi-ethnic ensemble that performs American gospel music.
Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Saint-Saens: Allegro Appassionato for Cello and Orchestra; Britten: Simple Symphony; Meredith Wilson: Symphonic Impressions of (the musical) The Music Man; directed by Guest Conductor Edward Leonard.
Heinz Chapel Choir Chamber Choir Festival
Outstanding regional high school choirs join with Heinz Chapel Choir for a celebration of a cappella music.
A Classical Cabaret
Songs and Arias of classical composers strongly influenced by jazz sung by Desiree Soteres and Kelly Lynch.
Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra
Jeffrey Turner conducts Bernstein's Candide Overture, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe Suite #2, and Holst's The Planets.
Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble
Featuring Carrie Vertin, horn, 2013 Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition winner, in James Beckel’s The Glass Bead Game (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, 1997); also, Marilyn Taft Thomas: Snapshots of a Great City and Edgard Varese: Ionization
Adam Liu, cello
Cellist Adam Liu is joined by pianist David Allen Wehr in a recital celebrating Mr. Liu's 10th anniversary in Pittsburgh, and welcoming the Chinese Year of the Horse. The program includes works by Boccherini, Saint-Saens, Chopin, Faure and Brahms, plus the evocative Chinese erhu showpiece Sai Ma (The Horse Race) played by Mr. Liu. Free admission.
Helene Cooper is White House correspondent for The New York Times, with a unique perspective on America's first African-American president. Her memoir The House At Sugar Beach, is the story of an idyllic childhood in Liberia--until it became a nightmare.
A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!The music of ABBA, the story and the characters make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good Broadway show with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. A mother confronts her past as three men return to the Greek Island they've not visited for 21 years - just as her 20-year-old daughter is about to be married.
Agamemnon returns home from the Trojan War victorious, only to discover the deadliest enemies waiting in his bed. Relatives battle for succession and the right to rule in the original Game of Thrones. Ted Hughes' masterful translation of Aeschylus' classic recasts the tragedy to explore themes of remorse, survivors' guilt, and the need to grasp at significance after a tragic death in the family. Holly Thuma directs.
Swan Lake with the Orchestra
One of Tchaikovsky's most famous ballets, Swan Lake symbolizes more than 100 years of tradition and some of the most revered roles in classical ballet. In a performance of emotional intensity and technical mastery, the ballerina captures the essence of both eternal love and deception in the coveted dual role of Odette and Odile.