All Events | Starting Saturday, February 22, 2014
Second Stage Project: Paul's Case
Willa Cather's 1905 story of a Pittsburgh boy whose social aspirations drive him to escape to New York City is now a singular, haunting opera. After a short time living the high life at the Waldorf-Astoria, Paul's longings are crushed in a wrenching finale. The premiere of Paul's Case (April 2013) received rave reviews. Daniel Curran heads the cast as Paul.
Music on the Edge: Music of Burr Van Nostrand
Avant-garde master flutist Lindsey Goodman, cellist Dave Eggar, and pianist Eric Moe perform Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival, Anthony Coleman leads the New England Conservatory Chamber Ensemble in Voyage in a White Building 1, and violinist Paul Severtson plays Phaedra Antinomaes.
PB&J - Yakety Yach, Don't Talk Bach!
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.
Histoire du Soldat
A dance with the devil, a baroque breakdown, and world-class musicians combine for an unforgettable dance experience. Back by popular demand, Attack Theatre presents Stravinsky's timeless tale of greed and temptation, "The Soldier’s Tale," with musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Mellon School of Music conducted by Daniel Meyer. Chatham Baroque joins Attack Theatre dancers for a compelling new duet, "A Tiny Droplet of a Portrait" with original music composed by Dave Eggar.
Chamber Music for Piano, Voice, and Flute
Chamber music for flute, piano, and voice, with pianist Anoush Tchakarian, soprano Sonya Fandozzi-Caceres, and flutist Josephine Kost playing Bach, Brahms, Sibelius, Saint-Saens, Scriabin, and Ravel.
Music on the Mount
Green Light Saxophone Quartet; James Houlik, director.
Daniel Teadt - Wanderlust in Translation
Internationally-acclaimed baritone Daniel Teadt performs in opera houses, on concert stages, and at festivals throughout the United States and Europe. Named Best Local Artist in 2010 by Pittsburgh Magazine, this former Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist was on the roster of the New York City Opera and toured with the San Francisco Opera. "Wanderlust in Translation," is a program featuring songs by Adamo, Gounod, Hoiby, Ives, Quilter, Schubert, Sibelius, and Wolf, with texts by Goethe, Shakespeare, Shelley, and more.
Hungarian and Italian
Hungarian Pictures by Bela Bartok, Les Preludes by Franz Liszt, Concerto for Two Flutes by Domenico Cimarosa featuring Deborah and Rebecca Silverstein, flutes, and the Triumphal March Trumpet March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi.
Bring Your Own Bard: Murder and Mayhem
February's BYOB readings promise "Murder and Mayhem" with scenes and monologues of be-headings and eye-gouging, poisonings and assassinations, brawls and blood. Also, get a sneak preview of "The Compleat Guide to Murder and Mayhem by Will Shakespear," a world premiere play scheduled for the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival in May. Believe it or not, the evening is suitable for all ages.
Listen Locally: Freya String Quartet: Roots
Hear music inspired by and from the North Dakota roots of FSQ members, featuring the world premiere of Badlands by Matthew Peterson honoring the North Dakota roots of violinist Jason Neukom and violist Jason Hohn, rousing Armenian folk songs from cellist Katya Janpoladyan's native country arranged by Komitas, and Edvard Grieg's String Quartet in G Minor, a childhood favorite of violinist Ashley Buck.
Opus One performs Beethoven's Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 16b, Steven Stucky's Rain Shadow, and Brahms' Piano Quartet #3 in C minor, Op. 60.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess aqrrives in a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain’t Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess features one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), bringing George & Ira Gershwin's legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.
Soweto Gospel Choir
The two-time Grammy-winning choir visits Pittsburgh on a three-month, 30-city US tour to celebrate the launch of their latest album, "Divine Decade," celebrating the ensemble's past ten years of artistic collaborations and accolades.
Golden Age of Hollywood Cabaret
Duquesne's Ballroom transforms into an old Hollywood supper club as Duquesne University’s Red Masquers present The Golden Age of Hollywood Cabaret, a one-night-only, black-tie showcase of dancing, food, drinks and performances of such Hollywood classics as Singin’ in the Rain, No Business Like Show Business and Blue Skies. Reservations required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fourth River Music Project
Featuring guest composer David Borden, Showcasing an eclectic mix of contemporary, classical and jazz fusion material, students perform on electronic keyboards, violin and cello; wind and guitar controllers, and electronic percussion. Lynn Purse, director.
Performances of African-influenced chamber music from Cuba and America including composers such as William Grant Still share a program with European classics by Austria's Franz Schubert.
Essence of Joy in Johnstown
Essence of Joy, directed by Dr. Anthony T. Leach, is a Penn State Department of Music choral ensemble performing sacred and secular music from African and African-American traditions.
The Gentlemen Sing: Three Generations of Song
This brand-new curated project by Marty Ashby and MCG Jazz features Allan Harris, Ernie Andrews and a brand-new artist who was chosen through a nationwide search.
Joshua Bell & Symphonie Espagnole
Violinist Joshua Bell returns to the PSO for Lalo's daring concert piece, Symphonie espagnole, written at the beginning of a French fascination with Spanish-themed music. Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads the PSO in Liszt's rarely performed dramatic portrayals from Goethe's "Faust" - the fallen scholar Faust, his innocent love Gretchen, and the demon Mephistopheles.
Fiddlesticks Family Concert: "Carnival of the Animals"
Conductor Lawrence Loh joins Fiddlesticks onstage as cartoon artist Joe Wos from the Toonseum illustrates the animals in Saint-Saens' musical menagerie, from the royal lion to the graceful swan, as the PSO performs. Discovery Time activities at 10:00 am (concert at 11:15) will include tortoise races provided by the Pittsburgh Zoo, animal-themed arts and crafts, sing-a-long music, and dancing activities!