All Events | Starting Friday, February 28, 2014
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.
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.
Music on the Edge: JACK Quartet
The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with "explosive virtuosity" (Boston Globe) and "viscerally exciting performances" (New York Times). David Patrick Stearns (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed their performance as being "among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience." Co-presented with The Andy Warhol Museum.
Experience the beauty and serenity of this exquisite work, featuring orchestra, organist David Billings, and mezzo-soprano Eva Rainforth. Susan Medley conducts.
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!
Every hour, there are choices of singalongs or dancing/instrument making at downtown Greensburg churches: First Presbyterian, First Lutheran, First Reformed, and First Methodist. This event for all ages offers jazz, Broadway, shaped‑note, folk, children, country, eastern European, and other styles.
Music Plus: Voices of Eternity
St. James' Music Plus series presents the 16-voice Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts Chamber Choir in a 50-minute program titled "Voices of Eternity" directed by Kathryn Barnard. With flute and piano, they'll perform music by Glick, Ullman, Stroope, and others, including the Hebrew pieces "Drei Gebrausch," "Hebrew Rounds for Peace", and selections from "Ann Frank: A Living Voice." A 2:30 preconcert, "The Fourth Wind", features a quartet of high school seniors.
Soprano Marlissa Hudson & organist Marvin Mills
Soprano Marlissa Hudson, a graduate of Duke University and the Peabody Institute, is at home both on the operatic and concert stage. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch described her as a "superb lyric coloratura." Organist Marvin Mills has established himself as one of the finest organists of his generation, and served as arranger and accompanist on mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves's CD "Angels Watching Over Me." The concert will include works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Ricky Ian Gordon, and others, and the premiere of three spirituals arranged for Ms. Hudson by Mr. Mills.
Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Instrumental and vocal music will be performed, wine will be sipped, chocolate will be consumed, and a good time will be had at this event benefiting The Pittsburgh Camerata and Renaissance and Baroque.
Young Winners Recital
Performances featuring pianists Jonah Berger, Isaac Che, Stephanie Petinaux, Katie Liu, and harpist Hannah Piston.
Cabaret Series - Carol Woods
Carol Woods's nightclub and cabaret performances span from London to Tokyo, and Las Vegas to Honolulu. Nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in Blues In The Night, Carol has sung at New York's Carnegie Hall, The Village Gate, B. Smith's, Michael's Pub and Town Hall. Broadway credits include Chicago, One Mo' Time, Follies, Smokey Joe's Café, Stepping Out, The Goodbye Girl, Big River and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.
Recital & Luncheon
Baritone singer Robert Wagner (pastor at Moxham Lutheran Church) will perform followed by light luncheon.
Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic
The Student Composers' Concert will feature original works composed for orchestra led by Andres Cardenes, Guy Bordo, and Daniel Nesta Curtis. Guest conductor Guy Bordo is the Director of Orchestras at the University of Akron, and is a co-founder of Akron Baroque, whose members come from the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras.
Combining the majestic language of Homer with the informal way we speak today, An Iliad unleashes the thrilling tales of the Trojan War and delves into the psychology of passion and rage, ancient and modern. In this tour-de-force, one actor plays the Greek classic's famous characters Achilles, Hector, Agammemnon, and the beautiful Helen of Troy. Gods such as Athena and Hermes come and go. Colorful and emotionally charged, these accounts look at the impulses that drive people into battle, and ultimately reveal that human nature has not changed much in 2,000 years.
The Power of Light
Light, the essential element is captured in music in an exciting multimedia performance. Thrill to the sound of Holst's The Planets, Music of the Spheres, The Water Music, as well as Earth, Wind and Fire's greatest hits. All that and the River City Brass' stunning laser show.
All That Jazz: A Symphonic Celebration of Kander & Ebb
Jack Everly conducts All That Jazz: A Symphonic Celebration of Kander and Ebb. Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb wrote such hits as Chicago, Cabaret, New York, New York, and The Scottsboro Boys. The concerts feature favorites, including "All That Jazz," "Razzle Dazzle," "Mr. Cellophane," "Cabaret," "Me and My Baby," "Maybe This Time" and "Don’t Tell Mama!"
Gilbert & Sullivan's "Utopia Limited"
The Savoyards stage the Pittsburgh premiere of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Utopia Limited" for their 75th year celebration. The island kingdom of Utopia is determined to modernize itself thoroughly by modeling itself upon that most progressive of nations - England! When progress arrives amidst political intrigue, what happens when Utopia manages to out-English the English?
PBT pushes the boundaries of ballet in a mixed repertory program showcasing three of today's most compelling choreographers. Experience an unconventional exploration of ballet musicality and movement featuring a PBT world premiere, the cross-cultural fusion of Julia Adam's Ketubah and the expressive syncopation of Dwight Rhoden's Smoke 'n Roses set to the live vocals of Pittsburgh's own Etta Cox.