All Events | Starting Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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!"
Sidra Bell Dance New York - garment
KST presents the world premiere of garment, which was developed by internationally acclaimed choreographer Sidra Bell during an artist residency at The Alloy Studios. Exploring bending and shifting identities in a playful and interactive stage arena, Bell's evolving movement vocabulary rejects the ordinary.
Two video projections by local artist Blaine Siegel include sculptural components. One references the infamous "Hanged Man" tarot card. Hanging upside down from a tree, the man gains a fresh perspective on the world and his place in it. The second video is a split image projected from a boulder on the floor. The first image depicts a domestic still life, and the second image is slightly altered, raising questions for the viewer.
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.
The Importance of being Earnest
In Oscar Wilde's play, two young men, in order to impress their two young ladies, pretend that their names are "Ernest." But who is Earnest? Will the secret that has been hidden for years finally be revealed? Rich Keitel directs.
Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve
Directed by Philippe Cohen, the Geneva Ballet is known around the world for its exquisite dancers and exciting artistic collaborations. This presentation will also feature two major emerging choreographers: Andonis Foniadakis and Ken Ossola. Glory, choreographed by Foniadakis, allows the dancers' bodies to come together in various modes of symbiosis, either fluid or tense, expansive or minimalistic, which demonstrates the mastery and quality of Handel's flamboyant music. The hypnotic quality of Sed Lux Permanet, choreographed by Ossola, and its sculpted shadow play enhance the delicate nature of bodies wreathed by the sensitive, ethereal sweetness of Faure's Requiem.
PB&J - Introducing the Musical Saw
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.
Sal Andolina’s Big Band Bash
Buffalo Philharmonic clarinetist Sal Andolina joins music director Matthew Kraemer and the BCSO for a Big Band Tribute featuring the great American standards of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and more.
Behind the Mask
Istvan Jaray conducts a celebration of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Broadway. Selections will be featured from Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita and more.
Verbal jabs fly in Nina Raine's stirring new play about Billy, a deaf twenty-something who is adept at lipreading the brash discourse of his hearing family. It's tough to get a word in edgewise around the dinner table, but when Billy falls for Sylvia, a woman who's losing her hearing, everyone is forced to learn a lesson about listening. Stuart Carden directs.
The Art of the Serenade
Mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis and tenor Paulo Faustini join guitarist Allen Krantz in a program representing five centuries of song
A Russian Easter Overture
Lawrence Loh conducts Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture, Copland's The Promise of Living, and Mahler's Totenfeier. Conducting competition winner Yani Quemado will lead Bizet’s March of the Toreadors. Tickets are required and are available online for free. (click the adjacent 'website' link)
Virginia Glee Club
Founded in 1871, the Virginia Glee Club is the oldest musical organization at the University of Virginia and one of the oldest male collegiate vocal ensembles in the USA. The Club has been recognized consistently as a leader among American men's choruses, performing sacred and secular music in the classical tradition. Directed by Grammy Award-winner Frank Albinder, the group has toured domestically and abroad, and has appeared on NBC's Today Show, NPR's Performance Today, and the VOA.
This Pittsburgh quartet enlarges the definition of jazz by blending old with new, jazz with non-jazz, and acoustic with electronic to create an original sound while holding appreciation of the current diverse musical landscape.
An Evening with Carol Brown
Chatham University presents its 2014 Hollander Award for Women in Leadership to Carol Brown, retired President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Brown's lecture on the changing climate for women in Pittsburgh is free and open to the public. Prior registration is recommended.
Colum McCann won the National Book Award for his acclaimed novel and book-club favorite, Let The Great World Spin. He celebrates Ireland with his latest work in literary fiction, Transatlantic, "emotionally charges, beautifully controlled tales..." raves Kirkus Reviews.