All Events | Starting Friday, March 7, 2014
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.
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?
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.
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)
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
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.
Recital & Luncheon
Greater Johnstown High School Jazz Band, directed by Adam Bukosky followed by light lunch.
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go.
After his classic acoustic albums in the 1960s, Ramsey Lewis reunited in the '70s with Maurice White, leader of the enigmatic and iconic, Earth, Wind & Fire to record the certified gold album Sun Goddess. Ramsey has pulled together a new electric group that can funk it out, getting that good-time groove on with tunes from Sun Goddess as well as new compositions composed for this tour.
Featured in Disney's Fantasia and based on a poem by Goethe, Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice tells the story of a student who uses magical spells he hasn't yet learned to control. Pianist Michel Camilo, whose music combines elements of classical, jazz and world music, performs his own Piano Concerto #2. Conductor Leonard Slatkin presents four Ravel works, including his famous Bolero that demonstrate the composer's penchant for traditional dance forms.