All Events | Starting Saturday, March 8, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Junie B. Jones (Theatreworks USA)
Dear first-grade journal, This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! Its got loads of funny songs, and its based on a bunch of books about the things I do in first grade by Barbara, Park. Whew! I'm glad I can write everything down in my Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal! And you know what? I think I might like first grade after all. Love, (but not the mushy kind) Junie B. (60 minutes, ages 3-10)
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.
Myths & Legends
A sweet program of suites including Felix Mata's Suite for String Orchestra, Sibelius' Swan of Tuonela (soloist: Sharlotte Devere), Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden Suite, Faure's Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite (1919). Music Director Walter Morales conducts.
Distinguished members of faculty of the Juilliard Historical Performance program are individually award-winning recitalists, Grammy-nominated recording artists, soloists, and/or principals with every major international early music ensemble. Here they join together in a virtuoso conversation of brilliant German trio and solo sonatas by G.F. Handel, both C.P.E. and his father J.S. Bach, and the mysterious and wonderful 17th-century Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka.
Behind the Notes - Ravel's Bolero
Conductor Leonard Slatkin explains and the PSO demonstrates details inside The Sorcerer's Apprentice and four Ravel works that demonstrate Ravel's penchant for traditional dance forms. On the second half, hear these complete works including Ravel's Bolero and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice which tells the story of a student who uses magical spells he hasn't yet learned to control.
The Piano Guys
Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Venue: Benedum Center
Time: 8:00 PM
$100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event.
Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos that have amassed three million YouTube subscribers and more than 500 million views.