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All Events | Starting Monday, March 10, 2014

Colum McCann
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.

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.

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.

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)

Ramsey Lewis
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.

Ravel's Bolero
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.

Juilliard Baroque
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.

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.

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.

Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement
In the latest installment, it's 1960 and a reformation is underway. Among a new crop of Confirmands, Beverly, the youngest, dons her first pair of high heels for her confirmation ceremony. Mavis, the able-bodied farm wife, must find a way to deal with the new superhighway which cuts through her farm. Pastor has found new love and announces his impending nuptials.

Passport: A Musical Excursion
Violinist Charles May, cellist Mary May, organist Jennifer Marshall, drummer Andy Moore, and the CUMC Chancel Choir will perform gospel, spiritual, jazz and classical music spanning eight nationalities from American to African and Celtic to Caribbean, in a global journey through music and song. Child care provided. Free admission. An offering will be taken.

Tuneful Turnings: A Fortieth Anniversary Reunion Concert
A celebration with current and former singers as well as former directors of The Pittsburgh Camerata, featuring “Spem in Alium,” the forty-part Renaissance motet by Thomas Tallis.

IonSound Project: Please Turn Your Cell Phone ON
IonSound Project presents "Please Turn Your Cell Phones ON," inviting you to send instant comments and feedback via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram during performances of Arvo Part's Spiegel Im Spiegel, Paul Lansky's Hop, Jacob Mackey's Breakdown Tango, and Jonathan Kolm's Trio For Clarinet, Cello & Piano.

Young Winners Recital
Performances featuring guitarist Joseph Daval, baritone Joel Goodloe, and pianists Suvir Mirchandani, Rebecca Lee, and Caroline Fedor.

Paul Huang, violin
22-year-old Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang is a recipient of the Juilliard Achievement Award and the 2012 YCA Helen Armstrong Fellowship. He has performed with American and international orchestras. "An artist with the goods for a significant career" (Washington Post), Mr. Huang plays a 1638 Nicolo Amati violin.

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015 Venue: Byham Theater Time: 7:30 PM $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. Sydney native Alfio has one of the greatest voices in contemporary music today. This highly charismatic tenor/crooner offers a refreshingly cool and modern throwback to the legendary singers to which he is often compared.   Captivating his audience with equal parts music journey, powerful vocals and comedic banter, Alfio effortlessly brings all generations of music lovers together in one audience; and regardless of whether he sings in English, Italian or Spanish, all languages flow as one.

The Tenors
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Venue: Byham Theater Time: 8:00 PM $125 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. 2013 Juno Award Winners The Tenors have shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Neil Young, Paul Anka, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Brian McKnight, David Foster, and Natalie Cole among others, in venues from Bangkok to London, and New York to Israel. They have been hailed as musical ambassadors and Canada's national treasure.    

B.E. Taylor
 Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015  Venue: Heinz Hall Time: 7:30 PM $100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 Meet & Greet ticket to the event. $75 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event.  Now in it’s 19th year, the B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert  continues to wow audiences throughout the Midwest. B.E. Taylor Christmas is the place where the faithful come year after year to feel the love of Christmas. Inside some of the most revered concert halls in America, B.E. Taylor transforms old favorites through bold interpretations to create new traditions that will live in the heart as long as Christmas is celebrated.

Holiday Doo Wop
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015  Venue: Heinz Hall  Time: 7:30 PM $90 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. The 14th Annual Pittsburgh Holiday Doo Wop Concert returns to Heinz Hall. Featuring - MARY WILSON of the Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love” Lenny Welch “Since I Fell For You”, “Ebb Tide” The Original Tymes “So Much in Love”, “Wonderful, Wonderful” Shirley Alston Reeves original lead  of  The Shirelles “Soldier Boy”, “Mama Said” Tommy Mara and The Crests “Sixteen Candles”, “Cara Mia” Special guest Johnny Angel and The Halos