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All Events | Starting Saturday, April 26, 2014

Philip Glass' Orphee
The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets a "lyrical, even seductive" (Washington Times) makeover from Philip Glass, via French visionary Jean Cocteau: the poet Orphee becomes involved with a mysterious Princess. Love eventually triumphs...but not without a price. Matthew Worth is Orphee, Caroline Worra is Euridice. Antony Walker conducts.

Season Finale
With her "impeccable sound and technique" (The New York Times), Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova lends her talents to Barber's Violin Concerto. The concert also includes Arvo Part's Fratres and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

Works for French Horn with Organ
Hear works by Corelli, Mozart, Franz Strauss, Dubois, Loeillet, Gliere and Rachmaninoff. Carrie Smith has taught at Carnegie Mellon and has worked with Lorin Maazel, Andre Previn, Danny Kaye, Yo-Yo Ma, Lionel Hampton, Chuck Mangione, etc. Ethan LaPlaca is an acclaimed organist known for his dynamic musicianship and intuitive sense of score interpretation. He is the Associate Organist at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Freewill offering suggested.

Wayne McGregor|Random Dance
Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works. And FAR is no exception. Staged in a mesmerizing environment of shadow and light, FAR binds innovative design with choreography inspired by radical cognitive research process. It will make you think differently about dance.

Jazz Mass
Thomas Douglas conducts the Mass of Hope by Pittsburgh's own Joe Negri accompanied by the Joe Negri Trio.

Harpist Claire Jones, former official harpist to the Prince of Wales, with percussionist Chris Marshall (both from Wales)

Harriet Miller, piano
A listener-friendly recital program featuring works by Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Scriabin, and dance pieces by Bartok and Ginastera. Miller, a pianist at First Lutheran, is organist/music director at Christ United Methodist Church in Moxham. Free and open to the public.

Harpist Claire Jones & percussionist Chris Marshall
The C2 Duo: Claire Jones, former Official Harpist to HRH Prince Charles, and her husband, composer and percussionist Chris Marshall, give a concert co-presented with the American Harp Society.

Ahreum Han, organ
Organist Ahreum Han's imaginative, powerful, and extraordinary performances have thrilled audiences throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. A rising star of the classical organ world, Ms. Han was a featured soloist at the 2012 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, and has been featured on public radio's Pipedreams. Born in Seoul, Korea, Ms. Han earned degrees from Westminster Choir College, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute. Co-presented with the Organ Artists Series.

Music of Mozart
As part the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Mozart Festival, the PSO and Chamber Music Pittsburgh co-present an all-Mozart concert including selections for Violin and Piano completed by Harvard scholar and Classical period keyboard expert Robert Levin, performing with Noah Bendix-Balgley, newly-appointed First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Levin and PSO members also perform the Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, and Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581.

Blythe Spirit
Following a seance with the quirky Madame Arcati, Charles Condomine finds that his late wife Elvira is back and determined to have him to herself–much to the dismay of his current wife! Blithe Spirit playfully mocks the traditions of love and marriage while thumbing its nose at the Grim Reaper. Alan Stanford directs.

Some Like It Hot
Too darned hot? Well RCB's about to raise the temperature with this show celebrating some of America's most iconic groups including the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and more. Featuring guest soloist Bill Deasy.

Mozart Festival Finale
The Mendelssohn Choir joins the PSO in Mozart's celebratory and moving “Coronation” Mass. Creative force Don Marinelli joins Manfred Honeck and the PSO for the finale of the Mozart Festival, featuring a unique presentation of selections from Mozart's most famous operas.

Happy 125th Anniversary, Johnstown
Istvan Jaray conducts Lucas Richman's A Time for Heroes, Nancy Galbraith's Fantasy for Orchestra, and two works by Johnstown's own early-20th century master of Americana, Charles Wakefield Cadman: "My Own Johnstown" and "Pennsylvania Symphony."

Cassandra Wilson
Cassandra Wilson has been described as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field" by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D'Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed a lead role in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

Big Band and Beyond
Thrill to the music that defined the American Century. Susan Medley directs the PCC with the Jazz Conspiracy Swingtet in hits by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and more.

Hope and Gravity
Tracy Brigden directs the world premiere of Michael Hollinger's play in which lives overlap and elevators stop on random floors as ten characters are compellingly revealed in a nonlinear comedy about fate. From a backyard squabble to an unlikely hotel hookup, chance encounters and rocky relationships unfold through nine stories and one momentous leap of faith.

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.