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All Events | Starting Monday, September 22, 2014

James McBride
James McBride is the author of the 2013 National Book Award winning novel The Good Lord Bird, and well as the New York Times bestseller The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. McBride will focus on his life and on his newest novel, The Good Lord Bird, a story humorously narrated by the elderly Henry Shackleford, as he reminisces about his youthful adventures.

The Book of Mormon
The Book or Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. Creators Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone also begat the four-time Emmy Award-winning landmark animated series, "South Park."

Cello Fury
WQED and the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership present a LIVE performance by the "cello rock powerhouse" Cello Fury to usher in a new season of the PBS Arts Fall Festival on WQED-TV. The PBS Arts Fall Festival -- a Friday night fall tradition since 2011 --will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth beginning Friday, September 26 at 9 pm with "Sweeney Todd" in concert with the New York Philharmonic.

Passing Strange
The ground-breaking adventurous musical Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodewald tells the story of a young African-American's travels from his roots in Los Angeles to Europe and back in his search for personal and artistic authenticity. Winner: 2008 Tony for Best Book of a Musical and three Drama Desk awards including Outstanding Musical. Mark Clayton Southers directs.

Florence Foster Jenkins was an eccentric wealthy socialite whose utter inability to carry a tune never prevented her from holding recitals at the Ritz Carlton or selling out Carnegie Hall. Told through the eyes of her accompanist, Cosme McMoon, Stephen Temperley's hilariously off-key Souvenir has been called "the funniest show on Broadway since The Producers." It's a wonderful and poignant journey through her performances that were the talk of New York. Tome' Cousin directs.

Public Record - A Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition
Public Record — a nine-person multimedia exhibition in celebration of Pittsburgh artists — explores love, absurdity, surveillance, gaming, and identity. Artists include Rafael Abreu-Canedo, Matthew Biederman (with Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Marko Peljhan, and Brian Springer), Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Paolo Pedercini, Caroline Record, Paul Rosenblatt, Martha Rial, Susanne Slavick, and Two Girls Working. 'Paul’s Vinyl Records' (at 707 Penn Gallery) features recordings were sold, collected, and (well) played before the artist collected them again.

10th Anniversary Gallery Crawl
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cultural Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawls with exhibitions and live music in the downtown Cultural District including the openings of Pittsburgh Biennial shows at SPACE gallery and 707 Penn Avenue.

The Matisse Strings
These young artists are members of a Carnegie Mellon honors ensemble. It will be a delightful evening of listening, performed by Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Audition winners.

Music and Lyrics: Art Songs, Opera, Musical Theatre, Sacred Music
Featuring Stacey Conner, Zachary Marshall, and Jennifer Marshall. Free admission.

Beaver County Invitational Marching Band Festival
Thirteen Beaver County High School Marching bands perform their fall shows. Sponsored by the New Brighton Band Parent Organization.

Newberry Consort - Rosas das Rosas: Cantigas de Santa Maria
While languishing in ilness, Alfonso X - twelfth-century king of Castille, Leon and Galicia—prayed to the Virgin Mary for divine intercession that he might survive. After his recovery, he commissioned songs, or cantigas, recounting the Virgin's miracles and singing her praises. Set to compelling melodies, these cantigas are, at turns, funny, moving, and even awe inspiring. This multimedia production includes lavish images from the E codex, currently held in El Escorial, Spain.

Wagner's Tristan and Isolde: Duets and Liebestod
Featuring WQED's Anna Singer, Robert Frankenberry, and Kelly Lynch. Free admission.

Lyric Fest in Pittsburgh: La Bella Vita!
Philadelphia-based Lyric Fest comes to Pittsburgh for an afternoon of Italian arias and art songs, performed by soprano Jen Aylmer, mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis, tenor Eric Rieger, bass Randall Scarlata, and pianist Laura Ward.

Takacs Quartet
The Takacs Quartet returns to play Haydn's Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 64 #3; Debussy's Quartet in G minor, and Beethoven's Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130 with the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

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

  Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015 Venue: Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland Time: 6:00 PM   $100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. The distinctive sound of Libera has traveled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015  Venue: Consol Energy Center Time: 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM $100 Donation to WQED includes a thank you gift of 1 ticket to the event. TSO is thrilled to announce that the 2015 Winter Tour will feature the live debut of 'The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve'! TSO will also release their newest full-length album titled 'Letters From the Labyrinth' this winter!   Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive rock band founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill. TSO has sold more than 9 million concert tickets and over 8 million albums. The band's musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal.