All Events | Starting Saturday, March 17, 2012
Pittsburgh Symphony cellist Adam Liu plays Dvorak's Cello Concerto. Guest conductor Lucas Richman (for PSO Resident Conductor) also conducts Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite #1.
Music on the Edge - Firebird Ensemble
Firebird Ensemble aims to break down preconceptions about new music, to build enthusiasm for new compositions, and to create a unique concert atmosphere. A group of eclectic musicians, Firebird ensemble will present music by Lee Hyla and Eric Moe.
Duo Orfeo, guitars
Duo Orfeo presents "La Musica Callada, la Soledad Sonora: Music Exploring Silence and the Night," featuring works by Mompou, Wallace, Satie, Silvestrov, da Milano, Brahms, Macbride and Chopin. Jamie Balmer and Joseph Ricker formed Duo Orfeo in 2007, performing throughout New England and New York.
R2: Readings & Raising Funds
Cocktails and Hors d'oevres by Bob Sendall followed by readings from "Orphan Train," a new opera by Julie Tosh and Douglas Levine.
Ursula Oppens, piano
Pianist Ursula Oppens, one of the very first artists to grasp the importance of programming traditional and contemporary works in equal measure, has won a singular place in the hearts of her public, critics, and colleagues alike. Her program will include Beethoven's Fantasie, Op. 77, Mendelssohn's Fantasy in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28; Amy Williams' Three pieces for piano, and Schumann's Davidsbundlertanze.
Ken Cowan, organ
Ken Cowan, Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, He plays the Prelude and Fugue in e, BWV 548 by J. S. Bach; Stimmen der Nacht by Sigfrid Karg-Elert; Sonata #4 in B-flat by Felix Mendelssohn; Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Op. 7 #3, and the Elegy by Marcel Dupré; as well as the Suite, Op. 5 by Maurice Duruflé.
Emerson String Quartet
Their many accolades include nine Grammy awards, three Gramophone awards, and the Avery Fisher Prize. In addition to performing in the world's finest music halls, the quartet has produced thirty highly acclaimed recordings. Their program features Mozart's Quartet #21 in D major, K. 575; Beethoven's Quartet #12 in E-flat major, Op. 127; and Bartok's Quartet #5.
Young Winners Recital
Winners include pianist Catherine Zhang, soprano Grace Callahan, pianist Lily Zhang, violinist Kemper Edwards, and pianist Christian Chiu. Visit website for details.
Abraham Verghese brings together storytelling, medicine, and a search for understanding in his best-selling novel, Cutting for Stone. His family saga of orphaned twins, who become physicians in the contrasting cultures of Ethiopia and America, explores themes of family betrayal, balance between work and life, and what it means to be a doctor.
Duquesne Wind Symphony
The Duquesne Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Robert C. Cameron, has received national attention through its performances at the Eastern Division College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) conferences. Using the player pool concept, the ensemble performs music ranging from works requiring as few as eight players to as many as 45.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Every Voice Counts
3-time Grammy Award Winner Ladysmith Black Mambazo headlines the inaugural event in celebration of Life's Work of Western PA's 85 years of championing the cause of individuals with disabilities. Ladysmith Black Mambazo was nominated in 2011 for a 16th "Best World Music" Grammy Award. Their 40 albums have sold over six million copies. Opening act: The Hangovers, the subset of the Cornell University Glee Club.
In a small town, respected insurance man Frank Schooler is being honored as the VFW's Committee on MIAs "Man of the Year." Behind the scenes, Frank and his wife, Emmy, are roiling. The weekend marks what would have been the 40th birthday of their son, Mike, missing since 1991 in Iraq, as their youngest child, Randy, vows to enlist. This world premiere by Bruce J. Robinson blends drama and comedy about real people, love and what it means to be a member of a family and society. John Amplas directs.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera takes an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus Christ, chronicling Jesus' meteoric rise and ultimate death through the troubled eyes of his betrayer Judas. Both thought-provoking and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar includes the songs "Everything’s Alright," "I Don’t Know How To Love Him" and "Superstar."
Trillium Ensemble: Around the World in 80 Minutes
Trillium Ensemble with guests Matthew Pickart (violin/viola), Pamela Murchison (flute) and Katie Palumbo (piano and voice) will perform Bohuslav Martinu's charming Madrigal Sonata, Maurice Duruflé's masterful Prelude, Recitative, and Variations, and Martin Kutowski's Five Argentinean Folk Dances. Palumbo will sing John Corigliano's Three Irish Folksongs, accompanied by Murchison, and Pickart plays Chameleon for Solo Violin by Pittsburgh's David Stock.
The Little Mermaid
This fully staged production follows the tale of the Little Mermaid who falls in love with a prince and makes a terrible bargain with the loathsome Sea Witch. Watch mermaids, seaweed, sea snakes, spiders and eels and formal dancing at the royal court. The title role is danced by Kiana Del Grosso, a junior at CAPA and a dancer for many years at the Carnegie Performing Arts Center.
Freya String Quartet
Movements from the Ravel and Dvorak String Quartets, as well as the premieres of three dances written for the Freya String Quartet by composers Richard and Sean Neukom. Free admission.
Music Director Edward Leonard conducts Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture, Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4.
Sarah Chang & West Side Story
Violinist Sarah Chang performs a suite from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story," arranged by David Newman, composer for the films "American Beauty," and "Finding Nemo," son of legendary Hollywood composer Alfred Newman, and cousin of Randy Newman. Morton Gould's Spirituals evoke aspects of African-American life and history. Sibelius' Symphony #1 evokes the shimmering landscape of the composer's native Finland.
Heavenly Music for Harp and Winds
Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet principal harp Nuiko Wadden joins the group for an exotic mix of Russian, French, Austrian, German, and Chinese-American composers. A prizewinner with the American Harp Society, Nuiko Wadden is a member of the janus trio, International Contemporary Ensemble, and principal harpist with the Des Moines Metro Opera.
Every Tongue Confesses
Written by Marcus Gardley. Directed by Tre Garrett