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FM Cultural Calendar | Starting Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The School for Lies
In David Ives's freewheeling rewrite of Moliere's The Misanthrope, a disillusioned curmudgeon named Frank resolves to tell the truth to everyone he meets, no matter how disconcerting or offensive they may find it. This being a comedy, however, Frank is diverted from his highminded path by his love for the beautiful Celimene, a bored aristocrat with an equally sharp tongue. The play's virtuosic use of language turns their verbal duel into theatrical fireworks of the highest order. Andrew S. Paul directs.
11/22/2012 - 12/15/2012
Time: various

Location: Charity Randall Theatre, 4301 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Honeck & A Waltz Tradition
Manfred Honeck continues his Thanksgiving tradition with a fun-filled concert of waltzes and polkas by the Strauss Family. Pianist Yefim Bronfman opens the concert with Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto, the most famous of Beethoven’s five piano concertos.
11/23/2012 - 11/25/2012
11/23 - 8:00 pm
11/24 - 8:00 pm
11/25 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Dolce Appassionato Trio
The Dolce Appassionato Trio -- Amanda Sage, flute; Rachel D'Abruzzo, cello; and Gabriel D'Abruzzo, piano -- play a free concert entitled "An Autumn of Thanksgiving."  A meet-the-artist reception follows the performance. Free admission.
11/24/2012
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: East Liberty Presbyterian Church, South Highland Avenue


Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions
Local and national contestants will compete at this first level of auditions. Winners will proceed to regional auditions in Buffalo for a chance to go on to the Semi Finals and Grand Finals Concert in March, 2013. Pittsburgh's 2012 District winner, Andrey Nemzer, was one of the top finalists at the Grand Finals Concert. District auditions are free and open to the public.
11/24/2012
Time: 10:00 am

Location: Kresge Recital Hall, College of Fine Arts, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA


Whistle Stop (with Eugene Perry, baritone)
Internationally-renowned Eugene Perry returns for favorites by Mozart and Rossini, the stunning "Songs of Sundry Natures" -- settings of Renaissance poetry by the late English composer Phyllis Tate, and Songs of Experience by William Winstead, one of the Winds' first commissions from 1978. A post-concert reception includes guided tours through the mind-boggling toy train museum upstairs in this spectacular Victorian home.
11/24/2012
Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Holmes Hall, 719 Brighton Rd., Pittsburgh, PA
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Chatham Baroque - La Suave Melodia
"One of Pittsburgh's greatest treasures" says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Chatham Baroque explores sonatas, sinfonias, toccatas, and dances of I7th- and 18th-century Italy. Includes works of Vivaldi, Tartini, Bertali and Kapsperger. Andrew Fouts (Baroque violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), Scott Pauley (theorbo and baroque guitar).
11/26/2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie, PA
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Budapest on the Bluff: Dominantly Dohnanyi
At 17, Dohnányi was championed by Johannes Brahms, but his tuneful, brilliant and heart-on-sleeve Romanticism was soon considered old-fashioned. However, today's audiences appreciate Dohnányi's sincerity, skill and emotionalism. The PSO's Gretchen Van Hoesen will be featured in his Harp Concertino. Bartók's Contrasts were commissioned by jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman. Its finale is a "Hungarian hoe-down," complete with a deliberately mistuned violin.
11/26/2012
Time: 3:00 pm
PNC Recital Hall, School of Music, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
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Assumption Church Christmas Concert
Neil Stahurski conducts Pinkham's Christmas Cantata for Chorus, Brass, and Organ; Lessons & Carols, and selected Christmas arrangements featurinf the Adult & Children's Choirs. Free, offerings accepted.
11/26/2012

Location: Church of the Assumption, 45 N. Sprague Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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