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The Film Music of Howard Shore
Date(s): 06/24/2016 - 06/26/2016
Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in performances of his best known scores and speaks with acclaimed film music writer Jon Burlingame. Audiences will thrill to music from Peter Jackson's blockbuster The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, as well as scores from films such as The Aviator, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Silence of the Lambs, Hugo and many more. This epic evening offers amazing music and the composer's own creative insights.
Presenter: Pittsburgh Symphony Pops
06/24 - 8:00 pm
06/25 - 8:00 pm
06/26 - 8:00 pm
Heinz Hall, 601 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Midland Arts Council 2016 Summer Gallery
Date(s): 06/24/2016 - 07/03/2016
Please join the Midland Arts Council at the opening reception for the 2016 Summer Gallery. The event will be held from 7-9pm at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center on 6/24/2016 The exhibition will be open for public viewing from June 25th through July 3rd from 6-8 pm, as well.
Location: Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center

PSO Sensory-Friendly Performance: Heroes and Inspirations
Date(s): 06/25/2016 Time: 2:30 PM
Open to people of all ages and abilities but designed especially for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, or other disabilities, "Heroes and Inspirations," a sensory-friendly performance featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, will provide patrons with the opportunity to enjoy a symphony concert together with family and friends in a relaxed environment. Everyone is welcome to come and appreciate the music in his or her own way at this event!Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong will lead the symphony in an inclusive concert experience featuring musical selections that celebrate superheroes, astronauts, athletes, teachers, and other extraordinary characters and individuals. Special guests will include vocalists Katy Williams and Ricky Manning, visual artist Marcel Walker, lyricist Sara Pyszka, and astronaut Jay Apt.Enjoy opportunities for audience participation, including an "America the Beautiful" sing-along, during the performance, and submit artwork of your favorite hero or inspiration to be shown at the concert! Don’t forget to come early to experience engaging, multisensory pre-concert activities starting at 1:15 PM, and visit the resource fair to discover some of the many accessible recreational programs available in the Pittsburgh region.Tickets cost $15 and are available for purchase by calling 412.392.4900 or visiting the Pittsburgh Symphony website.
Presenter: Pittsburgh Symphony
Location: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Carmen the Gypsy
Date(s): 06/25/2016 - 06/26/2016
An alluring gypsy, a handsome officer - two different worlds collide in Bizet’s timeless tale of fierce love with some of opera’s favorite music. Re-envisioned by Jonathan Eaton and Robert Frankenberry to take place in in a gypsy tavern and retold through the thrilling sounds of flamenco guitar, this beautiful orchestration has been reduced to provide a new look into a classic production. Artifacts, a Persian rug emporium, provides a gallery of gorgeous antiques and objets d’art to set the scene of this intimate, irresistible, and dangerous love story. Partake of Mediterranean finger food and wine before the Saturday show, or tea and sweetmeats on Sunday, then recline on a pile of Persian rugs to experience Carmen. For more information visit
Presenter: Opera Theater Summerfest
Location: Artifacts, 110 South Main St., West End

Bach, Beethoven and Brunch
Date(s): 06/26/2016 Time: 10:30 AM
Allegheny Brass Band performs. Bach, Beethoven and Brunch.
Presenter: Citiparks
Location: Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady Avenues

Music for Midsummer Nights
Date(s): 06/29/2016 Time: 7:00 PM
Shadyside Presbyterian Church presents “Music for Midsummer Nights,” a mini-series of concerts on Wednesday evenings in June, from 7:00 to 7:55 p.m. Join us on Wednesday, June 29, to hear pianist Seth Beckman with PSO horn player Mark Houghton. No tickets are necessary, admission is free donations will be accepted. (Childcare is available during the concert.)Learn more about “Music for Midsummer Nights” online at For information on other musical programs at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, including the church’s Music in a Great Space concert series, call 412.682.4300, or visit
Presenter: Shadyside Presbyterian Church
5121 Westminster Place Pittsburgh, PA
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An American Celebration: In Honor of our Service Men & Women
Date(s): 07/01/2016 Time: 7:00 PM
We are excited to return to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum for a second concert celebrating our great country and those who serve to protect it. Assistant Conductor Andrs Franco leads a concert of American favorites which will be fun for the whole family. Enjoy a summer evening of beautiful music featuring Sousa’s "The Stars and Stripes Forever," along with music by John Williams from the movie Lincoln, music of Aaron Copland, and other favorites. Bring your best singing voice for a sing-along with the orchestra to honor our active and retired servicemen and women.This concert is free and open to public, RSVP by filling out a short form at
Location: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum