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WQED Cultural Calendar

Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic
Date(s): 04/23/2014 Time: 8:00 pm
Andres Cardenes conducts the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto #1, featuring violin soloist Kryzsztof Rucinski, and Shostakovich's Symphony #5 in D Minor.
Presenter: Carnegie Mellon School of Music
Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Wind Symphony Chamber Concert
Date(s): 04/23/2014 Time: 3:00 pm
Dr. Robert Cameron conducts.
Presenter: Duquesne University
PNC Recital Hall, School of Music, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
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Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Workshop
Date(s): 04/24/2014 Time: 7:30 pm
Mike Tomaro & Jeff Bush, directors.
Presenter: Duquesne University
Location: Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation

Blood and Gifts
Date(s): 04/24/2014 - 05/17/2014
It's 1981. As the Soviet Army burns its way through Afghanistan, CIA operative Jim Warnock is sent to try to halt its bloody progress, beginning a secret spy war behind the official hostilities. In J. T Rogers' Blood and Gifts, Jim and his counterparts in the KGB and the British and Pakistani secret services wrestle with ever-shifting personal and political loyalties. With the outcome of the entire Cold War at stake, Jim and a larger-than-life Afghan warlord decide to place their trust in each other. Andrew Paul directs.
Presenter: The Phoenix: A Theatre Company
Location: TBA

Eugene Alcalay, piano
Date(s): 04/24/2014 Time: 7:30 pm
Internationally-acclaimed pianist Eugene Alcalay plays music by Beethoven, Liszt, Schubert and Shostakovich in memory of long time PSO violinist Linda Fischer to benefit the St. Andrew's music program.
Presenter: Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
5801 Hampton St., Pittsburgh, PA
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Mozart Festival Opens
Date(s): 04/25/2014 - 04/27/2014
Principal Horn William Caballero premieres Robert Levin's new edition of Mozart's Horn Concerto #1 and Orchestra. Manfred Honeck conducts Mozart's popular Symphony #41 "Jupiter", nicknamed for the Olympian magnitude of its finale. And, Robert Levin improvises his own cadenza in Mozart's Piano Concerto # 20 in D minor.
Presenter: Pittsburgh Symphony
04/25 - 8:00 pm
04/26 - 8:00 pm
04/27 - 2:30 pm
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro
Date(s): 04/25/2014 - 04/27/2014
The Duquesne Opera Workshop (Guenko Guechev, director) presents Mozart's profound and comical opera The Marriage of Figaro with the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra.
Presenter: Duquesne University
04/25 - 7:30 pm
04/27 - 2:00 pm
Location: Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Carnegie, PA

Brad Mehldau Trio
Date(s): 04/25/2014 Time: 7:00 pm
Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau's most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Larry Grenadier (most recently at MCG Jazz with Pat Metheny) and Jeff Ballard round out the trio.
Presenter: Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
1815 Metropolitan St, Pittsburgh, PA
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Songs from Shakespeare's Troupe
Date(s): 04/25/2014 Time: 7:30pm
Mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead with lutenist Howard Bass in a program of Elizabethan lute songs and solos from the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries
Presenter: Westminster Music & Arts Series
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA
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Silk Screen Asian-American Film Festival
Date(s): 04/25/2014 - 05/04/2014
The Festival begins with an opening night gala, and features 47 screenings in 4 locations including the local premiere of "Omar," the 2014 Oscar-nominated film directed by Hany Abu-Assad. Omar, a young and bold baker who lives in occupied Palestine, is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his forbidden love interest Nadia. Sadly, occupied Palestine knows neithersimple love nor clear-cut war.
Presenter: Silk Screen Asian Arts
Location: Various theaters