Monday, March 25, 2019

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Plant a Tree Program Continues at the Flight 93 National Memorial

The Friends of Flight 93 are proud to announce that Plant a Tree at Flight 93 will continue this year on April 26-27 at Flight 93 National Memorial. New this year, the National Park Service is partnering with the Pennsylvania WoodMobile during the annual reforestation event as we near the goal of 150,000 seedlings planted over 10 years.

An outreach tool of the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council, the WoodMobile educates the public about Pennsylvania’s forests and sustainable forest management – securing the wood products we need today while protecting the trees of tomorrow. The mobile classroom uses interactive activities and displays to promote the responsible use of forest resources and an understanding of the forest industry to the public. The WoodMobile helps showcase the importance of reforestation mining landscapes, and how integral trees are as a part of the original architect’s design for Flight 93 National Memorial.

The eighth annual Plant a Tree event is a massive reforestation effort that will see approximately 13,600 seedlings and native shrubs planted over 20 acres. In addition to the tree planting, the reforestation area will be seeded with a native pollinator seed mix to increase the diversity of native plants and improve the wildlife habitat. By restoring natural habitats, increasing the floral resources, and creating nesting sites, we can help to conserve and attract more of the 400 pollinator species native to Pennsylvania. These plantings assists with re-establishing woodland wildlife habitats on the former surface coal mine land, now the final resting place of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

No planting expertise is needed, however, no walk-on volunteers are accepted. Those interested must pre-register online at http://flight93friends.org. Registration opens March 27 and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration last year sold out within two days. Participants must wear boots and be at least 14 years of age to participate in this rain-or-shine event. Tree planting is physically demanding and this year’s terrain is the most challenging with steep slopes and rocky, hard ground. There will not be water bottles provided at this year’s event, and participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle to the memorial, which is a trash-free site. To learn more about what to know before registration, visit the Friends’ website.

Many event sponsors and conservation partners donate financial gifts and in-kind services to ensure this event remains free for all participants, including the American Chestnut Foundation, Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Law Enforcement, and DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, International Paper Company and more. Sponsorship opportunities are available and should be directed to Brooke Neel at brooke_neel@partner.nps.gov.

The reforestation efforts are expected to be completed over the next 2-3 years. The Friends of Flight 93 and National Park Service look to utilize volunteers in the future to assist with the ongoing care and maintenance of the plantings that have occurred since 2012. To date, volunteers have assisted with planting 116,318 native tree seedlings over 167 acres at Flight 93 National Memorial.

ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA WOODMOBILE
The Pennsylvania WoodMobile is a project of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Hardwoods Development Council, with the support of the state’s hardwoods industry. For more information on the WoodMobile, including a schedule and request form, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search “WoodMobile.”

ABOUT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Flight 93 National Memorial is a National Park Service site that commemorates the passengers and crew members of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. For more information on Flight 93 National Memorial visit www.nps.gov/flni.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. The National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Established in 2009, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial is the official nonprofit partner of Flight 93 National Memorial. The Friends’ aim is to inform, honor and pay tribute to the heroes of Flight 93 by supporting the Memorial with volunteers and resources. The Friends’ mission is to focus on awareness, education, volunteer support, preservation and stewardship. To learn more about the Friends, make a donation to support the memorial, or become a member visit www.Flight93Friends.org.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Spring Into Action & Make an Impact


A sure sign of spring is the emergence of daffodils and tulips reaching for the sun. At Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, the Narcissus ‘Kendron’ and ‘Mt. Hood’ will soon be a breathtaking display of yellows, oranges, and creams in the River of Bulbs. 

As you walk through the new Hillside Pollinator Garden toward Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow, you will see this collection of bulbs cascading down a gentle slope. Behind you is the Bayer Welcome Center, a restored mid-1800s barn. You are standing on the ground where livestock and farm equipment traveled from the barn to field each day. With patience, the soil, compacted and degraded by heavy use, is once again supporting new growth, feeding pollinators, and hosting a family of rabbits. 

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden honors this land's heritage as it transforms the region's industrial and agricultural past into a cultural asset for the future.


Your donation today supports the Garden as it educates the next generation of gardeners, cleans acid mine drainage before entering the Ohio River, and showcases native Allegheny Plateau plants in a world-class, outdoor botanic garden. Thank you for your generous gift.

Donate now

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Upcoming Public Programs at the Warhol

Three men and one woman stand in a gallery with black walls as silver balloons float around them.
Steve Gunn, Bill Nance, Kim Gordon and John Truscinski in the Silver Clouds gallery of The Andy Warhol Museum
Exhibitions

Youth Art Exhibition
April 5 – April 20, 2019
This exhibition, presented by The Warhol’s Youth Arts Council, is a visual exploration of identity and representation. Like Warhol, today’s youth are no stranger to the conscious act of curating the private and public self on a daily basis. Pittsburgh area youth were encouraged to challenge the definition of self and identity and submit artwork that falls into the genre of portraiture in any medium of their choosing. Presented in conjunction with Youth Invasion 2019.

Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour
May 17 – September 1, 2019
Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour, the artist’s first North American museum solo-exhibition, features painting, sculpture, a new series of figure drawings, and a commissioned score for Andy Warhol’s 1963–64 silent film Kiss. Celebrated for her work as a founding member of the experimental post-punk band Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon is a multi-disciplinary artist and thinker who has worked in fashion, publishing, film and music. In the 1980s, it was through art that she found music, coming to Sonic Youth from an early interest in art, aesthetics, and performance. She went to art school at the Otis College of Art and Design. In 1980, just a year after moving to New York, Gordon staged her first exhibition, Design Office, and a year later co-curated an exhibition of musicians for Noise Fest both at the artist led, White Columns. In the early 2000s, she returned to her artistic pursuits with new gusto, developing a series of canvases she refers to as Noise Name paintings, which are inspired by her musical roots. Her sculpture of silver glitter takes inspiration from the lo-fi aesthetic of Warhol’s Silver Factory and her paintings echo the raw, graffiti-aesthetic of noise bands of the 1980s. The exhibition will also feature figure drawings and erotic sculptures, paring intimate works that compliment the elegance and intimacy of Warhol’s Kiss. Gordon sites Warhol as one of her artistic influences, particularly the lo-fi aesthetic of Warhol’s studio, as well as his involvement with the Velvet Underground, and his multi-disciplinary practice in fashion, painting, music, publishing, and performance. The exhibition and commissioned score, Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss honors Gordon’s early interests in Warhol while also spotlighting the development of her artistic voice. Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour is curated by Jessica Beck, Milton Fine curator of art and Ben Harrison, curator of performing arts & special projects at The Warhol. A limited-edition vinyl record of Gordon’s commissioned score, performed with fellow musicians Bill Nace, Steve Gunn, and John Truscinski, and a booklet of essays that contextualize her artistic practice accompany the exhibition. Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour is generously supported by Alexa and Adam Wolman.


Programs

Sound Series: A Night of Deep Listening, featuring Joe McPhee, Claire Chase, and Peter Evans
Saturday, March 23, 2019
8 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland)
Co-presented with Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 
Organized in collaboration with Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, this evening program is a musical synthesis of the exhibition-within-the-International-exhibition Dusty Groove II: Space Is a Diamond. Working in collaboration, John Corbett, Jim Dempsey, and artist Josiah McElheny have presented a gallery of artifacts anchored by sculptural portraits of four maverick musicians of the twentieth century: John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Harry Partch, and Sun Ra, plus an homage to the “cosmic explorations” of the twenty-first century musical visionary, Joe McPhee. The performance brings together Joe McPhee himself, with Claire Chase, and Peter Evans, three giants of contemporary of music, in turn inspired by these four historical figures, and a revival of composer Lucia Dlugoszewski’s “Space is a Diamond”, performed for the first time in over 40 years. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25/$20 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Mdou Moctar with special guest Pandemic Pete
Thursday, March 28, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
Co-presented with PANDEMIC
The Warhol welcomes Tuareg guitarist, Mdou Moctar, and his band who are originally from a small village in the Azawagh desert of Niger. Similar to past Sound Series Toureg bands such as Tinariwen and Imarhan, Mdou's music has been an underground success with an international following, focused on blending Western blues and rock guitar sensibility with traditional West African polyrhythms. Mdou also wrote and starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red In It, a Saharan remake of Prince's Purple Rain, released in 2015. Opening DJ set by Pandemic Pete. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15/$12 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, March 30, 2019
3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor. Free with museum admission

Sound Series: Instruments of Happiness Guitar Quartet
Saturday, March 30, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
Co-presented with Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music
Instruments of Happiness is an electric guitar ensemble created by composer/guitarist Tim Brady. This ambitious project is dedicated to the performance of new music and includes a quartet, a professional orchestra of twenty guitarists and a 100-strong community-focused ensemble. “Electric guitarists Tim Brady, Gary Schwartz, Michel Héroux and Antoine Berthiaume give us tour de force performances, filled with precision, a flair for color, a total world of electric sounds that realize possibilities one might have dreamed about but rarely if ever experienced." - Grego Appelgate Edwards, Gappelgate Classical-Modern Reviews. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: advance $15/$10 students and seniors; door $20/$15 students and seniors; visit warhol.org or call the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, 412-624-7529

Youth Invasion 2019: Picture Show
Friday, April 5, 2019
5–10 p.m.
The Warhol is excited to present Youth Invasion! This program features teens’ unique take on Andy Warhol’s artwork, with their points of view, ideas, and creative expressions energizing the entire museum. The event highlights youth performers in the museum’s entrance space, theater, and galleries, as well as presents an exhibition of youth artwork from April 5-20, 2019. Free with museum admission

Sensory Friendly Silent Disco
Saturday, April 6, 2019
6–10 p.m.
Co-presented with The Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Self-Advocacy and Autism Connection of Pennsylvania
The Warhol is proud to present a sensory-friendly social gathering for Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month. Join us for a silent disco experience at the museum designed specifically for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and those with sensory sensitivities. DJ Naeem will spin a live set of dance classics and will accept musical requests. Rather than playing loud music through speakers, wireless headphones will allow attendees to opt in or out of the soundtrack and control their own volume levels. The Warhol theater will be transformed into an enclosed sensory room for the evening and quiet areas will be provided. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable, festive attire and to take portraits in the museum’s photo booth and do artmaking in the studio. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. This event is open to teens and their families from 6-8 p.m. and is 21+ after 8 p.m. Tickets: $12/$8 members, seniors & students/$5 access/EBT card-holder; Visit warhol.org

Screening of Making Montgomery Clift with Directors Robert A. Clift and Hillary Demmon
Friday, April 19, 2019
7 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol presents the Pittsburgh premiere of the documentary, Making Montgomery Clift (2018), about the accomplished and influential Hollywood actor. Known for bucking traditions on and off screen, countless biographies have reduced Clift to labels like “tragically self-destructive” and “tormented” because of his queer sexuality. Now, directors Robert Clift—Montgomery’s nephew—and Hillary Demmon rigorously re-examine these flawed narratives through the eyes of those who knew him. Drawing on interviews with family and loved ones, as well as a rich collection of unreleased archival materials from both Montgomery and his brother, Brooks Clift, this fresh portrait of the actor’s passions, contributions, and commitment to living and working in his own way gives one of Hollywood’s underappreciated legends his due. Following the screening, filmmakers Clift and Demmon will participate in a Q&A. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 (includes museum admission); Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Deerhoof with special guest Palm
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
The Warhol welcomes back the highly original and innovative indie-noise/pop group, Deerhoof. The highly prolific ensemble has had quite a trajectory since emerging in 1994 in San Francisco. Uniquely able to embrace and deconstruct traditional “pop” conventions, the band has been consistently hailed by a variety of press, such as The New York Times declaring them "one of the most original rock bands to have come along in the last decade", and Pitchfork simply refers to them as "the best band in the world". The Philadelphia-based experimental rock band, Palm, opens the show. Please note that this performance is standing room only. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $18/$15 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, April 27, 2019
3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor. Free with museum admission

Sound Series: Orville Peck with special guest Dominy
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol welcomes the enigmatic, masked country singer Orville Peck, who will release his debut album on Sub Pop Records in early 2019. Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. “Big Sky,” his first single, is a described as a “campfire lullaby of Orville’s past lovers”. He sings about his relationships with an aloof biker, an abusive boxer and an overly protective jailor in the Florida Keys, and the inevitable demise of each one, as Orville leaves them for the wide open big sky. The Philadelphia-based indie country/rock band, Dominy, opens the evening. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15/$12 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Valerie June with special guest Parker Gispert
Thursday, May 2, 2019
8 p.m.
Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
Co-presented with WYEP
The Warhol welcomes back Valerie June for an intimate solo performance at the Carnegie Lecture Hall. Deftly blending elements of folk, soul, blues, and Appalachian traditional sensibilities into a strikingly unique and timeless sound, Valerie June stands in a long and storied line of unique performers in Memphis, the city where she began to hone her craft. Her unique voice and vocal delivery have drawn comparisons to icons as varied as Billie Holiday, Dolly Parton, and the Carter Family. Parker Gispert opens the evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25/$20 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Jessica Pratt with special guest Joseph Shabason
Saturday, May 11, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol theater
The Warhol welcomes the mesmerizing songwriter and vocalist, Jessica Pratt, on a tour supporting her second album Quiet Signs on the Mexican Summer label. Blending elements of lush chamber pop ala The Left Banke and more minimal and breezy guitar arrangements reminiscent of Caetano Veloso on the first single, “This Time Around,” Pratt’s haunting vocals hover in the arrangements throughout the record. The album was written in Los Angeles and recorded at Gary’s Electric in Brooklyn, New York over 2017 and 2018. It features Al Carlson, who co-produced the album, on flute, organ and piano, and Matt McDermott on piano and string synthesizer. Ambient saxophonist, Joseph Shabason, opens the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15/$12 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Half-Pint Prints
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
The Factory
Families work with The Warhol’s artist educators to create silkscreen prints during this drop-in silkscreen printing activity for children ages 1 to 4 years old. Free with museum admission; Registration is required; Visit warhol.org

Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour Opening and Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss World Premiere/Album Release
Thursday, May 16, 2019
7–9:30 p.m.
Join The Warhol as we celebrate the opening of the Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour exhibition and present the world premiere and album release for Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss, a live performance/film commission. Accompanied by collaborators Bill Nace, Steve Gunn and John Truscinski, Kim Gordon will premiere a partially improvised continual soundtrack for Warhol’s hour-long film Kiss, 1963-64, that captures close-ups of fourteen couples kissing. The performance paired with the Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour exhibition of paintings, sculpture and drawings, provides a platform to engage with both the visual and sonic work of an artist who cites Warhol as a key influence, and whose own work with Sonic Youth has been highly influential to younger generations. Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour is generously supported by Alexa and Adam Wolman. Free; Registration is required. Visit warhol.org

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, May 25, 2019
3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor. Free with museum admission

In Conversation with Artist Mickalene Thomas and Jose Diaz, Chief Curator
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
7:30 p.m.
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art (Greensburg)
Co-presented with The Westmoreland Museum of American Art 
The Warhol, in partnership with The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, presents a conversation exploring the artistic practices and the thematic and stylistic similarities between the work of Mickalene Thomas and Andy Warhol. Join us to learn more about Thomas' Shug Kisses Celie, one of the newest works to enter The Westmoreland’s collection, as well as Thomas' and Warhol’s use of imagery appropriated from popular culture and art history. Free parking available in The Westmoreland lot. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $10; Visit warhol.org

LGBTQ+ Youth Prom 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019
6–10 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
Join The Warhol for the sixth annual LGBTQ+ Youth Prom, the largest LGBTQ+ Youth Prom in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This inclusive celebration ensures that every young person can make their prom night a treasured memory. Entry to Prom includes a sit-down dinner, dancing, silkscreen printing, and other activities. Prom is open to youth ages 13-20 years old. Free; Registration is required. Visit warhol.org The Warhol LGBTQ+ Youth Prom is generously supported by FedEx Ground and The Keith Haring Foundation.

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
Saturday, June 29, 2019
3 p.m.
Join artist educators for Dandy Andy, a monthly tour that focuses on Warhol’s queer history. While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist. This tour traces Warhol’s romantic relationships and queer identity against the backdrop of the historical gay rights movement in the United States. Tours meet on the museum’s seventh floor. Free with museum admission

Sound Series: An Evening with the Mekons
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
8 p.m.
The Warhol entrance space
The Warhol welcomes back the Mekons, the highly influential and eclectic British punk band that rock critic Lester Bangs hailed as “the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll”. This genre-defying collective emerged from the 1977 punk scene, where the Mekons progressed from socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Revenge of the Mekons, a documentary about the band released nationwide in 2015 on Music Box Films. Tickets: $25/$20 members & students; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Sound Series: Belle & Sebastian with special guest Men I Trust
Thursday, July 18, 2019
8 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland)
Co-presented with WYEP
The Warhol welcomes back Belle & Sebastian to the opulent Carnegie Music Hall, six years after co-presenting their Pittsburgh debut in 2013. Since emerging out of Glasgow, Scotland in ’96, the band has been hugely influential in the broad realm of indie-pop, with multiple albums in the UK top 20. Their most recent output, a trio of EPs titled How To Solve Our Human Problems, Parts 1-3 was a return to an earlier format, allowing the music to emerge organically on EP sessions. New music in the form of a soundtrack to Simon Bird’s upcoming film, Days of The Bagnold Summer, due for release later this year. Still regarded as “One of the most thoughtful and compelling bands out there” (The Times), Belle & Sebastian are soon to head to The Mediterranean to launch their four-day festival at sea, The Boaty Weekender. The Montreal-based trio, Men I Trust, open the show. Tickets: $35/$30 sightline obstructed; Visit warhol.org or call 412-237-8300

Stepping Stones What's happening at the Garden?



Spring & Summer Hours
April 1 – October 31
Tuesday: 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 9 am – 7 pm
Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Monday: Closed








Pop-up Exploration Stations
Explore the Garden through this new activity during your next visit:
Included with admission
Appropriate for ages 4 and older with an adult
Drop-in during listed hours
Dress for outdoors and wear sturdy shoes

Stop by the Heritage Homestead on Sunday, March 24 between 10 to 11:30 am for this new, fun activity!







Garden Book Club
Friday, March 29, 1 to 3 pm
Member-Only Program
Free

Join us for this new quarterly Member-Only book club to discuss books on the wonderful world of plants, nature, and the environment. Book selections will vary and discussions will be led by Education staff.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren will be our first book. Attendees are responsible for obtaining and reading the selection prior to the meeting.

Register for Garden Book Club



Spring Botany Walk & Talk
Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Adult Program
$20 Member | $30 Nonmember

Join us for this popular program led by Doug Oster, Editor of Everybody Gardens, and Keith S. Kaiser, Executive Director.

This spring walk will feature flowering herbaceous plants and include lunch.

Register for Spring Botany Walk & Talk






A big thank you to environmental artist Gary Smith for a wonderful presentation at the Garden! Gary spoke about the patterns that occur within the natural world and how these influence his unique art. Gary has worked on installations at various botanic gardens in the country.

We are excited to announce that Gary will be commissioned to complete an environmental art exhibit at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden this summer.

Stay tuned for more information about this exhibit!

Support Education Programming at the Garden

You can make the difference in the lives of our region’s children as a registered business participant through Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is certified as an Education Improvement Organization through the EITC program. Your support of our educational programs means that your business can receive tax credits ranging from 75 to 90% of charitable contributions.

This year, support the Garden’s nature-based education program by participating in the EITC program. Your investment in this program will insure that your tax dollars are reinvested in the community that you serve.

If you need additional information about the EITC program, contact Beth Exton, Development Director, at 412-444-4464, ext. 223.

Looking ahead...


Pollinator Friendly Plants
Tuesday, May 14, 10 to 11:30 am
Adult Program
$5 Member | $15 Nonmember

Learn how you can make your garden or community space friendly for pollinators. The presentation will focus on native perennials that thrive in western Pennsylvania and gardening practices that are friendly to the bees, butterflies, and insects. Participants will walk the Garden and look for pollinators.

Register for Pollinator Friendly Plants



Visit the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden website for more upcoming events.

Bach-An-Alia is Now Open Online


The online Bach-An-Alia auction is now open for bidding!

The online auction will run from March 21, 2019 to March 31, 2019, with the live Bach-An-Alia event taking place on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise and there's many more items to come. So, visit often and tell your friends, family, community.  Proceeds go to Bach Choir of Pittsburgh to enable us to present compelling choral concerts in interesting places!


Then join us for the live event on Sunday, March 31 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
 Bach-An-Alia will be held at the North Side’s favorite new restaurant and venue, Brugge on North and City of Asylum @ Alphabet City.  We hope you can come!

 

Buy Tickets to the Bach-An-Alia Live Event  on Sunday, March 31st.

Happy Bidding! And we look forward to seeing you on the 31st.
 Visit our website at BachChoirPittsburgh.org

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh to Celebrate 200th Anniversary of Queen Victoria's Birth



The year 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. On May 18 and 19, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) will celebrate her in its lively, upcoming concert titled Victoria’s Secret: A Life in Music. Audiences will experience some of the greatest musical pieces of the Victorian era as two actors lead them through episodes of the queen’s life.

Critically acclaimed as one of the finest choruses in the country, the 110-year-old Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) is re-inventing choral music for Pittsburgh’s 21st century. Composed of 100-plus singers, the choir is led by Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey, who created Victoria’s Secret.

Says Mehaffey, “This show has been two years in the making and is truly a labor of love. In 2017, as we began to explore the history surrounding Queen Victoria, we learned she had consistent interactions with some of the greatest musicians of the 19th century and that her abiding love of music and generosity to the arts resulted in the creation of many significant compositions.”

Mehaffey and self-described “music archeologist” Dave Fielding delved into Victoria’s life and era to create the show’s setlist and enlisted composer Josh Bauder to carefully rework the pieces’ disparate orchestrations into versions that could be played by one, unified ensemble. Then, University of Minnesota musicology PhD candidate Andrew Stoebig combed through Victoria’s personal diaries and the writings of her confidants to create a script.

The result is a joyful celebration that brings Victorian musical history to life, with well known pieces such as Richard Wagner’s “Here Comes the Bride,” which was Victoria’s coronation music, as well as music by Johann Strauss, Cesar Frank and Arthur Sullivan, all of whom composed pieces for Victoria. Some of the music will be familiar to almost everyone; some will be recognized by classical music enthusiasts; and one work, “Carmen Saeculare,” by Charles Villiers Stanford, may be an American premiere. The show will conclude with a rousing, organ-backed rendition of “God Save the Queen,” and the audience is encouraged to sing along – this is a birthday party, after all.

Actress Lisa Ann Goldsmith, who has appeared in “Love & Other Drugs,” “The Next Three Days” and “One for the Money,” will provide the voice of Victoria, conveying the queen’s personality through her own words, as penned in her diaries. Meanwhile, on stage, baritone and Ivey Award winner Bradley Greenwald will portray all five of Victoria’s private secretaries.

Some facts about Victoria’s Secret: A Life in Music:
The performances will take place immediately after the conclusion of the third season of “Victoria,” PBS’s popular drama about the queen.

As Victoria and her husband, Albert, were both German, the show will feature several German composers.
Irish folk music will accompany the telling of a dark period in Victoria’s reign: the Irish potato famine.
Among the music included will be work by Mendelssohn Choir namesake Felix Mendelssohn, who was a confidant of Victoria and wrote music specifically for her and Albert to play together on the piano.

Victoria’s Secret: A Life in Music will be performed on May 18, 2019 (7:30 p.m.), at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in East Liberty, and on May 19, 2019 (3 p.m.), at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper Saint Clair. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.themendelssohn.org/concerts-and-tickets/current-season/.

And what is a birthday celebration without cake? Inspired by popular programs like “The Great British Baking Show” on PBS, MCP invites local bakeries to compete in a friendly bake-off whose winner will present a royal birthday cake to Queen Victoria at each concert. Interested bakers should contact Maggie Richardson at mrichardson@themendelssohn.org for details.

Thurs., April 25, the public is invited to a preview event of Victoria’s Secret: A Life in Music, at Sharp Edge Bistro, 422 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222, downtown. The event is hosted by the MCP in collaboration with Britsburgh, a local social group that promotes and celebrates British-American culture in the Pittsburgh region. More information on this event can be found at themendelssohn.org or britsburgh.com.

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About the Mendelssohn: One of nation’s oldest choruses, and hailed as one of its finest, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is committed to presenting compelling performances at the highest artistic level, advancing the choral art and inspiring an enduring appreciation of choral music in the Pittsburgh community. Composed of 100-plus singers, the Choir performs both with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and in its own concerts, and it fosters the next generation of choral singers through the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.  More info: https://www.themendelssohn.org