Saturday, November 18, 2017


Visit Carnegie Science Center over the holidays to enjoy activities perfect for families, groups, Scout troops, and date nights throughout the month of December.

Polar PJ Parties (Dec. 1, 3, and 10)
Fans of the holiday film The Polar Express are invited to come to the Science Center in their pajamas for a Polar PJ Party. Before seeing the film in the NEW Rangos Giant Cinema, guests will enjoy a hot chocolate bar with liquid nitrogen frozen marshmallows, private time in the Miniature Railroad and Village®, and the chance to take photos with a special guest. Special themed activities also will be offered and each participant receives a train ticket and sleigh bell to take home.

Polar PJ Parties will be held on the following dates:
Fri., Dec. 1: 6-9 pm (sensory-sensitive) (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Sun., Dec. 3: 9 am-Noon (sensory-sensitive) (doors open 8:30 am)
Sun., Dec. 3: 6-9 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Sun., Dec. 10: 9 am-Noon (doors open 8:30 am)
Polar Express will be shown in 3D. The sensory-sensitive events will be shown in 2D.
Sensory-sensitive Polar PJ Parties have been developed specifically for people on the autism spectrum or who are affected by sensory processing disorders.

The cost is $15 per person, and $5 for children 2 and under. Advance registration is required. Visit to register online, or call 412.237.3400, and press 7 to register by phone.

The Polar Express 3D (Dec. 1 -14)
See the modern holiday classic like you’ve never seen it before in 3D in the new Rangos Giant Cinema. Shows are scheduled daily from Dec. 1-14. Some showings will be available in 2D. Visit for show times.

Holiday Magic Laser Show (Dec.1-31)
Experience the magic of the holiday season with a little science at this holiday laser show perfect for the whole family. Featuring traditional holiday tunes from across generations to contemporary artists performing their personal favorites, this matinee laser show is guaranteed to be a hit with all ages. Visit for show times and pricing.

Frozen Sing Along (Sat., Dec. 2)
Welcome the winter with a special sing along showing of Disney’s Frozen. Guests will “Let it Go” as they belt out favorite songs from the film from seats in the brand-new Rangos Giant Cinema.

Doors for the event open an hour before the movie. Ticket holders are invited to join fellow Frozen fans in The Rangos lobby before the film for a hot chocolate bar, included in the admission price. Children are welcome to dress as their favorite characters from the movie and enjoy some fun photo opportunities before the show.

The concession stand, including the new popcorn topping bar, also will be open before the film for purchases.

The Frozen Sing Along will be held on Sat., Dec. 2 at the following times:
10:30 am (doors open at 9:30 am)
1:30 pm (doors open at 12:30 pm)

The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration is required. Visit to register online, or call 412.237.3400, and press 7 to register by phone.

Polar Express Sleepover (Fri., Dec. 8)
Families can enjoy a special evening of festive fun and the modern holiday classic The Polar Express in 3D in the brand-new Rangos Giant Cinema! The sleepover includes a late-night snack, themed activities, the opportunity to attend a planetarium or laser show, and a live theater show. Check-in for the sleepover begins at 6 pm and after spending the night in one of the museum’s exhibit spaces, guests will enjoy a continental breakfast the following morning.

The cost for the sleepover is $39 per person and includes admission to the museum the following day. Groups must have a minimum of one adult chaperone per eight children. To register, call 412.237.1637.

21+ Ugly Sweater Party (Fri., Dec. 22)
Dig out your best worst holiday sweater and join in the fun at the 21+ Ugly Sweater Party from 6-10 pm on Fri., Dec. 22. Enjoy an evening just for grownups with special themed activity tables and drone races. Make a storm trooper snowflake, a pool noodle light saber, or a batch of galaxy oobleck. Create the perfect present-topper with recycled film from the old Omnimax theater. Enjoy treats like Ugly Sweater Slushies frozen with liquid nitrogen, and a hot cocoa bar where visitors can top off their drink with marshmallow science.

Along with cash bars (beer, wine, alcohol, soft drinks) and snacks available for purchase, 21+ After Dark Night also features live music in the Robot Lounge and Laser Karaoke in the Buhl Planetarium.

Tickets prices are $12 in advance and $17 at the door. Visit to register.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Washington Symphony to perform Annual Christmas Concert

Washington Symphony Orchestra’s much-anticipated annual holiday
performance, “Ho Ho Ho with the WSO” is scheduled for Saturday, December
2 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) and Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m.
(doors open at 2 p.m.). Both concerts are at Trinity High School in
Washington, PA.

This is the second year that EQT has partnered with the WSO.
The Washington County All-Star Choir, along with the California
University Choir and the Burgettstown Area School District, will be
joining the WSO for choruses from Handel’s Messiah and A Musicological
Journey Through Twelve Days of Christmas.

High Schools contributing singers to the All-Star Choir include:
Bethlehem Center, Burgettstown, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry,
McGuffey, and Trinity.

Local dance troupes will take the stage to perform selected dances from
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Suite No. 1. Schools participating at press
time include Evolving Artists Dance Studio, Moschetta’s Performing Arts
Center, and Sandra Kay Mesler Dance Studio.

Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” David Rose’s “Holiday for
Strings,” and Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Dreams of Fireflies” will also
be played as part of the program.

Kids in grades K through 6 will have the opportunity to enter the WSO’s
ornament contest. All entries will be hung on a tree in the lobby and
two winners will be selected, one by a panel of judges and the other by
popular vote on the WSO Facebook page. Each winner will receive a gift
card. Official entry forms are available at

Tickets start at just $17 and can be purchased online at, by
calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, or at the following locations: Citizens
Library, the Peters Township Public Library, and the WSO Office on East
Wheeling Street in Washington (WSO Office by appointment only, call
724-223-9796 and leave a message for appointment).

 For further information about the symphony, visit or connect with
the WSO on Facebook ( and Twitter

Nutcracker Tickets One-Half Off Offer Extended Through Nov. 18

One More Day: 50% Off The Nutcracker
We don't want you to miss our best savings of the season! For one more day, get 50% off* The Nutcracker. Tickets start at $24.50 for prime seats at select performances with promo code: LIGHTUPEXT.


Dec. 1-27 // Benedum Center
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Call: 412-456-6666 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)

*Valid only for performances below listed in red in Zones 1-4. Limit seven tickets per order. Offer ends 11/17/17 at 11:59 p.m. Previous purchases do not apply. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

J. S. Bach and Buxtehude Cantatas and Arias

St Vincent Camerata presents: J. S. Bach Cantatas and Arias
with special guests: Chatham Baroque & Daniel Teadt, Baritone under the direction of Fr. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B

Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 311 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon and Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m. at St. Vincent Basilica in Latrobe. Tickets for the St. Bernard performance are free. Tickets for the St. Vincent Basilica performance are $15.

For Ticket Information Call 724-805-2579

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Humans - Now at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Cast of "The Humans Cecelia Riddett in wheelchair then (left to right) Arash Mokhtar, Valeri Mudek, Courtney Balan, J. Tucker Smith and Charlotte Booker Credit: Michael Henninger

Pittsburgh Public Theater celebrates Thanksgiving with The Humans, by Scranton, PA native Stephen Karam.

The Humans was honored with the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. Directed by Pamela Berlin, The Humans runs November 9 – December 10, 2017 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit

In The Humans, three generations of the Blake clan, plus one significant other, meet for Thanksgiving dinner in Lower Manhattan. The Irish Catholic family from Scranton, PA find themselves in Chinatown for the holiday because the youngest, Brigid (Valeri Mudek), has just rented an apartment there with her boyfriend, Richard Saad (Arash Mokhtar). Their dinner guests include Brigid’s mother Deirdre (Charlotte Booker), her father Erik (J. Tucker Smith), and his mother, known as Momo (Cecelia Riddett). Brigid’s sister Aimee (Courtney Balan), a lawyer who lives in Philadelphia, is also there.
In 90 minutes of real-time, the company eats, airs everything from minor complaints to serious setbacks, runs up and down a spiral staircase to get to the bathroom, finds joy in their shared traditions, criticizes, and demonstrates their unshakable love for each other. But beneath the typical holiday festivities, eerie things take place: thuds, shadows, rumbles. Is this just life in contemporary Manhattan, or is something else going on?

“The play is rackingly funny even as it pummels the heart and scares the bejesus out of you,” said Jesse Green in Vulture. In the Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones called it, “truly remarkable and exceptionally moving.”
The design team for The Humans is Michael Schweikardt (Scenic), Suzanne Chesney (Costumes), John Lasiter (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Casting is by Pat McCorkle. Fred Noel is the Production Stage Manager and Spencer Whale is the Assistant Stage Manager.

About the Playwright
Stephen Karam’s plays include The Humans (Tony Award, Obie Award for Playwriting, and Pulitzer Prize finalist); Sons of the Prophet (Pulitzer Prize finalist); and Speech and Debate. His adaptation of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered on Broadway as part of Roundabout Theatre’s 2016 season; his film adaptation of The Seagull, starring Annette Bening, is upcoming. Stephen is a 2002 graduate of Brown University. He grew up in Scranton, PA.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
The Humans
November 9 – December 10, 2017

Performance Schedule
Tuesdays at 7 pm.
Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm.
Saturdays at 2 pm (except Nov. 11 & 18) plus 2 pm on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except Dec. 10 when the final show is at 2 pm).
There will be no performance on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23.

Press Night is Thursday, Nov. 16. Opening Night is Friday, Nov. 17.
Ticket prices: $25 - $65. Tickets for students & age 26 & younger: $15.75.
Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or
Ticket prices are subject to change.
For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to,
or visit the O’Reilly Theater Box Office

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Collaboration of Dance, Live Music, and Poetry - In Defense of Gravity

In Defense of Gravity combines dance, live music, and the poetry of Jimmy Cvetic.

From Pittsburgh’s innovators of the dance-theater experience comes a world-premiere performance inspired by the gritty and heartfelt poetry of local legend, Jimmy Cvetic. Attack Theatre takes a lighter look at the heavy side of life with In Defense of Gravity, running December 1–3, 2017 at George R. White Studio, in Attack Theatre’s shared home with Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip District.

In Defense of Gravity makes a case for reflecting on the solemn moments of life and the constant quest to defy gravity in dance. This new work blends introspection and levity in a physicalized struggle against defeat and despair. With movement vignettes and Attack Theatre flair, the performers embrace this wit as they encounter challenges and seek to rebound from the weight of moments embodied in the grit and grace of Jimmy Cvetic’s poetry.

“Anything of value probably does not belong to you…be careful not to break it or you will own it…or it may own you.”

“The best lie told is the one you tell to yourself and the greatest lie is the one that you tell and believe…”

“The hardest things to pick up are the pieces of a broken heart.”

“It’s never the fall that hurts, but the sudden stop” (Jimmy Cvetic)

Some call him “Coach.” Others call him “Mentor.” He’s known widely as "Dog,” (which also inspired the title Defense Of Gravity) Jimmy Cvetic has lived many lives. As a (now retired) detective he fought crime. As a boxing coach, he teaches others how to fight and thrive. As a poet, he has written more than 3,000 poems which are "often dark, often howlingly funny; irreverent and humane; profane and occasionally sentimental" (Pittsburgh City Paper).

Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director, Peter Kope elaborates on how Jimmy Cvetic came into this process: “When I met Jimmy and read some of his work it drew me to an exploration of how an individual responds to heavy or hard moments in life. This dovetails nicely with something we face as dancers — how does the body respond to the pull of gravity.”

Michele de la Reza adds, “We are contrasting one darker poem with a clear central character that we can relate to through a series of adages that give us a way to rebuild from an intense loss. Jimmy's work really led us to a natural and creative conclusion that blends the physical and emotional responses to gravity."

In Defense of Gravity is choreographed by Co-Artistic Directors, Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza. Blending myriad art forms, this performance features guest artists: actor, Patrick Jordan, and vocalist, Anqwenique. Dancers Kaitlin Dann, Dane Toney, Ashley Williams, Sarah Zielinski and Simon Phillips (a recent transplant to Pittsburgh from Atlanta, GA) will bring a physical and emotional intensity to this world premiere production.

The Details:
What: In Defense of Gravity
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 6:00pm
Where: George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tickets: $15–40

Editor’s Notes:
Founded in 1994 as a collaboration between two dancers and a city, Attack Theatre’s creative partnerships with artists, spaces, and communities have been an integral part of the artistic inspiration and vision since its inception. Attack Theatre combines modern dance, original live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms to present engaging and innovative dance performances. Under the artistic direction of Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors, Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, the company has produced over 180 original works in theatrical and site specific settings, collaborating with symphony orchestras, theater companies, and art museums throughout the region. While maintaining a loyal audience in Pittsburgh, the company has toured extensively across the U.S. and the world, including at the Avignon Festival (France), the 7th Next Wave Dance Festival (Japan), the Indonesian Arts Festival, Monaco Danses Forum, and the Spoleto Festival.

Jimmy Cvetic
Jimmy is a retired police officer and Allegheny County detective. In his retirement he spends his time managing boxing gyms, and as the head of the Western Pennsylvania Police Athletic League works to support at-risk youth in Allegheny County through athletics, mentorship, and annual toy drives. As a poet, Jimmy has published several books of poetry, including Dog is a Love From Hell (2017), Dog Unleashed (2012), and Secret Society of Dog (2010). He has also hosted the Summer Poetry Series at Hemingway’s Cafe in Oakland for nearly 40 years.

Patrick Jordan
Patrick is the founder and the artistic director of barebones productions and most recently directed their production of Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. As an actor he has been seen in numerous barebones productions’ and has worked with Bricolage Production Company, City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, The Playhouse REP, PICT, Kinetic, The Project (New York), and Srishti (Calcutta, India) and a personal favorite - Grand Buffet’s Pittsburgh Batman. Patrick is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh.

Anqwenique Wingfield is an extremely versatile vocalist and teaching artist specializing in opera, classical music, jazz and soul. She is also the founder and director of Groove Aesthetic, a Pittsburgh based multidisciplinary artist collective experimenting with contemporary performance and collaborative processes. As the Education Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera, she oversees early childhood programs both in schools and communities. Ms. Wingfield is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and is the Studio Manager at BOOM Concepts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Upcoming Events at the New Hazlett Theater

Holiday Jam

2017 Holiday Jam
Live: From Studio A
December 3  |  7PM
When Hewlett and Anderson hosted their holiday special on Live from Studio A, their rock-and-roll holiday tributes were always a favorite. Now they bring that same spirit to the Holiday Jam. TICKETS


CSA Performance Series
December 7  |  8PM
Presence is the crossroads where jazz, classical, and electronic music meet. It is a unique musical meditation on place, space, and the human condition.  TICKETS

The New Hazlett Theater is located in Allegheny Center on Pittsburgh's North Side. Detailed driving and transit directions on OUR WEBSITE.
On-street parking in Allegheny Square is available at no cost after 6pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Paid parking is available in the Allegheny Health Network garage for evening events and weekend matinees.

The paid lot costs $7 (cash only) and closes one hour after the performances.

PSO Reimagines Creation at Alphabet City

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Reimagining Creation

Monday, November 27th
8 p.m.
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 W. North Avenue

Click Here for Free Tickets

Acclaimed opera and theater director Sam Helfrich joins PSO music director Manfred Honeck and a trio of classical vocalists -- Rachele Gilmore (soprano), Werner Güra (tenor), and  Alexander Elliott (bass) -- with a piano accompaniment.

Following his widely successful staged interpretations of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John Passion, Helfrich will illuminate the six most famous days in all of Judeo-Christian history with a theatrical presentation of Haydn’s beloved Creation.

The music will be counterpointed by readings from City of Asylum writer-in-exile Tuhin Das (Bangladesh), ICORN poet Esterine Kire (Norway/India) ...and other special guest authors! Each writer will present work approaching the topic of creation from secular points of view.

Click Here for Free Tickets

During concerts, Alphabet City is set up like a club, with a mix of table and row seating.Dinner reservations at Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe are limited, so advance reservations are recommended.
Click here to make Casellula reservations before, after, or during the concert!

When making your dinner reservation,
please add that you wish to see the concert under "special notes."

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bach Choir - War at the Hunt Armory

Imagery courtesy of The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka (

We're excited to spend Veterans Day weekend at the historic Hunt Armory for our first concert of the 2017-18 season! Join us on November 11 & 12 for WAR, featuring Haydn's monumental Mass in Time of War and two pieces by contemporary composer Mohammed Fairouz: Anything Can Happen and The Second Coming.

Did you know?
W. B. Yeats' poem "The Second Coming" describes the arrival of the antichrist with imagery of the end times shared by the biblical book of Revelations and the Koran. Written in 1919 in the aftermath of WWI and the beginning of the Irish War of Independence, the poem has taken on new life in the context of recent political turmoil in the US and abroad. A 2016 analysis by Factiva showed that lines from the poem were quoted more often in the first 7 months of 2016 than in any of the preceding 30 years!

Hear Fairouz's masterful setting of this poignant work and more this weekend!

Saturday, November 11 @ 8:00pm and Sunday, November 12 @ 4:00pm
Hunt Armory, 324 Emerson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

In appreciation for their service, the Bach Choir is proud to offer free admission to these performances for Active-Duty Military, Veterans, and First Responders (including Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians).

Tickets are available online at


Casbah Hosting Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner on November 16

Beaujolais Nouveau—the bright, fruity wine that Georges Duboeuf built an international holiday around—is at the heart of our annual tasting menu at Casbah.

Dozens of farms throughout the Beaujolais region contribute gamay grapes to the year's harvest. After a super brief maceration and fermentation, the bottles are rushed out to a world of fresh wine fanatics.

Each of the courses in Chef Gardner's menu is juiced up with this seasonal treat.


Seared Sea Scallop, parsley root puree, brioche crisps, poached pear and parsley salad

Duck Confit Ravioli, young mustard greens, frisee, fig duck jus

Braised Beef Short Rib, roasted carrot and celery root, creamed chard, apple salad

Pomegranate Tart, wine reduction, brown sugar crumbles, candied almonds

$70 tasting menu and bottomless Beaujolais Nouveau, $50 food only

Reservations are recommended. 412-661-5656

Casbah is located at 229 S. Highland in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood.

Pittsburgh CLO’s XANADU Extended at the CLO Cabaret!

The “Fana-dus” have spoken! Due to increased demand, XANADU has been extended at the CLO Cabaret through January 7. The production was initially scheduled to close December 17 and will now run for three additional weeks. Tickets for all remaining performances are now on sale at, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.

What Critics are Saying:
"...perhaps the most hilariously performed show that has ever graced [the CLO] stage...
-Dylan Shaffer, Broadway World

"This show is PURE BLISS…every song is so joyous that
you’ll feel nostalgic for the '80s even if you weren’t alive then.

MUSICAL COMEDY HEAVEN is indeed a place on Earth.
And that place is the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret."
-Brian Pope, Pittsburgh in the Round

-Ted Hoover, City Paper

For the fun of it, see “Xanadu” with friends who enjoy a good laugh.
It’s a rollicking good time, meant to be shared."
-Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About the Show
From the golden age of romantic comedies, legwarmers and Pac-Man…XANADU is a classic tale of boy meets girl - except that girl is actually Greek muse “Kira” sent from the heavens to Venice Beach, California to help struggling artist, Sonny, achieve his greatest dream – to open the first ROLLER DISCO! When Kira falls into forbidden love with this mortal, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos [and hilarity] abound. This hysterical ‘80s musical adventure “rolls” along to a legendary hit score featuring “Magic,” “All Over The World,” “Suddenly,” “I’m Alive,” "Evil Woman," "Have You Never Been Mellow" and “Xanadu,” to name a few.

Tickets start at $38.75 and are available online at, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more can call the Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 to learn more about special discounts, priority seating and corporate discounts.
Performance Schedule
Wednesdays   7:30pm
Thursdays      7:30pm
Fridays           7:30pm
Saturdays       2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays          2:00pm
Special Holiday Performance: Tuesday, December 26 at 7:30pm.
Pittsburgh CLO graciously acknowledges the generosity of The Charity Randall Foundation for its sponsorship of the 2017-2018 CLO Cabaret Series.

"Stories Coming Together" Explore Experiences of LGBTQA+ Community

Blue Nigeria Credit: Robin Hammond / Witness Change
Buje / Nigeria

“God should take your life away so that everyone will have peace because you have caused such shame to our family.” Buje is a young gay man from northern Nigeria. He was taken from his home, arrested, held in prison for 40 days, and sentenced to 15 lashes with a horse whip. Some consider him lucky. Under Sharia law he could have been executed for consensual same sex activity. Since Nigeria’s former president signed a harsh law criminalizing homosexuality throughout the country, arrests of gay people have multiplied. “Any time I remember my family and my mother, the hate they have for me, I will just be crying, I want to die. I became homeless, had no family, nothing. It became difficult for me. There is no end to this suffering, until God wills it. But for now I am thinking even if it is house help I can do for work, so I can just get a place to stay, and something to eat. Just until my parents will understand and accept me like before.”

Crisis Center North presents “Stories Coming Together” an evening exploring stories of the LGBTQA+ community through both words and photography, Mon., November 27, 6-9 pm, New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square E., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Admission is free.

Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker and will address violence affecting the LGBTQA+ community.

Dr. Rachel Levine Credit: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health

As Physician General, Dr. Levine has made significant strides combating the opioid epidemic and advocating on behalf of the LGBTQA+ population. She spearheaded the efforts to establish opioid prescribing guidelines and establish opioid prescribing education for medical students. She has also led an LGBTQA+ workgroup for the governor’s office which has worked to create programs and processes that are fair and inclusive in healthcare, insurance, and many other areas. Recently, Dr. Levine was recognized as one of NBC’s Pride 30, a national list of 30 people who are both members of and making a difference in the lives of the LGBTQA+ community.

Also, for one night only, the photography exhibit Where Love Is Illegal by award winning photographer Robin Hammond will be displayed during the event. Hammond is the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, a World Press Photo prize, the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism.
Link to Where Love is Illegal and Robin Hammond:

CEU Credits Offered for Social Workers and Licensed Counselors
University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is offering 2.5 MSW/LPC CEU Credits for attendees of Stories Coming Together. There is a $10 registration fee for credits. Register by Sat., Nov. 18 at http://storiescomingtogether.

About "Where Love is Illegal"
Where Love is Illegal is a global storytelling campaign. The photography exhibit explores the stories of members of LGBTQA+ community around the world who have faced oppression for their sexual or gender identity. Those who are photographed choose how they want to pose, what to wear and how to present themselves. They handwrite their stories and letters to be shared with the world. The project also invites the LGBTQA+ community to share their own stories through a global social media campaign and through local anti-stigma campaigns, developed in conjunction with Hammond’s team.
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Stories Coming Together is open to the public at no charge, though donations will be accepted and appreciated. Appetizers and live entertainment by pianist Kelly Kirschman will be provided.

RSVP online at www.storiescomingtogether.even or by contacting Michael at or 412-364-6728.

About Crisis Center North
Crisis Center North (CCN) is a non-profit counseling, referral, and educational resource center that serves victims of domestic violence (DV), their children, and teens involved in violent dating relationships in the northern and western communities of Allegheny County. The mission of CCN is to empower victims of domestic violence and cultivate community attitudes and behaviors that break the cycle of violence.
In fiscal year 2016, CCN handled 1,714 Hotline calls, provided Counseling, Advocacy and Case Management services to 2,061 DV victims, delivered Primary Prevention Education programs to 13,106 middle and high school students, and hosted Community Prevention Education programs for 1,348 participants from employer, law enforcement, church, healthcare provider and other community groups.

Crisis Center North marks the 40th anniversary of its founding in 2018. The agency’s 24-hour toll-free hotline may be reached at 866-782-0911. Local callers may use 412-364-5556 CCN is online at

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Lucie Arnaz Coming to Cabaret at Theater Square

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce An Evening with Lucie Arnaz, will be presented on Monday, November 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., on the intimate stage of the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.  These performances by Ms. Arnaz, Broadway star and Emmy-award winning producer, are presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, as part of the 2017—2018 TRUST Cabaret Series, now in its 6th season.

Lucie Arnaz
Lucie Arnaz has had an extremely diversified career spanning over forty-five years in show business. She has starred on Broadway in They’re Playing Our Song (Theatre World, Los Angeles Drama Critics, and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Lost in Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Pippin; Off-Broadway in Grace and Glorie with Estelle Parsons, to name a few.

On television credits include The Luc­ie Arnaz Show, Sons and Daughters, The Black Dahlia, and six seasons of the Here’s Lucy show (co-starring with her mother, Lucille Ball); on the big screen with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Olivier in The Jazz Singer (Golden Globe nomination), Down to You and Second Thoughts, among oth­ers.

Lucie performed the opening number on the Academy Awards (1981) and at The White House several times. She was the executive producer of the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special (Emmy nom­ination) and Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie (Emmy winner, 1993). As a nightclub headliner, she has trav­eled internationally with her various concerts for 27 years. She has taught at the world renowned Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, and recently directed the New York workshop of Hazel: A Musical Maid in America headed to Broadway.

2017—2018 TRUST Cabaret Series
Upcoming performances in the 2017—2018 TRUST Cabaret Series will offer audiences more rare opportunities to experience the finest cabaret artists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  New this year, the TRUST Cabaret Series offers a meet and greet time when patrons can meet the artists in between the two shows: between 8:15-8:45 p.m.!  Performances coming up in the 2017-2018 TRUST Cabaret Series will showcase Tony and Grammy Award-winning performers: Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley (February 12, 2018), Carmen Cusack (March 12, 2018), and LaChanze (April 16, 2018).

Ticket Information
Tickets ($55, $65) are available at these official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: please visit, call 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

For subscription information call (412) 456-1390. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930. Accessible services are available. Table seating for single tickets: $65; Theater seating single tickets: $55. Full tables are also available.   Additionally, food and beverages are available for purchase. Enjoy fabulous entertainment, a great menu, delicious desserts, coffee and a full bar at the Cabaret at Theater Square.

Flight 93 National Memorial and the Forbes Road Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution host special exhibit for Veterans Day

Flight 93 National Memorial and the Forbes Road Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be co-hosting a special exhibit, “Honoring Veterans Through Their Stories.” The special exhibit will only be open three Saturdays in November.  Exhibit dates include November 11, 18, and 25 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm in the Learning Center at the national memorial’s Visitor Center Complex. The national memorial’s entrance is located at 6424 Lincoln Highway, Stoystown, PA  15563, and the memorial is free and open daily, sunrise to sunset.

The special exhibit, “Honoring Veterans Through Their Stories” will give the visitor a chance to connect with veterans who were passengers and crew members on Flight 93 as well. Visitors will have the opportunity to ready about their lives through oral histories from family and loved ones.The Forbes Road Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be available to talk to visitors and explain the stories associated with the artifacts on display in the exhibit in the Learning Center.

You may also join veteran and Park Ranger John Bernstiel on November 11 at 11:00 at the Memorial Plaza flagpole benches, located alongside the crash site and debris field. This special outdoor program focuses on the history and meaning of Veterans Day and the stories of the passengers and crew members on Flight 93 who were veterans --Patrick Joseph Driscoll, William Joseph Cashman, John Talignani, and LeRoy Homer, Jr.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with a deeply rich history while also   being   truly   relevant   in   today’s   world.   More   than   930,000   women   have   joined   the organization since it was founded close to 125 years ago. They became members to honor their heritage as well as make a difference in their communities across the country and the world.

On September 24, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Flight 93 National Memorial Act.The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on  our nation’s  capital.  The memorial  is   near   Shanksville,   Pennsylvania,  where   Flight  93
crashed   with   the  loss of its   40   passengers   and   crew.  

For   more   information   on   Flight   93 National Memorial visit

More than 22,000 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. Learn more at:

Love Motown? Then Get Ready

November 21-26
Benedum Center
CBS Sunday Morning


"STUNNING! Berry Gordy's story is REMARKABLE! His songs
Associated Press

Motown is a thrill ride into pop music heaven.”
Chicago Sun-Times

It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Pittsburgh Opera Art Song Recital Set for November 19

Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists Ben Taylor, Ashley Fabian, Eric Ferring and Shannon Jennings at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. Photo by David Bachman.

Te Pittsburgh Opera  Art Song recital on Sunday, Nov. 19 will feature Resident Artists Ashley Fabian, Eric Ferring, Shannon Jennings, and Benjamin Taylor.

These talented singers will inspire their audience with Art Songs written by the composers of Pittsburgh Opera’s 2017-18 season, including Donizetti, Jake Heggie, Mozart and Puccini. In addition, as a special treat, the recital will include a short set of songs from Schubert’s Winterreise, which our world premiere of Ashes & Snow is based upon.

FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera are your hosts at the reception.

Art Song Recitals are on selected Sundays during the season, in the George R. White Studio at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue in the Strip. Admission is $5; free to members of FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera and donors at $50+.

Please note that the Pittsburgh Opera garage is available only for handicapped parking, by reservation. RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4:00 PM FRIDAY, November 17th. Reserve a handicapped parking spot for the November Art Song Recital.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Marriage of Figaro Opens Tomorrow Nov. 4

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • November 4, 7, 10 & 12, 2017


Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most popular comic operas of all time. Filled with amusing cases of mistaken identity and romantic subterfuge, plus music by a Mozart at the height of his powers, The Marriage of Figaro has stood the test of time for centuries.

Based on the play by Pierre Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro is a sequel to The Barber of Seville, which we performed at the Benedum Center in 2016. The story opens several years later, in Count Almaviva’s palace near Seville, Spain. Rosina is now the Countess; but her husband has lost much of his interest in her and is a would-be philanderer.

Figaro, the happy bachelor at the end of The Barber of Seville, is in love with the Countess’s servant Susanna, who he plans to wed that very day. However, their employer Count Almaviva has his eye on Susanna. In fact, the Count intends to invoke the hated feudal practice of droit de seigneur - the infamous right of the lord to sleep with a commoner’s bride on her wedding night.

Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess are understandably outraged at this possibility, and are determined not only to prevent it, but to teach the Count a lesson while they’re at it.

Music Director Antony Walker conducts. David Paul directs.

November Jazz is Heating up at City of Asylum

JoelPace Trio Credit: Courtesy Photo
Join other Pittsburgh area jazz lovers at City of Asylum's Alphabet City  on Pittsburgh's North Side for two free concerts.

Joel Pace Trio

Pittsburgh's Joel Pace Organ Trio plays jazz popularized by the great organ groups of the 1950’s and 60’s--like those of Jimmy Smith and Groove Holmes. They use the legendary Hammond Organ along with guitar, and drums to craft a powerful sound that gives a retro flair to contemporary jazz.


Tania Grubbs, Clifford Barnes and Mark Lucas Credit: Courtesy Photo

Tania Grubbs is a jazz vocalist who brings a fresh approach to the great American song book.
Joined by Mark Lucas (guitar) and Clifford Barnes (keys/bass), her concert entitled DUOS/TRIOS presents an eclectic mix of tunes reimagined with interesting and unique arrangements.


Casellula @ Alphabet City is open for drinks, appetizers, or dinner before and after the events. Dinner reservations at Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe are limited, so advance reservations are recommended.
Click here to make reservations at Casellula
When making your reservation at Casellula,
please add that you will be attending the program under "special notes."

At City of Asylum, we want our events to be welcoming and accessible to all people.
All floors of Alphabet City are wheelchair accessible and there is a reserved parking spot.  Thanks to the generous support of RAD, we also have hearing assistive systems available for all programs, by advance request.

Priority Ticket Sale - Home for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 20
7:30 pm • Benedum Center
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'Tis the season to get down with some of the best singer/songwriters this city has ever produced! Pittsburgh Winery's incredible Home for the Holidays show takes over the Benedum Center stage for one night only.

Home for the Holidays showcases the incredible level of talent our city has given birth to, featuring vocalists, songwriters and musicians doing unique renditions of holiday classics along with their own original hit songs.

This show first took form at the Pittsburgh Winery as a way to bring people together for a good cause and an uplifting musical experience during the holidays. Many musicians are coming home to Pittsburgh for the holiday season and the concert quickly became a gathering of some of the best singers and musicians our city has to offer.

Bring your family to visit Pittsburgh's music family and create a new favorite holiday tradition!

Enter promo code BLUES to purchase tickets before
they go on sale to the public on Monday, November 6.

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Undressed at the Frick

‘Tamila’ lingerie set from the Agent Provocateur Soirée collection, S/S 2015, photograph by Sebastian Faena© Sebastian Faena


The Frick Pittsburgh is the exclusive North American venue for this blockbuster
fashion exhibition that features more than 200 objects

Now through January 7, 2018, The Frick Pittsburgh invites visitors to discover the
fascinating history of underwear design from the 18th century to the present in Undressed: A History of Fashion in
Underwear, a blockbuster exhibition organized by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Frick is the exclusive North American venue for this exhibition that takes a serious look at an alluring subject.

Undressed features more than 200 objects that tell the story of the ongoing evolution of underwear, from its origins as a
basic layer between the skin and clothes, to its use in fashion and as fashion. The exhibition beautifully illustrates how
undergarments reflect society’s changing ideas about the body, morality, and sex, and how underwear styles reflect and
shape the body to society’s current fashionable ideal.

Undressed remains on view at The Frick Art Museum through
January 7, 2018. General admission is $15; free for Frick members.

Organized into thematic sections, Undressed follows a general chronology while examining issues like health and hygiene (including corsets and women’s health), underwear designed for performance (like sports, pregnancy, or extreme climates), volume (creating a fashionable silhouette), and support (bras and girdles), with other sections devoted to hosiery, luxury lingerie, relaxation and loungewear, revelation, temptation, and transformation.

The exhibition includes key designers and manufacturers from all periods and concludes with an array of styles representing some of today’s most notable designers, including Elie Saab, Alexander McQueen, and Agent Provocateur.

Highlights of the exhibition include an example of handmade stays made by a working woman in 18th
-century England. Stays were particularly popular ladies’ undergarments in 18th -century England and were fully-boned, lace-up garmentsworn around the bodice and bust for support and structure. They were precursors to the more well-known corset.

Cotton and whalebone corset, c. 1890, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A subsection of the exhibition devoted to corsets confronts the debate about corsets and women’s health and features an x-ray that showing the internal effects of tight lacing. Also included in the corset section are an austerity corset made from paper during World War I and a waist-training corset, illustrating a current trend endorsed by celebrity figures such as Kim Kardashian.

After the heyday of the corset, the evolution of the brassiere and the girdle is explored in a section on support. Bras gained popularity through the 20th century and originated in an often prettily decorated garment worn by younger women known as a bust bodice. Bust bodices were frequently embellished with lace and ribbon and made from fine materials. Today, high-tech materials provide support and control, and the girdle, which has seen a plethora of materials
and construction techniques over the decades, has now seen a modern resurgence in the form of Spanx and similar

Originally, underclothes worn next to the skin were made of natural fibers that were not dyed and could be washed at
high temperatures. This changed with the development of man-made fibers and advances in dyeing and laundry
technology. Undressed illustrates these changes and the sometimes revolutionary impact of newly developed fabrics,
like man-made silks and elastics, which have created longer-wearing, more affordable garments.

Additionally, high-tech innovations allow underwear to be developed for purposes beyond typical everyday use—like keeping the wearer warm or cool in extreme temperatures. One early example of “performance underwear” is an 1860 petticoat from Ireland— sewn in a bold and cheerful paisley—the petticoat is quilted and filled with goose down for extra warmth. The down allows for warmth and is lightweight and comfortable, while creating a structure that helped to shape the voluminous skirts in fashion at the time.

In contrast, the Japanese company Uniqlo launched a line of thermal underwear in 2003  called Heattech—made of special fabric that retains body heat and generates warmth from the movement of tiny
droplets of moisture captured in the fabric fibers. It also contains an antibacterial agent to reduce body odor.

Recently, underwear has been recast in provocative ways, with designers pushing the boundaries between public and private, decent and indecent, by experimenting with visible underwear, and underwear worn as outerwear. In the 1980s the radical, transgressive clothes worn by punks were a key influence on avant-garde fashion designers like Vivienne Westwood. Corsetry, which became associated with fetish and pornography in the 20th century, remains a powerful inspiration for both men and women’s clothing.

Wicker dress by Dolce & Gabbana, Spring/Summer 2013. Photographby Victor Virgile /

Other structural garments from the past also interest contemporary designers, many designers, like Dolce & Gabbana, have probed the relationship between the body and clothing through the use of hoops and crinolines. Reflecting this contemporary attitude, the exhibition includes a sheer dress by Liza Bruce famously worn by Kate Moss, and Antonio Beradi’s monochrome dress, worn by Gwyneth Paltrow, featuring a trompe l’oeil corset which reveals the underwear worn beneath.

Whether museum visitors are fascinated by the history of clothing, bewitched by luxury fabrics and trimmings,
interested in contemporary fashion design, or intrigued by the broader cultural issues that are reflected in our
underwear, Undressed will provide a fascinating (and occasionally flirtatious) look at garments that are typically not seen, while illuminating how trends in undergarments reveal things about ourselves.

Curated from The Frick Pittsburgh’s collection by Dawn Reid Brean, associate curator of decorative arts, Lace and Luxury will explore the allure of lace during the Gilded Age. The installation will be on view in the French period room at The Frick Art Museum.

Lace has been an elegant indicator of wealth and prestige since the 16th century. Although many varieties of lace exist today, handmade lace is traditionally classified into two categories: bobbin and needlepoint. Both are exceptionally laborious processes, requiring time and skill, ensuring that lace was available only to royalty or the fabulously wealthy. Industrial advances of the 19th century enabled the creation of inexpensive laces accessible to a broader market. After which, although handmade lace continued to be produced for the luxury market, machine lace dominated the 19th century market and a craze for lace gripped Gilded Age fashionistas.

Included in the exhibition is opulent evening gown by Lichtenstein Cie Modes with an antique handmade lace panel incorporated into the bodice; an elegant shirtwaist with machine embroidered details by Parisian firm Maison Albert; and an exquisite machine-made lace fan with hand-finished details and a carved mother-of-pearl handle made by luxury manufacturer E. Buissot. Also on view will be elegant lace trimmings used as collars and cuffs, lace scarves, and two books on the history of lace that belonged to Adelaide Frick.

Located on the Pittsburgh estate of late-19th
century industrialist Henry Clay Frick, The Frick Pittsburgh is the steward of collections left as a legacy to the people of Pittsburgh by Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick. The permanent collections include fine and decorative arts, cars, carriages, historic objects, and buildings.

The Frick experience includes The Frick Art Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum, Clayton, the Frick family Gilded Age mansion, and six acres of beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens. Also included are an Education Center, the Frick children’s playhouse (designed by renowned architects Alden & Harlow), a large working greenhouse (also designed by Alden & Harlow), The Café at theFrick, and the Grable Visitor Center, which houses the Frick Museum Store.

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, with collections unrivaled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 2,000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

The Frick Pittsburgh is located at 7227 Reynolds Street in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood. Free parking is available in the Frick’s off-street lot or along adjacent streets. The Frick is open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Friday; and is closed Mondays and major holidays. The public should call 412-371-0600 for information, or visit the Frick online at

Two Harmonizing Concertts Coming up Soon

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Texture - Choreography Showcase of Young Pittsburgh Dance Artists

Texture presents:
WIP Choreography Project

November 4th at 7.p.m. & 9.p.m.

Carnegie Stage
25 W Main St
Carnegie, PA 15106

WIP (Works In Progress) is a choreography project co-founded in 2008 by Kelsey Bartman, Robert Poe, Mary Lohr and Andrea Vierra. The purpose of WIP is to allow young choreographers with a variety of experience to hone their craft in an open and encouraging environment. Choreographers present raw, yet complete works in an intimate setting using dancers of Texture and other Pittsburgh dance companies or independent dancers. Enjoy wine, beer, snacks, and artist mingling pre and post show.

The choreographers presenting this year are:
Elisa-Marie Alaio
Kelsey Bartman
Cameron Boyd
Paige Gilson
Madeline Kendall
Katie Miller
Victoria McWilliams
Alan Obuzor
Alexandra Tiso


There will be two shows at 7 PM and 9 PM.
Please join us in celebrating and supporting local choreographers and dancers in this one-of-a-kind dance performance event!

$25 General Admisson
$20 Senior/Student/Artist

"...take obvious risks in movement invention..."
-Adrienne Totino, Cole Hill Review

“… passion honed to an effortless confidence, the enthusiasm transported to smart artistic choices.”
- Jane Vranish, Cross Currents and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Texture Contemporary Ballet, known across the region – and beyond – for taking classical ballet and tilting it on its axis in innovative ways.”
- Sara Bauknecht, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Monday, October 30, 2017

Bernstein Centennial Celebration Coming to Heinz Hall

PNC Pops
Bernstein Centennial Celebration
Friday, November 10 | 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 11 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 12 | 2:30 p.m.



*If discount is not automatically applied when clicking above link, please enter promo code: PSOTWENTY. In this case, discount will be applied when tickets are added to the cart.
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Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Ana Victoria Luperi, clarinet
Zhan Shu, violin
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale, directed by Christine Hestwood
Hugh Panaro, vocals
Alli Mauzey, vocals

Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most iconic composers, conductors and musicians of all time – Leonard Bernstein. From film to stage, his music has made a lasting mark. Experience your favorite tunes from Bernstein's four major stage works - West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and Wonderful Town. Joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are two incredibly talented vocalists, straight from the Broadway stage:

Alli Mauzey has a big voice – and some serious stage credits. She last appeared to critical acclaim on Broadway as Glinda in Wicked, one of the most successful Broadway productions in history. She’s also appeared on Broadway in Cry-Baby and Hairspray, as well as roles in off-Broadway productions and national touring companies.

Hugh Panaro is a prolific Broadway actor currently starring in the title role of the critically-acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Panaro, who has scored some of the biggest roles on the Great White Way and across the pond, is best known for his portrayals of the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera as well as Marius in the original Broadway production of Les Misérables. He also made his West End debut in the original company of Harold Prince’s Show Boat, a role he previously played in the Broadway and Toronto productions.

A Pops Talk will be held on stage following the Friday performance only. Pops Talks are free and open to ticketholders.
VIDEOS: A preview of how Bernstein's Centennial is being celebrated around the world;
An excerpt of the PSO playing West Side Story in the 2015-16 season

FROM THE ARCHIVES| Listen to this 1987 recording of the PSO performing Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Fun fact: This was performed at Edinburgh Festival in Scotland with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The PSO was the first American Orchestra to be designated Resident Orchestra at Edinburgh Festival.

READ|This is exactly how Leonard Bernstein changed everything in classical music

READ|The Power and Passion of Leonard Bernstein
"If a screenwriter working for Metro Goldwyn Meyer in the 1940s was asked to provide a character sketch of a great American classical musician (then almost a hypothetical entity), the result might have looked very much like Leonard Bernstein."

Students, faculty and staff have access to discounted tickets to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts! Student tickets start at $15 and faculty and staff tickets start at $20! Visit the Pittsburgh Symphony university page for more info, or call 412.392.4819. If your school is not listed, email the Group Sales department to have your school added.
*Pricing for special concerts varies. Certain restrictions apply.

 BRING YOUR GROUP OF 10 OR MORE & SAVE UP TO 25%! For more information: Call 412.392.4819 or send an email!

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Two Noteworthy Events Upcoming at the New Hazlett Theater

All Quiet on the Western Front
Presented by Prime Stage Theatre
November 3-12
By Erich Maria Remarque | Directed by Scott P. Calhoon
Adapted for the stage by Robin Kingsland

The US Premiere adaptation brings to life the poignant novel of World War I by Erich Maria Remarque. Paul Baumer, a student of 19, shares the lives, victories, and tragedies of the young soldiers who faced German soldiers in the trenches of the Western Front.

Produced by Jennifer Saunders LaRocco
November 13  |  8PM
Chrysalis is a snapshot of Jennifer Saunders LaRocco’s recent work. Join her, Baritone Brian Keith Johnson, and Pianist Raymond Blackwell on a journey through love, intrigue, and laughter.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bach Choir of Pittsburgh Presents WAR – A Reflection in Music

Outrage, Fear, Love, Loyalty, Anger, Anguish, Hatred, Heartbreak, Triumph, Hope!

On Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12th the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh presents WAR, the first of
three concerts of the 2017- 2018 season that will trace the human experience of conflict from WAR to HOPE and, finally, to PEACE.

The Hunt Armory will resonate with the power of 80 voices and orchestra proclaiming a shared response through music.
Central to the performance is Joseph Haydn’s beautiful and uplifting Mass in Time of War, one of the most popular of the fourteen Mass settings the composer wrote. Composed in 1796 as a
response to the effect of the Napoleonic Wars on Austria, the dramatic use of tympani, especially
in the Agnus Dei section, reflects the unsettled nature of life during war. For this reason, the
Mass is also known as ‘Paukenmesse’ or ‘Drum Mass’.

Framing this monumental work are two pieces by Mohammed Fairouz: Anything Can Happen (2011) depicting the anguish of the
September 11th attacks, performed partially in Arabic using ancient texts and poetry by Seamus Heaney, and The Second Coming (2015), based on the apocalyptic poem by W. B. Yeats. Deeply
moving and not to be missed!

Artistic Director Thomas W. Douglas says:
‘We are all touched by the turmoil and conflict in the world today, some more than others. We
felt we had to say something about war in the best way we know – by bringing these musical
responses to life.

The works we have chosen for our opening concert, WAR, reflect the range of
emotions that are as relevant today as in Haydn’s time, from the fear and anguish of conflict and
death to our enduring capacity for compassion and hope for a better day. Mass in Time of War
was Haydn’s response, building to a climax with the chorus, orchestra and timpani, and ending
with hope and yearning for peace. Fairouz sets ancient Arabic text and thought-provoking poetry
to music. Our response is to sing with our hearts.’

The Bach Choir is proud to offer free admission to Active-Duty Military, Veterans, and
First Responders (including Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency
Medical Technicians) In appreciation for their service. For free admission present
affiliation ID at the box office.

Mohammed Fairouz, born in 1985, is one of the most frequently performed, commissioned, and
recorded composers working today. Hailed by The New York Times as “an important new
artistic voice” and by BBC World News as “one of the most talented composers of his
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generation,” his large-scale works engage major geopolitical and philosophical themes with
persuasive craft and a marked seriousness of purpose.

Fairouz’s cosmopolitan outlook reflects
his transatlantic upbringing and extensive travels. His catalog encompasses virtually every genre,
including opera, symphonies, vocal and choral settings, chamber and solo works.

Hunt Armory (also known as Pittsburgh Armory) is listed in the National Register of Historic
Places (1991) and is a City of Pittsburgh historic landmark (2014). Designed by Pittsburgh
architects W.G. Wilkins Co., the building was completed in 1916 and named after Spanish
American War hero, metallurgist, and industrialist Captain Alfred E. Hunt (1855-1899), best
known for founding the company that would eventually become Alcoa. The armory occupies an
entire city block and has a floor area of 1.84 acres.

Until the Pittsburgh Civic Arena was completed in 1961, the Hunt Armory was the largest
auditorium in Pittsburgh and was frequently the host for concerts and political events including:
Presidents Truman (1948), Eisenhower (1956), Evangelist Billy Graham (19520), and Led
Zepellin (1969).

The Urban Redevelopment Authority, which recently took ownership of the property, and the
Shadyside community are reviewing developer proposals to install: an urban beach with sand, a
pool, and palm trees; a skating rink; a multi-use sports facility; or a mixed-use facility with a
rink, a movie theater, and a restaurant.

Concert information:
Who: The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh
with the Academy Chamber Orchestra
Thomas W. Douglas, Artistic Director
What: Mass in Time of War
by Joseph Haydn
Anything Can Happen
The Second Coming
by Mohammed Fairouz

When: Saturday, November 11th @ 8:00pm
Sunday, November 12th @ 4:00pm

Where: Hunt Armory, 324 Emerson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Tickets are available in advance at or at 1-888-718-4253
And at the door on the day of performance.
Prices range from $12.00-$30.00
More info at

Kyle Abraham Returns to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh native and MacArthur “genius” Kyle Abraham returns home to present a trio of work that draws inspiration from jazz and hip-hop to focus on racial injustice. Born into hip-hop culture in the late ‘70s and raised with an artistic upbringing including classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, his work approaches movement as a way to deeply delve into personal identity.

Friday, November 10
Saturday, November 11
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15222

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Spooky Sopranos Haunt Pittsburgh on Tuesday!

Rebecca Shorstein's appearances in Bon Appétit!, Macbeth, the Holiday Cabaret, Cinderella, Side by Side by Sondheim, Elixir of Love, and Trouble in Tahiti

Join Resonance Works Pittsburgh at Bar Marco next Tuesday, October 31 at 7:00 pm for the first event in its Resonance Chamber Series this season - and it's the spookiest yet!

Rebecca Shorstein and Monica Pasquini are one-upping their holiday cabaret from last year with witch-y selections from Wicked, Hocus Pocus, and more!  This will be Rebecca’s eighth appearance with ResWorks, and they’re only getting better: don’t miss it!

With a special food and drink menu from Bar Marco, and tickets at only $15, (all of which goes to the performing artists) who would want to spend their Halloween anywhere else?!  Costumes are optional.

The Spooky Sopranos Haunted Cabaret
When: Tuesday, Oct. 31 @ 7:00 pm
Where: The Union Hall, above Bar Marco*
Why: Music, food, drink, and spooky surprises
Tickets: $15

*Use rear entrance, not wheelchair accessible

Get Ready! "The Color Purple" is Coming to Pittsburgh's Benedum Center

A Scene from "The Color Purple" Cynthia Erivo and Josephina Kalukango Credit: Matthew Murphy 2016

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the Tony Award®-winning revival THE COLOR PURPLE is coming to the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222, as part of the North American tour. The tour began October 7th in Schenectady, New York and will have its official opening on October 17 in Baltimore, Maryland. Performances at the Benedum begin Tuesday, November 14th and continue through Sunday, November 19th. This touring production is part of the 2017-18 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America.

Cast members from the 2016 Broadway revival leading the current company include Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act - Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost – National Tour, Rent - Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear Me, Shrek the Musical – National Tour) as Sofia.

They will be joined by Gavin Gregory (The Color Purple - Revival, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) as Mister, N’Jameh Camara (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation) as Nettie, J. Daughtry (The Color Purple - Revival, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Harpo, along with Darnell Abraham, Amar Atkins, Kyle E. Baird, Angela Birchett, Jared Dixon, Erica Durham, Bianca Horn, Gabrielle Reid, C.E. Smith, Clyde Voce, Nyla Watson, J.D. Webster, Brit West, Nikisha Williams and Michael Wordly.

Based on the Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture, THE COLOR PURPLE is adapted for the stage by the Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Tony Award®-winning director and scenic designer John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company) recreates his award-winning work for the national tour, alongside costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Jane Cox, sound by Dan Moses Schreier and wig & hair design by Charles G. LaPointe.

The revival of THE COLOR PURPLE opened to great acclaim in summer 2013 at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, followed by a Broadway bow on November 10, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. THE COLOR PURPLE went on to win two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, two Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the 2017 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album and a Daytime Emmy®. THE COLOR PURPLE played 483 performances on Broadway, closing on January 8, 2017.

The North American tour is produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Troika Entertainment, David Babini, Tom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Just For Laughs Theatricals, Tanya Link Productions, Jam Theatricals, Independent Presents Network and Carol Fineman.

For more information, please visit

Cynthia Erivo and the Cast of "The Color Purple" Credit: Matthew Murphy 2016
Tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE at the Benedum Center currently start at $30* and are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources:, by calling 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. *All ticket prices are subject to change. For information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscription series, visit or call 412-456-1390. Tickets for groups of 10+ are available online at or call 412-471-6930.

Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

In Pittsburgh, the following special event will take place alongside THE COLOR PURPLE:

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017: Know the Show Before You Go, hosted by Christopher Rawson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and KDKA, is a free pre-show talk for all PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh patrons. The talk begins one hour before show time at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For more information and to register, visit: