Sunday, September 30, 2018

A Night at the Coaches” Dinner/Show

What: Mon Valley Academy for the Arts presents “A Night at the Coaches” Dinner/Show. An event to highlight the accomplishments of the Mon Valley Academy for the Arts and the heritage of the Twin Coaches Supper Club.
When: Sunday November 4, 2018

Who: Mon Valley Academy for the Arts and The Twin Coaches Orchestra Project

Where: Stockdale VFD Social Hall, Railroad St. Stockdale, Pa.

The Mon Valley Academy for the Arts, an arts and culture organization serving the Mon Valley since November 2015, announces their latest 2018 event, “A Night at the Coaches” a Dinner/Show. Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at Stockdale VFD Social Hall, Stockdale, Pa. Doors open at 2:00 PM

The event, hosted by the Mon Valley Academy for the Arts, will include live performances by some of the areas best, including members of the Twin Coaches Orchestra, directed by Twin Coaches alumni, Joe Campus. Featured vocalists will be John Paterra, Kylie Santoro-Horrell, and Dr Douglas Pepper.

The advance $25 ticket price covers the cost of this Dinner/Show, but also includes a sumptuous buffet meal provided by Martin’s Catering. Tickets at the door are $35.00. Also appearing will be the newly formed Twin Coaches Jr. Jazz Trio, The Allies Trio and the Twin Coaches Jr. Stage Band comprised of local students ranging from 12 to 18 years old. Tom Soltis will be the event Master of Ceromonies along with local dignitaries. All proceeds from the event support the cultural and educational programs of the MVAA.

Tickets are available at Vic Vitale State Farm, Susan Jo Salon, MarBill Jewelry, Jazzy Boutique, Greater Rostraver and Monongahela Chamber Offices. Also call the MVAA office at 724.309.0249.

For more information about Mon Valley Academy for the Arts and the Twin Coaches Orchestra Project, please visit web site at

CSA Spotlight - Afro Yaqui Music Collective

Afro Yaqui Music Collective
An indigenous-jazz band led by Gizelxanath Rodriguez and Ben Barson. With members in Pittsburgh, New York City, and collaborators from Tanzania to Cuba, the collective has a truly global vision rooted in the radical vision of social justice embedded in Afrodiasporic and indigenous cultures. The Suite will feature music by Barson, Hadi Eldebek and Samuel Okoh-Boateng, dance and choreography by Peggy Myo-Young Choy, and libretto by Ruth Margraff.

Migrant Liberation Movement Suite
Fusing soul and science, this multicultural jazz performance suggests that climate change is driving mass migration. Afro Yaqui Music Collective unites the music and stories of climate refugees from Mexico, Syria, and West Africa through jazz, dance, and theatre. Can we sow today’s revolutionary garden for tomorrow’s liberation?​

Go behind the scenes of Migrant Liberation Movement Suite
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Friday, September 28, 2018

PBT News - Announcing Julia Erickson's Farewell Performance

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Beloved principal dancer Julia Erickson will make her final performance with PBT on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. for Mozart in Motion. Don't miss your chance to see her farewell performance! Get your tickets today!

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Calling All Festival Fans

Calling all Fans of Pittsburgh Festival Opera!
If you've been a member of the Pittsburgh Festival Opera Fans club, it's time to renew your annual membership. If you've never been a member, now is a great time to join!

Festival Fans enjoy special, exclusive events all throughout the year - for a membership fee of only $40! Join or renew your membership, and SAVE THE DATE for these upcoming 2018 events:

October 19, Longue Vue Club
Be among the first to hear what Pittsburgh Festival has in store for its 2019 Season as we gather around the fire at the Shooting Lodge at Longue Vue Club, for an evening of Pimms Cups and beautiful music.

SALON SERIES - November 16
An intimate evening of songs and arias, hosted at the home of one of our Festival Fan members.

December 20, The Mansions on Fifth
Pittsburgh Festival Opera's annual Holiday Celebration is open to all, and will include special perks for Festival Fans. Save the Date!

More to come in the new year for Festival Fans!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Public Theater Opens Season with Pride and Prejudice

(left to right) Simone Recasner, Emma Mercier, Ashley Bufkin, Andrew William Smith, and Elena Alexandratos. Credit: Michael Henninger

Pittsburgh Public Theater begins its 44th season with a new management team – Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski and Managing Director Lou Castelli – and the Pittsburgh premiere of Kate Hamill’s innovative comedy, Pride and Prejudice.

Directed by Desdemona Chiang, Pride and Prejudice runs September 27 – October 28, 2018 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to, or visit the Box Office.

Pride and Prejudice is Presented by Highmark.
Hamill starts with Jane Austen’s story about the Bennet sisters and their search for love in 19th century England, then amps up the humor by injecting the period piece with her own ingenious and anachronistic twists. The sisters include Lizzy (Simone Recasner), Jane (Ashley Bufkin), Lydia (Emma Mercier) and Mary (Andrew William Smith), as well as their friend Charlotte (Ashton Heyl).

Domineering Mrs. Bennet (Elena Alexandratos) has boisterous opinions about their handsome suitors, who include Mr. Darcy (Ryan Garbayo) and Mr. Wickham (Chris Richards). With many surprises, this cast of eight also doubles as other favorite Pride and Prejudice characters, including Lady Catherine De Bourgh, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Collins, and Mr. and Miss Bingley.

The design team for Pride and Prejudice is Narelle Sissons (Scenic), Christine Tschirgi (Costumes), Masha Tsimring (Lighting), and Andre Pluess (Sound and Original Music). Erika Chong Shuch is the Choreographer, Don Wadsworth is the Dialect Coach, and Elizabeth Wu is the Assistant Director. Casting is by Pat McCorkle, Pam Brusoski is the Production Stage Manager and Phill Madore is the Assistant Stage Manager,

Austen’s perennially popular and caustically funny novel, Pride and Prejudice, was published in 1813. Kate Hamill, a 2005 graduate of Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting, has performed often on regional and Off-Broadway stages. Her first foray into writing was her adaptation of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, which ran Off-Broadway in 2016. This was followed by a new version of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair and then Pride and Prejudice, which ran at Off-Broadway’s Primary Stages. Hamill was named playwright of the year by The Wall Street Journal in 2017. Her plays are now performed around the country.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
Pride and Prejudice
September 27 – October 28, 2018

Performance Schedule
Tuesdays at 7 pm.
Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm (except Wed. Oct. 10).
Saturdays at 2 pm (except Sept. 29 & Oct. 6) plus 2 pm on Thurs. Oct. 25.
Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except Oct. 28 when the final performance is at 2 pm).
 Opening Night is Friday, Oct. 5.
Ticket prices start at $30. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger: $16.50.
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.

CSA Spotlight

Ali Hoefnagel
As an artist and educator based in Pittsburgh, Ali embraces the complexity of the queer identity to create new and engaging ways to explore LGBTQIA life within local communities. They currently serve as the Artistic Program Director at Dreams of Hope and previously as the Education & Outreach Director and the Interim Artistic Director of About Face Theatre Company.

You Can Call Me Al
How do we confront the things that scare us the most when our memories begin to fail us? You Can Call Me Al is a long-form story about growing up, getting gay, coming out, living with mental illness, and uncovering family secrets. By letting go of shame, they reveal what it means to be fully queer and fully vulnerable.

Your share in the CSA doesn’t just pay for a seat at a show. You’re providing the resources these artists need to create professional caliber work. Beyond that, you’re helping to support Pittsburgh’s next crop of groundbreaking artists.

The Speed of Sound
Presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet
September 28 - 30

Music takes center stage in The Speed of Sound. This program features world premieres by Artistic Directors Alan Obuzor and Kelsey Bartman, each utilizing dynamic musical selections that are filled with a multitude of layered tempos, tonality, and emotion. 

The Speed Of Sound
Presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet
Sept 29 I 4PM Children's Performance
As part of RADical Days, Texture presents excerpts from The Speed of Sound followed by interactive games for the children in the audience.
Tickets available now

Dance Shorts
Presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet
September 30 I 5:30PM
An eclectic assortment of short dance works by a variety of dance groups, each bringing their own dancers and performing their original works.
Tickets available now

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Pittsburgh Savoyards - Opening 81st Season

We Have a Song to Sing, O: Early Bird Discount for "The Yeomen of the Guard!"
Hello fellow Savoyards!

We proudly open our 81st season with our upcoming production of "The Yeomen of the Guard," both a jolly romp and the only tragedy ever written by
Gilbert & Sullivan!

Performances are October 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2018. 
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2:30 pm.

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
300 Beechwood Avenue 
Carnegie, PA 15106.
(Directions and Parking)

Through October 1, there is an early bird discount on tickets, which range from $12–$25. Visit our website to get all the information you need and to buy tickets to the show! 

Join us for a special opening night event – Meet the Pittsburgh Savoyards!  This free reception follows the show on Friday, October 12, 2018.

See you in the Tower! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Now on Sale

'Tis the season to plan for the holidays!

Pittsburgh CLO will ring in 27 years of Pittsburgh's favorite holiday tradition, A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL  this December at the Byham Theater! Join the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, and the entire Cratchit clan for an inspiring celebration of this wonderful season. Our new costumes will dazzle you, the special effects will mesmerize you, and you're sure to leave with a song in your heart to last well into 2019!

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A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL is sponsored by KeyBank.
Patrick Page, Daniel Frontz, Tim Hartman, Jeffrey Howell and Lisa Ann Goldsmith in Pittsburgh CLO's A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL | Photos: Matt Polk

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Final 3 Weeks to "laugh 'til your FACE HURTS"

Nearly 3,000 Martians and Venutians have gathered at the CLO Cabaret since this hit show opened three short weeks ago. Don't be the one left behind! Pittsburgh's own Amadeo Fusca stars in this one-man-show. His unique brand of comedy is a little bit of stand-up and a little bit of live theater - a combination guaranteed to give you a LOT of laughs!


Monday, September 24, 2018

Priority Ticket Offer: The Hip Hop Nutcracker

December 11-12, 2018
Benedum Center

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A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, embarks on an international tour.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker will feature MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, opening the show with a short set before rapping the introduction. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a full-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and an electric violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince, Myron, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in 1980s Brooklyn. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

Enter promo code CLARA to purchase tickets before 
they go on sale to the public on September 26 at 10:00 am.

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Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10 Call 412-471-6930

Thursday Lecture Scheduled for Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Fall Lecture:
Common Ground,
Our American Garden
Thursday, September 27 from 6:15 to 8 p.m.

Americans through history have grown flowers and herbs as a way to honor memory, provide healing, promote discovery and inspire ingenuity. Common Ground: Our American Garden, located at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, shares the stories of plants and how they are important to people in the United States.

At the Fall Lecture on Thursday, September 27, Brett McNish, Supervisory Horticulturist at Smithsonian Gardens, will talk about this garden and discuss the ways that plants have shaped our history and continue to impact our future. 

Brett currently oversees the gardens and grounds operations at the National Museum of American History, American Art and National Portrait Gallery, and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. He has led or collaborated on numerous project teams to create thematic garden exhibitions.

Join us at 6:15 p.m. for light refreshments and the opportunity to meet Brett before his lecture begins at 7 p.m.  

Member | $25 Nonmember | $35
Click here to register for the Fall Lecture

Free Public Event - Star Party

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh
Invites you to a Star Party at
Mingo Creek Park Observatory
Located in Mingo Creek Park, Mansion Hill Extension, past Shelter 10
in Washington County, PA.
Phone #: 724-348-6150

Date:  Saturday, October 6, 2018

Times: Safe solar observing; 5:00 PM
Night sky observing; approximately 7:15 PM
Weather Permitting for Observing.
Planetarium Presentations occur rain or shine.

Star Party events in September will consist of the following:
·         Safe observing of the Sun beginning approximately two hours before sunset.
·         After dusk observe the wonders of the October night sky.  Come see Venus, Jupiter and its moons, Mars and the rings of Saturn and possibly Mars.  Many deep sky objects may also be observed such as the Ring Nebula and other nebulae, clusters and double stars.
·         Presentations about current events in astronomy and the Mingo Creek Park night sky will take place in the Richard Y. Haddad Planetarium at various times throughout the night.

The Mingo Creek Park Observatory is handicap accessible.  There is no charge for your visit, but we gladly accept donations to cover operating expenses.  There is no reservation needed and there is no limit on group sizes.

Visit our website to get more information at

NOTE:  Mingo Creek Park Observatory and its grounds, as a part of Mingo Creek County Park, are a no smoking and no alcohol permitted area.

Mingo Creek Park Observatory is operated by an all-volunteer staff of members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.


October 6, 12, 13, 19
Sailing: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join us on a riverboat tour to see the rich and vibrant colors of autumn! This day trip features our delicious brunch buffet, live entertainment, games and great Gateway Clipper hospitality!



Friday, October 5
Sailing: 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Over 20 national and international beers featured along with our fabulous Hors D’Oeuvres Buffet! Must be 21 to board the boat. Photo ID required.


Saturday, October 27
2 Sailings: 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
Kids Costume Party on the 3 Rivers featuring DJ Dance Party, Prizes & all kids receive a Halloween Treat Bag!




Saturday, September 22, 2018

Madama Butterfly Opens Pittsburgh Opera's 80th Season

Dina Kuznetsova to Star in "Madama Butterfly" Credit: Dario Acosta

Pittsburgh Opera opens its 80th season with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Set in early 1900s Japan, Madama Butterfly is often considered the pinnacle of operatic tragedy, and has become one of today’s most beloved operas.

Madama Butterfly follows the tragic love story of the innocent and naive geisha Cio-Cio San and the callous US naval officer Lieutenant Pinkerton.

Cio-Cio San, while still a teenager, forsakes her family, heritage, and religion for Pinkerton. But what she considers to be true love, he considers a casual fling. Cio-Cio San clings to the increasingly unrealistic belief that Pinkerton will return to her. Accompanied by an achingly beautiful score, Madama Butterfly promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Music Director Antony Walker conducts the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Linda Brovsky directs.

On stage October 6, 9, 12 & 14, Madama Butterfly is unparalleled in its deeply affecting portrayal of love, betrayal, and sacrifice. Adult tickets start at just $14 – with children’s tickets for those ages 6-18 starting at just $7. Season tickets are now on sale and available online; single tickets go on sale August 27th.  

Fun facts about Madama Butterfly
Madama Butterfly was the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Miss Saigon, which is set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.  
Giacomo Puccini composed three of the world’s top ten operas. World-wide, Madama Butterfly was the seventh-most performed opera of 2017-18, according to Operabase. La bohème was fourth and Tosca was fifth. 
Puccini wrote five versions of Madama Butterfly. Pittsburgh Opera will be performing the second of these five, called the Brescia version in honor of the Italian city where it was first performed in 1904.

The story, in brief
Act 1
Nagasaki, around 1900. U.S. Navy Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton inspects the house he has
leased for 999 years from a marriage broker, Goro. Included with the house are three servants
including Suzuki, the maid. They are expecting the bride, Cio-Cio San, known as Madama
Butterfly, whom Pinkerton has purchased for 100 yen. 

To the American Consul, Sharpless, Pinkerton describes the carefree philosophy of a sailor roaming the world in search of pleasure (Dovunque al mondo). For the moment, he is enchanted with the young Butterfly, but when Sharpless warns that Butterfly may not take her vows so lightly, Pinkerton brushes aside such
scruples, saying he will one day marry a “real” American wife. Butterfly is heard in the distance
joyously singing of her wedding (Ancora un passo or via).

Entering surrounded by friends and family, Pinkerton’s teenage bride tells him how she had to
earn her living as a geisha when her family fell on hard times. In a quiet moment (Vieni, amor
mio!), Butterfly displays her few possessions—including figures of her ancestors—and then
reveals that she has converted to Christianity. The celebration is interrupted by Butterfly’s
uncle, a Buddhist monk, who curses Butterfly for having renounced her ancestral religion.
Pinkerton angrily sends the guests away. Alone with the distraught Butterfly, he dries her tears
(Viene la sera) and they proclaim their love under the immense starry sky (Vogliateme bene, un
bene piccolino).

Act II, Scene 1. Three years later, Butterfly waits for her husband’s return. As Suzuki prays (E
Izaghi ed Izanami), her mistress stands with her eyes fixed on the harbor. When Suzuki shows
her how little money is left, Butterfly urges her to have faith—one fine day Pinkerton’s ship will
appear on the horizon (Un bel dì vedremo). Sharpless brings a letter from the lieutenant, but
before he can read it to Butterfly, Goro appears with a handsome and wealthy suitor, Prince
Yamadori. Brusquely dismissing both broker and prince, Butterfly insists her husband has not 
deserted her. 

Sharpless tries again to read the letter and suggests Pinkerton may not return
(Ora a noi). Butterfly triumphantly carries in her child, Trouble, proclaiming that as soon as
Pinkerton knows he has a son he surely will come back. If he does not, she would rather die
than return to her former life. Both moved and frustrated by her blind faith, Sharpless leaves
without revealing the rest of the letter. 

Butterfly, on the point of despair, hears a cannon shot.
Now delirious with joy on seeing Pinkerton’s ship entering the harbor, she orders Suzuki to help
fill the house with blossoms (Flower Duet: Una nave de guerra). Expecting Pinkerton to come
running, Butterfly settles down to wait with Suzuki and little Trouble (Humming Chorus: Coro a
bocca chiusa).

Act II, Scene 2. When Pinkerton still has not arrived at dawn, Suzuki insists that Butterfly rest.
Before long, Sharpless enters with Pinkerton and Kate, his American wife. When Suzuki
realizes who the woman is, she tearfully agrees to aid in breaking the news to her mistress.

Seized with remorse, Pinkerton bids an anguished farewell to the scene of his former
happiness (Addio, fiorito asil) and then rushes away. When Butterfly comes in expecting to find
him, she finds Kate instead. Guessing the truth, the shattered Butterfly agrees to give up her
child if his father will return for him. Then, sending even Suzuki away, she takes out the dagger
with which her father committed seppuku and bows before a statue of Buddha, choosing to die
with honor rather than live in disgrace. As she raises the blade, Suzuki pushes the child into the
room. Sobbing farewell, Butterfly sends him into the garden to play, then stabs herself (Con
onor muore). As she dies, Pinkerton is heard calling her name.

-Adapted from Opera News

For the second consecutive opera, a Russian soprano will make her Pittsburgh Opera debut. Dina Kuznetsova, who was born in Moscow, will sing the title role of Cio-Cio San. This past April, Ekaterina Siurina made her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Adina in The Elixir of Love.  

Tickets and Group Discounts
Tickets to all performances of Madama Butterfly start at $14; tickets for children ages 6-18 start at just $7
All performances are at the Benedum Center, 7th Street and Penn Avenue, in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District
Tickets are currently available as part of a subscription/season ticket package, and can be purchased online. 
Group and student discounts are available. For discounted group tickets (6 or more), contact Regina Connolly at 412-281-0912, ext. 213

PNC is the 2018-19 Pittsburgh Opera Season Sponsor
WQED-FM is Pittsburgh Opera’s Media Sponsor
Tuesday performance sponsor: Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center.

COMING UP NEXT for Pittsburgh Opera:

Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, November 3-11, 2018

Pittsburgh Opera celebrates its 80th season in 2018-19. Established by five intrepid women in 1939, Pittsburgh Opera is viewed as one of the most vibrant opera organizations in the U.S., with a rich artistic tradition, outstanding educational programs, an acclaimed artist training program, and a progressive outlook toward the future. Its green initiative culminated in LEED® Silver certification for its Strip District headquarters, and its capacity as a true community partner has increased significantly under General Director Christopher Hahn’s leadership. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Be Among the First

September 25-30, 2018
Benedum Center

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You're invited to be among the first guests at CIRQUE ELOIZE's HOTEL - presented as part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts!

For its 25th anniversary, Cirque Éloize once again presents a touching, poetic, one-of-a-kind creation. 

HOTEL is the story of a place and the travelers who come passing through it. A stopover where lives intersect, collide and juxtapose for a brief time to generate tales and memories. 

Acrobatics, theatre, dance and live music, will draw spectators into a colorful, timeless world. Avant-garde stage design, inspired by the elegance of the great hotels, will carry the narrative. All that remains is to enter through the lobby door and get swept away by the grandeur and poetry of HOTEL. 

Reserve your HOTEL ticket reservations today! 

To Purchase Tickets:
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Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

WORLD PREMIERE of CIRQUE ÉLOIZE HOTEL at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s HOTEL GALA!

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust proudly announces the world premiere performance of Cirque Éloize Hotel, the newest creation from Cirque Éloize, a driving force in the circus art reinvention movement since 1993. On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Fall Gala will feature this premiere performance, along with drinks, dinner, dessert, and more. The Hotel Gala, chaired by Koppers President & CEO Leroy Ball, begins with registration and cocktails at 5:30 p.m. in the Benedum Center, 237 Seventh Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

“At Koppers, we consider the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to be a tremendous asset to our region.  We proudly support the Trust’s vision of accessibility, engagement and arts enrichment, and are thrilled to be serving as the lead sponsor of the 2018 Fall Gala, which will be an exciting, enjoyable and one-of-a-kind evening for all guests,” says Gala Chair and Koppers President & CEO, Leroy Ball.

“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust would like to thank Koppers for its support as Lead Sponsor for this year’s Gala,” shares J. Kevin McMahon, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  “As this year’s celebration takes place as a part of our fourth Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, we are proud to present our Gala guests with Cirque Éloize’s Hotel, as the distinguished company has chosen Pittsburgh for the world premiere of its 25th anniversary show.”

A driving force of Quebec culture and a leader in the contemporary circus world, for 25 years Cirque Éloize has brought together the circus arts with other art forms as well as technology to thrill audiences seeking sensually-rich entertainment. Its creations, including iD, Cirkopolis, and Saloon, have been acclaimed by more than 3.5 million spectators and performed more than 5,000 times in some 550 cities around the world.

For its 25th anniversary, Cirque Éloize once again presents a touching, poetic, one- of-a-kind creation. Hotel is the story of a place and the travelers who come passing through it. A stopover where lives intersect, collide and juxtapose for a brief time to generate tales and memories. Acrobatics, theatre, dance, and live music will draw spectators into a colorful, timeless world. Avant-garde stage design inspired by the elegance of the great hotels will carry the narrative. All that remains is to enter through the lobby door and get swept away by the grandeur and poetry of Hotel. Cirque Éloize Hotel plays at the Benedum Center September 25 – 30, 2018 as part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts and the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Series.

To purchase tickets, call (412) 456-6666, visit, or visit in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. For subscription information, call (412) 456-1390. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Play That Goes Wrong - One of the Funniest I've Ever Seen

The Cornley University Drama Society is excited to announce they have found enough students willing to live out of a suitcase for a year to fully cast the first national tour of the Olivier & Tony Award-winning production of Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong, which has inexplicably become longest-running play on Broadway.

Packing their bags and hoping for the best are Scott Cote as Dennis, Peyton Crim as Robert, Brandon J. Ellis as Trevor, Angela Grovey as Annie, Ned Noyes as Max, Jamie Ann Romero as Sandra, Evan Alexander Smith as Chris and Yaegel T. Welch as Jonathan. The cast also features Blair Baker, Jacqueline Jarrold, Sid Solomon and Michael Thatcher.

The Play That Goes Wrong will launch its national tour in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on stage at the Benedum Center from Tuesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 23, 2018.  This production is part of the 2018-2019 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Broadway Across America.

Tickets (starting at $32) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at or in person at Theater Square Box Office.

"Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong has become a global phenomenon and we figured that it was selfish to contain all of the laughter and chaos it is creating in North America to just New York City!" said producer Kevin McCollum.  "We are beyond thrilled to have found such a spectacular cast to bring Mischief Theatre's unique brand of mayhem to 28 cities in 42 weeks in the first year of a multi-year tour.  Every night on Broadway we witness the show reduce groups of family and friends to hysterics and we can't wait to spread that joy across the country."

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The ‘Cornley University Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.

Entertainment Weekly calls The Play That Goes Wrong “Hilarious! Non-stop pandemonium.” The Huffington Post calls it “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen!” And the New York Post says it’s “Broadway’s funniest and longest-running play! Nothing is as fall down funny. GO.”

The Broadway production of The Play That Goes Wrong opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2, 2017. The show, which was slated to close on Broadway in August of this year, will extend its run due to popular demand through January 6, 2019. By then, the Broadway production will have played 27 previews and 745 performances, making it the 2nd longest running show in the history of the Lyceum Theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong received a Tony Award for Best Set Design,’s Audience Choice Award for Best Play, and the Theater Fans Choice Award for Best Play.

Awarded the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, 2014 WhatsOnStage Best New Comedy and 2015 UK BroadwayWorld Best New Play Awards, The Play That Goes Wrong is now in its fourth year in the West End, is currently on a 30 week UK tour and playing on six continents. The producers have avoided Antarctica for fear of a frosty reception.

It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance, and has gone on to play to an audience of over 2 million people around the world.

Mischief Theatre, the Olivier Award-winning theatre company led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer, was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group. Mischief Theatre performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work.

The Play That Goes Wrong national tour is directed by Matt DiCarlo. Original Broadway direction is by Mark Bell.  Set design is by Nigel Hook, lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, sound design by Andy Johnson and costume design by Roberto Surace.

The Play That Goes Wrong is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, J.J. Abrams, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence Ltd., Catherine Schreiber, Ken Davenport, Double Gemini Productions / deRoy-Brunish, Damian Arnold / TC Beech, Greenleaf Productions / Bard-Roth, Martian Entertainment / Jack Lane / John Yonover, and Lucas McMahon.

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An artist’s rendering of The Tower of Voices, which is a ninety-three feet tall musical instrument holding forty wind chimes, representing the forty passengers and crew members of Flight 93. The intent is to create a set of forty tones (voices) that can connote through consonance the serenity and nobility of the site while also through dissonance recalling the event that consecrated the site. (Artwork courtesy of bioLinia and Paul Murdoch Architects.)

SOMERSET, PA. – The fourth annual Walk 93 will take place this Saturday, September 22 during National Public Lands Day. Pets are welcome to join their pet families for the memorial walk as Flight 93 National Memorial works towards launching its very first “Bark Ranger Program.” Participants will also have an opportunity to view the new Flight 93 film produced by Wild Excellence Films in the Learning Center before the walk begins.

Family member Deborah Borza will once again speak to event participants in the Learning Center before the ranger-led walk down the memorial’s 2.28-mile trail network begins. The immersive program will include interpretive stops along the trail to tell the story of the 40 brave passenger and crew members. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the Visitor Center as well as see the newly dedicated Tower of Voices after the walk concludes. Borza’s daughter, Deora Frances Bodley, was the youngest passenger on board United Flight 93 at just 20 years old.

This year, nearly 150 participants are registered for the walk which is raising funds to support the development of a picnic pavilion area at the memorial in 2019. Although registration is closed, individuals may support the walk remotely as a virtual walker by donating the $25 registration fee through the Friends of Flight 93 website at, just leave the comment “Walk 93” at the bottom of the donation page. Title sponsors for this year’s walk include FedEx Ground and UPMC Health Plan. 

New this year, participants were able to select a team captain to walk with. The Friendly competition with sponsors, local businesses and groups on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter helped to increase event participation and spread the walk message around local communities. The team captain with the most walkers will be recognized on event day and receive a special prize from the Walk 93 team!

Registration is from 8:00-9:00 am. This walk is non-competitive and meant to encourage reflection about the events of September 11, 2001. Rangers and event staff will offer insight into the architectural design of the memorial, the living memorial landscape and sustainable initiatives at Flight 93 including the new honey bee home project.

The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, National Park Service, and Leadership Somerset County are asking the community to join them and “walk to remember” on September 22. This event is a way to pay tribute to the 40 Heroes, raise awareness and foster volunteerism, membership and stewardship at the memorial.

Renaissance City Choir 2018 Pride Concert to benefit WCGSA, Inc.

The Renaissance City Choir of Pittsburgh will present a musical performance, “Joined by Heart, Love Will Always Win” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2017, at The CENTER on Strawberry, 59 E. Strawberry Avenue, Washington. The venue is wheel-chair accessible.  

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Inc.’s Scholarship Fund.    

Tickets to the Oct. 6th performance are available at:  or at the door; Adults $25, Students $10.  

Ticket holders are invited to stay for a reception following the concert to meet the performers. 
The WCGSA, Inc. has facilitated a peer group for LGBTQA youth and provided resources, programming, and social opportunities to the community since 2005. For more information visit  


Now through Sept. 26, select three or more ballets and save an extra 10%.
Use promo code PBTEXTRA10 at or call 412-454-9107.


City of Asylum now offers its very own greeting cards!

 Each features an image of one of our four Sampsonia Way "house publications" (the Exiled Writers' homes). 

The cards are available in City of Asylum Bookstore, and very soon they will be available to purchase on our website. Individual cards are $3.00 and include an envelope. Four packs (one of each card) and eight packs (two of each card) are available for $10 and $20.  


A contemporary chamber ensemble that challenges the boundaries of performance and celebrates women as leaders in the arts. Commissioned by Kamratōn, the opera is composed by Curtis Rumrill and librettist Zachary Webber, and will be premiered under the musical direction of Daniel Curtis, by Kamratōn, Quince Ensemble, and Shana Simmons Dance.

Her Holiness, The Winter Dog
In a dystopian future, humans cause the extinction of all animals. Now they must use humans to replace their sacred pets. To protect their status and religious values, three sisters hire a guardian of faith who dresses and lives as a dog. As their spiritual leader, The Winter Dog incites change— but not in the way they expect.

With our first CSA quickly approaching, now is the time to get your share for this crop of fresh new artists! By becoming a shareholder you get to experience a little bit of everything and supporting emerging artists in Pittsburgh. 

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Cashore Marionettes Open W&J’s 2018-19 Arts Series

Elephant - Cashore- Life in Motiuon Credit: Carl Deutsch

Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performance has astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others.

In the performance Life in Motion, Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults.

Joseph Cashore has received numerous awards for his artistry including a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art, based upon his artistic accomplishment; a Henson Foundation Grant, an award intended to help promote puppetry to adult audiences; and a Citation of Excellence from the UNIMA-USA, the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive. The Cashore Marionettes are so well conceived and projected, the movement so convincing, the illusion so powerful, that the result is a compelling, unforgettable, theatrical experience.

Stu 1173 Credit:Stuart-Dahne Photography

The Olin Fine Arts Center is located on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College, 285 E Wheeling St, Washington, PA 15301. Pricing for Arts Series events is $12 for general admission; $10 for Seniors (60+), Alumni & Non-W&J Students; and $7 for children (12 and younger). Additional ticking info is available here: 

Priority Ticket Offer: Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

November 20-25, 2018
Benedum Center

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Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher brings his fresh take on a beloved masterpiece to life as FIDDLER ON THE ROOF begins a North American tour direct from Broadway. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. To love! To life!

Enter promo code TRADITION to purchase tickets before 
they go on sale to the public on Friday, September 21 at 9:00 am.

To Purchase Tickets:
Online at
Call 412-456-4800
Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

Single Tickets for Resonance Works 2018-19 Season Now on Sale

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
Stand on the Shoulders of Giants!

Single tickets are now on sale for the entire 2018-19 Resonance Works season, On the Shoulders of Giants, including four mainstage productions and four Resonance Chamber performances!  Reserved seating is available for our October performance of Bernstein’s On the Town and May’s American Serenade - get your tickets now to save your favorite seats!  December’s A Joyous Sound! and March’s St. John Passion offer general admission by zone: you now have more proximity and price options than ever before!

Memberships and season subscriptions are still available, including a mini-subscription to our two South Hills performances.  Enjoy a 20% discount off of our mainstage performances with a subscription, or upgrade to a membership for additional perks and benefits!

One of the perks of membership is admission to the Resonance Chamber, our popular chamber music series in the Strip District.  Enjoy a casual atmosphere, drinks, and food while you’re mere feet away from the artists!  Come join us at Bar Marco on September 25th to kick off the season, and enjoy a sampling of music by this season's musical giants!


Resonance Chamber Series

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at The Union Hall at Bar Marco

September 25 - Season Kickoff Sampler
featuring Kara Cornell, Benjamin Robinson, Michael Scarcelle, and Ryan Leonard
November 13 - Curtis Brothers, “Songs of Travel”
January 29 - Kassia Ensemble
April 30 - Chrysalis Duo, “A Pittsburgh Serenade”

Become a member before September 25 and bring a friend to our first Resonance Chamber event for FREE, plus enjoy a drink on us!

Unique. Artist-driven. Forged in Pittsburgh.

Resonance Works is a multi-modal, artist-led performing arts company that showcases an orchestra, chorus, vocal soloists, chamber musicians, staged opera, and musical theater -- often on the same program. Featuring repertoire that is championed by its artists and themes that resonate with the current climate, Resonance Works connects the arts to today’s audience.

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