December Concerts

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh December 2 & 4, Heinz Hall Haydn's "Creation" CANCELED Haydn: The Creation (a theatrical realization directed by Sanuel Helfrich) Bach Choir of Pittsburgh December 3 & 4, St. Agnes Center Handel's Messiah Duquesne University Choirs December 5, Duquesne Chapel of the Holy Spirit Lessons and Carols Mannheim Steamroller December 13, Benedum Center 2016 Christmas Tour Pittsburgh Camerata December 17, Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church December 18, Shadyside Presbyterian Church Sure on this Shining Night Rheinberger: Evening Song Palestrina: Creator of the Stars of Night Ešenvalds: Star Lauridsen: Sure on This Shining Night (13 others) Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh December 9-11, 17-18, Heinz Hall Highmark Holiday Pops River City Brass Band December 1-3, 6, 8 Christmas Brasstacular

Soundbreaking Stories on PBS

PBS presents Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music. Produced in association with the late Sir George Martin, the series features more than 150 artists, including Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, RZA and many more sharing behind-the-scenes stories in a music-driven celebration of the art of recording. Watch the Trailer Beginning November 14 @ 10:00pm on PBS Episode One: The Art of Recording Episode Two: Painting with Sound Episode Three: The Human Instrument Episode Four: Going Electric Episode Five: Four on the Floor Episode Six: The World is Yours Episode Seven: Sound and Vision Episode Eight: I Am My Music

Unbelievable Performances

The first time I had the occasion to watch a broadcast of The Kennedy Center Honors was in December of 2012 when, among others, Led Zeppelin were recipients. Wow! Since then, I've watched every award broadcast (this year, Martha Argerich, The Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, and James Taylor will be honored) and researched back many years - many performances are available on Youtube. In short, The Kennedy Center Honors are the finest produced award shows you will ever witness. I have listed below my favorites, some are artist introductions, most are wonderful, heart-stopping performances. Please watch all of these and you...

November Concerts

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra November 4 & 6, Heinz Hall Porgy & Bess CANCELED Barber: Overture to School for Scandal Barber: Adagio for Strings Barber: Violin Concerto Williams: Sound the Bells Slatkin: Kinah Gershwin: Porgy & Bess - A Symphonic Picture November 11 & 13, Heinz Hall Fountains of Rome CANCELED Berlioz: Roman Carnival Orverture Mozart: Oboe Concerto Respighi: Fountains of Rome Rota: Symphony No. 3 November 25-27, Heinz Hall Hélène Grimaud CANCELED Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Thanksgiving tradition of popular favorites Pittsburgh Opera November 5, 8, 11, 13, Benedum Center Strauss: Salome River City Brass Band November 3-5, 9-10 And the Band Plays On

On the Passing of Robert Page

Three men contributed to my development as a singer and choral conductor; John Elliott, my high school choir director, Elmer Thomas, my college choir director, and Robert Page. With the recent passing of Bob, they've all left us now. Bob's influence on me as a singer and composer of choral music cannot be quantified. I spent ten seasons singing for Bob in the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. For all but my first season, I was a member of the professional core and for my last season, was privileged to be one of his conducting assistants. For several years, I was...
  • December Concerts

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh December 2 & 4, Heinz Hall Haydn’s “Creation” CANCELED Haydn: The Creation (a theatrical realization directed by Sanuel Helfrich) Bach Choir of Pittsburgh December 3 & 4, St. Agnes Center Handel’s Messiah Duquesne University Choirs December 5, Duquesne Chapel of the Holy Spirit Lessons and Carols Mannheim Steamroller December 13, Benedum Center 2016 Christmas Tour Pittsburgh Camerata December 17, Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church December 18, Shadyside Presbyterian Church Sure on this Shining Night Rheinberger: Evening Song Palestrina: Creator of the Stars of Night Ešenvalds: Star Lauridsen: Sure on This Shining Night (13…

  • Soundbreaking Stories on PBS

    PBS presents Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music. Produced in association with the late Sir George Martin, the series features more than 150 artists, including Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, RZA and many more sharing behind-the-scenes stories in a music-driven celebration of the art of recording. Watch the Trailer Beginning November 14 @ 10:00pm on PBS Episode One: The Art of Recording Episode Two: Painting with Sound Episode Three: The Human Instrument Episode Four: Going Electric Episode Five: Four on the Floor Episode Six: The World is Yours Episode Seven: Sound and Vision Episode Eight: I Am My…

  • Unbelievable Performances

    The first time I had the occasion to watch a broadcast of The Kennedy Center Honors was in December of 2012 when, among others, Led Zeppelin were recipients. Wow! Since then, I’ve watched every award broadcast (this year, Martha Argerich, The Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, and James Taylor will be honored) and researched back many years – many performances are available on Youtube. In short, The Kennedy Center Honors are the finest produced award shows you will ever witness. I have listed below my favorites, some are artist introductions, most are wonderful, heart-stopping performances. Please watch all of these…

  • November Concerts

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra November 4 & 6, Heinz Hall Porgy & Bess CANCELED Barber: Overture to School for Scandal Barber: Adagio for Strings Barber: Violin Concerto Williams: Sound the Bells Slatkin: Kinah Gershwin: Porgy & Bess – A Symphonic Picture November 11 & 13, Heinz Hall Fountains of Rome CANCELED Berlioz: Roman Carnival Orverture Mozart: Oboe Concerto Respighi: Fountains of Rome Rota: Symphony No. 3 November 25-27, Heinz Hall Hélène Grimaud CANCELED Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Thanksgiving tradition of popular favorites Pittsburgh Opera November 5, 8, 11, 13, Benedum Center Strauss: Salome River City Brass Band November 3-5, 9-10…

  • October Concerts

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra October 7 & 9, Heinz Hall Pinchas Zukerman! MacMillan: Britannia Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 Elgar: Enigma Variations October 14-16, Heinz Hall Dvorák “New World” Beethoven: Egmont Overture MacMillan: Symphony No. 4 Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 “New World” with the film “Cosmos – An HD Odyssey” FUSE@PSO October 19, Heinz Hall Bartók + The Music of Björk Pittsburgh Opera October 8, 11, 14, 16, Benedum Center Verdi: La Traviata Duquesne University Choirs October 9, St. Bernard Church Music at St. Bernard October 24, Epiphany Catholic Church Works by Bach, Handl, Bernstein, Whitacre, Clausen, and Sirett. The Voices…

  • The Music of The Beatles

    Did you know that Ringo Starr is left-handed? Or wonder how that might affect his drumming style? Ever wonder who wrote more Beatles songs – Paul or John? Or who wrote the Beatles song based solely on a circus poster? All the above are topics for discussion in the course, The Music of The Beatles, which I will be teaching again for the Butler County Community College (BC3). We will be studying the music of the Beatles across their 13 albums from 1963 to 1970 exploring the group’s writing style and creative approach to recording. Classes will be on Wednesday…

  • September Concerts

    The Australian Pink Floyd Show September 13, Heinz Hall Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra September 17, Heinz Hall Moonlight Masquerade September 30 – October 2, Heinz Hall The Music of John Williams Graham Nash September 24, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall

  • On the Passing of Robert Page

    Three men contributed to my development as a singer and choral conductor; John Elliott, my high school choir director, Elmer Thomas, my college choir director, and Robert Page. With the recent passing of Bob, they’ve all left us now. Bob’s influence on me as a singer and composer of choral music cannot be quantified. I spent ten seasons singing for Bob in the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. For all but my first season, I was a member of the professional core and for my last season, was privileged to be one of his conducting assistants. For several years, I was…

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