June Concerts

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh June 2-4, Heinz Hall Mahler's Ressurection Mahler: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" June 9 & 11, Heinz Hall Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 June 23-25, Heinz Hall Honeck Conducts Beethoven & Brahms Beethoven: Violin Concerto Brahms: Symphony No. 4 FUSE@PSO June 14, Heinz Hall Mash-Up Mix-Down featuring Time For Three Pittsburgh Camerata June 7, Shadyside Presbyterian Church Music of Handel June 21, Shadyside Presbyterian Church A Chorus Divided

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...

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...

Discovering Wild and Wonderful Jazz

When asked to name their favorite kind of music, many folks will say they listen to mostly one kind; be it country, hip hop, hard rock, rap, etc. I, and most of my musician friends and acquaintances will tell you we listen to many different styles of music and our current favorite changes often, frequently triggered by a chance hearing of some new piece of music in concert or, as in my case in many instances, on TV. My recording collection is pretty eclectic: it contains classical music from the Renaissance to the avant-garde, lots of choral music of...
  • June Concerts

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh June 2-4, Heinz Hall Mahler’s Ressurection Mahler: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” June 9 & 11, Heinz Hall Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 June 23-25, Heinz Hall Honeck Conducts Beethoven & Brahms Beethoven: Violin Concerto Brahms: Symphony No. 4 FUSE@PSO June 14, Heinz Hall Mash-Up Mix-Down featuring Time For Three Pittsburgh Camerata June 7, Shadyside Presbyterian Church Music of Handel June 21, Shadyside Presbyterian Church A Chorus Divided

  • May Concerts

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra May 19 & 21, Heinz Hall Romantic Brahms Brahms: Symphony No. 3 R. Strauss: Don Quixote Pittsburgh Opera May 2, 5, 7, Benedum Center Daniel Sonenberg: The Summer King River City Brass Band May 4-6, 9, 11 Swing into Summer

  • April Concerts

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra April 2, Heinz Hall Pictures at an Exhibition Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition Paganini: Sonata per la Grand Viola Puccini: Excerpts from Turandot April 7 & 9, Heinz Hall Dohnányi Conducts Brahms Schumann: Symphony No. 4 Brahms: Symphony No. 2 April 21-23, Heinz Hall Beethoven Piano Concertos Moments from Haydn, Mozart & Schubert and Piano Concertos of Beethoven April 20 & 30, Heinz Hall Buchbinder Birthday Concert Piano Concertos of Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir Sponsorship Concert April 2, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Mendelssohn: Christus Dubois: The Seven…

  • March Concerts

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra March 10 & 12, Heinz Hall Mozart in Prague Smetana: The Moldau Dvorák: Piano Concerto Mozart: Symphony No. 38 “Prague” Dvorák: Carnival Overture March 17-19, Heinz Hall Boléro! Stravinsky: Petrushka Offenbach: Selections from La Gaîté Parisienne Ravel: Boléro March 31, Heinz Hall Pictures at an Exhibition Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition Paganini: Sonata per la Grand Viola Puccini: Excerpts from Turandot FUSE@PSO March 22, Heinz Hall Tchaikovsky + The Music of Drake Pittsburgh Opera March 25, 28, 31; April 2 Puccini: Turandot River City Brass Band March 2-4, 9, 14 Emerald Isle March 30-31 Evolution

  • February Concerts

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra February 3 & 5, Heinz Hall Midori! Mozart: Symphony No. 35 “Haffner” Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Brahms: Symphony No. 1 February 10 & 12, Heinz Hall Sleeping Beauty Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 “Classical” MacMillan: Veni, Veni Emmanuel Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Sleeping Beauty February 24-26, Heinz Hall Rhapsody in Blue Copland: Symphony No. 3 Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Bach Choir of Pittsburgh February 11-12, First Presbyterian Church Randall Thompson’s Requiem Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists February 18, 21, 14, 26, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters Laura Kaminsky: As One Duquesne University Choirs February 21,…

  • January Concerts

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra January 13 & 15, Heinz Hall Beethoven’s Seventh Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists January 21, 24, 27, 29, CAPA Theater Handel: Richard the Lionheart

  • 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…

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