2Do this week, Jan. 24-30: Cultural events around Pittsburgh
January 24, 2016 12:00 AM
The first season of Duquesne University’s Schubert on the Bluff concludes with works by the series’ namesake and the late Pittsburgh composer David Stock. The program includes Schubert’s Sonata for Arpeggione, a work written for a six-stringed instrument that had a brief life during the 19th century. Adam Liu will perform an arrangement of the work for cello, along with pianist David Allen Wehr. The program also features Stock’s “Eitz Chayim” (“Tree of Life”) with violist Meng Wang and Mr. Wehr; Schubert’s “Der Wanderer,” with mezzo-soprano Xiu-ru Liu and pianist Barbara Nissman; and Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy” and two Impromptus, performed by Ms. Nissman. The concert is at 3 p.m., with a preconcert discussion at 2:30 p.m., in the school’s PNC Recital Hall. $10 at 412-232-3853 or www.duq.edu/schubert.
JazzLive presents jazz guitarist Eric Johnson at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public, this music series showcases some of the region’s finest jazz musicians each Tuesday. Information: trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
FUSE@PSO, the Pittsburgh Symphony’s mashup concert series led by Steve Hackman, offers orchestral fusions of timeless classical music and modern pop classics. The latest installment at Heinz Hall centers on Mr. Hackman’s arrangement of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and the music of indie folk group Bon Iver, performed by the PSO and guest vocalists Avery Leigh Draut, Will Post and Keren Tayar. Electro-brass-funk band Beauty Slap joins the festivities to perform its own songs with and without orchestra. Before the show, audience members are welcome to a preconcert happy hour featuring a set by DJ Pete Butta, happy hour drinks, light snacks, beer samples and more. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the door, at www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes will speak as part of the Creative Mornings/Pittsburgh breakfast lecture series at the Kelly-Stayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 8:30 a.m. Mr. Hayes’ talk will be about language. He is the author of “Lighthead,” winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are “Wind in a Box,” “Hip Logic” and “Muscular Music.” His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. “How to Be Drawn,” his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. This lecture series includes a 20-minute talk and q-and-a session. The event is free but registration is required at kelly-strayhorn.org/events. For more information, 412-363-3000.
The innovative vocal ensemble Ekmeles performs at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum’s Sound Series. Ekmeles is dedicated to the performance of new and rarely heard works and gems of the historical avant-garde. Ekmeles was founded to fill the gap by presenting a new a cappella repertoire for solo voices and by collaborating with these instrumental ensembles. It will be performing music by Elliott Carter, Jeffrey Gavett, Peter Ablinger and more. The performance is co-presented with the Music on the Edge series and Pitt Jazz Studies of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music. Free parking in the Warhol lot. Tickets: $20, $15 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Singer, songwriter, producer Eric “Erro” Roberson performs as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Soul Sessions Series at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 8 p.m. Mr. Roberson — whose musical influences include soul, R&B, house, hip-hop, jazz, rock and more — has achieved success as an unsigned, independent artist in an industry influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds and mainstream radio. Tickets are $28.25. For more information: www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
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