Former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Andres Cardenes, now artistic director of orchestral studies at Carnegie Mellon University, has tapped renowned violinist and conductor Joseph Silverstein for tonight's concert with the CMU Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. As a conductor, Mr. Silverstein was the music director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. As a violinist, he has soloed for several top orchestras (including the PSO). Tonight, he'll do double duty, leading the orchestra in Beethoven's "Leonore Overture No. 3," Stravinsky's "Pulcinella Suite," Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4, which features him as soloist. Tickets are $5, free for students, at www.music.cmu.edu or 1-888-71-TICKETS.
Members of the Duquesne Piano Trio, all faculty members at the university, wear many hats. Adam Liu is the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's assistant principal cellist; violinist Charles Stegeman is concertmaster for the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra; pianist David Allen Wehr chairs the piano department at Duquesne. The trio will play Beethoven's three piano trios as part of the Mary Pappert School of Music's Beethoven on the Bluff series at 7:30 p.m. at the PNC Recital Hall at Duquesne, 600 Forbes Ave. $10 donation is suggested. More at 412-396-6083 or www.duq.edu/music.
A national tour of "Menopause the Musical" stops at The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. There is limited seating for the 7:30 p.m. show, but a 2 p.m. matinee has been added. For tickets, $25, $30 and $45, 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org.
Chatham Baroque is hosting its second annual Harpsichord Showcase at Edge Studio, 5411 Penn. Ave., Garfield, at 8 p.m. The event features performances by Marc Giosi, Edward Moore, Richard Stern and Justin Wallace (as well as the organization's own 1977 harpsichord). If you're not sure whether you're a harpsichord fan, maybe you're a wine fan -- and you can join the musicians for a glass following the show, which features works by Bach, Forqueray, Rameau, Scarlatti and Sweelinck. For tickets, $15, www.chathambaroque.org.
The 2013 Carnegie International curators will talk about selecting works and shaping the exhibition during Culture Club at Carnegie Museum of Art. Upon arrival participants will sign up with Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers or Tina Kukielski to visit and discuss a few favorite works. The bar opens at 5:30 p.m., and curator gallery visits will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. or 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Spaces are limited and will be filled first-come. Admission, $10, includes one drink ticket. The large contemporary art exhibition opened last week and continues through March 16. Info: 412-622-3131 or www.cmoa.org.
PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh 20 x 20, Vol. 16, takes place at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education Center, 805/807 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Doors open at 7:20 p.m. Presented by the American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh chapter, this platform allows the local creative class members -- including, but not limited to architects, designers, crafters, quilters, chefs, travelers, poets, painters and photographers -- to display their work with 20 slides and only 20 seconds per slide. This unique 20 x 20 presentation results in six minutes and 40 seconds of exquisitely crafted words and images. Open to the public. $15 at the door. Info: www.aiapgh.org or 412-471-9548.
A YWCA Week Without Violence Event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District, in conjunction with the exhibition "ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out." Light refreshments will be served and University of Pittsburgh professor Rolf Loeber will lead a panel discussion about urban street violence (free and public). The exhibition continues through March 22. Info: 412-261-7003 or www.contemporarycraft.org.
A reception for "Gravitational Pull," drawings, videos, metal and glass sculptures by Philadelphia-based artist Megan Biddle, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Gallery, 477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland (free and public). The exhibition continues through Dec. 6. Info: 412-681-5449 or http://pfm.pittsburgharts.org.
Pig Iron Theatre Company performs "Zero Cost House" at 8 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. The production, a collaboration between Philadelphia's Pig Iron company and Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada, is a meditation on how Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" changed Mr. Okada's life. "Zero Cost House" is the first work Mr. Okada created specifically for an English-speaking theater company. Mixers at 7 p.m. before each performance will include music and hors d'oeuvres catered by The Livermore (a new venture by the owners of Bar Marco).
The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy Talk Show presents "JFK -- A Comedy Show -- Too Soon?" at the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. Panelists include world renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht; Walt Brown, author of "The Warren Omission," and David Talbot, Salon.com founder and author of "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years." Also, dead president standup comedy. Admission is $10 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.theater - lifestyle - artarchitecture - music
First Published October 12, 2013 8:00 PM