Jazz Intervention with Dwayne Dolphin featuring Kevin Howard will perform at Latitude 40, 200 Quinn Drive, North Fayette, at 5 p.m. The monthly Jazz Intervention Project puts jazz professionals on the same bill with high school jazz ensembles for an evening of music. This month, the Peters Township High School Jazz Band makes a special appearance. The students' workshop with the professionals is at 4 p.m. Tickets: $10; jazzinterventn.bpt.me or 1-800-838-3006. Information: 412-567-2804 or www.nmotionent.com.
Presented by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, OPUS ONE will perform Beethoven's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Stucky's "Rain Shadow" and Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. The musicians are alumni of such groups as the Beaux Arts Trio, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Orion String Quartet. Tickets: $15-$35; www.pittsburghchambermusic.org or 412-624-4129.
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bard") explores "Murder and Mayhem" at Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill, at 7:30 p.m. Explore some of Shakespeare's most thrilling moments through feature readings and scenes of beheadings and eye-gouging, poisons and assassinations, brawls and blood. Also featured will be a sneak preview of the new play "The Compleat Guide to Murder and Mayhem by Will Shakespear," which will have its world premiere at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival in May. Show up with a monologue or scene ready to read, jump in and join another scene, or just listen and enjoy. Open to all ages, professional actors and non-actors alike; children welcome. A $10 donation is suggested. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Anyone interested in reading should contact BYOB@pittsburghshakespeare.com or 412-521-6406, or visit Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.
Turkish music master Onder Ozkoc is in residency at the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Iranian Music. On Wednesdays through April 23, he is giving free lectures on topics in Turkish music, including its history and modal system (known as makam), at 6:30 p.m. in room 157 of the College of Fine Arts building, Oakland.
Tackling everything from American pop to African gospel, the Soweto Gospel Choir takes the Byham stage, Downtown, at 7:30 p.m. Founded in 2002 in South Africa, the 30-member-strong chorus spreads musical messages of hope and joy. Tickets: $20-$45; www.trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.
RAW: natural born artists showcases local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography at Club Zoo, 1630 Smallman St., Strip District, at 7 p.m. For 2014 the event will be held every other month and in a larger venue with more artists. The first showcase, "Awakening," will feature 40-plus artists including live music by Shad Ali, Badboxes, and Miami's Web Three featuring Pittsburgh-born Kaaren Styles; 27 visual artists and photographers; fashion shows by Stocking Noir, Andre Jones and Sew Addicted; a burlesque performance by Nikki Telladictorian; and a dance performance by Yes Brain Dance Theater directed by Moriah Ella Mason. For a complete list of participating artists: www.rawartists.org/pittsburgh. Hank D is the DJ and Kellee Maize is the host. Dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable attire. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; www.RAWartists.org/pittsburgh or the RAW Pittsburgh Facebook page.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
Comedian Taylor Williamson will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., The Stacks at the Waterfront in Homestead. Mr. Williamson is the recent second-place winner on "America's Got Talent," has performed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and was the youngest comedian ever to perform on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson." Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $20; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
The JACK Quartet performs at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series and the University of Pittsburgh music department's Music on the Edge series. The quartet includes violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards and cellist Kevin McFarland. The group focuses on the commissioning and performance of new works by composers such as Derek Bermel, Chaya Czernowin, James Dillon, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas and Vijay Iyer. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 members and students in advance, $15 at the door; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.