2Do This Week, March 23-29: Cultural events around Pittsburgh


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TODAY

Renaissance at Redeemer presents the third annual Bach birthday bash -- the composer's turning 329, but who's counting? -- at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. The festivities feature historically informed performance trio Chatham Baroque, a vocal ensemble conducted by Don Franklin, organist Jim Burns, and organist-choirmaster Nathan Carterette. Of course, there will be birthday cake. The celebrations are free, and a free-will offering will be accepted. More at www.redeemerpittsburgh.org. If you can't make it this time, Chatham Baroque will present "Bach and Beyond" (the beyond, again, involving cake) at 2 p.m. next Sunday at Allegheny Riverstone Center for the Arts in Foxburg, Clarion County. Tickets for that event, $10-$25, at www.alleghenyriverstone.org.

MONDAY

More than 350 young musicians -- from the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras, Children's Festival Chorus and Duquesne University's choruses and symphony orchestra -- come together for an epic concert that culminates in a performance of Orff's "Carmina Burana." Soprano Katy Shackleton Williams, countertenor Andrey Nemzer and baritone Dimitrie Lazich are featured soloists. The groups perform individually in works by Charbrier, Verdi and others before the joint performance. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall. Tickets are free, available at www.trypo.org/ticketing.php.

MONDAY

Chamber Music Pittsburgh -- formerly known as the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society -- presents the Artemis Quartet at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall. The Berlin-based string quartet will perform Brahms' Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1, Kurtag's "Officium breve, In Memoriam Andraee Szevansky" and Beethoven's Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131 (showcased in the film "A Late Quartet"). Tickets, $35, $15 for students, at 412-624-4129 or www.chambermusicpittsburgh.org.

MONDAY

Winy Maas, a co-founding director of the architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, will speak on the topic "What's Next?" at 6:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland. The firm is based in Rotterdam and Shanghai. Mr. Maas is professor and director of The Why Factory, a research institute on future cities, which he founded in 2008 at the University of Technology of Delft. The talk is co-sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture and the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art. It's supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York as part of the Dutch Culture USA program. 412-268-2354.

WEDNESDAY

An adult studio workshop with Pittsburgh artist Brian Gonnella will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art's temporary location, 4764 State Route 30, East of Greensburg. Wine, beer, snacks and materials are included with the $15 fee. Space is limited; reserve at www.wmuseumaa.org or 724-837-1500, extension 110.

WEDNESDAY

Neutral Milk Hotel performs a sold-out show at the Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, at 8 p.m. as part of the Andy Warhol Museum's sound series. As a much anticipated follow-up to Jeff Mangum's stellar solo performance at the hall in January 2012, Mr. Mangum returns with the full band including Scott Spillane, Julian Koster and Jeremy Barnes. The band has had a profound impact during the past two decades on indie folk/rock music due to its most recognized record, "In The Aeroplane Over the Sea." The psychedelic-folk collective Elf Power, from Athens, Ga., opens the show.

THURSDAY

Four Pittsburgh poets whose work appears in Lummox literary journal will read at East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Ave., at 7 p.m. The reading will feature Jennifer Jackson Berry, Ann Curran, Judith R. Robinson and Don Wentworth reading from the publication as well as other works. The reading also will include poems by John Yamrus of Sinking Spring and the late Michael Adams of Pittsburgh. Grace Cavalieri of the Washington Independent Review of Books placed Lummox on its Best Books List in December. The event is free and open to the public. The poets promise lots of chocolates. Info: 412-431-8484.

SATURDAY

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents Wagner's Overture to "Tannhauser" and Holst's "The Planets" at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Prior to "The Planets," Todd Brown, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, will discuss Mars, Jupiter and Saturn alongside NASA imagery. Tickets: $10-$39, with $5 student rush; 724-837-1850 or www.westmorelandsymphony.org.

SATURDAY

SUNSTAR: Tribute to Ladies of Jazz at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 8 p.m. will feature vocalists Spanky Wilson, Tania Grubbs, Kenia and BeLove, along with Alton Merrell (piano), Jeff Bush (trombone), James Moore (trumpet), Tony DePaolis (bass), Thomas Wendt (drums) and Yoko Suzuki (saxophone). For tickets, $15 artists/students; $20 15206 residents; $25 general admission, www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

NEXT SUNDAY

Kente Arts Alliance brings South African trumpeter, composer, singer and activist Hugh Masekela to the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side, at 7 p.m. Mr. Masekela is best known for his hit single "Grazing in the Grass," which sold more than 4 million copies in 1968. Mr. Masekela is using his global reach to spread the word about heritage restoration in Africa. For tickets, $45, 1-888-718-4253 or www.Showclix.com.


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