Organist Nicholas Will, soprano Charlene Canty and countertenor Andrey Nemzer will present a collective “Stabat Mater” by nine composers and pieces by Eli Tamar at 3 p.m. in Heinz Memorial Chapel, Oakland. Free.
Gretchen Van Hoesen, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra harpist and Carnegie Mellon University faculty member, will be joined by her husband and former PSO oboist James Gorton, her daughter and Toronto Symphony Orchestra harpist Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, and pianist Rodrigo Ojeda for a free recital. The performance features world premieres by David Stock and Michael Gandolfi and works by Debussy, Goossens and others. 7:30 p.m., Kresge Theatre on the CMU campus.
The string quartet ETHEL performs works by Ennio Morricone, Jeff Buckley, Vijay Iyer, Nico Muhly and others in a concert opening Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s Just Summer series. The concert is titled “Grace,” which is “a loosely binding element that is expressed in the various pieces in really different ways,” said violist Ralph Farris in a release. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., with a preconcert mixer at 6:30 p.m. and a question-and-answer session following the performance. Admission ($25 in advance, $28 at the door) includes one free drink and food. Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. For tickets and more info: 412-624-4129 or www.chambermusicpittsburgh.org.
Pulitzer Prize finalist poet Martín Espada and local performance poet Vanessa German perform as part of the 2013-14 Human Equity through Art Performance Series, at 6 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. Tickets are free with a suggested donation of $5. Please RSVP by emailing email@example.com with names of confirmed guests by Thursday. Following, at 7:30 p.m., Cave Canem will host poets Tim Seibles, Patricia Smith and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon in City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s Alphabet City Tent, 318 Sampsonia Way, North Side. Free. Please reserve seats for this reading at http://www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org.
THURSDAY THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY
Comedian Erik Griffin appears at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., at The Waterfront, Homestead. He’s probably best known as Montez on the Comedy Central series “Workaholics” and has done a half-hour comedy special on the network. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets: $20; www.improv.com or 412-462-5233.
The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy/Talk Show ponders "Pittsburgh Quirks“ at the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. What makes Pittsburgh uniquely Pittsburgh? Why are we in love with ourselves? Is there any irony in the Steel City? Panelists include WQED’s Rick Sebak and the City Paper's Chris Potter. Admission is $10 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is holding a Celebrate Summer Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at it’s temporary location, Westmoreland @rt 30, 4764 Route 30 east of Greensburg. The event will include light refreshments, live music an interactive studio art project, art scavenger hunt, specials on memberships and a chance to win a free gift from the museum shop. At 11:30 a.m. a presentation will be given on The Future Westmoreland, the museum’s renovation and expansion project scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2015. At 12:30 p.m. a guided gallery activity for children will begin. The event is free. Information: 724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org.