Australian pop duo King & Country headlines the Winter Jam Tour at Consol Energy Center on Saturday.
Off the Wall productions presents the premiere of “Mother Lode” by artistic director Virginia Wall Gruenert. The solo show stars Linda Haston in the story of her mother, Ruth, who leaves Jim Crow Alabama as a teen to work and raise her family in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The show deals with end-of-life decisions and the familial relationships of strong, independent women.
Ms. Gruenert and Spencer Whale direct the show, which runs 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Carnegie Stages, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. Tickets: $5-$40; insideoffthewall.com or 1-888-71-TICKETS.
Early music ensemble Chatham Baroque will present its annual trio concert featuring only the group’s core members — a tradition that allows the musicians to experiment with solo pieces and new repertoire. This weekend, the 25-year-old ensemble will introduce the music of Johann Paul von Westhoff, a German composer and violinist born in 1656. The program also features “For Emily,” a 2003 piece by the late Pittsburgh composer David Stock, scored for violin, viola de gamba and theorbo. The work was written in memory of Chatham Baroque founding member Emily Norman Davidson. Additionally, the trio will perform music by August Kuhnel, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Giovanni Battista Fontana and Antonio Bertali.
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Upper St. Clair’s Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m. Saturday at East Liberty Presbyterian Church and 2:30 p.m. at Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University, Shadyside. $27 in advance, $30 at the door, $20 for seniors, $10 for students, at 1-888-718-4253 or www.chathambaroque.org.
Pianist’s PSO debut
Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda returns to the Heinz Hall podium just a few weeks after he was appointed music director of the National Symphony Orchestra. He will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Rossini’s famed Overture to “Guillaume Tell” (“William Tell”) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. The concerto showcases Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin in his PSO debut.
Stay after the main program for a movement from Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2, played by guest concertmaster Soovin Kim, violinist Christopher Wu, violist Tatjana Mead Chamis and cellist Anne Martindale Williams.
Concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $20-$94; 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Like they’re ‘Renegades’
X Ambassadors, the band behind the catchy hit “Renegades,” was part of X-Fest this summer, representing the pop-rock side of life at Stage AE with Social Distortion and Anti-Flag. The Ithaca, N.Y., band discovered by Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds returns for a headlining show supporting the debut album “VHS.”
Doors open at Stage AE at 6:30 p.m. $20; www.ticketmaster.com.
Christian Winter Jam
The Winter Jam Tour takes over Consol Energy Center Saturday with some of Christian music’s biggest stars.
The headliners are Australian pop duo King & Country (at right), who cite U2, OneRepublic and The Goo Goo Dolls as influences. In 2014, they released their sophomore album, “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong,” which won the Grammy for contemporary Christian music album.
The co-headliner is Matthew West, a pop-rock singer-songwriter from Illinois who has had his songs covered by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Casting Crowns, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Diamond Rio and more. He is a four-time Grammy nominee and has won an American Music Award and a Billboard Music Award (2014).
The tour will also feature Crowder, RED, Sidewalk Prophets, NewSong, Trip Lee, KB, Lauren Daigle and evangelist Tony Nolan. The Pre-Jam Party showcases Stars Go Dim and We Are Messengers.
It begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door; www.jamtour.com.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Soul Sessions series at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture continues Saturday with acclaimed New Jersey singer-songwriter Eric Roberson, aka Erro.
The singer incorporates soul, R&B, hip-hop and jazz. He began his career with a music theater degree from Howard University and signed to Warner Bros. for the single “The Moon.” He then entered into a songwriting deal with EMI Publishing, leading to collaborations with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Osulande, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Carl Thomas, Vivian Green and more.
In 2001, he established the record label B.L.U.E. Erro Soul to release his own work. In 2010 and 2011, he received Grammy nominations in urban/alternative performance for the songs “A Tale of Two” and “Still.”
The concert is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28.25; 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org.
Ekmeles at Warhol
Vocal ensemble Ekmeles, which specializes in new and rarely performed music, performs at The Andy Warhol Museum in a concert co-presented by Pitt’s Music on the Edge series. The program is centered on the idea of the madrigal and includes works by Stefano Gervasoni, Salvatore Sciarrino, Elliott Carter and the group’s director, Jeffrey Gavett. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors, and cost $5 more at the door. 412-624-7529 or www.music.pitt.edu/tickets.
The Senator John Heinz History Center will celebrate the life and legacy of a Pittsburgh legend in the program “Yoi! Remembering Myron Cope” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
There will be a multimedia presentation, and Bill Hillgrove and former New York Times writer Murray Chass will share stories of the late Steelers broadcaster.
It is included with regular admission of $16, $14 for seniors, $6.50 for students and children 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under and History Center members; www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Snowfest in Boyce
The second annual SnowFest takes place this weekend at Boyce Park in Monroeville with a variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities, most of them free.
There will be skiing and snowboarding races, the Cardboard Box Snowtubing Derby (Saturday) and the Mini-Junior Olympics (Sunday) for kids 5-12, followed by favorite mascots racing down the hill.
Lightwave International will present A Winter Wonderland Laser Light Show from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
There will also be family games, DJs and more.
For info, go to http://apps.alleghenycounty.us/winterfun/boyce-park-snowfest.html.
Cattivo in Lawrenceville will go back in time to the New Wave era and beyond Saturday with action on two floors for an event called “Mad Mike vs. Mad 1980s.”
On the top floor, The Me Toos, The Specters, Th’ Royal Shakes, The Hi-Frequencies and Sun Hound will play tunes from the vaults of legendary Pittsburgh DJ Mad Mike Metro.
On the bottom floor, bands will play the music of The Cramps, Joy Division, The Go-Go’s, The Fall and more.
Bands start at 8 p.m. Cover is $10. For ages 21 and over. www.cattivopgh.com.
10 String jam
10 String Symphony, aka five-string fiddle players Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, will return to the Pittsburgh Winery on Saturday.
She is a former Illinois state fiddle champion, and he is a touring member of The Jerry Douglas Band, and together they have performed at festivals around the world.
The Nashville duo is touring on a song-focused second album called “Weight of the World” that demonstrates their rock influences. The Bluegrass Situation praised 10 String Symphony for “aggressive, almost discordant, Celtic and dare I say punky string-chording experimentations.”
It’s at 8 p.m. at 2815 Penn Ave., Strip. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; www.pittsburghwinery.com.
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