2Do: Cultural events scheduled for the upcoming week
February 16, 2014 12:00 AM
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Opera singer Renée Fleming.
Fresh off her national anthem performance at the Super Bowl, soprano Renee Fleming takes the Carnegie Music Hall stage at 8 p.m. for a recital presented by Pittsburgh Opera. The Indiana County native will perform works by Mozart, Handel, Rachmaninoff, Smetana, Dvorak, Wagner, Schoenberg, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and many more. Tickets: $40-$150; 412-456-6666 or www.pittsburghopera.org.
San Fermin, the chamber-pop project of Brooklyn musician/composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, performs at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. Mr. Ludwig-Leone has worked with composer Nico Muhly on arrangements for Sufjan Stevens, The National and Lee Renaldo. The project is touring as an ensemble that includes piano, violin, trumpet, saxophone, guitar, drums and three vocalists. Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) -- whose debut recording "At War With Walls and Mazes" earned him the title best new artist by NPR's All Songs Considered -- opens. Tickets: $15, $12 members and students; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300. Free parking in the Warhol lot.
TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
The Quantum Theatre production of "Madagascar" has been extended beyond its original run of Feb. 16 and will be at the old Union National Bank Building, now The Carlyle, Downtown, at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. "Madagascar," an edgy mystery that is revealed through the dynamics of the relationships, features Helena Ruoti, Larry John Meyers and Melinda Helfrich. Tickets: $36-$46 (students $18 select performances, via phone); 412-362-1713 or quantumtheatre.com.
Led by guest conductor Gerard Schwarz, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic will perform Brahms' "Schicksalslied" (with the CMU Choirs), Ginastera's Harp Concerto with harpist Natalie Severson and Holst's "The Planets." Audience members will be able to participate in a Twitter conversation about the concert in "Tweet Seats" on the second floor of Carnegie Music Hall. A dessert reception will follow. The 8 p.m. performance will be webcast. Tickets: $5, free for students; www.music.cmu.edu or 1-888-71-TICKETS.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project presents "Beautiful Struggle" at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, at 8 p.m. The dance theater work, which integrates live music, text and performance art, ponders the visibility and invisibility of race and privilege and how violence and love live on in the body's memories. Tickets: $15-$25, www.kelly-strayhorn.org.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND NEXT SUNDAY
Chatham Baroque presents "Bach and Beyond," a concert featuring the titular composer's Chaconne for violin, a Suite for German lute and, well, beyond. The concert also features works by Bach's contemporaries, including Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Friedrich Abel and Johann Krofgans. The trio (Andrew Fouts, violin, Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba and Scott Pauley, German lute and theorbo) performs at 7 p.m. at Sewickley Presbyterian Church; 8 p.m. Saturday at East Liberty Presbyterian Church; and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday in Memorial Chapel, Chatham University. Tickets: $10-$30; 1-888-719-4253 or chathambaroque.org.
Award-winning author, dramatist, actor, educator and poet Daniel Beaty will be at City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St., South Side at 6 p.m. to discuss his motivational memoir, "Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential." The New York Times' Charles Isherwood said: "Mr. Beaty's writing is ... compassionate and precise. ... He moves with the easy grace of a man attuned to the rhythmic impulse that links music and poetry." The event will include a panel discussion, performance and book signing. Free, but advance registration is encouraged at www.citytheatrecompany.org or 412-431-2489.
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