City of Asylum/Pittsburgh and Sampsonia Way Magazine present Cuban scholars and civil rights activists Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna, Leonardo Calvo Cardenas, Manuel Cuesta Morua and Rafel Campoamor at 330 Sampsonia Way, North Side, at 7 p.m. The four, members of the Citizens' Committee for Racial Integration, an independent organization in Havana involved in the struggle against racial discrimination, will be joined by Juan Antonio Alvarado, editor-in-chief of the bilingual journal ISLAS, a publication dedicated to the issue of racism and discrimination in Cuba and elsewhere. The panelists will discuss the grass-roots work their organization and others are doing in Cuba. The scholar-activists are in Pittsburgh to participate in Crossing Havana and AfricAmericas, a weeklong series of events that includes talks, presentations, films and performances. The event is free, but seating is limited and a reservation is required; to make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-321-2190.
FRIDAY AND NEXT SUNDAY
It may not sound like it, but Brahms' "Tragic" Overture is a great way for a conductor to debut. It is a gorgeous, if brooding, work and guest conductor Kazem Abdullah will open his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut with it, closing with Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler." In between will be the return of Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti soloing in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. concerts are at 8 p.m., Friday and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday at Heinz Hall, Downtown. $20-$98, 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Montreal-based saxophonist Colin Stetson performs his genre-defying melodic and layered compositions at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. Mr. Stetson visits the museum's theater following extensive touring with musicians and bands such as Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and The National. Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire opens the show. For tickets, $15 general/$12 members and students, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.