2Do This Week, March 10-16: Cultural events around Pittsburgh
Jackie Evancho will sing selections from her newest CD, "Songs From the Silver Screen," with the Pittsburgh Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heinz Hall.
Valgeir Sigurosson, Icelandic composer/musician, will perform at The Warhol at 8 p.m. Saturday.
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Music at Rodef Shalom presents a concert with a most entertaining program. Singer Joanne Lessner and pianist Joshua Rosenblum will cycle through the themes of food, love, animals, exotic places and musicals with works by Bernstein, Britten, Bolcom, Faure, Mahler, Porter and more. The theatrical nature of the free concert at 7 p.m. comes as no surprise: the duo has written several musicals together. At Rodef Shalom Congregation, Oakland. www.rodefshalom.org.
The Spelman College Female Jazz Ensemble performs at 7 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. The ensemble from Atlanta appears in celebration of the Afro American Music Institute's 30th anniversary. The 16-piece jazz ensemble will perform along with the AAMI youth jazz instrumental and vocal ensembles. For more info and tickets, $20, 412-241-6775, email@example.com or www.brownpapertickets.com.
Richland native Jackie Evancho will bring her celebrated voice to Heinz Hall for a concert at 7:30 p.m. The 12-year-old, who came to the fore two years ago on "America's Got Talent," will sing selections from her newest CD, "Songs From the Silver Screen," which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart. The program, with the Pittsburgh Symphony, includes material from "The Lion King," "Tangled," "The Phantom of the Opera" and more. Tickets are $39.50-$139; 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
The River City Brass brings out a different wind instrument in its "Celtic Connections" concerts: the bagpipes. Pipers Brian Donaldson of Fife, Scotland, and George Balderose of Pittsburgh's Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming join the group for music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in advance of St. Patrick's Day. Irish dancers Melissa Barton and Aaron Wolf and singer Richard Manning, a detective in the Allegheny County Sheriff's office, will join in. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Upper St. Clair High School, Wednesday in Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland, and Thursday in Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. Tickets range from $19-$41, depending on the venue; www.rivercitybrass.org or 1-800-292-7222.
Catherine Johnson, author of "Thank You Andy Warhol," speaks at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., at 2 p.m. The book comprises 80 interviews conducted by Ms. Johnson, with an impressive range of artists, designers and others who were influenced by Warhol. The interviews paint an incredible picture of Warhol and the notable interviewees who include Ivan Karp, Billy Name, Brigid Berlin, Jeffrey Deitch, Danny Fields, Bibbe Hansen, Liza Minnelli, Richard Prince, Kenny Scharf, Simon Doonan, Kara Walker, Jamie Warhola and Eric Shiner, director of The Warhol Museum. The program will include a brief talk about the book and a rare video screening of select interviews, followed by a Q-and-A with the author and a book signing. Free. For more information, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Artists Jonathan Chamberlain, David Montano and William McAllister will speak about their work at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. Each has a solo exhibition at the Center through April 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, until 7 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m Sunday. Admission is $5; seniors, $4; students, $3; children 12 and under and members, free. For information, call 412-361-0873 or visit http://pittsburgharts.org.
Internationally acclaimed poet and educator Kofi Anyidoho will read from his work at 7 p.m. in the Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre at California University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Anyidoho has published six collections of poetry and a bilingual children's play in English and the Ewe language. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including the Langston Hughes Prize and the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award. Among his collections are "Elegy for the Revolution," "Ancestral Logic and Caribbean Blues," "PraiseSong for The Land" and "The Place We Call Home and Other Poems." Educated in Ghana and the United States, he earned a doctorate at the University of Texas and is a literature professor at the University of Ghana Legon, in Accra. Admission is free, and the public may attend. His books will be available for purchase. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance. For information, www.calu.edu.
Icelandic composer/musician Valgeir Sigurosson performs his ambient and minimalistic electro-acoustic music at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of the museum's Sound Series. Mr. Sigurosson's third full-length album, "Architecture of Loss" (which also served as the score for a Stephen Petronio ballet), features like-minded, young composer Nico Muhly on piano. Recently named one of NPR's "Top 100 Composers Under 40" he is best known for his collaborations; producing and engineering work by fellow Icelander Bjork and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. For tickets, $15 general/$12 members and students, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy/Talk Show with featured comedian Gab Bonesso ponders "Strange Days Indeed" at the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:15 p.m. "Dennis Rodman in North Korea ... Boy Mayor announces campaign then up and quits ... Bat doogie crazy is the new normal." Panelists include radio funny dude Scott Paulsen of WDVE, son of Franco/council candidate F. Dok Harris, and John Allison, an editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Admission is $5 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: www.trustarts.org or 412-325-6769.
Choir and Organ magazine calls pipe organist Robert McCormick "indomitable and immensely gifted." The Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh presents the organist who is director of music at St. Paul's Parish in Washington, D.C., at 4 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.He will perform works by Eugene Gigout, Pierre Cochereau and Edward Elgar. If you haven't heard the church's spectacular Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, this would be the time. Mr. McCormick also will improvise on themes submitted during the concert. Tickets are $5-$12; oas-series.com or 412-242-2787.
First Published March 10, 2013 12:00 am