Pianist Awadagin Pratt took the classical music world by storm in 1992 as the first black person to win the Naumburg International Piano Competition. He was born here, but soon after his family moved to Illinois.
The Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania presents Mr. Pratt in a recital of Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and more at Kresge Theatre on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5-$15. www.sswpa.org or 412-922-0903.
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bard") explores "Shakespeare's Music" at Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill, at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature Shakespeare's reflections on song, lovers and schemers who use music to advance their causes and ditties of mirth. The focus will be on Shakespeare the songwriter and may even end with a singalong. Audience members and participants can show up with a monologue or scene ready to read, jump in and join another scene, or just listen and enjoy. The informal scene night is open to all ages, professional actors and non-actors alike; children welcome. A $10 donation at the door is suggested. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Anyone interested in reading should contact BYOB@pittsburghshakespeare.com or 412-521-6406, or visit Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.
The August Wilson Monologue Competition takes place at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 7 p.m. Pittsburgh high school students perform a one- to two-minute monologue from any of the plays in August Wilson's Century Cycle. The event is free. The competition is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors from high schools in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. Point Park University will award the top three Pittsburgh finalists scholarships of $10,000, $7,000 and $5,000. The top three finalists from each city will travel to New York for the national finals at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. For more information, www.augustwilsoncenter.org.
Eduardo C. Corral, winner of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition and recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, will read from his first book of poetry, "Slow Lightning," at 6 p.m. in Point Park University's Lawrence Hall, 212 Wood St., Downtown.
Born in Casa Grande, Ariz., Mr. Corral holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has been honored with a "Discovery"/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize for Poetry and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.
He has served as the Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. "Slow Lightning" was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Mr. Corral also has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.
The event is free and open to the public. Information, 412-392-3480.
You'd think that more composers would write a piece when invited for a week's residence somewhere -- to thank the institution, even if just something short. But what composer Nadav Amir-Himmel has done for his week as a visiting scholar at Robert Morris University is unusual. OK, you can't tell from the name, but his "Baroque Concerto" for Piano and String Orchestra was written for his visit and for RMU. It will be performed by university musicians in a free concert at 6 p.m. in its Massey Theater. Information: www.rmu.edu.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The Andy Warhol Museum will present a local group that is a great fit for both organizations, no matter the program. The Ionsound ensemble is a new-music ensemble often with a visual multimedia element. In fact, the name is play on that: "Eye on Sound." The concert, at 8 p.m. in the Warhol Theater, consists of new electro-acoustic music, including two works by Mason Bates, the PSO's composer-of-the-year: "Red River" and "From Amber Frozen." $15-$18; www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Young Jean Lee's Theater Company performs at the New Hazlett Theater, North Side, at 8 p.m. as part of The Andy Warhol Museum's Off the Wall Series. Ms. Lee's latest experiment around gender politics, "Untitled Feminist Show," features six charismatic stars of the downtown theater, dance, cabaret, and burlesque worlds who come together to invite the audience on an exhilaratingly irreverent, nearly wordless celebration of a fluid and limitless sense of identity. For tickets, $25 general admission, $20 CMP members and students, www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.