Wicked fans wont want to miss this: Tony Award-winning Broadway vocalist Idina Menzel will perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall at 7:30 p.m. July 21. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m., March 4, they range from $35-$120. www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
@pghsymphony I reported on this quite a while back, but since the 2014 season was officially announced today I am reposting it:
@pghsymphony The New York Philharmonic just released its next season and this one caught my eye: Guess Honeck really did impress to be invited back so soon.
ALL-DVOŘÁK PROGRAM WITH MANFRED HONECK AND ANNE-SOPHIE
Avery Fisher Hall
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture
DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World
Since I have been classical music critic here I have watched the Pittsburgh Opera grow and grow as an organization. Key among that is the fantastic development of its professional training program, the Resident Artists. When I first came here it was really under the bar, although before I came, in Tito Capobianco's tenure, it had some fantastic successes in Marianne Cornetti and Rolando Villazon.
But under Mark Weinstein and especially Christopher Hahn, it improved. And since Chris has been general director the quality of both the singers and what the Opera offers them has been remarkable. Our excellent feature writer, Mackenzie Carpenter, captured this in a great feature in today's paper. Please take a look and also view the video. And if you can, see, and hear, the young singers production this weekend:
"Il Matrimonio Segreto," or "The Secret Marriage," a light, amusing 18th-century opera buffa by Domenico Cimarosa, which will be performed by the resident artists at Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts theater, starting Thursday and running through Feb. 3.
Last year, Pittsburgh-based Andrey Nemzer made it to the finals and he is covering "Julius Caesar" at the Met this season.