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PNME adds to the Lime Green team

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The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble has grown its ranks with a new education director and a new board member. More from PNME below: 

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME) is pleased to announce the addition of two team members as it begins its 40th season of new music in Pittsburgh.

Jennie Dorris joins PNME in the newly created position, Director of Education. A musician, educator, and journalist, Ms. Dorris moved to Pittsburgh in October 2013, and quickly integrated into the arts community. She teaches a course in Creative Expression at Carnegie Mellon University's Preparatory School, writes for Pittsburgh Magazine, and works with the Center for Arts innovation at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music. An active performer, Ms. Dorris performs with Alia Musica, Musicians with a Mission, and Shelter Music Boston. In addition to expanding PNME's current educational initiatives, Ms. Dorris will work with students at the Neighborhood Academy for an 8-week residence in the spring, presenting her workshop "Telling Stories," in which students will write memoires and create music and other artwork, culminating in a performance at the end of the residency. When asked about her new appointment, Ms. Dorris said "I'm excited for students across Pittsburgh to create their own musical works and share them with the community." For more information on Ms. Dorris, please visit http://www.jenniedorris.com.

PNME also welcomes Linda Kernohan as its newest member to its Board of Directors. Ms. Kernohan is a composer and pianist, and the author of the Miss Music Nerd blog. Her music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe, and her most recent project is A Book of Hours, a cycle of piano pieces based on the writings of Thomas Merton. She has served as classical music blogger for the Grammy Awards since 2009, and is also a contributor to Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh's cultural talk magazine. Ms. Kernohan teaches music courses at Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus, and private piano lessons at the Winchester Thurston School. She moved from Boston to Pittsburgh two years ago and has been thrilled to find a rich, vibrant and welcoming music community here. For more information on Ms. Kernohan, please visit http://missmusicnerd.com/.

"The Board and artists of PNME are delighted to welcome such vibrant and community-oriented individuals to our team. Both Ms. Dorris and Ms. Kernohan will be vital assests as our team works to develop and strengthen our relationship with the Pittsburgh community" said Executive Director, Pamela Murchison. PNME's Board President, Jeffrey Nytch, echoed the sentiment, sharing that "Linda and Jennie are both terrific additions to our team, and are part of an ongoing strategy to grow our board and broaden the scope of activities beyond those of our summer season."

For more information, visit www.pnme.org.

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians locked out

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ICYMI: The Atlanta Symphony musicians have been locked out for the second time in two years. The musicians took a pay cut and saw their ranks diminish last time. More from the New York Times: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/the-atlanta-symphony-orchestra-locks-out-its-players-again/

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PSO chamber music concerts in September

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The Pittsburgh Symphony is offering some chamber music concerts as part of its "Music for the Spirit" series. More from the PSO:

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S MUSIC FOR THE SPIRIT EXPANDS TO INCLUDE THREE SEPTEMBER NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Music for the Spirit program is expanding to include three chamber music concerts at local churches in the North Side, East Liberty and Wilkinsburg in September.

The Music for the Spirit program explores the connection between music and spirituality during free Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, at both Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics series and in rotating community venues. In September, the Music for the Spirit program adds three concerts featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass and which follow the Music for the Spirit concert format, melding music, poetry, readings and other spoken word pieces.

Monday Night Neighborhood Concerts will take place at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side on September 8, East Liberty Presbyterian Church on September 15 and Deliverance Baptist Church in Wilkinsburg on September 22. Each Monday Night Neighborhood Concert will present the same program.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass includes Craig Knox, tuba; Murray Crewe, bass trombone; Neal Berntsen, trumpet; William Caballero, horn; Peter Sullivan, trombone; and George Vosburgh, trumpet.

All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at pittsburghsymphony.org/neighborhoodseries or 412-392-8991.

The annual Music for the Spirit concerts will take place on November 20 at Westminster Presbyterian in Upper St. Clair and November 22 at Cardinal Wuerl High School in Cranberry. More details about these concerts will be released in the fall.

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Met Live in HD schedule

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The Met has had an exciting summer, to put it nicely. After a brush with what would have been a devastating lockout with its unions, the company is on track to open its season next month. And following a controversial decision not to simulcast its production of John Adams' "The Death of Klinghoffer," it has announced a Met: Live in HD schedule that nonetheless looks very interesting. More info below and at www.fathomevents.com/event/met-live-in-hd1415.

 

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 – 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT MACBETH (Verdi)

Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić'sdoomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble's chilling production of Verdi's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as Macduff and René Pape as Banquo with Fabio Luisi conducting.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 – 6:30 p.m. local time

Encore presentation of MACBETH

(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 – 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Mozart)

Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart's masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy during the gilded age of the late 1920s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, with Peter Mattei as the philandering Count they work for, Amanda Majeski as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy, Cherubino.

Wednesday, Oct. 22 – 6:30 p.m. local time

Encore presentation of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 – 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT

CARMEN (Bizet)

Richard Eyre's mesmerizing production of Bizet's steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvilisinging her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casadoconducts the irresistible score.

Wednesday, Nov. 5 – 6:30 p.m. local time

Encore presentation of CARMEN

(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 – 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Rossini)

The Met's effervescent production of Rossini's classic comedy – featuring some of opera's most instantly recognizable melodies– stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.

Wednesday, Nov. 26 – 6:30 p.m. local time

Encore presentation of IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA

(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 – 12:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. CT/ 10:00 a.m. MT/ 9:00 a.m. PT

DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG (Wagner)

James Levine conducts Wagner's epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance "master singers" whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.

Wednesday, Dec. 17 – 6:30 p.m. local time

Encore presentation of DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG

(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 – 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT

THE MERRY WIDOW (Lehár)

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling woman who captivates all Paris in Lehár's enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her team of set designer Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim's. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O'Hara is Valencienne. Sir Andrew Davisconducts.

Wednesday, Jan. 21 – 6:30 p.m. local time

Encore presentation of THE MERRY WIDOW

(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 – 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT

LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN (Offenbach)

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the title role of the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer in the Met's kaleidoscopic production of Offenbach's energetic, operatic masterpiece. Erin Morley as Olympia, Hibla Gerzmava asAntonia and Stella, and Christine Rice as Giulietta each sing an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann's desire.Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.

Wednesday, Feb. 4 – 6:30 p.m. local time

Encore presentation of LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN

(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 – 12:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. CT/ 10:30 a.m. MT/ 9:30 a.m. PT

IOLANTA/ BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE (Tchaikovsky/ Bartók)

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard's Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Treliński, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

Wednesday, Feb. 18 – 6:30 p.m. local time

Encore presentation of IOLANTA/ BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE

(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, March 14, 2015 – 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT

LA DONNA DEL LAGO (Rossini)

Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the "lady of the lake" of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.

Wednesday, March 18 – 6:30 p.m. local time

Encore presentation of LA DONNA DEL LAGO

(Available in select cinemas only)

Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 12:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. CT/ 10:30 a.m. MT/ 9:30 a.m. PT

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI (Mascagni / Leoncavallo)

Opera's most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Patricia Racette (Pagliacci) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Wednesday, April 29 – 6:30 p.m. local time

Encore presentation of CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI

(Available in select cinemas only)

**Programs and casting subject to change. For more details on the operas, please visit the Met's website at www.metopera.org/hdlive 

 

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Music in a Great Space series announced

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From Shadyside Presbyterian Church:

Music in a Great Space, the concert series at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, proudly announces its 2014-2015 concert season, which includes the following performances:

§ Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: Lyric Fest in Pittsburgh: La Bella Vita! – An Afternoon of Italian Arias and Art Songs

§ Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: Jose Ramos Santana, pianist

§ Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: Music for Two Organs: John Cummins and Michael Messina, duo-organists (Co-sponsored by the Organ Artists Series)

§ Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: Shadyside Chamber Choir and Chatham Baroque, presenting Messiah, by George Frideric Handel

§ Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, featuring Symphony no. 3 "Organ Symphony," by Camille Saint-Saëns – Lawrence Loh, conductor; Mark A. Anderson, organist

§ Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.: Trio Nova Mundi

Tickets for the concerts above are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors (60 and over). Season subscriptions also are available: $70 for adults and $45 for seniors/students. For more information on the Music in a Great Space series, call 412-682-4300 or visit www.shadysidepres.org.

Also, the church welcomes the community to the following free, non-ticketed musical events:

Choral events featuring the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir:

§ Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: Requiem in C Minor, by Luigi Cherubini

§ Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: A Service of Lessons and Carols

§ Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at 9:00 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, with Extended Choral and Instrumental Prelude at 8:40 p.m.

§ Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.: Choral Evensong

§ Friday, April 3, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.: Good Friday Service of Music and Readings, featuring Agnus Dei, by Egil Hovland

§ Sunday, April 5, 2015, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.: Easter Services of Worship

Candlelight vespers during Advent and Lent featuring the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and the Choirs of the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts:

§ Wednesdays in Advent at 7:00 p.m.: December 3, 10, and 17, 2014

§ Wednesdays in Lent at 7:00 p.m.: February 18 and 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2015

Guest choirs:

§ Seton Hill Una Voce Choir on Sunday, March 22, 2015: 10:45 to 11:00 a.m. prelude; 11:00 a.m. worship; 12:00 p.m. light reception; 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. free concert – Mark A. Boyle, conductor

§ University of Pittsburgh Men's Glee Club on Sunday, April 12, 2015: 10:45 to 11:00 a.m. prelude; 11:00 a.m. worship; 12:00 p.m. light reception; 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. free concert – Richard Teaster, conductor

Shadyside Presbyterian Church is centrally located in the heart of Pittsburgh's university district, just a few blocks away from the campuses of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The church is situated on the corner of Amberson Avenue and Westminster Place, only one block off Fifth Avenue. Free on-street parking is available surrounding the church.

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