Back in April, I blogged about upcoming series by Chamber Music Pittsburgh, called Pittsburgh Performs, which would feature local musicians performing in unusual places, but there weren't any details at the time.
On Tuesday, CMP sent a press release that explained the philosophy behind Pittsburgh Performs and announced the first two concerts in the series: DJ duo Tracksploitation along with a classical string quartet at BOOM Concepts in Garfield (Sept. 24) and the Fauré String Trio at Franktuary in Lawrenceville (Nov. 11).
The series, it seems, is seeking to break down any barriers that could prevent new audiences from trying out chamber music. It's pay-what-you-can, thereby dissolving the pre-concert logistics of buying tickets and allowing new audience members to sample a show "risk-free." In addition, Pittsburgh Performs takes place outside of CMP's main venues — Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland and, over the summer, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty — with the apparent goal of bringing music to audiences, rather than expecting audiences to find their way to concerts. (The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has presented chamber music concerts in similar settings, such as Franktuary and the Livermore in East Liberty.) I knew the series would emphasize local musicians, but I was surprised to see a local DJ duo on the first program! In any case, I'll be eager to see how this experiment works out. CMP has made several changes in the last few years, from adding the multi-genre "Just Summer" series at the Kelly Strayhorn to changing its name from the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society. In my opinion, any effort to create meaningful and fun experiences around classical music is worth trying.
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Chamber Music Pittsburgh is thrilled to announce the fall portion of its newest concert series, Pittsburgh Performs. This series, created by Executive Director Kristen Linfante, seeks to showcase the multi-faceted musical talents that the Steel City has to offer by presenting affordable pay-what-you-wish performances featuring local musicians in non-traditional venues around town.
"There is a multitude of talented musicians living in Pittsburgh," says Linfante. "This series not only aims to celebrate their talents, but also to bring the music into the communities where people live, work and socialize." Pittsburgh Performs will lift the music out of the concert hall and make it accessible to more people by meeting them where they already are – in restaurants, bars, community spaces, galleries, and beyond. In the spirit of making music accessible within the communities, Chamber Music Pittsburgh will not be charging for tickets to the Pittsburgh Performs concerts. Instead, there will be a suggested donation amount that patrons may choose to pay. "The 'pay-what-you-wish' model really enhances the community aspect of Pittsburgh Performs," says Linfante, "because it breaks down that elite, ivory tower mentality that people have come to associate with classical music. Actually, Bach played his music in bars and coffeehouses. That's how people experienced music. Over time classical music became revered as something so sacred that some people felt it must be protected by putting it in a museum-like setting of the traditional concert hall. But with Pittsburgh Performs, we are looking to reclaim the fundamental truth that everyone is welcome to listen to great music – performed by great local musicians, in great local spots."
Pittsburgh Performs opens on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 6:30 PM, featuring DJ duo Tracksploitation in collaboration with a classical string quartet at BOOM Concepts on Penn Avenue, Garfield. Tracksploitation's "galvanizing energy" has "fostered ... an artistic community" (Pittsburgh City Paper), and will feel right at home at BOOM Concepts, which is a self-described creative hub dedicated to the expansion of activity for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Refreshments will be served for free, though patrons are encouraged to donate what they can.
Pittsburgh Performs' second concert is on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at 5:00 PM, featuring the Fauré String Trio at Franktuary on Butler Street, Lawrenceville. The Fauré String Trio has had the honor of premiering many new compositions since its inception in 2003, but this concert may be the first time they have the honor of being accompanied by a custom menu of gourmet hot dogs, grub and cocktails available for purchase and designed specially for the event by the folks at Franktuary.
Pittsburgh Performs will return for two more concerts in April and May 2016, to be announced.
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The two-part finale of "Doctor Who" from last season will be presented in 3D at U.S. theaters 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 16. The premiere of season 9 -- or series 9, as they say in the U.K., will be on BBC American Sept. 19.
The screening includes a "never-before-seen prequel to the first episode of series 9" and Wil Wheaton will host an interview with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.
Local theaters showing "Dark Water/Death in Heaven" in RealD 3D, courtesy of Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide, include: AMC Loews Waterfront, Monroeville Mall 12 and Cinemark theaters in Robinson, Monaca and North Hills (McCandless Crossing). Buy tickets here.
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Chris Pratt, star of "The LEGOS Movie," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Jurassic World"; perhaps future star of a rebooted "Indiana Jones"; co-star of the new "Magnificent Seven"; lovable Andy of "Parks & Rec," has a task for you.
His message via Facebook:
Hello friends and fans. I am in the market for a new header for my FB page. I want to do a contest. Whoever replies with the best header (make sure your signature is big enough to be seen) will have the honor of it being my official header.
I don't know photo shop. But you do and this could be a great way for me to notice you and give you accolades plus maybe a free dinner at applebees or something like that who knows sky's the limit.
so. i need a header. which looks like it would be 1 tall x 3.5 wide.
I'm looking to have Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet in the mix. possibly some other fun stuff including but not limited to previous roles, my family, eagles, american flags, guns, cool ford raptors, cigars, explosions, anything sly stallone, bloodsport, early steven segal, anything that looks bad ass and will say, "Hey this facebookprofile is chris's and this is what he's all about." maybe some raptors, or even some largemouth bass or deer or trophy elk, maybe some cool guns or rollerblades or possibly even a nascar or a steak maybe even some corndogs. don't ask me! you decide!
so yeah. who's gonna get me the best one and have their name displayed for millions of people to see?