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March 27 traffic advisories from Film Office

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

The Pittsburgh Film Office has issued the following traffic advisories for Thursday, March 27: 
 
Intermittent traffic control on Fifth Avenue, between Tennyson Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, from 1 to 4 p.m. 
 
Intermittent traffic control on Schenley Drive, between Frew Street and Schenley Drive, from 4 to 7 p.m. 
 
You may want to steer clear of those areas or keep the restrictions in mind. 

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Yes returning with 'Fragile'; M.I.A. also on sale

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

yesnewWhen Yes came through the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead last July, the band treated fans to three classic albums — “The Yes Album” (1971), “Close to the Edge” (1972) and “Going for the One (1977) — and left them without an encore of “Roundabout.”

One classic that wasn’t played that night was “Long Distance Roundaround.”

It’s guaranteed to be on the set list when the band returns on July 20. This time, Yes is pairing “Close to the Edge” album with the popular 1971 classic “Fragile,” which includes both “Roundabout” and “Runaround,” along with 11-minute closer “Heart of the Sunrise.”
Yes is guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White with keyboardist Geoff Downes with Jon Davison replacing Jon Anderson.

Don’t make that your reason for not going. Davison, frontman for Glass Hammer, is a dead ringer for Anderson vocally and has a nice, low-key stage presence.

Tickets are $62, $80, and a limited number of Gold Circle seats for $100. All tickets will increase by $5 on the day of the show. Tickets are on sale on Saturday, March 29th at noon at the venue box office, LibraryMusicHall.com, & by calling412-368-5225.

 

Also going on sale this week:

 

Stage AE (via ticketmaster):

April 28: M.I.A. with special guest A$AP Ferg ($29.50 advance/$35 day of Show). On sale Friday.

July 5: Fitz and The Tantrums $15. On sale Friday.

Aug. 8: An Evening With Dark Star Orchestra ($25 advance/$30 day of show). On sale Friday.

 

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SiriusXM debuts Billy Joel channel today

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

billyjoelpicBilly Joel is hot right now.

The Piano Man has that residency at Madison Square Garden. He drew more people to Consol Energy Center this season than Jay-Z and Arcade Fire combined.

Today at 6 p.m. (March 26), SiriusXM launches The Billy Joel Channel, which will run through June 25, via satellite on channel 4, online and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.

The music will span from his work with The Echoes in 1964 and through his solo years, right up to his forthcoming live album, “A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia,” recorded in Russia in 1987 (the complete album will run the day of its release, May 20).

The channel will also feature rarities from the vaults, archival interviews, excerpts from “Masters Class” sessions he conducts with music students and guest DJ sessions.

The Billy Joel Channel joins such specialized SiriusXM channels as Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Roadhouse, The Pink Floyd Channel, B.B. King’s Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzy’s Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem’s Shade 45, Tiësto’s Club Life Radio and Neil Diamond Radio.

For more information, go to www.siriusxm.com.

 

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An addendum re: "music society"

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

This is pretty cool: the Google Books Ngram viewer allows you to see how word use has changed over time. If we search "music society," we see that the phrase peaked in the late 1940s and has generally declined since that time, with a couple of bumps in the 1970s. Neat stuff.

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More new from Chamber Music Pittsburgh

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

ICYMI: The artist formerly known as the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society has changed its name to Chamber Music Pittsburgh. Get the scoop here about the new brand and the decline of the word "society" at classical music organizations. I had a lot of fun reporting for the piece and learning about the quirky reasons that organizations have taken on or or dropped the word "society" from their names, from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (which was the "Pittsburgh Symphony Society" in an effort to skirt Pennsylvania's blue laws) to the New York Philharmonic (whose re-branding coincided with having a Mad Man on the orchestra's board). 

In addition to the new name, Chamber Music Pittsburgh has announced its upcoming season. Check out the schedule and additional information from the press release below. Subscriptions are $165-$200, $60 for students, at 412-624-4129 or www.chambermusicpittsburgh.org

 The season will open Monday, September 29, 2014 with one of the world's great string quartets, the Takács Quartet. They will perform Haydn's Quartet in Bb major, Op. 64, No. 3, Debussy's Quartet in G minor, Op. 10, and Beethoven's Quartet in Bb major, Op. 130, with Finale: Grosse Fuge, Op. 133.

On Monday, November 10, 2014, the Pacifica Quartet, a favorite of Pittsburgh audiences, will perform a program of Ligeti's Quartet No. 1 "Metamorphoses nocturnes" and Ravel's Quartet in F major. The Quartet will be joined by violist David Harding for Mozart's Viola Quintet in G minor, K. 516. David Harding is associate professor of viola at Carnegie Mellon University, and has an extensive career in solo and chamber music performance.

On Monday, February 16, 2015, the young and dynamic Jerusalem Quartet will perform a program of Haydn's Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3 "Rider", Schulhoff's Five Pieces, and Schumann's Quartet in A major, Op. 41, No. 3. "Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet." –The Times

On Monday, March 16, 2015, cellist Zuill Bailey will perform a recital, accompanied by pianist Awadagin Pratt. Bailey will play Stravinsky's Suite Italienne, Brahms' Sonata in D major, Op. 78, Franck's Sonata in A major, as well as a series of short pieces to be announced from the stage. This will be Zuill Bailey and Awadagin Pratt's premiere performance on CMP's series. Awadagin Pratt, born in Pittsburgh, is highly acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances.

The season will close on Monday, April 27, 2015 with the Brentano Quartet performing Charpentier's Suite in D minor and James MacMillan's String Quartet No. 3. The Quartet will be joined by clarinetist Todd Palmer to end the concert with Brahms' Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115. The Brentano Quartet has been called "passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding," by the London Independent, and the New York Times extols its "luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism." Todd Palmer is a three time Grammy-nominated artist, he has worked with the many of the world's finest string ensembles and artists.

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