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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Review: Pittsburgh Opera's latest is a must-see, on par with cult classics by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It’s a bit like if Shakespeare drafted a mistaken identity plot and threw in some infanticide on a ghastly whim.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 12:00AM
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Commentary: Does anyone read 'expert' music reviews anymore? by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Even the classical fans that still attend concerts can’t easily articulate why they like a Beethoven symphony.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Ahead of his Pittsburgh Symphony appearance, 'White Lotus' and 'Amadeus' actor F. Murray Abraham discusses musicality in acting by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This week, Murray appears with the Pittsburgh Symphony in Mozart’s “Requiem,” his final — unfinished — composition.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

For Attack Theatre's intimate upcoming show, 'selling out' the hall is only 100 people — does size matter? by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Attack Theatre’s next show is “Behind Ourself Concealed,” which features contemporary dance set to a variety of jazz, folk and world music.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM

Pittsburgh Opera's 2023-24 season highlights the distinction between operas and musicals by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The opera on Wednesday announced its lineup for the 2023-24 season which includes “The Barber of Seville” and other favorites.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Sunday, February 19, 2023

Pittsburgh arts organizations oppose plan to raise visa fees, which could hamper showcasing international talent by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A proposed increase in visa application fees could threaten a core practice of American arts organizations.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Thursday, February 9, 2023

Pittsburgh's ballet's next season has fairy tales and a Holocaust-themed world premiere by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s next season includes a regular blend of story ballets and mixed repertory programs.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 01:43PM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

On Valentine's weekend, it's an R-rated 'Dracula' from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s “Dracula” premieres Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Benedum Center, Downtown, and continues through Sunday.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Thursday, January 26, 2023

The Mendelssohn Choir — the Pittsburgh Symphony's partner in crime — is changing leaders by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Mendelssohn Choir is also latest in a string of Pittsburgh arts organizations to announce a change in leadership.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Amid worrisome attendance trends, Pittsburgh's ballet hires a new artistic director by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fresh from a productive stint in Fort Worth, Tex., Adam McKinney, 46, will take over as the company’s new artistic director on March 15. 

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 02:00PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

In preparing for her next Pittsburgh opera, a director discusses lighting's emotional impact by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ariodante is an opera set in Scotland about a betrothed princess who is falsely accused of sleeping with an enemy suitor.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 12:00AM
Friday, December 30, 2022

'Second chair' musicians are just as trained as principals and paid lower. Here's why by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In a professional orchestra, playing first chair can mean earning tens of thousands of dollars of additional compensation.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Monday, December 19, 2022

Pittsburgh's performing arts venues show signs of resilience with surge in single-ticket sales by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Subscriptions have been declining since long before COVID, as attendees’ buying habits have shifted toward more spontaneous nights out. 

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

CMU music school students learn 'transferable skills' and find jobs, new dean says by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Most students who study at music conservatories won’t wind up performing music professionally. Why study music, then?

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Review: 'Figaro' subs sexism for class warfare amid opera's most famous tunes by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Opera’s charismatic and excellent production of “Figaro” runs at the Benedum Center through Sunday.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:53PM
Thursday, November 3, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera's 'Marriage of Figaro' won't break even. So how do they stay in business? by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Opera is indeed staging Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” from Nov. 5-12 at the Benedum Center.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Sunday, October 9, 2022

Review: 'Staggering' talent on display in Quantum Theatre's 300-year-old baroque opera 'Idaspe' by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The artistry of the singers and musicians popped against sets that paired rustic and modernist elements.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 02:08PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The 'Serena Williams' of baroque singing is joining Pittsburgh arts groups in a huge collaboration — will anyone come? by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quantum Theatre has a budget of about $1 million, and its new production of “Idaspe” will cost about half a million. It’s a risk.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 09:04AM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Review: Marianne Cornetti, a sassy, singing witch, steals the show in Pittsburgh Opera's 'Rusalka' by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This ain’t no Disney story. In the Czech variant of the tale, things go bump in the night, set to fluid melodies by the composer Dvorak. 

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:26PM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council connects artists with professional help, dollars by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Anyone who’s spent time in Pittsburgh knows that the arts scene punches above its weight. GPAC is part of the reason.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Sunday, August 14, 2022

Behind the baton: There's no easy path to becoming an orchestra conductor by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In addition to musical ability, people skills and leadership skills are perhaps the most essential qualifiers for a conductor.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Thursday, July 7, 2022
Thursday, June 30, 2022

Post-pandemic, an opera company's emphasis on education could help raise money by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the smaller of the city’s two opera companies, isn’t putting on any full operas this year.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 01:47PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Post-pandemic, an opera company rebrands as 'educational' to raise money by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the smaller of the city’s two opera companies, isn’t putting on any full operas this year.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Friday, May 6, 2022

See and hear Pittsburgh Opera's acclaimed 'In a Grove' on YouTube by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Opera will post its acclaimed production “In a Grove” for free on YouTube on May 15th.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Monday, April 25, 2022

Review: 'Blue,' an opera about police violence, rings hollow in Pittsburgh by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The opera wades into one of America's most sensitive current topics and engages an a primarily emotional level. I didn't find it compelling.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:05PM
Thursday, March 31, 2022

Historic National Negro Opera Company house nets $800,000 more in grants from Bushes, foundations by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The historic house in Homewood recently received more than $800,000 from Laura and former President George W. Bush, the Allegheny Foundation and The Burke Family Foundation.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM

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