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Music

August Wilson African American Cultural Center

980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15222
412-339-1011

 

Named for the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright August Wilson, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center is a multi-purpose venue featuring three art galleries, live performance spaces, meeting areas, and unique educational classrooms for the young and old alike. Designed by renowned architect Allison Williams, the AWAACC is both a visually iconic landmark welcoming visitors to the eastern entrance of the Cultural District and a beacon of cultural excellence for the global arts community.

 

The mission of the AWAACC is to own and operate a home for the arts, storytelling, learning and exchange around the African American experience and the rich culture of the African diaspora. We are guided by the enduring truths and essential values evident in the work of August Wilson.

 

The AWAACC's presentations include dance, music, art, theater and other cultural, educational and artistic events.

Bach Choir of Pittsburgh

PO Box 5253, East Liberty
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-241-4044
info@bachchoirpittsburgh.org

 

Student tickets are $12; Subscription and single tickets are available through https://www.bachchoirpittsburgh.org/tickets/.

 

Bach Choir of Pittsburgh of Pittsburgh produces a three-program concert season with multiple performances of each program in locations throughout Allegheny and surrounding counties. In support of the season, Bach Choir holds semi-annual open auditions to fill choir member positions.

Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society

P.O. Box 5366
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-361-1915
calliope@calliopehouse.org

 

Calliope Cheap Seats tickets are available to Pitt students.  Calliope: Pittsburgh Folk Music Society tickets may be ordered online through https://calliopehouse.org.

 

Calliope is one of the only organizations in western Pennsylvania dedicated to promoting and preserving traditional and contemporary folk music. Calliope has brought some of the best performers of traditional, heritage-based music to Pittsburgh, including Arlo Guthrie, EmmyLou Harris, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and The Sam Bush Band, to name a few. Shows performed at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland.

Carnegie Mellon University School of Music

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Music offers a variety of concerts and recitals throughout the year. Most of these concerts take place inside the historic Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland or in the College of Fine Arts on the CMU Campus. From the Philharmonic to the Wind Ensemble, from the Jazz Ensemble to the Guitar Ensemble, the Carnegie Mellon School of Music features some of the world’s leading young musicians, boasting impeccable talents that have impressed, inspired, and captivated audiences for 100 years. Pitt students, faculty, and staff are admitted free with Panther Card; and with over 250 concerts and recitals a year, there is always something to do in Oakland.

Chatham Baroque and Renaissance & Baroque

Suite #210
100 43rd Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
412-687-1788

 

Chatham Baroque and Renaissance & Baroque Cheap Seats tickets are available to Pitt students, faculty, staff and OSHER. Students may purchase the advance student tickets (normally $15 at the door) for $10 with no fees and Faculty/Staff/OSHER may purchase advance General Admission tickets (normally $35 at the door) for $15 tickets.

 

Chatham Baroque plays music of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. Its lively interpretations, stylistic innovation and dazzling technique transport audiences from the elegant French court of Louis XIV to the taverns of England, from the Scottish highlands to the exquisite palaces of Peru. Founded in 1990, the ensemble Chatham Baroque consists of Artistic Directors Andrew Fouts (violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo & baroque guitar) who invite an array of guest instrumentalists and vocalists for productions of world-class early music performed on period instruments. The group holds a concert series in Pittsburgh, lends its expertise in collaborative productions with other arts organizations, and tours nationally and internationally.

 

Since 1969, the Renaissance & Baroque concert series has brought distinguished early music artists and ensembles from across the country and around the world to perform in Pittsburgh. This concert series spans approximately 1000 years of music from the Medieval period to the Classical period, and the performances range in size from solo recitals to baroque orchestras.

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Jazz

1815 Metropolitan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
412-322-1773
Box Office: 412-322-0800

 

Since 1987, MCG Jazz has brought audiences together with jazz artists at its 350 seat music hall in Pittsburgh for innovative four-day performances and recordings. Many of these international masters of jazz would headline a list of jazz's "needs no introduction"—Joe Williams, Billy Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, and Ray Brown. The performance series, one of the oldest in the nation, is an anchor of Pittsburgh cultural and community life.

 

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is a multi-discipline, minority-directed center for arts and learning that employs the visual and performing arts to foster a sense of accomplishment and hope in the urban community. MCG provides a broad spectrum of visual arts experiences in its gallery space on the North Side. An annual schedule of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and residencies promotes creative and cultural discovery by connecting diverse accomplished artists to young people and their communities. Most exhibitions and lectures are offered free to the public.

Music in a Great Space

5121 Westminster Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412- 682-4300

 

Concerts presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Camerata and the Organ Artist Series of Pittsburgh will require tickets; ticket costs will vary according to the partnering organization’s pricing schedule.

 

Shadyside Presbyterian Church's highly celebrated Music in a Great Space Concert Series presents a wide array of music, certain to appeal to all. An eclectic blend of talented artists rounds out our season, which ranges from international to local, instrumental to vocal. Music in a Great Space invites you to experience world-class musical events in the awe-inspiring atmosphere of one of Pittsburgh's most magnificent structures.

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

286 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
412-621-1499

 

Opera Theater SummerFest tickets are available to Pitt faculty and staff with a special 10% discount when purchased online with a SummerFest promotional code. Students receive half price tickets either in advance or at the door with a valid ID. Find out more about SummerFest’s events and promotions here.

 

Jonathan Eaton, artistic director of the Opera Theater SummerFest, calls for everyone to, “leave the opera glasses and black tie at home.” Performing all productions in English, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh isn’t your grandmother’s opera. Everything from the American musical The Fantasticks to the world’s first eco-opera is fair game during Opera Theater’s SummerFest. Audiences can expect the unexpected as new and old works are performed in intimate spaces rather than large concert halls. Housed by the exquisite Twentieth Century Club in Oakland, Opera Theater SummerFest provides opera right on campus! This three week-long festival employs artists with strong international and American credits and is the only classically-based summer festival in Western Pennsylvania. Opera Theater SummerFest provides a chance to experience opera sung in English, musicals, and new works at affordable prices. SummerFest fills in the gap with opera for everyone, all the time. Come as you are!

Organ Artists Series

629 South Braddock Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221-3415
412-242-2787 (arts)

 

Student tickets are $2 at the door or $8 for a series subscription. Adult single tickets are $12 at the door or $36 for a series subscription. Ticket price includes complimentary reception and light hors d'oeuvres afterward.

 

Concerts are typically scheduled for late Sunday afternoon and last about an hour and a half including an intermission. Dress is casual, there's time to chat at intermission and it's great to munch after at the reception and chat with the performer. Please see the web site for the current season schedule.

 

The Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh has presented world-renowned organists in concert at stunning venues in the Pittsburgh area for over 30 years. These concerts are often presented near the Oakland/Shadyside areas in such locations as Heinz Memorial Chapel or Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland, Calvary Episcopal Church or Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Shadyside or East Liberty Presbyterian Church. All of these locations are known for their outstanding instruments and unique acoustics.

 

Note: There are organ performances regularly on the University Campus at Heinz Memorial Chapel

Pittsburgh Camerata

P.O. Box 81546
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
412-421-5884

 

Student tickets are $5. Adult tickets are $15.

 

The Pittsburgh Camerata, under the direction of Rebecca A. Rollett, is a professional chamber choir dedicated to performances of sacred and secular music distinguished by imaginative programming in intimate settings. Founded in 1974, the group specializes in the entire choral repertory with a unique focus on renaissance, baroque, and 20th-century works. The ensemble’s ongoing activities include a ten-concert public subscription series presented throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.

Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society

315 South Bellefield Avenue, Room 305
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412- 624-4129

 

Student tickets are $15 at the door. Student subscriptions are $60. Adult single tickets are $35.

 

The Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society was founded in 1961 by a group of civic leaders, including such distinguished individuals as Mrs. Paul G. Benedum, Henry J. Heinz II, Mrs. Lincoln Maazel and Maestro William Steinberg, who wanted local audiences to hear the world’s finest chamber music artists perform in Pittsburgh.

 

Since then, PCMS has presented an annual concert series featuring the most celebrated ensembles of our time (like the Budapest, Juilliard, Guarneri, Tokyo, Emerson and Cleveland Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio and Pablo Casals Trio, to name a few). Currently, PCMS complements its annual concert series with educational programs for young people and adults.

Pittsburgh CLO

The Benedum Center
719 Liberty Avenue (downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Box Office: 412-456-6666

 

Pittsburgh CLO Cheap Seats tickets available for $15 for students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased through PITT ARTS online only HERE. Find out more about Pittsburgh CLO events.

 

Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in this city and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. From its beginnings at Pitt Stadium to the Melody Tent, Mellon Arena, Heinz Hall, and now the beautiful Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, the CLO is unsurpassed in bringing the best of Broadway to Pittsburgh. By staging exquisite productions of musical theater classics, including a dynamic six-show summer season and its annual production of A Musical Christmas Carol, the CLO has helped define our city as a cultural destination.

 

The opening of the CLO Cabaret in fall 2004 was the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Pittsburgh CLO's history. For the first time, this unique new venue offers audiences CLO-quality entertainment year round in the Cultural District.

University of Pittsburgh Department of Music

110 Music Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-624-4125
concerts@pitt.edu

 

Support your fellow students! The Department of Music encourages its students to participate in performance in classes, private lessons, ensembles, and concerts. Students from all over the University participate in musical activities and performances, and are often joined in the ensembles by faculty and members of the community at large. Several ensembles make recordings and take part in tours to foreign countries.

 

The ensembles perform a wide variety of music, including western art music, jazz, folk music, popular music, and music of non-western cultures.

Pittsburgh Musical Theater

327 South Main Street
Pittsburgh, Pa 15220
Phone:412-456-6666 –single tickets or 412 471-6930-Groups

 

Pittsburgh Musical Theater offers cheap seat tickets for Pitt students, faculty and staff through the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Find out more about Pittsburgh Musical Theater events by visiting the tickets page for more information.

 

Pittsburgh Musical Theater produces professional musical theater at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Quality musicals with cheap seats for all especially students, families and young children underline our mission.

 

Pittsburgh Musical Theater is a non-profit company producing quality musical theater at affordable prices. Pittsburgh Musical Theater, as well, provides acting, singing, and dancing classes for students and open auditions for professional and student shows.

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

P.O. Box 99476
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
412-889-7231
info@pnme.org

 

Student tickets are $15 advance, $20 at door.
Adult tickets are $25 advance, $30 at door.

 

FREE tickets for anybody visiting us for the first time. All they have to do is call the City Theatre Box Office in advance to reserve their free ticket; if they just come to the door it's still a mere $5 for first-timers.

 

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is one of the nation's oldest professional ensembles devoted to the music of our time. Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble's summer festival presents new music in a way you won't encounter anywhere else. If you think you don't like modern music, or if you're bored with the same-old, same-old concert routine, you'll find something here to entice and inspire you.

 

Performances include world premieres of new works and concentrates on music written in the last 10 years. Programs are designed to flow without breaks or pauses, so that even set changes are part of the concert experience. Spoken word, visual projections, lighting, and staging combine to create an integrated artistic and sensory experience found nowhere else in the world of contemporary art.

 

The Ear Shot Film Festival offers art films and documentaries related to the world of music. All performances take place at City Theatre, 13th and Bingham Streets, on Pittsburgh's South Side.

Pittsburgh Opera

2425 Liberty Avenue (Strip District)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-281-0912
info@pittsburghopera.org

 

Pittsburgh Opera Cheap Seats tickets are available to Pitt students for as low as $10 and faculty and staff tickets start at only $26. Premium Cheap Seats are also available for $33 and $43. Tickets can be purchased online only through PITT ARTS! Find out more about Pittsburgh Opera events here.

 

Pittsburgh Opera celebrates its 74th season in 2012-2013 with Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Il Matrimonio Segreto, Madama Butterfly, and La cenerentola. In addition to its mainstage productions, Pittsburgh Opera produces a range of programs to engage and enrich the community with more than 20,000 students, families and educators participating in its educational events annually. The internationally- renowned Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program is among the country’s top training programs for rising opera stars, and the company’s newly-designed administrative and rehearsal space, housed in a 139-year-old Air Brake Factory in the city’s Strip District, provides space for events ranging from free community Brown Bag concerts to concert and recitals by world-class opera singers.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Avenue (downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Box Office: 412-392-4900

 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Cheap Seats tickets start at $15 Students, $20 Faculty & Staff. Tickets can be purchased through PITT ARTS online HERE. Find out more about Pittsburgh Symphone Orchestra events.

 

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh’s heritage for more than 100 years and is dedicated to entertaining and promoting beautiful music to a young audience. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians, and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as their orchestra of choice.

River City Brass

One Mellon Center
500 Grant Street, Suite 2720
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-434-7222
info@rcbb.com

 

Student rush tickets are $10 with a valid student ID. Rush tickets are available the day of the show. Box office opens one hour prior to the performance.

 

Founded in Pittsburgh in 1981, River City Brass is modeled on the British-style brass band with 25 brass players and 3 percussionists. This configuration allows the band to present a sweeping repertoire: Big Band swing and jazz, favorites from Broadway and Hollywood, traditional marches, classical masterpieces, and original compositions. Now in its 34th season, the band is the most active professional brass band in the United States. In addition to its annual 35-concert series pressented in Western Pennsylvania, River City Brass tours extensively throughout the U.S. performing as part of community concert series, major symphony pops series, and arts festivals.

 

River City Brass concerts are casual and fun, with an extensive variety of music complemented by music director James Gourlay's witty commentary. RCB performs regularly in five venues around Pittsburgh, including Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

 

Theater

August Wilson Center for African American Culture

980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-258-2700
info@augustwilsoncenter.org

 

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents preserves and interprets the art, culture and history of African Americans in Western Pennsylvania and people of African descent throughout the world.

 

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture (formerly known as the African American Cultural Center of Greater Pittsburgh) is a not-for-profit organization that presents performing, visual and education programs that celebrate the contributions of African Americans within the region and the impact of cultural expression from Africa to the African Diaspora.

 

The AWC's presentations include dance, music, art, theater and other cultural, educational and artistic events.

Bricolage Production Company

937 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-0999

 

The word Bricolage means, “making artful use of what is at hand.” What excites this company is the connection and interaction between seemingly disparate elements, and the potential for these components to resonate as one cohesive event. Bricolage uses the distinctive resources of the Pittsburgh region to create theatrical experiences that stimulate a heightened sense of involvement for the audience. "What’s at hand" is our city’s changing landscape, our plentiful human and material resources, and the salient political, cultural and ethical issues we encounter and react to each day. By combining different artistic mediums, nourishing local talent, producing provocative work, and facilitating audience engagement, Bricolage seeks to revitalize live performance for a new era.

City Theatre

1300 Bingham Street at 13th Street (South Side)
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-431-CITY

 

City Theatre is one of Pittsburgh's premiere arts institutions, providing an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge diverse audiences. It has been called Pittsburgh's most adventuresome theater.

 

City Theatre’s facilities include the 270-seat mainstage, the 100-seat Lester Hamburg Studio, and the Charles Morris Building, which houses rehearsal halls, and costume, prop, and paint shops. In 2004 City Theatre purchased a former steel rolling plant across from the theater that more than doubles available space. In the coming years the land will be developed, first for theatre parking, and then for uses still to be determined.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 363-3000
info@kelly-strayhorn.org

 

Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is a leading presenter of new and provocative theater, music, dance, and interdisciplinary art. As a community resource, KST is dedicated to the growth of East Liberty as a distinctive and family-friendly arts, culture, dining, and entertainment destination. Less than five miles from Downtown Pittsburgh, the 349-seat venue resides in the former Regent Theatre. In 2011, KST merged with the nearby Pittsburgh Dance Alloy. Now known as The Alloy Studios, KST utilizes the companion space as a venue for classes, residencies, and performances. An incubator for emerging artists, KST honors namesakes Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn with a commitment to cultivating local talent throughout all stages of the creative process.

Pittsburgh CLO

The Benedum Center
719 Liberty Avenue (downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Box Office: 412-456-6666

 

Pittsburgh CLO Cheap Seats tickets available to Pitt students, faculty and staff for $15. Tickets can be purchased through the PITT ARTS Office in 929 William Pitt Union. Find out more about Pittsburgh CLO events.

 

Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in this city and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. From its beginnings at Pitt Stadium to the Melody Tent, Mellon Arena, Heinz Hall, and now the beautiful Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, the CLO is unsurpassed in bringing the best of Broadway to Pittsburgh. By staging exquisite productions of musical theater classics, including a dynamic six-show summer season and its annual production of A Musical Christmas Carol, the CLO has helped define our city as a cultural destination.

 

The opening of the CLO Cabaret in fall 2004 was the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Pittsburgh CLO's history. For the first time, this unique new venue offers audiences CLO-quality entertainment year round in the Cultural District.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

803 Liberty Avenue (downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-456-6666

 

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Cheap Seats tickets are available for Pitt students, faculty, and staff. Find out more about Pittsburgh Cultural Trust events.

 

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents a diverse array of programming, featuring international entertainers, family fare, and touring Broadway shows. The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents premier dance companies from around the world. Student discounts are available and vary per performance.

PICT Classic Theatre

P.O. Box 23607
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-561-6000

 

Students can purchase discounted tickets for $17; faculty, staff and OSHER can purchase discounted tickets for $33. Purchase at 929 WPU.

 

PICT Classic Theatre (formerly Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre) was founded in 1996 to diversify the region's theatrical offerings by providing Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania audiences with high-quality, text-driven, affordable productions of classical theater and the works of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights, and to significantly improve employment opportunities for local talent in all facets of theatrical presentation and production.

Pittsburgh Playhouse

222 Craft Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)
412-621-4445

 

All Pitt faculty, staff, and students with valid IDs receive a 20 percent discount on all Pittsburgh Playhouse tickets.

 

Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park College in Oakland is a three-theatre performing arts center housing four resident companies producing professional theatre (Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company), conservatory theatre, dance, musicals, and Playhouse Jr. for family audiences.

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company

937 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Downtown)

 

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company was founded by Mark Clayton Southers in 2003. It began as the resident company of Garfield's Penn Theater, and moved to a 75-seat space at 542 Penn Avenue in the downtown Cultural District in January 2005. In October 2011 we moved again, into the penthouse at 937 Liberty Avenue. Thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for finding this exciting new space for us! This space has an elevator and is wheelchair-accessible.

 

Our Mission: Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company is committed to developing and showcasing the works of local playwrights; from accomplished masters like August Wilson and George S. Kaufman to promising new talents. We seek to nurture a racially and culturally diverse community of playwrights, directors, actors and technical specialists to hone their craft and to network creative opportunities. Finally, we support a racially and culturally diverse management staff and board of directors who, together, promote audiences that reflect the rich variety of our Pittsburgh community. Through such sharing of talents, resources, perspectives and experiences we aspire to provide artistic enlightenment that will strengthen our civic community.

Pittsburgh Public Theater

621 Penn Avenue (downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-316-1600

 

Pittsburgh Public Theater Cheap Seats tickets are available to Pitt students for $15.75. Faculty and staff tickets are $25.75. Tickets can be purchased through the PITT ARTS Office in 929 William Pitt Union. Find out more about Pittsburgh Public Theater events.

 

The Pittsburgh Public Theater presents world-class comedies, dramas, and award-winning productions nightly at the O’Reilly Theater, located in the heart of the Cultural District.

Pittsburgh Musical Theater

327 South Main Street
Pittsburgh, Pa 15220
Phone:412-456-6666 –single tickets or 412 471-6930-Groups

 

Pittsburgh Musical Theater offers cheap seat tickets for Pitt students, faculty and staff through the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Find out more about Pittsburgh Musical Theater events by visiting the tickets page for more information.

Pittsburgh Musical Theater produces professional musical theater at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Quality musicals with cheap seats for all especially students, families and young children underline our mission.

 

Pittsburgh Musical Theater is a non-profit company producing quality musical theater at affordable prices. Pittsburgh Musical Theater, as well, provides acting, singing, and dancing classes for students and open auditions for professional and student shows.

Pitt Repertory Theatre

Stephen Foster Memorial
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA 15260
Box office: 412-624-PLAY (7529)
pittrep@pitt.edu

 

Offering a season of dynamic plays and a menu of innovative productions by students and guest theater, and dance and music companies year-round, University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre—Pitt Rep—brings the best of the performing arts in Pittsburgh to life on campus.

In the spirit of collaboration that is theater, Pitt Rep features students on stage with professional teaching artists in productions—the hallmark of Pitt’s tradition of outstanding theater for every type of playgoer. Whether staging the Pittsburgh premiere of a hit musical or invigorating Shakespeare with new perspectives, Pitt Rep is at the leading edge of theater innovation and education, a tradition of its home in the Department of Theatre Arts.

 

Just as the Cathedral of Learning is the symbol of Pitt’s academic tradition, the Stephen Foster Memorial represents the University’s deep commitment to the performing arts. The crown jewel of Oakland’s Cultural Corridor and East End performances spaces, this historic arts complex provides Pitt students and the greater community with a warm and intimate setting for artistic exchange.

PNC Pittsburgh Broadway Series

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
600 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-392-4900

Benedum Center
719 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412- 456-6666

 

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Clear Channel Entertainment present the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, featuring the finest plays and musicals currently touring the country. From classics to the hottest new shows straight from Broadway, the series offers a broad appeal to all audiences.

Quantum Theatre

67 Bedford Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-697-2929

 

Quantum Theatre Cheap Seats tickets are available to Pitt students for $16. Faculty and staff tickets start at $30 - $35. Tickets can be purchased through the PITT ARTS Office in 929 William Pitt Union. Find out more about Quantum Theatre events.

 

Quantum Theatre produces international contemporary plays and adaptations of classic works. The theater has developed a hallmark style through its unusual assemblage of artists and unique take on performance environment. Performers, directors, and designers come from around the world, and the company produces its plays all over the city, but never in theaters. Abandoned factories, stone-walled basements, warehouses, pump houses, museums, defunct breweries, and turn-of-the-century office towers have become home to works by William Shakespeare, Jean Cocteau, Tom Stoppard, Robert Lepage, and new voices such as David Harrower, Helen Edmundson, and Abi Morgan.

 

Dance

August Wilson Center for African American Culture

Regional Enterprise Tower
425 Sixth Avenue
Suite 1750
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-258-2700
info@augustwilsoncenter.org

 

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents preserves and interprets the art, culture and history of African Americans in Western Pennsylvania and people of African descent throughout the world.

 

The AWC presents and produces performing arts programs, including dance, music, and theater, visual arts programs, held at the center’s 209/9th Street Gallery) and education programs.

 

Student discounts are available for most events, and vary per event.

Attack Theatre

2425 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-281-3305

 

Tickets are available through ShowClix at 1-888-TICKETS

Under the artistic direction of Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, Attack Theatre, now celebrating its 17th year, combines contemporary dance, live music and multimedia to create "wickedly entertaining stage productions" (Pittsburgh City Paper). Attack Theatre has choreographed and performed for the Avignon Festival, the 7th Next Wave Dance Festival/Japan, Indonesia Arts Festival, Monaco Danses Forum, the Spoleto Festival, the Broadway production of Squonk, over two dozen operas and symphonies worldwide and produced over 150 original works in theatrical and site specific settings.

 

Known for their "audacious athleticism," (Dance Magazine), Attack Theatre was named one of “25 to Watch” in 2007 by Dance Magazine, “Best Dance Performance” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2006, 2008 and 2010), “Best Dance Company” (Pittsburgh City Paper, ’07 – ‘11) and was the recipient of the prestigious National Dance Project Touring Award (2006/2007 season), “Top 50 Cultural Leaders of Pittsburgh” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2002-2006), “PA Silver/Gold Governor’s Award finalist for innovative programming for Seniors” (2004), multi-year recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Choreography fellowship award and recipient of the Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award (2000).

 

In addition to their extensive performing and touring, Attack Theatre has brought their arts education programs to schools and community environments nationally and internationally, conducting hundreds of residencies, workshops and master classes in contemporary dance, creative movement, and aesthetic education. The company's outreach programs focus on demystifying the artistic process and building community. www.attacktheatre.com

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 363-3000

 

info@kelly-strayhorn.org

 

Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is a leading presenter of new and provocative theater, music, dance, and interdisciplinary art. As a community resource, KST is dedicated to the growth of East Liberty as a distinctive and family-friendly arts, culture, dining, and entertainment destination. Less than five miles from Downtown Pittsburgh, the 349-seat venue resides in the former Regent Theatre. In 2011, KST merged with the nearby Pittsburgh Dance Alloy. Now known as The Alloy Studios, KST utilizes the companion space as a venue for classes, residencies, and performances. An incubator for emerging artists, KST honors namesakes Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn with a commitment to cultivating local talent throughout all stages of the creative process.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

2900 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Tel: 412-281-0360
Box Office: 412-456-6666

 

$15/$23/$30 Students, $20/$28/$40 Faculty & Staff.
Tickets can be purchased through the PITT ARTS Office in 907 William Pitt Union with a valid PITT ID. Find out more about Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre events.

 

Widely acclaimed for its classical ballet masterpieces as well as innovative explorations of contemporary dance, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is currently recognized as one of the world's leading ballet companies. The ballet's repertoire is a distinctive blend of ballets by 20th century masters, new works by today's most passionate choreographers, and acclaimed versions of the 19th century classical ballets. Performances are at the Benedum Center, downtown.

Pittsburgh Dance Council

803 Liberty Avenue (downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-456-6666

 

Pittsburgh Dance Council/Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Cheap Seats tickets are available for Pitt students, faculty, and staff. Find out more about Pittsburgh Dance Council events.

 

The Pittsburgh Dance Council has presented outstanding dance companies from throughout the world—representing the greatest dance organizations of the 20th century—including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Nederdands Dans Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Lyon Opera Ballet, and Paul Taylor Dance Company.

The Pillow Project

101 S. Lexington Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15208
412-225-9269
info@pillowproject.org

 

The Mission: The Pillow Project is an evolving experiment in improvisational freejazz movement… passionate collaboration of visual-composers, motion-conductors and avant-garde performing artists for igniting new ideas in spontaneous expression, both in Pittsburgh and internationally. The Pillow Project creates original installations, performances and public happenings though a philosophy of using "jazz" as a verb.

 

The Method: The Pillow Project physically plays freejazz. Freejazz is using the body as the instrument playing visual notes… an instrument that is the musician….the study of how dance and music can visually and spontaneously play together.

 

Film and Video

Pitt Program Council

M30 Wililam Pitt Union
412-648-7900
ppc@pitt.edu

 

Admission is free with a valid Pitt Student ID, $3 for guests of Pitt students. Films are shown in William Pitt Union Assembly Room.

 

The Pitt Program Council is a department in Student Life, Division of Student Affairs, at the University of Pittsburgh.

Russian Film Symposium

padunov@pitt.edu

 

Regular Admission: $8
Seniors & Students: $7
Pitt Students: $4

 

The Russian Film Symposium is supported by the University of Pittsburgh: the Office of the Dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the University Center for International Studies, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, the Humanities Center, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Film Studies Program, the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, the Graduate Russian Kino Club, and grants from the Hewlett Foundation and the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Silk Screen Film Festival

424 South 27th Street, Suite 203
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
724-969-2565
412-322-4872

 

Silk Screen's mission is to celebrate diversity and multi-cultural appreciation of the Asian and Asian American experience through cultural events.

 

Silk Screen was created in June 2005 as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit media arts organization. Silk Screen's goals include educating communities about Asian and Asian American history, culture, experiences and issues, fostering understanding across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, age, and region, and sustaining growth and encouraging excellence in Asian American culture.

 

Poetry and Prose

Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures

301 South Craig Street
Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-622-8866
info@pittsburghlectures.org

All readings start at 7:30 pm at the Carnegie Music Hall. $10 Students, $15/$25 General Admission.

 

Experience memorable evenings with ten of the world's finest authors as they offer personal insights about their writing and explore the universal themes of great literature from the podium at historic Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Each program also includes opportunity for social interaction, questions from the audience, and a personalized book signing in the Music Hall Foyer - an enjoyable Monday Night At The Lectures!

The Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series

Jeff Oaks, Managing Director
University of Pittsburgh
English Department
526 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-624-6506 for details

 

The Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series brings in notable poets, novelists, essayists, and other writers to Pitt's campus. The readings are free and open to the public, and no tickets are required for admission.

Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange

P.O. Box 4279
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-481-POEM
ppepoets@yahoo.com

 

Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange was founded in 1974 as a community-based organization of local poets. Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange is a service organization and an information exchange that promotes poets and poetry. Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange conducts ongoing workshops and produces poetry readings, forums, and other special events.

City of Asylum

40 W. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-435-1110
info@cityofasylumpittsburgh.org

 

City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, and offer a broad range of literary programs in a community setting to encourage cross-cultural exchange.

 

 

Visual Arts and Exhibitions

American Jewish Museum

5738 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
412-521-8011, x105

 

Exhibitions and programs are always free at the American Jewish Museum:

Monday through Thursday, 7:30 AM to 10 PM

Friday, 7:30 AM to 6 PM

Saturday, 1 to 7 PM

Sunday, 7:45 AM to 6 PM

 

Located in the heart of the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh, the American Jewish Museum is the only museum in Western Pennsylvania dedicated to exploring Jewish art, history and culture. The museum operates as an effective forum to support, celebrate, and develop the living Jewish arts and artists, as well as a place to educate and learn.

 

Bringing in the best of contemporary art from throughout the country, promoting progressive regional artists, and presenting, the American Jewish Museum maintains an active role in developing the ever-evolving parameters of the correlative questions: What is Jewish thought and who is a Jewish thinker? What is Jewish art and who is a Jewish artist?

 

The museum offers cultural experiences outside of traditional venues for all citizens of the Western Pennsylvania region, promoting tolerance, acceptance, and multiculturalism.

Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky Street (North Shore)
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-237-8300

 

Pitt students are offered free general admission and discounted tickets to some events, with their valid student Pitt IDs between September and April every year.

 

Adult admission, $15; senior citizens (55+), $9; non-Pitt students with valid ID, $8; and children (ages 3–18), $8.

 

Open Tuesday–Thursday, and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; closed Mondays.

 

The Warhol is a lively and changing museum where you can visit to see the work of Andy Warhol. Highlights of the collection include the Silver Clouds installation, celebrity portraits, early commercial design work, and archival material from Warhol's life and times.

 

Every Friday there is an event called Good Fridays for a more social experience at The Warhol when they feature bands, films, DJs and other activities.

 

The museum is just across the 7th Street Bridge from downtown Pittsburgh and one block from PNC Park.

August Wilson Center for African American Culture

Regional Enterprise Tower
425 Sixth Avenue
Suite 1750
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-258-2700
info@augustwilsoncenter.org

 

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents preserves and interprets the art, culture and history of African Americans in Western Pennsylvania and people of African descent throughout the world.

 

The AWC presents and produces performing arts programs, including dance, music, and theater, visual arts programs, held at the center’s 209/9th Street Gallery) and education programs.

 

Student discounts are available for most events, and vary per event.

Carnegie Museum of Art

4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412- 622-3131

 

Admission is FREE with a valid Pitt student ID from September to April.

 

Adult admission, $15; seniors, $12; non-Pitt students/children, $11. Admission includes the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

 

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and legal holidays, except from July 10–August 28.

 

The Carnegie Museum of Art offers a distinguishing collection of contemporary art as well as works of American art from the late nineteenth century, French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, and European and American decorative arts from the late seventeenth century to the present.

Frick Art and Historical Center

7227 Reynolds Street (East End)
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
412-371-0600
info@frickart.org

 

The Frick Art and Historical Center grounds, Frick Art Museum, Car and Carriage Museum, and Greenhouse are free.

 

Tours of Clayton, the restored home of Henry Clay Frick, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $10 for students. Reservations are recommended.

 

Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed on Monday.

 

The Frick Art and Historical Center is a fascinating complex of museums and historical buildings located on more than five acres of lawns and gardens in Pittsburgh's residential East End. The center is devoted to the interpretation of the life and times of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick. Exhibitions of fine and decorative art are also presented at the center.

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

1815 Metropolitan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
412-322-1773

 

MCG Jazz Cheap Seats tickets are available to Pitt students for $20. Faculty and staff tickets start at $30. Tickets can be purchased through the PITT ARTS Office in 929 William Pitt Union. Find out more about current MCG events.

 

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is a multi-discipline, minority-directed center for arts and learning that employs the visual and performing arts to foster a sense of accomplishment and hope in the urban community. MCG provides a broad spectrum of visual arts experiences in its gallery spaces on the North Side and downtown Pittsburgh. An annual schedule of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and residencies promotes creative and cultural discovery by connecting diverse accomplished artists to young people and their communities. Most exhibitions and lectures are offered free to the public.

 

Since 1987, MCG Jazz has brought audiences together with jazz artists at its 350 seat music hall in Pittsburgh for innovative four-day performances and recordings. Many of these international masters of jazz would headline a list of jazz's "needs no introduction"—Joe Williams, Billy Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, and Ray Brown. The performance series, one of the oldest in the nation, is an anchor of Pittsburgh cultural and community life.

Mattress Factory

500 Sampsonia Way (North Side)
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
412-231-3169
info@mattress.org

 

Admission is FREE with a valid Pitt student ID from September to April.

Adult: $15; Seniors: $10; Non-Pitt Students: $10; kids under 6 are free

 

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.; closed on Monday. (Saturday hours subject to change due to occasional special events.)

 

The Mattress Factory is an internationally renowned museum of contemporary art that commissions, exhibits, and collects site-specific installations. One of the few museums of its kind anywhere, the Mattress Factory serves as a research and development lab where artists from around the world receive unparalleled support to explore new ideas. Resulting installations have utilized such non-traditional materials as a trash bag full of human hair, running water, balloons, three tons of damp earth, and 6,000 cans of Budweiser!

 

The Mattress Factory's current expansion is energizing Pittsburgh's North Side by rehabilitating buildings as exhibition/education sites and artist housing to improve the neighborhood, encourage community access, and support artistic and education programs.

 

Located on Pittsburgh's North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is hailed as the best facility for installation art in the United States.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

One Schenley Park (Oakland)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-622-6914
phipps@phipps.pgh.pa.us

 

Admission is FREE with a valid Pitt student ID from September to April.
Adults: $15, Seniors (62 and older) and non-Pitt Students: $14, Children (2-18): $11, Children under 2: Free

 

Hours:Phipps is open daily from 9:30am – 5pm, and until 10pm on Fridays.
[closed: Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day]

 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is located in Schenley Park, within walking distance of the Pitt campus. Traveling east on Forbes Avenue, turn right onto Schenley Drive, turn left at the stop sign and continue to follow Schenley Drive into Schenley Park. Phipps is on the right.

 

Pittsburgh's thirteen-room "crystal palace" has served visitors for more than 100 years and is one of the largest and finest Victorian glasshouses in the country. The botanical gardens at Phipps feature lush tropical plants, palms, orchids, ferns, and desert plants, as well as many special flower shows, exhibits, and seasonal butterflies indoors.

 

Outdoor gardens and collections include the Discovery Garden, Japanese Courtyard Garden, Aquatic Gardens, bonsai, butterflies, perennials, annuals, and medicinal plants and herbs. With their ever-changing exhibits, they stay true to their motto: something’s always blooming at Phipps.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

6300 Fifth Avenue (Shadyside)
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-361-0873

 

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday noon–5 p.m.; closed Monday. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

 

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts fosters a vibrant contemporary art scene in Southwest Pennsylvania by encouraging more people to create, see, support, and learn about visual arts. As a community arts organization, the center:

 

offers studio art classes and workshops
exhibits work by contemporary regional artists
promotes and sells artists' work
provides school and community based education programs

Pittsburgh Glass Center

5472 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-365-2145
pgc@pittsburghglasscenter.org

 

The Pittsburgh Glass Center is the first open and comprehensive glass art studio in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art, the Pittsburgh Glass Center invites you to explore their 16,000-plus square foot facility housing state of the art studios in hot glass, flameworking, coldworking, and coming soon, casting and kilnworking.

 

The staff of skilled administrators, glass artists, technicians, and highly qualified and motivated instructors all work together to create an open environment where the beginner to advanced student can explore and achieve his or her creative vision in glass. The Pittsburgh Glass Center's goal is to provide the instruction and resources to expand the skill and knowledge level of glass art students, while growing a new generation of glass artists and enthusiasts in the Pittsburgh region, and in their Friendship-Garfield home.

Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center

1212 Smallman Street (Strip District)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6000

 

Admission is FREE with a valid Pitt student ID from September to April. General admission is $10.00 for adults.

 

Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. The Library and Archives are open from 10 AM to 5 PM. Tuesday through Saturday for those seeking to do research from 10 AM to 5 PM or by appointment.

 

The History Center is housed in the former headquarters of the Chautauqua Lake Ice Company. The century-old building was renovated and opened in 1996 as the Senator John Heinz History Center, yet many of the building's original, sturdy structures remain. The History Center offers five floors of long-term and changing exhibits, including exhibits about the H.J. Heinz Co., Pittsburgh’s Glass History, and a journey through innovations from our region in the second floor's "Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation” exhibit.

 

The History Center is also home to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a state of the art museum-within-a-museum that captures the unforgettable and almost forgotten tales of Pittsburgh sports through hundreds of artifacts, more than 70 hands-on interactive exhibits, and 20 audio-visual programs.

Silver Eye Center for Photography

1015 East Carson Street (South Side)
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-431-1810
info@silvereye.org

 

Silver Eye Center for Photography is dedicated to fostering the practice, appreciation, and understanding of photography as an art form and as a powerful form of visual communication. Programming includes exhibitions of work by locally, nationally, and internationally recognized photographers. Exhibitions are enriched with lectures, panel discussions, workshops, portfolio reviews, interactive gallery tours, and more. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Society for Contemporary Craft

2100 Smallman Street (Strip District)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-261-7003

 

Admission is FREE.

 

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

The Society for Contemporary Craft is a nationally recognized resource facility dedicated to contemporary craft artists and their work. Visitors can discover the latest trends in the gallery exhibitions, the store, and the drop-in studio. Classes in a variety of craft mediums are now available in their new education center.

University Art Gallery

Frick Fine Arts Building
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-648-2423
uag@pitt.edu

 

Hours: Monday–Friday 10 am–4 pm; Closed holidays, and when the University is not in session. The University Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Frick Fine Arts Building on Schenley Drive, across from the Carnegie Library. Admission is always free.

 

The UAG is a space of exhibition for its permanent collection and works by Faculty and students of the Studio Arts Department. It also serves as a venue for traveling art exhibitions. Exhibitions presented in the UAG are related to the international and social missions of the University, as well as the teaching mission of the Department of History of Art and Architecture, involving as much as possible its students, both graduate and undergraduate.

 

The UAG owns a valuable art collection of works on paper, photographs, sculpture and paintings from various periods and cultures: Old Masters’ drawings from the 17th century; European prints, including an exceptionally large collection of prints by the French 17th-century printmaker Jacques Callot; modern prints by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Leon Golub; paintings by well-known American artists and Western Pennsylvania, including Gilbert Stuart, Rembrandt Peale, George Hetzel, Gertrude Quastler or Aaron Gorson; works form the Gimbel collection, with artists such as William Gropper, Joe Jones or Edward Millman, who represented industry and mill workers in Western Pennsylvania at the beginning of the 20th century; an Inuit collection; a collection of Japanese prints, Chinese scrolls and modern works by artists such as Tazuko Tanaka and Shiko Munakata.

Wood Street Galleries

601 Wood Street (downtown, above the "T" stop)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-471-5605
woodstreetgalleries@pgharts.org

 

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11am – 6pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-8pm
The galleries are free and open to the public.

 

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates Wood Street Galleries, which features multi-disciplinary artists from all over the world. Additional funding is provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Port Authority of Allegheny County.