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Arts briefs: F. Murray Abraham at symphony; bluegrass show

| Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

Abraham replaces Lithgow at Pittsburgh Symphony

Oscar winning actor and Pittsburgh native F. Murray Abraham will replace John Lithgow as speaker in Manfred Honeck's performing version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem at concerts in October. Lithgow withdrew due to a scheduling conflict.

Honeck's performing version of the Requiem, introduced at Heinz Hall in 2009, includes supplemental readings of scripture, letters from the composer to his father about death, and poems by a Holocaust survivor and a Pittsburgh teen – as well as additional musical selections.

Abraham won his Oscar for portraying Mozart's rival Antonio Salieri in the 1984 movie “Amadeus.” The concerts start at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets are $20 to $93.

Details: 412-392-4900 or www.pitttsburghsymphony.org.

– Mark Kanny

Bluegrass at Rex Theater

Maybe it was the jokey name, but something about Greensky Bluegrass always seemed a little off. Like they were taking the bluegrass tradition a little too lightly. Yet, you only need about 10 seconds of listening to know this is the real deal. This band of young whippersnappers from Kalamazoo, Mich., can play well enough, but instead of instrumental virtuosity, it's their strong, melancholy songwriting and writerly eye for detail that sets them apart.

Greensky Bluegrass will perform at the Rex Theater on the South Side on Wednesday, starting at 8 p.m. with the Mon River Ramblers. Tickets are $12. Details: 412-381-6811.

— Michael Machosky

Welcome back, Dr. Jones

The first Indiana Jones movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” is coming back to the big screen for a one-week engagement starting Friday.

The classic action film, starring Harrison Ford, will be showing at select IMAX theaters, including the AMC Loews Waterfront in Homestead. The showing is to promote the Sept. 18 release of “Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures” on Blu-ray.

Details: www.imax.com

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