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Review: ‘Rodelinda’ a big success for Pittsburgh Opera

By Mark Kanny
Pittsburgh Opera scored an especially valuable triumph Jan. 24 when its production of “Rodelinda” opened in the small theater at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing ...

Budway’s ‘Candor’ is a sweet parting

By Tribune-Review
‘Sweet Candor’ Maureen Budway (MCG Jazz) The way the fates have gone, “Sweet Sadness” would have been a better title for Maureen Budway’s album. ...

PSO’s return to classics mixed

By Mark Kanny
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returned to classical concerts Friday night. The previous BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts were given Dec. 5 -7. Friday’s concert offered contrasting repertoire on its two halves: music inspired by blues and jazz before intermission; German ...

Review: Seger blends old, new hits for show at Consol Energy Center

By Kellie B. Gormly
American heartland legend Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band rocked Consol Energy Center on Thursday night with a stop on the Ride Out Tour. …

Luke Bryan plans 2 shows this summer at First Niagara Pavilion

By Tribune-Review
Luke Bryan is planning two concerts this summer at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown. The country star announced the “Kick The Dust Up” tour dates on ...

The classic sound of Gladys Knight and the Spinners endures

By Rex Rutkoski
It’s no mystery why the music of Gladys Knight and the Spinners is still being heard around the world, says Henry Fambrough, the last surviving ...

Multi-talented DiFranco is done letting other people label her

By Michael Machosky
For about two decades, singer-songwriter-record-label-owner Ani DiFranco has been looking for a fight. Conventional wisdom suggests choosing your battles carefully — and DiFranco chose just ...

Gaffigan brings magic of ‘Wagner’s Good Friday’ to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

By Mark Kanny
James Gaffigan got a late start in classical music, but the conductor would never describe his success as making up for lost time. “I always ...

Bob Seger an enduring ‘non-rock star’ star

By Chicago Tribune
Bob Seger has never particularly looked or acted like a rock star, but he became one anyway. He’s on a rare national tour on the heels of his 17th studio album, “Ride Out.” Seger remains an avuncular family man with ...

New Kids, TLC summer tour coming to Pittsburgh

By Tribune-Review
New Kids on the Block are coming back, and this time they’re bringing fellow 1990s stars TLC with them. The former boy band — whose members, ...

Linkin Park cancels Pittsburgh show

By Tribune-Review
Linkin Park was forced to withdraw from its Pittsburgh show Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center due to an injury to lead vocalist Chester Bennington. According to a release, Bennington suffered a leg injury that needed medical attention. “I need to take ...

Pianists take different routes to sophisticated jazz

By Tribune-Review
‘The Now’ Aaron Goldberg (Sunnyside) ‘Aural Colors’ David Helbock Trio (Traumton) Pianists Aaron Goldberg and David Helbock are working in time machines. Goldberg ...

Train to play First Niagara on June 30

By Tribune-Review
Chart-topping San Francisco-natives Train will play a 7 p.m. June 30 concert at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown. General tickets for the show go on ...

Wiz Khalifa, Fall Out Boy tour coming to Pittsburgh July 2

By Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy are teaming up for the 40-city Boys of Zummer tour, coming to First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown on ...

Dozens of bands to play during Strip District Music Festival

By Michael Machosky
Once, in the not-too-distant past (basically, the ’90s), the Strip District was the undisputed live music and nightlife capital of western Pennsylvania. Clubs with names ...

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to perform colorful score of Pokemon

By Mark Kanny
Building on an established success is a good game plan, a classic, you might say. The popularity of the Pokemon franchise, which started in 1996 ...

Linkin Park more focused on music than charts

By Alan Sculley
Linkin Park’s new album, “The Hunting Party,” is by no means a commercial failure, but when it didn’t debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s album ...

Reverend Horton Heat not as crazy, still swingin’

By Alan Sculley
Fans of the Reverend Horton Heat haven’t exactly been flooded with new music from the band lately. The band cranked out eight studio albums over the ...

Esterhazy Quartet’s fugue program delicate balance for chamber group

By Mark Kanny
Almost anything can be inspiring to a genius composer, even the forms in which they write. Writing a good fugue has always held a ...

Pittsburgh loses pitch-perfect jazz voice with death of Maureen Budway

By Bob Karlovits
Maureen Budway won fans with her pitch-perfect jazz singing, but guitarist Joe Negri said her “enormous range of talent” was the heart of her work. ...