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Grammy-winning singer Austin brings range, freshness to Manchester Craftmen’s Guild show

By Bob Karlovits
Patti Austin deserves more acclaim than one Grammy award has brought her. Sure, she had big hits in the ‘80s with “Baby, Come to Me” and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?”, but she is an even better performer …

Takacs Quartet to play Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven masterworks in Oakland

By Mark Kanny
Even in fields where there are statistical measures, like sports, numbers don’t tell the whole story. In the arts, the notion of a “best” is …

Wiz Khalifa’s wife files to end marriage to rapper

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Model Amber Rose is ending her yearlong marriage to rapper Wiz Khalifa. Rose filed for divorce on Tuesday in Los Angeles, citing …

Patti Austin keeps the music playing, no matter the style

By Bob Karlovits
Patti Austin does so many kinds of shows, she has put them into categories to remind her what to do. “We have code names for …

Voices Carry celebrates year 10 of helping others

By Rex Rutkoski
After 10 years, Voices Carry is a fixture on Pittsburgh’s entertainment calendar for many as a one-of-a-kind musical and fundraising event not to be missed. …

Kidz Bop Kids bring the hits, fun, energy

By Kellie B. Gormly
Of the five Kidz Bop Kids, Bredia Santoro is known for being the “fun girl” — the one that every girl wants as her BFF. …

Bennett, Gaga: Kids should know more about jazz

By The Associated Press
Kids, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have homework for you: Listen to their new jazz album. The Grammy winners say they hope “Cheek to Cheek,” …

Symphony off to good start

By Mark Kanny
Three pieces of music with different kinds of allure, plus one extra composition, provided an often exciting start to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra season on Friday night at Heinz Hall. Music director Manfred Honeck and the orchestra began with “Rusty …

Music, laughter will fill indoor concert venues

By Michael Machosky
As the cool nights return and the big concerts move indoors, there’s plenty to look forward to. The meanest comedian you’ve ever seen, Lisa Lampanelli …

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra takes different trips with Mason Bates, Valentina Lisitsa

By Mark Kanny
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra offers a little pun in the title of its first subscription concerts of the season: “Two Trips.” The program is filled …

Classical music enthusiasts have a variety of choices

By Mark Kanny
Classical music in Pittsburgh provides what a real city should offer culturally — more events than anyone could attend. Having to choose is a good …

Top-level jazz shows include Monheit, Branford Marsalis

By Bob Karlovits
The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the University of Pittsburgh are doing their best to keep jazz at a top level in the area. With barely …

Photo gallery: Willie Nelson & Family play at the Benedum Center

By Jack Fordyce
At 81, Willie Nelson could have comfortably retired as one of the most successful country music hall of famers. Instead, he is still touring after …

Classical music crisis: Author says schools today aren’t building audiences

By Mark Kanny
Just as everyone who plays college sports doesn’t go on to a professional career, the same is true for students in university classical-music programs. But …

Bob Crewe, ‘Walk Like a Man’ writer, dead at 83

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Bob Crewe, co-writer of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83. Crewe’s brother, Dan Crewe, said Monday in an email that the …

Photo gallery: Moby set wraps up Thrival Festival

By Jack Fordyce
The Pittsburgh Thrival Festival concluded Sunday at Bakery Square with a performance from world-renowned electronic music DJ and musician Moby. The weekend-long event showcased interactive …

Mutter’s lustrous performance highlight of PSO gala concert

By Mark Kanny
Dramatic and colorful music provided the tasty centerpiece for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s gala on Sept. 13 at Heinz Hall. With music director Manfred Honeck driving the exciting musicmaking, the concert culminated in a remarkable concerto performance by violinist Anne-Sophie …

The Black Keys work fans into fever at Consol

By Jack Fordyce
Grammy Award winning blues-rock duo The Black Keys kept up a steady pace of past hits before settling into material from their latest album, “Turn …

Photo gallery: Spoon dishes out new hits to Pittsburgh fans

By Jack Fordyce
Starting off with their new single, “Do You,” the Texas-based indie-rock band Spoon served up fan favorites and new tracks from their latest album “They …