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Saxophonist Carter proves he’s up to any musical challenge

By Bob Karlovits
Saxophonist James Carter obviously can handle any challenge he faces. It isn’t easy to take music strongly related to one genre and successfully move it to another. He can do it. It is also difficult to follow a nearly virtuosic opening ...

PLS Trio seems like more voices on ‘East River’

By Tribune-Review
‘East River’ PLS Trio (Echo Chamber) Every member of the PLS Trio plays a role in creating a group that sounds like it is made up of more than three players on “East River.” Pier Luigi Salami uses a ...

Pittsburgh producer revives, re-airs an expanded ‘Motown 25 ’

By Rex Rutkoski
The original program celebrating the 25th anniversary of Motown Records is returning to the air after more than 30 years with a new introduction featuring ...

PSO’s Honeck coaxes orchestral brilliance in ballet themes

By Mark Kanny
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra offered an unusually generous selection from two popular Russian ballet scores Friday night at Heinz Hall, where ballet was performed until the Benedum Center opened in 1987. Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Swan ...

Pittsburgh Rock ’N Roll Legends Awards honors rock legends, locals

By Rex Rutkoski
Pittsburgh’s rock royalty will get a boost from fans at the second annual Pittsburgh Rock ’N Roll Legends Awards on April 23 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square. The fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Cancer Caring Center, subtitled Rock ’N ...

Ed Sheeran coming to Pittsburgh in May

By Tribune-Review
British pop sensation Ed Sheeran, who won the top award at this week’s Brit Awards, is coming to Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center on May 12. The ...

James Carter Organ Trio brings new energy, new metrics, new swagger

By Bob Karlovits
Saxophonist James Carter will stretch music in different ways at a pair of innovative concerts Feb. 28 at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on the North ...

Microtonal music festival goes off the beaten scale in Pittsburgh

By Michael Machosky
Microtonal music might sound small, but it’s actually quite a broad concept. And one not as uncommon as you might think. “If you think of blues ...

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to move in step with ballet music

By Mark Kanny
Some of the most exciting, colorful and popular music for orchestra wasn’t written for the concert hall. Ballet music, in particular, benefits from a concert ...

Aretha Franklin plans April show at Heinz Hall

By Tribune-Review
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is coming to Heinz Hall, Downtown, for a concert on April 21. Franklin’s music incorporates elements of pop, soul, ...

Beaver Falls grad lands Ohio symphony post

By Tribune-Review
Lou Ross, a 1971 graduate of Beaver Falls High School, has been named executive director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, Ohio. He starts March 2. Ross has been executive director of the Lancaster Festival in Lancaster, Ohio, since 2003. ...

Review: Pittsburgh Opera gives new composer a strong production of ‘Sumeida’s Song’

By Mark Kanny
Those who braved the nasty weather Feb. 21 and ventured to Pittsburgh Opera’s evening performance of “Sumeida’s Song” were rewarded with a remarkable production of ...

Music in the Hill was a way of life until ‘progress’ silenced venues

By Kate Benz
From the window of his Hill District home on Epiphany Street in the early 1950s, 7-year-old Sala Udin would bask in the warm summer breeze ...

Drummer Gadd delivers birthday present to fans

By Tribune-Review
‘70 Strong’ The Steve Gadd Band  (BFM Jazz) Drummer Steve Gadd has found a good way to celebrate his 70th birthday, with the album “70 Strong.” The quintet effort presents the funky jazz Gadd has been a part for ...

PSO presents superb Beethoven

By Mark Kanny
Manfred Honeck made a shrewd choice to start his superb all-Beethoven concert on Friday night with repertoire rarely encountered at symphonic concerts. Hearing the first movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4, truly set the stage ...

Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra shows plenty of range

By Bob Karlovits
Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra can be whatever it wants to be. In two concerts Thursday evening at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on the North Side, it rolled through “When the Saint’s Go Marching In” and Randy Newman’s “You’ve ...

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra looks at masters

By Bob Karlovits
Daniel Meyer says American music is like the nation itself: full of the familiar and the unknown. For that reason, the artistic director of the ...

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra keeps it honest

By Bob Karlovits
Irvin Mayfield says his band has a mission that often becomes more of a party. “We want to support, display and expand the world of ...

Silk Road Ensemble makes its way to Pittsburgh

By Mark Kanny
The path for the Silk Road Ensemble finally reaches Pittsburgh this month, 15 years after it was formed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The group ...

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven program fetes heroism

By Mark Kanny
Heroism isn’t entirely in the eye of the beholder, but perspectives do matter. Ludwig van Beethoven had a broad vision when he wrote his Symphony No. ...