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Review: Pittsburgh Opera opens season in ‘Grand and Glorious’ fashion

By Mark Kanny
Pittsburgh Opera’s season began as usual Oct. 18 at the Benedum Center, Downtown, but instead of a staged opera the company offered a gala concert …

Photo gallery: Judas Priest hosts heavy homily in the Steel City

By Jack Fordyce
Laying down the law with the release of their 17th studio album, “Redeemer of Souls,” Judas Priest consecrates their 40-year reign as heavy metal heavyweights, …

Churchill composer’s work evokes feelings from Frick Park

By Sandra fischione Donovan
As the strains of a new composition, “Frick Gates,” rose at Succop Theater, part of the Butler County Community College Cultural Center, the notes carried …

‘Heroes and Villains’ evokes array of emotions in Pittsburgh Symphony Pops season opener

By Mark Kanny
The Pittsburgh Symphony Pops season opened Friday night at Heinz Hall with a smartly programmed concert called “Heroes and Villains.” With a title like that, one might have expected or feared blunt contrasts between the pieces. Instead, guest conductor Lucas …

Photo gallery: Gaslight Anthem fires up sold out crowd at Stage AE

By Jack Fordyce
Touring in support of their fifth studio album, “Get Hurt,” the New Jersey based rock band Gaslight Anthem sold out the indoor venue during their …

Symphony president Wilkinson to step down in 2015

By Mark Kanny
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra President and CEO James A. Wilkinson will retire in 2015 and become senior vice chairman of the board of trustees when a …

Bob Seger adds Pittsburgh date to tour

By Tribune-Review
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band have added several dates to their 2014-15 tour, including a stop at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center on Jan. …

Judas Priest pushes forward, keeps it metal

By Michael Machosky
The day before our scheduled conversation, legendary heavy-metal singer Rob Halford, frontman for Judas Priest, was called away for urgent business “at the embassy in …

Pittsburgh Opera hits diverse notes in gala season opener

By Mark Kanny
Pittsburgh Opera may be starting its season with a gala concert rather than a staged production of an opera, but its general director Christopher Hahn …

Review: Return of McVie gives Fleetwood Mac show a nostalgic boost

By Kellie B. Gormly
Watching Fleetwood Mac on Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center felt like a high school reunion. Christine McVie — after a 16-year absence — rejoined …

A&E notebook: Huey Lewis and the News to rock Palace Theatre

By Tribune-Review
Huey Lewis and The News — a band known for multiple Top 10 pop hits mostly in the 1980s — will put on a show Oct. 14 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Lewis’ best-known hits include “The Heart of …

Pittsburgh Symphony Pops goes to the movies for ‘Heroes and Villains’

By Mark Kanny
Pops programming often starts with a conceptual theme or focus. The Pops, which emphasized Broadway musicals during the tenure of Marvin Hamlisch, will focus on …

Photo Gallery: Eric Church Outsiders Tour

By Jack Fordyce
Award winning outlaw country artist Eric Church brought “The Outsiders” world tour to Pittsburgh fans Saturday, Oct.11 at Consol Energy Center. Church was touring in …

Review: Mintzer’s big band takes on ’60s and ’70s rhythm-and-blues

By Bob Karlovits
Bob Mintzer is indeed a soul man. The saxophonist showed that clearly in leading his big band through a tribute to the rhythm-and-blues hits that dominated the ‘60s and ‘70s. But in opening a two-night stay Friday night at the …

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest wanted ‘unusual, amazing’ for U.S. debut

By Mark Kanny
Returning to Heinz Hall after a two-week hiatus in the Mellon Grand Classics series, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will play a program substantially changed since the …

Review: PSO debuts of Israeli conductor, Spanish guitarist impress

By Mark Kanny
Don’t be put off by the scheduling peculiarity of the second week of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra subscriptions concerts falling in mid-October. The program features two debuts: the exciting young Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber and the soulful Spanish guitarist Pablo …

Eric Church not afraid to do his music his particular way

By Kellie B. Gormly
Listening to the songs on Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” album is like reading a book. You need to go start-to-finish to get the full experience, …

Singer-songwriter Mraz, 37, insists he’s the retiring type

By The Los Angeles Times
Jason Mraz wants to garden more, surf more, have a kid, put some of the money he’s saved from selling 4.5 million albums nationwide toward a good cause. So, he’s started a campaign with his manager: “#RetiredAt40.” He has one …

Monk film puts top jazz musicians on display

By Bob Karlovits
Thomas Wendt and K. Mensah Wali find different sorts of richness in the work of Thelonious Monk. For Wali, Monk’s individuality not only is the …

Big Band meets R&B for Manchester Guild show

By Bob Karlovits
Bob Mintzer says the soulfulness of the famous rhythm-and-blues bands is part of his “musical DNA.” That genetic connection has led to a big-band biopsy …