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Review: Opera Theater Summerfest concert fitting honor for founder

By Mark Kanny
Opera Theater Summerfest celebrated its founder Mildred Miller Posvar on July 23 with the best form of tribute — a concert devoted to repertoire she made her own at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City and other major …

Review: Buffett keeps faith with fans on ‘This One’s for You’ tour

By Vaunda Bonnett
The video opening to Jimmy Buffett’s July 23 concert at First Niagara Pavilion showed parking-lot photos as if on the displays of cellphones and digital cameras that then morphed into images on the pages of a scrapbook. That might have …

Moondog’s owner the force behind Pittsburgh Blues Festival

By Rege Behe
Ron “Moondog” Esser has seen every incarnation of the Pittsburgh Blues Festival. The owner of Moondog’s, a cozy music club in Blawnox, Esser has been …

Jason Aldean headlines big country show at PNC Park

By Alan Sculley
Just five albums into his career, Jason Aldean has punched his ticket into one of the most exclusive clubs in country music. He has joined …

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble letting music speak for itself

By Mark Kanny
Sometimes the music is more than enough, even for Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. The group’s third program of the season is an exception to its …

Holidays set to perform at Vandergrift’s Casino Theatre

By Joyce Hanz
On July 25, the Casino Theatre in Vandergrift will host the Pittsburgh oldies band The Holidays. The 90-minute show will highlight the best music from …

Pop star Perry brings high-energy world tour to Consol

By Rachel Weaver
It was all neon wigs, elaborate costumes and giddy energy. And that was just the audience. But it was Katy Perry who brought all that …

Stricter tailgating rules put in place for Aldean show at PNC Park

By Bob Bauder
Natalie Merz had a hard time understanding the hubbub over Saturday’s appearance of country music star Jason Aldean at PNC Park. Pittsburgh and concert organizers …

Lake Street Dive goes down smooth at Hartwood Acres

By Jack Fordyce
They’re listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 10 new artists you need to know in 2014, but it’s pretty obvious that Lake Street Dive …

Review ‘Cage Variations,’ performed by Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, takes the long way around a short subject

By Mark Kanny
The second weekend of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble concerts was devoted to the world premiere of “The Cage Variations” by Ted Hearne, which won the group’s Harvey Gaul Competition. Hearne’s new piece takes inspiration from the song “The Cage” by …

Summerfest’s ‘Ariadne’ rides crest of superbly blended talents

By Mark Kanny
A transporting operatic performance is more than an assembly of successful elements. The Opera Theater Summerfest performance of “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss on …

New synthesizers make sounds musicians want

By Michael Machosky
Sounds and styles shift so frequently in pop music, you can almost guarantee that whatever’s currently passe, corny or uncool will eventually come back into …

Reviews: Sean Jones’ latest is top-notch work

By Tribune-Review
‘Im·Pro·Vise’ Sean Jones Quartet (Mack Avenue) Trumpeter Sean Jones moves into the neighborhood of the legendary with “Im·Pro·Vise.” Playing in his ever-improving quartet setting, Jones …

Trent Reznor contemplates his future, life on the road

By The Associated Press
Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics. Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails are preparing for …

Camera Obscura back, focusing on the melancholy

By Michael Machosky
When you make pop music that isn’t all that popular — not as big as, say, Katy Perry — what do you call it? For …

Pop star Katy Perry’s chart-topping style heavy on fireworks, elaborate costumes

By Rachel Weaver
Much has changed for Katy Perry since the spunky songstress sparkled onto the scene in 2008 with the ubiquitous “I Kissed a Girl.” Whether it’s …

New Music Ensemble builds weekend around ‘Cage Variations’

By Mark Kanny
The concentrated summer season of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble covers a lot of ground during its four pairs of concerts over four weekends. Part …

Parrot Heads reflect on carefree Buffett concert culture

By Vaunda Bonnett
His annual tours are as regular as migration, but that doesn’t make them routine. After decades on the road, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer …

Former PSO conductor Maazel leaves a great legacy

By Mark Kanny
Memories flooded back after the shock of hearing of Lorin Maazel’s death at age 84 had settled in. His parents lived to 106 and 99. …

Conductor Lorin Maazel, former PSO music director, dies at 84

By Chris Togneri
A child prodigy who led his first orchestra at 7, Lorin Maazel spent more than seven decades establishing an international reputation as a musical genius …