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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 …

Piano-bass duo Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio to perform at Frick auditorium

By Tribune-Review
Pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist Michael Bisio can take a simple melody and twist it enough that it gets a new face, but is still recognizeable. Their current album, “Root of Things,” is as a trio with drummer Whit Dickey. …

Mellencamp to bring tour to Benedum Center

By Tribune-Review
Rock/pop legend John Mellencamp is bringing his “Plain Spoken” 2015 North American Tour to the Benedum Center on May 12, 2015. Mellencamp is known mostly for numerous radio hits from the ‘80s, including “Hurts So Good,” “Jack & Diane,” “Authority …

Entertainer Carmen de Lavallade takes a new direction at 83

By Mark Kanny
Some talent is too big to be contained. As Carmen de Lavallade, now 83, looks back on her life as a dancer, choreographer, actress and …

Star violinist will headline annual Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra gala

By Mark Kanny
The concert portion of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s annual gala regularly features a stellar soloist, one befitting the organization’s biggest single fundraising event of the …

Ariana Grande tour to include Petersen Events Center

By Tribune-Review
Ariana Grande, who seems to be in just about every pop song on the charts these days, on Wednesday announced dates for “The Honeymoon Tour,” …

Joe Pye Festival is fun, festive, still growing

By Joyce Hanz
Usually, weeds are something to be avoided. But organizers of the Joe Pye Festival in Natrona hope crowds will come together to celebrate one particular …

Band Blast brings big fun for a low price

By Candy Williams
Eric Swierczewski has fond memories of playing in New Kensington’s Memorial Park as a young boy. “I was originally from Aluminum City Terrace, and I …