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Kanny: Country and western rocks the PSO

By Mark Kanny
Country and Western music came to Heinz Hall Friday night when The Texas Tenors played the Pops with ample enthusiasm and a welcome sense of playfulness and humor. The orchestra opened the concert with “The Magnificent Seven” conducted by resident conductor ...

Music legends Dick Dale and Merle Haggard plan W.Pa. shows

By Tribune-Review
Two of the all-time great road warriors of popular music are coming to the Pittsburgh area: old-school country troubadour Merle Haggard to the Palace Theatre ...

Parrotheads rejoice: Jimmy Buffett coming to First Niagara on Aug. 13

By Tribune-Review
Parrotheads were starting to get a little worried that their hero, Jimmy Buffett, was bypassing the Pittsburgh area this year. But have no fear, Buffett ...

Roy Ayers closes Pittsburgh’s Jazz Appreciation Month with R&B feel

By Bob Karlovits
Roy Ayers says singing in a rhythm-and-blues group showed him how to sound off his thoughts about music. It taught him the ways to add the ...

Texas Tenors view chance to perform as a gift

By Mark Kanny
Getting a break is one thing. Making it pay off is another. Three young tenors, each building a career in Houston, decided to form a group ...

Synod Hall concert mixes basic bluegrass with benefit

By Michael Machosky
If you can do something as well as Mac Martin plays bluegrass, well, you might as well keep doing it until someone tells you to ...

Mavericks step out ahead by going old-school ‘Mono’

By Dave Gil De Rubio
In this day and age of an imploding music industry, file sharing and the declining sales of recorded music, it almost seems counterintuitive for artists ...

Pulitzer-winning music a tribute to Pennsylvania coal miners

By The Associated Press
Julia Wolfe descended hundreds of feet underground, into a dank, dark cavern with gleaming black walls: a Pennsylvania coal mine. “You can’t believe people spent all ...

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra shifts to Mozart to accommodate injured pianist

By Bob Karlovits
A Mozart concerto is proving to be a temporary cure for the tendinitis in the right hand of pianist Louis Schwizgebel. He will perform Wolfgang Amadeus ...

Queen of Soul delivers powerful performance at Heinz Hall

By Kellie B. Gormly
Some moments Tuesday night at Heinz Hall were very much like a time warp, as Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, belted out several of …

Etheridge, Smashing Pumpkins tickets on sale soon for Munhall shows

By Tribune-Review
Tickets for two upcoming shows at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Muhall will go on sale this weekend. • Melissa Etheridge will perform at 8 p.m. June 22. Tickets are $55 to $95 and go on sale at noon April ...

Penn Township’s Kendall Vertes launches pop music career

By Chris Foreman
Springing from four seasons in the cast of the popular “Dance Moms” reality show, Kendall Vertes is launching a pop music career. Los Angeles-based Jenga Productions ...

Pittsburgh pair plans rare trip to Iran for American classical musicians

By Tom Fontaine
A composer and nonprofit leader from Pittsburgh have brokered a deal to send American classical musicians to Tehran for the first time since the Iranian ...

Musical multiplication works wonders in Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild shows

By Bob Karlovits
Good music is made even better when it is multiplied by two. That simple bit of musical mathematics was demonstrated clearly Saturday evening at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on the North Side. Guitarist Larry Coryell opened the two shows alone, …

Performing for presidents or Pittsburghers, Franklin’s soul keeps shining

By Kellie B. Gormly
Fans might be surprised to learn that Aretha Franklin, known around the world as the Queen of Soul, actually has semi-retired, even though she still ...

Turrentine tribute features fine play

By Tribune-Review
‘Messin’ With Mister T’ Dave Stryker, et al  (Strikezone) Ten excellent tenor sax players can’t quite rival Stanley Turrentine on “Messin’ With Mister T.” ...

Kanny: Honecks work classical magic

By Mark Kanny
Gratitude is a natural reaction after a wonderful performance, but Friday night’s concert by Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony was especially treasured. The first half introduced two superb pieces, while the concert concluded with a powerful performance of Peter ...

Granati Brothers’ new album almost didn’t go anywhere

By Rege Behe
The decision to make an album of ambient music was “a lark, a labor of love,” according Joey Granati. Recording with his brother, David, as ...

When does anticipated Record Store Day drop in Pittsburgh? This weekend

By Michael Machosky
To own a record store in this day and age, you have to have the right motivation. “The secret to running a record-store business is ...

Josh Groban making September stop in Pittsburgh

By Tribune-Review
Crooner Josh Groban will be bringing his fall tour to the Benedum Center, Downtown, on Sept. 17. His latest album, “Stages,” is set for release April ...