Gala christens Festival of Firsts
Teasing that “Everyone remembers their first,” on Oct. 12 the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust was busy daring 400-plus black-ties to remember the last time their hometown was better known for its gritty Steel City reputation than a burgeoning arts scene.
“It's just incredible,” commented prez Kevin McMahon, at the helm of the organization's Festival of Firsts Gala to officially christen four upcoming weeks of theater, dance, music, and visual arts never-before-seen in the United States.
With the infamous Rubber Duck having set the stage with an unanticipated massive, traffic-jamming response — “We were overwhelmed ... sorry!” McMahon said — the time ahead includes an international lineup of works originating from Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Canada.
Held at the August Wilson Center, the gala included a seated dinner served by the Duquesne Club with a special performance by Nellie McKay & The Turtle Island Quartet. On the scene were PCT board chair Carolyn Duronio, co-chairs John and Nadine Engel, Tom and Bonnie VanKirk, Scott and Sue Lammie, Catherine Loevner, Selma Sherman, Jane Arkus, Alice Jenkins, Cindy and Murry Gerber, Bob and Jane Krizner, and Pam and Ken McCrory.
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