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Drue Heinz season listed

| Thursday, April 24, 2003

The Drue Heinz Lectures has announced the lineup for its 2003-04 season:

  • Garrison Keillor, author, humorist and host of "A Prairie Home Companion." Sept. 29.

  • Scott Turow, a practicing attorney and author of "Presumed Innocent," "The Burden of Proof" and "Reversible Errors." Oct. 13.

  • Alice Sebold, author of the memoir "Lucky" and the best seller, "The Lovely Bones." Oct. 27.

  • Carol Gilligan, a psychologist and the first chair of Harvard's gender studies program, author of "The Birth of Pleasure." Nov. 10

  • Walter Isaacson, formerly chief executive officer of the CNN News Group and Time magazine's editorial director, author of "Benjamin Franklin and the Invention of America" and "Kissinger: A Biography." Nov. 25.

  • James Patterson, best-selling author of "Kiss the Girls," "Pop Goes the Weasel" and "Along Came a Spider." Dec. 8.

  • Michael Cunningham, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a PEN/Faulkner award for "The Hours." Jan. 26.

  • Lester Thurow, economics theorist and commentator, author of "Fortune Favors the Bold" and "The Future of Capitalism." Feb. 9.

  • Maxine Hong Kingston, winner of the numerous literary prizes including a National Book Award and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, author of "The Woman Warrior" and "Tripmaster Monkey: His Fakebook." Feb. 23.

  • Laurie Garrett, the only writer to have won a Pulitzer Prize, Peabody Award and Polk Award for journalism for her work on global health concerns. Garrett is the author of "The Coming Plague" and "Betrayal of Trust." March 1.

  • Peter Carey, winner of Booker Prizes for his novels "Oscar and Lucinda" and "True History of the Kelly Gang." March 15.

  • Barbara Ehrenreich, social critic and author of the best-selling book, "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America." March 29.

    All lectures are held at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Subscription prices and on-sale dates have not been announced.

    Details: (412) 622-8866 or via e-mail .

    - Regis Behe

    Famous pianos may be played

    Three famous Steinway grand pianos are in town this week, but not just for display.

    Pianos belonging to Vladimir Horowitz and Van Cliburn, as well as an "art case" instrument created in tribute to George Gershwin on the 100th anniversary of his birth, are at the University Club of Pittsburgh in Oakland. There, today through Saturday, the public is to look at and play the instruments.

    The occasion combines celebration of the Pittsburgh Concert Society's 60th anniversary and the "Legendary Instruments of the Immortals Tour" of Steinway and Sons, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

    Wednesday afternoon, Patricia Prattis Jennings, principal keyboard artist of the Pittsburgh Symphony and a past winner of a Pittsburgh Concert Society competition, performed on each of the pianos. Today at 1 p.m., Camille Budarz will give a recital at the University Club.

    For information about today's recital or to arrange to play on the touring instruments, call Trombino Piano Gallery at (412) 765-0600.

    - Mark Kanny

    Opera presentation

    The St. Vincent College Opera Workshop will present "La Bella Notte d'Amore" ("The Beautiful Night of Love"), a performance of operatic scenes, at 8 p.m. Friday in the St. Vincent College Science Center Ampitheatre, on the campus near Latrobe. The workshop will present scenes from "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Pirates of Penzance," "La Boheme," "The Phantom of the Opera" and others. Admission is free. Information: 724-537-4565.

    Quartet in concert

    The Enso String Quartet will perform 8 p.m. Saturday in the St. Vincent College Science Center Amphitheater as part of the St. Vincent College Concert Series. Tickets are $17 and will be available at the door. Information: St. Vincent College Concert Series Box Office, 724-537-4565.

    Singles dances

  • Parents Without Partners chapter 1357 will hold a singles dance themed "Pirate night" 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at Hartford Heights, Route 30, North Huntingdon Township. Those attending are encouraged to wear a Pirates baseball hat. For details, call Mary at 412-372-5422.

  • East Side Singles will hold a dance for adult singles 6-10 p.m. Sunday at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, near Greensburg. Cost is $7 at the door. For more information, visit www.eastsidesingles.com

    Pops concert

    Seton Hill University, Division of Visual and Performing Arts will present the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds "Pops" concert 8 p.m. Saturday in Cecilian Hall on the campus in Greensburg. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For tickets call 724-838-4280. For more information regarding the event please contact Kathleen Campbell, associate professor of music at SHU, at 724-830-1056 or visit www.wswinds.org.

    Art league show

    Norwin Art League will hold its annual spring membership show beginning with an opening reception 7-9 p.m. May 1 at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road. The exhibit will run through June 30. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

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