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Briefs: Dutch violinist to play Mellon Arena

| Friday, Dec. 12, 2008

Andre Rieu -- a Dutch violinist, conductor and composer -- and his Johann Strauss Orchestra will come to Pittsburgh on May 17, 2009.

Tickets for the concert, which will be at Mellon Arena, are $50 to $159 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Rieu has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and has been called the "King of Waltz." Details: 412-323-1919.

-- Kellie B. Gormly

Frick gives out 2-for-1 tours

The Frick Art & Historical Center is offering a two-for-one special on tours of the Clayton mansion on Tuesdays in December.

On Dec. 16, 23 and 30, Frick patrons who purchase a ticket to a Clayton holiday tour will receive one free. Also, from today through Dec. 21, the Frick is celebrating Helen Clay Frick's debut into society. All people named Helen will receive free Clayton tours during this time.

Details: 412-371-0600 or online .

-- Kellie B. Gormly

Cultural happenings today

• CLO Cabaret presents "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" at 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through Feb. 1 at the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown. $39.50. 412-456-6666.

• Pittsburgh Public Theater presents "The Lady With All the Answers" at 8 p.m. at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown. Performance continue through Dec. 14. $35-$50. 412-316-1600.

• City Theatre presents "The Brothers Size" at 8 p.m. at the South Side theater. Performances continue through Dec. 21. $17-$60. 412-431-2489

• Pittsburgh CLO presents "A Musical Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m. at the Byham Theater, Downtown. Performances continue through Dec. 21. $13.50-$44.50. 412-456-6666.

• Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. at the Benedum Theater, Downtown. Performances continue through Dec. 28. $20.50-$88.50. 412-456-6666

• Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir present "Messiah" at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Heinz Hall, Downtown. $9-$63. 412-392-4900

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