Seasons & Tickets

An American Dream

October 15, 2016 7:30pm

AGNES AND JOSEPH KATZ PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH

Our season of great American music opens with composers Charles Ives and John Williams.  Ives’ iconic The Unanswered Question ponders the question of existence: in contemplating the sublime mystery of creation, a question can be better than and answer.  Williams’ “The Five Sacred Trees” is a naturalist, contemporary musical gem, taking inspiration from ancient Celtic mythology.  William’s boisterous The Cowboys Overture instantly conjures up images of the Old American West.

 

American Holiday

December 3, 2016 7:30pm

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF EDGEWOOD

We celebrate the holidays in America with Bach’s sublime Magnificat in collaboration with the Renaissance City Choir. We also bring you the mystical lyricism of Alan Hovhaness and Whitefield Chadwick, the masterful touch of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in their swinging jazz adaptation of The Nutcracker, and lots of holiday cheer with Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride!

Select Holiday Favorites
Featuring the Renaissance City Choir

 

Heroic Tales

March 18, 2017 7:30pm

AGNES AND JOSEPH KATZ PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH

Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 3 celebrates the hero within each of us while Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man honors the unsung heroes of World War II.  Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is one of the most evocative pieces of American music, long associated with moments of intense emotional grief.  We conclude our journey through the country’s heritage of heroism and remembrance with Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait.

 

The American Spirit

May 13, 2017 7:30pm

AGNES AND JOSEPH KATZ PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH

Our season finale explores the past and future of American symphonic music by pairing Charles Griffes’ impressionistic tone poem The White Peacock with a bold and expressive new Symphony by local composer Robert Schultz. We deliver the confluence of jazz and the symphony orchestra with Routenberg’s Jazz Violin Concerto and Ellington’s Sophisticated Lady with the passion and drama of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.