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Apr 28, 2004 - PITTARTS - Journey into Art!

1.      The Return Of Ulysses, Opera Center
2.      Organ Artists Series
3.      Chesapeake at the City Theatre
4.      Lecture and Opening Reception at the Silver Eye
5.      Russian Journeys, Pittsburgh Symphony
6.      Wynton Marsalis Quartet-$15.25 tickets
7.      On Fire, American Shorts Reading Series
8.      Cirque Eloize in Nomade

1.  The Return Of Ulysses
(Il Ritorno D'ulisse In Patria) By Claudio Monteverdi
Presented by Pittsburgh Opera Center and Chatham Baroque
April 30, May 2, May 4, May 6 , May 7.

Tickets $15 through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU

A man trying to find his way home after years at war. A woman who waits for his return.

This work by early operatic master Monteverdi is a brilliant Baroque adaptation of an episode from Homer's Odyssey in which Ulysses returns home after 20 years and slays a legion of suitors in order to reclaim both his wife and his throne.

2.  Organ Artists Series
Heinz Memorial Chapel
 May 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door ($10 general, $2 for students). 

The Organ Artists Series will present a celebratory concert in honor of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the series on Sunday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Heinz Memorial Chapel on the Pitt campus.
Mormon Tabernacle organist, Richard Elliott, and the Bach Choir Chamber Chorus will perform the premiere of a commissioned work by local composer, Glenn Rudolph, along with other works for organ and choir.
Tickets are available at the door ($10 and $2 for students).  Parking is available on neighboring streets and the cathedral is fully accessible.  A reception to meet the artists follows the concert.  For more information, call (412) 366-4513.

City Theatre
April 22 - May 30

Tickets $10 student, $20-$30 faculty/staff through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU.

A performance artist, a right-wing senator, and a retriever named Lucky collide in Lee Blessing’s comic satire

David Wilson Barnes makes his City Theatre debut in this one-man-show about arts, politics, and dogs
City Theatre presents Lee Blessing’s fantastic take on America’s culture wars, Chesapeake.This one-man-show in the Lester Hamburg Studio features the Pittsburgh debut of New York-based actor David Wilson Barnes. Chesapeake is directed by Lou Jacob, who last worked with City Theatre as the director of Fuddy Meers.

In Chesapeake, a performance artist, Kerr, becomes the target of Therm Pooley, a conservative Southern candidate for the Senate. In his campaign Pooley uses his Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Lucky, as his mascot. When the politician succeeds in stripping Kerr of a NEA grant, the artist concocts a plan of revenge involving Pooley’s dog. What happens next comes as a big surprise to Kerr, and the audience as well.

Newsday describes Chesapeake as “…Rich with inspiration and mockery on both sides of the culture wars. Blessing is fearlessly out there, with hints of Kafka and comic books, the Old Testament and Lassie.”

4.  Lecture and Opening Reception for Exhibition of Auction Photographs
Silver Eye Center for Photography
Friday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.

Members, Free; Non-members, $5.00

Tom E. Hinson,Curator of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art, will talk about the excitement in photograph collecting today. Reception will follow talk.
Members, Free; Non-members, $5.00; Reservations recommended. 412.431.1810.1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA.

Exhibition of Auction Photographs, April 28, 2004 -May 21, 2004. Silver Eye
provides Pittsburgh with an opportunity to start collecting original
photographs while supporting the oldest non-profit photography gallery in
Western Pennsylvania. Free Admission. 412.431.1810.
1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA.

5.  Russian Journeys - A Night on Bald Mountain
Pittsburgh Symphony
Friday, April 30 and Sunday, May 2

Tickets just $12 for Students, $17 Faculty and Staff through PITT ARTS 929 WPU. Deadline for cash and check orders is Thursday at noon, credit card orders accepted till noon on Friday.

David Robertson, Conductor
Han-Na Chang, Cello

Mussorsky: A Night on Bald Mountain
Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major for Cello and Orchestra
Rachmaninoff:  Symphonic Dances

Something New, Something Timeless
May 7- 9

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture
Ullmann:  Symphony No. 2
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7

6.  Wynton Marsalis Quartet
, May 3
Benedum Center

$15.25 Best Available Seating through PITT ARTS 929 WPU. Deadline for cash and check orders is Thursday at noon, credit card orders accepted till noon on Monday.

 Named one of "America's 25 Most Influential People" by Time magazine and one of "The 50 Most Influential Boomers" by Life magazine, Wynton Marsalis is the most accomplished and acclaimed jazz artist and composer of his generation, in addition to being a distinguished classical musician.

The trumpet player made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and over the last two decades he has produced an incomparable catalogue of close to 40 outstanding jazz and classical recordings for Columbia Jazz and Sony Classical that have won him nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammy Awards in one year; he repeated this feat in 1984.

In 1999, he released eight new recordings in his unprecedented “Swinging into the 21st” series. Today he is the Music Director of the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO).

7.  On Fire, American Shorts Reading Series
Engine House No.25 3339 Penn Avenue / Lawrenceville
Thursday, APRIL 29 7:00pm
All Tickets $3.00 at the Door

Featuring novelist Geetha Kothari and Post-Gazette theatre critic Chris Rawson

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Theatre critic Chris Rawson reads a fireball of personally collected fiction he calls”The Burning of London, Dresden and LA:Exerpts from Pepys, Vonnegut, and West.:  Novelist/Essayist Geetha Kothari reads, “Kavita Through Glass” by Emily Ishen Raboteau, a passionate selection from Best American Shorts 2003. All Readings Begin at 7:30 PM; Doors Open at 7PM

Scrumptious After Work Treats by the Exquisite Miss Kate R. and Cold, Refreshing Beverages Courtesy of Penn Brewery Will Be Served.

8.  Cirque Eloize in Nomade
May 5-9
Byham Theater

 $10.25 Gallery Seating through PITT ARTS, 929 WPU.

Québec’s most exciting young circus company, Cirque Éloize brings its newest theatrical creation to the Byham for a Pittsburgh premiere. Nomade is a community of performers staging a theatrical carnival filled with song, dance, music, juggling and acrobatic feats that the entire family will enjoy.
Le Journal de Montréal raves, “No big top here. Cirque Éloize literally invites you to the theatre, takes you into a dream world where sensuality, tenderness, humour and, yes, emotion blend perfectly naturally with acrobatics, daring and surprises.”
These nomadic travelers wander through their own memories and dreams to a place that's strangely familiar, boisterous and lyrical. Their journey begins at dusk and ends at a riotous wedding at dawnbecause at nighttime, the sky shines with endless possibilities.

929 William Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260

Phone: 412.624.4498