Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dynamic Season of Diverse Performances for the Cultural Trust

Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust - 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org      
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust - 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
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Search: Trust Presents

Pittsburgh Dance Council
Trust Cabaret Series
Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents

PITTSBURGH, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced tickets will go on sale, August 23, for an outstanding season of performances including Pittsburgh Dance Council, Trust Cabaret Series, and Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents presentations. For more information and tickets, call (412) 456-6666, visit the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue or purchase online at www.TrustArts.org. Group sales are available by calling (412) 471-6930.

The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a programming division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brings the best contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Cultural District. Each season, Pittsburgh Dance Council presents diverse, world-class contemporary works, including U.S. and world premieres. “This season, with a focus on delivering new and fresh experiences and international flair, the Dance Council brings a snapshot of contemporary dance and performance,” comments Paul Organisak, Executive Director. For more information: TrustArts.org/Dance. All tickets start at $19.

Compagnie Marie Chouinard: Henri Michaux: MOUVEMENTS and GYMNOPEDIES
U.S. Premiere
Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m.
Byham Theater
Marie Chouinard creates dance conceived from primeval dreams — earthy and strong, yet shaped by irrepressible secrets and unseen dimensions in time. Selected to launch the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, the evening’s program will include Henri Michaux; MOUVEMENTS, inspired by a book of poetry and drawings by Belgian artist Henri Michaux, and the U.S. premiere of GYMNOPEDIES, set to glorious solo piano works by Eric Satie. In Henri Michaux: MOUVEMENTS, dancers form a stunning silhouette to projections, exuding a haunting sense that they, in the artist’s words, are connected to “the strangeness of natural things and the naturalness of strange things.” *Contains nudity.

Zimmermann & de Perrot: Hans was Heiri
U.S Premiere
October 18 at 8 p.m. | October 19 at 2 p.m.
Byham Theater
The duo Zimmermann & de Perrot have crafted an original and mischievous marriage of theater, circus and dance. Poets as well as magicians, their choreography overflows with cunning depth and humor. In Hans was Heiri, the stage design revolves on a horizontal axis, forcing the performers into the most unlikely positions. All this is put at the service of a caustic story, which makes Hans was Heiri a work that breaks down barriers to an extent rarely seen. This performance is also part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.

Compagnie Käfig: Correria and Agwa
Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m.
Byham Theater
This innovative hip-hop ensemble has become an international phenomenon. Inspired by an encounter with young dancers from the shantytowns of Brazil, director and choreographer Mourad Merzouki created Correria and Agwa — two heart-stopping works showcasing a sensational combination of samba, hip-hop and capoeira dance styles. The all-male Brazilian company exhibits theatrical intelligence, an irresistible personality and astonishing dancing. Bursting with humor and vitality, this performance pulses to an energetic samba and bossa nova soundtrack.

Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève: Glory and Sed Lux Permanet
Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m.
Byham Theater
This world-class dance company is renowned for its exquisite works and far-reaching artistic collaborations. The performance showcases works by two emerging choreographers from the international contemporary dance scene. Glory, choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis, is symbiotic in its fluctuations between fluidity, intensity, expansiveness and minimalism, and is craftily paired with Handel’s flamboyant music. The hypnotic quality of choreographer Ken Ossola’s Sed Lux Permanet, weaves a sculpted shadow play of delicate physicality accentuated by the sensitive, ethereal sweetness of Fauré’s Requiem.

Wendy Whelan Project: Restless Creature
Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m.
Byham Theater
“America’s most celebrated contemporary ballerina” (The New York Times) joins forces with four of today’s top male choreographers, Pittsburgh’s own Kyle Abraham, along with Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo. Arguably the finest ballet dancer of our time, Whelan danced with New York City Ballet for more than 25 years. She embarks on a new dance adventure with this vibrant suite of four contemporary duets, each with its own distinct style and artistry.

Wayne McGregor / Random Dance: FAR
Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.
Byham Theater
Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works. And FAR is no exception. Staged in a mesmerizing environment of shadow and light, FAR binds innovative design with choreography inspired by radical cognitive research
process. It will make you think differently about dance.

Enjoy the rare opportunity to experience the finest cabaret artists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square. Trust Cabaret Series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Season subscriptions are also available to this series. Subscriptions offer the opportunity to see five performances for the price of four. For more information: TrustArts.org/CabaretSeries or call 412-457-1390. All tickets start at $50.

Marilyn Maye
Monday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Cabaret at Theater Square
Legendary pop-song diva Marilyn Maye holds the record for number of appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson -76 times. She appeals to Broadway and cabaret audiences eager for dramatic, theatrical numbers, as well to the jazz crowd, who want everything cool and understated. This consummate performer has won the “Celebrity of the Year” award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, and recently received the “Legend” award from New York’s Nightlife Critics Association.

Maureen McGovern
Monday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Cabaret at Theater Square
Maureen McGovern’s 40-year career has taken her from “The Disaster Theme Queen” to “The Stradivarius Voice.” She is best known for the pop hits “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure and “We May Never Love Like This Again” from The Towering Inferno. Ms. McGovern made her Broadway debut as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. She subsequently starred in Nine with Raul Julia, 3 Penny Opera with Sting and Little Women, The Musical. Ms. McGovern is currently touring her musical memoir, Carry It On.

Carol Woods
Monday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Cabaret at Theater Square
Singer/actor Carol Woods has captivated audiences around the world, including an outstanding performance in the London production of Blues In The Night. In New York, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, The Village Gate, B. Smith’s, Rainbow and Stars, Michael’s Pub and Town Hall. Her Broadway credits include Chicago, One Mo’ Time, the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, Smokey Joe’s Café, Stepping Out, The Goodbye Girl, Grind, Big River and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.

Liz Callaway
Monday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Cabaret at Theater Square
Tony® Award nominee and Emmy® winner Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along and received a Tony nomination for her performance in Baby. Liz starred in the original cast of Miss Saigon and, for five years, appeared as Grizabella in Cats. She recently starred as Norma Desmond in Pittsburgh CLO’s production of Sunset Boulevard and subsequently released the recording Boom! Live at Birdland with her sister Ann Hampton.

Clint Holmes
Monday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Cabaret at Theater Square
Clint Holmes is a rare performer, moving effortlessly between the worlds of music, television and theater. Whether headlining New York’s Café Carlyle, in Las Vegas or performing with America’s most prestigious orchestras, every Clint Holmes performance is an unforgettable experience with selections from the Great American songbook, standards from Sinatra’s legendary repertoire, contemporary classics and stirring original music. Holmes’ career soared with his hit single “Playground in My Mind” in 1973. Last year, he released “This Thing Called Love – The Music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon.”

Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series offers diverse performances in the Cultural District by national and international artists-dance, lecture, comedy, and music. For more information: TrustArts.org.

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody
September 19 – 20 at 8 p.m. | Saturday, September 21 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Byham Theater
The hilarious musical brings out all of the naughty fun from the best-selling book. In SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody, the book characters come to life through sharp-witted comedy, saucy musical numbers and a few surprises. Tickets start at $35.50 and are currently on sale.

Terry McMillan
Monday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Byham Theater
The best-selling African American author Terry McMillan is widely known for her popular novels Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Disappearing Acts. Who Asked You? is her latest hilarious and heartfelt novel, which introduces a new cast of Terry McMillan characters. Presented in collaboration with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. For tickets, call 412-622-8866. Tickets start at $10 and are currently on sale.

Celtic Thunder: Mythology
Sunday, October 6 at 8 p.m.
Benedum Center
The world-renowned musical group takes live performance to the next level with spirited translations of traditional Irish folk, adult contemporary, rock and roll and classical crossover. In addition to an eclectic song repertoire, Celtic Thunder’s live shows are recognized for their dramatic Celtic lore-influenced staging. Presented in collaboration with WQED. Tickets start at $37.75 and are currently on sale.

Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m.
Byham Theater
Rooted in African American traditions, the legendary a cappella ensemble SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® beautifully captures elements of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. Tickets start at $25.

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience
A Parody by Dan and Jeff
November 20 – 24, Various Times
Byham Theater
Playing to sold out theaters all over the world, Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a “horcrux” and a “hufflepuff,” Potted Potter will make audiences roar with laughter. Tickets start at $35 and are currently on sale.

The Fresh Beat Band Live In Concert
Thursday, November 21 at 6 p.m.
Benedum Center
The popular Nickelodeon preschool TV series musical group returns by popular demand. Kiki, Shout, Marina and Twist perform hits from the music series that teach preschoolers about music appreciation, and how to express feelings through movement, song and instrumental music. Tickets start at $32.75 and are currently on sale.
Photo Credit:  Andrew Zaeh

Straight No Chaser
Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Benedum Center
Neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, the popular musical group is reinventing a cappella on the contemporary pop landscape. Straight No Chaser is the real deal – the captivating sound of 10 unadulterated human voices making extraordinary music, and with a sense of humor. The group is touring in support of its eighth studio recording, Under the Influence. Tickets start at $32.25 and are currently on sale.

Photo Credit:  Luis Leal

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Byham Theater
For more than 50 years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has created uplifting music that marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. In the 1980s, Paul Simon incorporated Black Mambazo’s rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his landmark recording Graceland, which introduced the South African ensemble to a much broader audience. Tickets start at $24.

Alton Brown Live
The Edible Inevitable Tour
Sunday, February 23 at 8 p.m.
Benedum Center
The quirky, culinary wizard Alton Brown is known for reinventing the food show with Food Network’s award winning Good Eats. Alton Brown cooks up a live foodie variety show blending comedy, science, puppetry, storytelling and music. Foodie audiences are sure to be amazed, amused and satisfied. Tickets start at $32.25 and are currently on sale.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Byham Theater
Mixing African gospel with traditional hymns, Jamaican reggae and American pop, Soweto Gospel Choir presents a rich live music experience. Formed in Soweto in 2002, the 30-member chorus powerfully expresses messages of hope and joy with its gorgeous South African vocal harmonies. Tickets start at $25.

Celtic Nights
Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Byham Theater
Live from Ireland, Celtic Nights expertly weaves together beautiful ballads, striking choreography and a compelling storyline. Celtic Nights create a vivid and stirring connection with Ireland’s exuberant ancient heritage. Tickets start at $25.

Brit Floyd
March 7 & 8 at 8 p.m.
Benedum Center
The world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute brilliantly celebrates the band’s amazing musical legacy, taking the tribute genre to even greater heights.

David Garrett
Friday, March 21 at 8 p.m.
Benedum Center
The musically ambitious violinist David Garrett craftily combines classical music elements with those of pop and rock, as well as rhythm and blues. Tickets start at $30.50

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.www.TrustArts.org

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