David Cutler with Project Piñata

Project Pinata

"Swinging with a Blindfold"

Tickets for this event will be available at the door

Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 7:30pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is an accessible venue.
Call 412-624-4129 for more information.

Pre-concert mixer at 6:30pm

Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door.
Each ticket includes one free drink ticket and light snacks.

About “Swinging with a Blindfold”:

Indian rhythms, Bulgarian weddings, salsa montuno, Bach Minuets, Nuevo tango, techno grooves, Klezmer dance, jazz licks, country twang, Schumann tunes, progressive rock, Radiohead, and boogie…How might you experience this incredible feast of styles? Well, you could tour the world with a pocket musicologist. Or join pianist, composer, and “weekend traveler” David Cutler with Project Piñata for a virtuosic, genre-hopping, wild ride across the musical globe.

“Swinging with a Blindfold”:
Shooting Stars I (selections): arr. David Cutler
Nine Patch: David Cutler
Sweet Home Carolina: David Cutler
Shooting Stars II (selections): arr. David Cutler
Vango Tan Gogh: David Cutler
Can’t Stop Running: Adam Ben Ezra
Impetuous Bride: David Cutler

About David Cutler:

David Cutler is a pianist and composer equally comfortable with classical, jazz, popular, folk, and world musics. As a frequent performer with artists like Boston Brass, New Century Saxophone Quartet, and Indian kathak dancer Cynthia Ling Lee, he stretches what it means to be a musical collaborator: interacting with audiences, incorporating choreography, playing secondary instruments. His eclectic compositional output has been commissioned by artists such as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Milan, Korean Chamber Ensemble, and Airmen of Note Air Force Big Band.

One of the world’s leading voices on arts entrepreneurship, Dr. Cutler’s book The Savvy Musician helps musicians build a career, earn a living, and make a difference. He serves as the Director of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.

About Project Piñata:
Project Piñata is a virtuosic, genre-hopping trio made up of David Cutler (piano), Craig Butterfield (bass), and Marc Widenhofer (drums).  As the name implies, they love taking perfectly good music and smashing it wide open with hopes of discovering surprising sweetness on the inside. No musical style is off limits, having re-imagined everything from tango to twelve-tone to Turkish to Tchaikovsky to techno, and even some genres beginning with letters beyond “T.”   For this concert, they are delighted to be joined by violinist Erika Cutler.

This concert is part of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater's East Liberty LIVE!.

This concert is supported by:
The Hillman Foundation

Kelly Strayhorn Theater  WQED  The Livermore


The Kelly Strayhorn Theater

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is located at 5941 Penn Avenue in East Liberety.

Click here for a map to the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is an accessible venue. For information about accessible services, please call Chamber Music Pittsburgh at 412-624-4129.


Parking available behind the Carnegie Library East Liberty Branch, enter from Beatty Street and also at the East Busway (Highland and Center Avenues).

Metered street parking is available on Penn Ave, Highland Ave and throughout Penn Circle.

For the July 17, 2014 and July 24, 2014 concerts, there is also a lot available behind the Kelly Strayhorn Theater at the corner of Kirkwood St. and Whitfield St. (entrance is off of Kirkwood).