Pittsburgh Performs

By fulfilling its mission to offer quality and variety to Pittsburgh audiences, Chamber Music Pittsburgh is venturing outside the traditional concert hall to take the music to the places where people already are in the community. The Pittsburgh Performs series seeks to showcase the multi-faceted musical talents that the Steel City has to offer by presenting affordable pay-what-you-wish performances featuring local musicians in non-traditional venues around town.

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 2:00pm

Because She Said So

A multi-media celebration of women and femme artists, directed by Anqwenique. 

Featuring

Clara Kent
Corinne Jasmine
Madame Trio
Candace Burgess
Formosa (Stephanie Tsong)

Show is FREE and open to the public. Seats may be reserved online and over the phone only. Walk-ins on the day of the show will be subject to availability.

 

Carnegie Library – Main (Oakland) – North Wing Music Room, Second Floor

4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15213
Contact
Main – Music
Phone: 412.622.3105
Email: musicdept@carnegielibrary.org

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

Four Oceans World Music Ensemble

Debut Concert!

BYOB!

Museum doors open at 6pm and the museum is free of charge for concertgoers

The Mattress Factory, North Side

The Four Oceans World Music Ensemble is a newly formed group of professional musicians passionate about performing music from all over the world. Musical selections from Argentina, Brazil, China, and Ghana are creatively woven together, exploring both harmony and divergence among different musical cultures.

Featuring:

Pipa soloist Yang Jin
Bandoneon Alejandro Pinzon (Argentinean tango)
Multi-instrumental Ghanaian artist Samuel Okoh-Boateng
Pianist/composer Joseph Sheehan

...joined by other special guests

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-626-6121. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability.

Mattress Factory BYOB Policies

  • Water, cups, and ice will be provided
  • Up to 1 six-pack of beer or 1 bottle of wine per person
  • You must be 21 years or older and provide valid photo ID upon request
  • You may not share a poured beverage without a wristband
  • You may bring a cooler, as long as it is small enough to fit under your chair (airplane carry-on style)
  • Please keep your wristband the entire time you’re at the Mattress Factory
  • We reserve the right to ask you and your party to leave the premises if you become a disturbance to others
  • We will eject you and your party if you attempt to share alcohol with any minor

Not Permitted

  • Unchecked alcohol, including flasks
  • Liquor of any kind — this includes mixers, hard alcohol, and liquids in unmarked bottles
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

Eko Chamber Collective

Chamber Music Pittsburgh and BOOM Concepts are pleased to present EKO CHAMBER COLLECTIVE, featuring an eclectic roster of Pittsburgh-based musicians including Herman Pearl, aka Soy Sos, (electronics), Brittany Trotter (flute), Anqwenique Kinsel (voice), Sadie Powers (bass), Paul Thompson (bass), and Brian Riordan (live processing). The collective is a live electro-acoustic ensemble that utilizes spatialized performance techniques that cater to reverberant spaces. With the use of a multi-channel sound system, the group creates an immersive sound environment by collaborating with the acoustics and architecture of spaces rather than working against them. Audience members are encouraged to move about the performance space, as the ensemble’s compositions are created to lend themselves to unique sonic experiences, which unfold differently depending on one's vantage point.

 

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-626-6121. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

Clarion String Quartet

Join us for this very special concert featuring the Clarion String Quartet in a live radio performance at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio A. 

Hosted by WQED's own Jim Cunningham. 

 

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-626-6121. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability.

Past Events in This Series:

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Pittsburgh Performs: Sirens & Queens by Anqwenique

Join Chamber Music Pittsburgh and Boom Concepts at East Liberty's Hotel Indigo  in the Wallace’s Whiskey Room + Kitchen for our Pittsburgh Performs concert Sirens & Queens, a project of vocalist Anqwenique. Soprano, Anqwenique Kinsel presents contemporary works by Black Women composers, highlighting and elevating their accomplishments in the classical music field. The project Sirens & Queens aim to explore non-sacred, obscure works that are not performed often in order to expose, educate, entertain and delight audiences in stories and musical experiences. In order to present a more accurate, contemporary narrative of the Black experience in a classical music context. Tackling issues of diversity in the field by creating and curating content that relates to marginalized communities. This project began through Anqwenique's search for classical music content that reflected her cultural experiences as a Black Woman. Ultimately leading her to find works that are captivating, musically proficient, and technically complex, although do not always appear in standard classical repertoire. Anqwenique believes that part of combatting racism in creative spaces is to challenge how arts based institutions, place value on works by artists of color. The concert begins at 7PM. Full cash bar and full restaurant menu available.

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 6:30PM. Concert at 7PM. Cash bar.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

Pittsburgh Performs: The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show

Join Chamber Music Pittsburgh at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood as pianist Tom Roberts presents The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show with Mary Beth Malek, clarinet. The duo will perform live to accompany Chaplin films The Rink, The Pawn Shop, and Kid Auto Races at Venice California. Popcorn will be provided by Chamber Music Pittsburgh. The Museum will be open from 6-7pm (free of charge) for our patrons to view all of the exhibits. The show begins at 7pm in the lobby. Parking is available in the museum lot or down the street at 1300 Brighton Rd. across from Commonplace Coffee.

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 6:30PM. Concert/film at 7PM. The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. 

Featured artists:



Tom Roberts, piano
Mary Beth Malek, clarinet

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

BASSCHAMBER: Deep Bass with a Bit of Treble

Join Chamber Music Pittsburgh at Joe Negri Auditorium on Mount Washington (200 Cowan St. Pittsburgh, PA 15211) for an exciting and unique concert experience as vocalist Tania Grubbs performs with five world-class acoustic bassists (members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), a virtuoso bass guitarist, and a phenomenal drummer. Sit back with a beer in hand from Enix Brewery and enjoy unusual arrangements of music by Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Seals & Croft as well as Vince Mendoza and several other special tunes with various combinations of all things BASS!

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. CASH bar. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 6:30PM. Concert at 7PM. Street parking is available as well as a public parking garage on Shiloh Street at Virginia Avenue. Shop and Save will also be accommodating parking for the concert.

Featured artists:
Tania Grubbs, vocals
Jeff Grubbs, bass
Peter Guild, bass
John Moore, bass
Aaron White, bass
Paul Matz, bass

Special Guests:
Tony Grey, bass guitar
James Johnson, III, drums

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

“On the Inside” - An Immersive Jam with BOOM Concepts

On the inside... is an immersive music jam experience for music lovers and enthusiast of all kinds. The audience is placed right in the middle of the jam, made to feel as if they are a part of the ensemble. Seamlessly shifting from classical art songs, jazz standards, hiphop originals, and more! We invite you to join us, on the inside at Community Forge in Wilkinsburg (1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221). Light refreshments provided by Everyday's a Sundae.

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 6:30PM. Concert at 7PM.

Featured artists:

Tracksploitation
Shanyse Strickland, french horn
Ben Broshe, keyboard
Shad Ali, MC
Anqwenique, vocalist
Julie Mallis, visuals

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 7:00pm

Pittsburgh Performs: BACHBOOMBOX III

BACHBOOMBOX, hosted by Chamber Music Pittsburgh and BOOM Concepts, returns with a fresh crew of artists ready to explore. Moving through time and musical space, the audience will turn the dial on the boombox from station to station for an eclectic live performance at Barebones Productions. The performance features Magic Organs; Shanyse Strickland, vocalist and horn; Renze Jefferson, bass; Kenny Peagler, piano; and Anqwenique, vocalist.

Pay what you wish! $10 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 6:30PM.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 7:30pm

Pittsburgh Performs: Music of John Cage for Prepared Piano Performed by Amy Williams

It is a rare opportunity to hear John Cage’s groundbreaking solo prepared piano work, the Sonatas and Interludes, performed live. Lasting just over an hour, there are dozens of screws, bolts, pieces of rubber, coins, strips of plastic, that are inserted into the strings of the piano to create breathtakingly beautiful sounds that are reminiscent of percussion instruments from around the world. Chamber Music Pittsburgh invites you to hear Amy Williams perform surrounded by potential musical instruments (aka “junk”) at Construction Junction to further intensify the experience. The piece is an emotional journey—through the “white" emotions (the heroic, the erotic, the mirthful and the wondrous) and the “black” emotions (fear, anger, disgust, and sorrow) of Ancient Hindu aesthetics, all leading towards tranquility. 

Pay what you wish! $10 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 7:00PM.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Pittsburgh Performs: KINETIC with Anqwenique and members of Kassia Ensemble

Chamber Music Pittsburgh and BOOM Concepts invite you to enjoy Songs of Lake Volta inspired by Ghanaian music and culture, composed by Joe Sheehan. Performed by KINETIC with Anqwenique and members of Kassia Ensemble. Ghanaian drummer and poet Samuel Okoh-Boatengwill make a special appearance. The live concert will be held The Shoplocated in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood.

Pay what you wish!;$10 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 6:30PM.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Pittsburgh Performs: "The Music of Strangers" Film + AppalAsia

Appalasia, a Pittsburgh-based ensemble will perform live with a screening of the GRAMMY-nominated film "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble" to follow.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

Pittsburgh Cello Quartet

Pittsburgh Cello Quartet, the four newest members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra cello section, will play a program featuring classical cello repertoire, as well as some surprising new favorites! At Dormont's own Hollywood Theater. The theater is BYOB for a small fee at the movie theater box office (beer and wine only), and will have the concession stand open to buy your favorite movie theater snacks.

Pay what you wish! $10 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. Doors and box office open at 6:30.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

NAT 28: A musical conflict kitchen

NAT 28, an ensemble that celebrates diversity in classical and contemporary music, will play a program that they describe as a musical conflict kitchen. Ticket includes food from Conflict Kitchen restaurant.

Seating is limited! Pay what you wish! $20 suggested. Tickets required. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. Doors and box office open at 6:30.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

BACHBOOMBOX

Groove Aesthetic: BACHBOOMBOX
Featuring Shad Ali; Langston Kelly, Human DJ; Joy KMT; Rachel Smith, cello; and more. Hosted by Magic Organs, the visual art duo D.S. Kinsel and Julie Mallis. Special guest Anqwenique Wingfield.

BACHBOOMBOX is an interactive performance exploring musical and cultural relationships between classical music and hip-hop. Melodies and themes from Bach's cello suites, passions, and more are intricately woven into classic hip-hop beats embellished by conscious rhymes, soulful singing, spoken word, and more.

Seating is limited! Pay what you wish! $10 suggested. Tickets required. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. Doors and box office open at 6:30.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Kassia Ensemble

Tickets for this event will be available at the door. Seating is limited! Ticket pre-sale has ended.

Join us at the Pittsburgh Winery to hear all-female chamber group Kassia Ensemble as they open our 2016-2017 Pittsburgh Performs series!

Please note: Pittsburgh Winery is a 21+ venue

Program
Zoltan Kodaly - Serenade for two violins and viola
Paul Hindemith - Musikalisches Blumengartlein und Lyptziger Allerley for Clarinet and Bass
Gilad Cohen - Trio for Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello, and Ruminating Harp
David Anderson - Dance Suite for double bass and harp
Jessica Meyer - “Getting home… (I must be)”
Johannes Brahms - Clarinet Quintet Op. 115

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

Lance LaDuke and The New Malcontents: An Incomplete and Highly Biased History of the Greatest Comedy Songs Ever Written Ever

Ukulele, tuba, and drum trio Lance LaDuke & The New Malcontents will play a program titled, An Incomplete and Highly Biased History of the Greatest Comedy Songs Ever Written Ever. This laugh-out-loud evening will also feature improvisational comedy performances from members of the Arcade Comedy Theater, downtown Pittsburgh’s destination for all things comedy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

Anqwenique Wingfield

Pittsburgh vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield and her friends will play a program that is sure to delight jazz and classical fans alike.

SOLD OUT! This concert is pay-what-you-wish! Refreshments from our friends at The Livermore will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 5:00pm

Fauré String Trio

Local string trio Fauré String Trio has had the honor of premiering many new compositions since its inception in 2003, but this concert may be the first time they have the honor of being accompanied by a custom menu of gourmet hot dogs, grub and cocktails designed specially by the culinary creatives at Franktuary. 

No ticket required! Donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments by Franktuary will be available for purchase.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 6:30pm

Tracksploitation

Local DJ duo Tracksploitation will collaborate with a classical string quartet to create chamber music like you've never heard before! Refreshments will be served for free, though donations are gratefully accepted.