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Thursday, March 5, 2020

On the Arts: Classical music concerts are just too long by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Imagine visiting an art gallery and being forced to stare at the same painting for half an hour whether you want to or not.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Review: An opera brings the hammer down on a cliche conspiracy theorist — things get messy by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It’s a thought-provoking rumination, and the bizarre situation offers plenty of humor. But the opera is hamstrung by pacing issues. 

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Why do young opera singers flock to Pittsburgh? by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What about Pittsburgh Opera’s resident artist program pulls in such talented singers, and why do they choose to stay?

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra reaches out in a big way in 2020-21 season by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New collaborative programs will either bring community members into Heinz Hall or send musicians to perform in public spaces. 

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Pittsburgh Opera's season has repertoire favorites and 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In May 2021, Pittsburgh Opera will produce “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,” a 90-minute exploration of the saxophonist’s life and legacy.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Review: Pittsburgh Opera brings back baroque ornamentation in strong 'Alcina' by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Soprano Natasha Wilson proved a show-stealer, her charismatic whimsy and light, supple voice proving an absolute delight.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Review: A musicologist calls for a ban on Beethoven and the Pittsburgh Symphony performs Beethoven's 'Fidelio' by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Just because the Pittsburgh Symphony hasn’t played a particular piece before doesn’t mean it should. That goes for music by any composer.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

On the Arts: Remembering loved ones through music by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Music is primarily an art of association, sounds, melodies and rhythms forging connections between feelings, events and people.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

PSO reaches new audience with sensory-friendly holiday performance by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Children with autism take in information differently than their peers. The loud music and flashing lights at concerts can be overwhelming.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Heinz Hall to start security screening in January by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ticket holders will be able to walk through unimpeded, keeping all items on their person.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Any tips? A body language expert puts the spotlight on orchestra conductors by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“I have to be the music for every moment, every gesture, every bit of eye contact,” said Manfred Honeck of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Pittsburgh has a bizarre lack of medium-sized concert halls. It's a problem. by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh has plenty of concert halls that seat 650 or fewer, and several spaces that seat 1,300 or more. But there’s nothing in between.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre kicks off fundraiser to secure live orchestra for 50 more years by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PBT has announced a Live Music Appeal to shore up funding to continue the current amount of live music for the next 50 years. 

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Monday, October 14, 2019

On the Arts: Heinz Hall has 2,675 seats. Where should you sit for the best sound at an orchestra concert? by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Next time you’re in Heinz, remember there are acoustic shadows under the balcony, and sometimes the cheap seats are the best in the house.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Technology and art fuse in Thrival Interactive on Wednesday by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Exhibits range from interactive dance and music performances to technology themed murals and sculptures and virtual reality games.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

3 critics’ solution to evolving local arts coverage by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Yes, arts coverage is shrinking. But it’s evolving, not declining. Here’s the plan. 

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Reviews: Mister Rogers' Operas are charming and weird; Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble nails opening shows by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Onstage are Purple Twirling Kitty, Friendly Frank the Weather Porpoise and Hildegard Hummingbird. Meet the cast Of Mister Rogers’ Operas.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Review: In Phantom of the Opera vs. Pittsburgh Opera, the opera wins (unsurprisingly) due to vocal quality by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Both shows hinged on the quality of the singers. The opera delivered. “Phantom” did not. Please put down the pitchforks.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Critic's Notebook: A Pittsburgh take on a pair of Los Angeles Philharmonic premieres by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Composer Tan Dun spent two years researching lost musical manuscripts from the Dunhuang Library Cave before creating his “Buddha Passion.”

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Critic's Notebook: A new ballet score for 'The Great Gatsby' imitates silent film music by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fitzgerald wrote “The Great Gatsby” in 1925, when jazz was catching on in Paris and the foxtrot and tango were taking the U.S. by storm.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Pittsburgh Opera's season has more conflict-centric operas, returns to baroque by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Next season includes “The Last American Hammer,” a satirical treatment of a one-man militia raging against the tyranny of the government.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Review: Pittsburgh Opera shortens a Mozart opera with mixed results by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“AfterWARds” shortens a full-length opera to about 80 minutes and transforms the story into a tale about refugees. It doesn’t really work.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Breakdancing to Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker': A new holiday tradition by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This week “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” came to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh for a two-night, high-energy celebration of the holiday spirit.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Pittsburgh Opera's next major commission is expected to debut next year by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to be elected prime minister of Pakistan in 1988. Pittsburgh Opera is developing an opera about her life.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Critic's notebook: Leslie Odom, Jr. with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How did the different Pittsburgh musical groups measure up this weekend?

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Renee Fleming to headline PSO gala by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One of opera’s greatest treasures speaks about the quality of contemporary film music and her recent melodies on the big screen.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Hill House concert is part of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's community building by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is seeking community voices to weigh in on how to best connect with local neighborhoods.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble places audience in headphones for a unique live concert experience by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

To close its 43rd season, PNME provided high-fidelity headphones to everyone in a packed theater on the South Side.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Monica Ellis comes back to the Hill with her bassoon by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The PSO is working to develop relationships with Pittsburgh communities and artists without coming off as patronizing.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pittsburgh Festival Opera delivers uneven 'Arabella' by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Festival Opera stages a rare Strauss opera each year. This year’s offering, “Arabella,” has an unfinished libretto. It shows.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: Pittsburgh Opera's 'Elixir of Love' proves entertaining but unrefined by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Among the zanier adaptations of the medieval romance story of Tristan and Isolde, Donizetti’s opera buffa (read: screwball opera) “L’elisir d’amore” (”The Elixir of Love”) is p…

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