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Since it was founded in 1983, this non-profit organization has become a musical training ground for future performers. The Children's Festival Chorus gathers 130 children from 50 school districts to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The children also perform with the Civic Light Opera and the Mendelssohn Choir. The children perform a variety of music from classical operas to contemporary pop songs. The concerts are held throughout western Pennsylvania, and times and ticket prices vary based on the event.
The Trinity Cathedral is immediately visible from anywhere on Sixth Avenue. Inspired by 14-century English style, Architect Gordon Lloyd of Detroit built this Gothic edifice in 1871. Although the church was partially destroyed by fire in 1969, the interior continues to reflect a Victorian style. In addition to a historic courtyard, the cemetery houses some of the oldest graves in Pittsburgh. Although it may seem slightly out of keeping with the cathedral's past, the building hosts concerts in the spring and fall.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which performs at this venue on a regular basis. It has a capacity of 2,661 with state-of-the-art sound equipment available on site. The acoustics are outstanding, and the decor is a gorgeous mix of Baroque and Gothic. Located in the centre of Pittsburgh, several restaurants, hotels and cultural centers are in close proximity. Tickets can be booked at the box office. Quite a few workshops for students are held here as well.
Pittsburgh may be best known as The Steel City, but that does not mean folks here do not have a little bit of country in their blood. Point State Park hosts the annual Dollar Bank Jamboree, an annual event featuring country music, a fishing competition and tons of children's activities. This year Wynnona headlines the music lineup. After the show, the evening ends with a fireworks display. The best part of the day is that the concert is free.
The O'Reilly Theatre was designed by architect Michael Graves and is now the home of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. The glass and stone structure lights up Penn Avenue, which is decorated by modern outdoor sculptures; the 650-seat theater inside is designed in the "thrust configuration," meaning seats surround three sides of the stage. This arrangement lends for a very intimate theater experience. The Pittsburgh Public Theatre hosts classic productions, such as Shakespeare's "Macbeth," and more modern entertainment such as Chicago's famous comedy troupe, The Second City.
In 1946, this opera company began performing in an open-air stadium and has moved through a series of venues, including a canvas tent outside what is now, the Mellon Arena. Their present, permanent home is the opulent Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. The plush theater is the perfect place to host Broadway productions, such as "Miss Saigon," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Gypsy." Each season features new and exciting shows, with touring companies fresh from New York stages.
When this theater was built in 1927, it was called the Stanley Theater and was crowned the city's "Palace of Amusement." Since that time, it has housed a variety of performers - from rock groups in the early 1980's to world-class operas and classical concerts. In 1987 restoration was completed in the efforts to make the interior look as it did on opening night 60 years before. Today it still wows audiences with the impressive domed ceiling, opulent color design, and Georgian-Classical decor. The theater has full bookings throughout the year with a variety of styles of performance. Check out the website for updated playbills and enjoy a night out in this historic building.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust strives to improve the cultural facilities of downtown Pittsburgh. The Theater Square, part of this venture is a huge facility in 9 floors and 330,000 square feet. The facility has a cabaret, a cafe, a broadcasting studio and a backstage bar. The gigantic setting has considerably improved the cultural outlook of the place.
One of the newest theaters in Pittsburgh is the Harris Theater, which is located in the cultural district downtown. The theater specializes in independent and foreign films, but also hosts lecture series, recitals, live performances and experimental theater.
This is a brand new venue in the city. Come watch theatrical performances and live music, there is a little bit for everyone's taste.