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Good Stuff Happening This November

Update: I managed to overlook the fact that Pacifica will be in town on Monday, November 10 playing Ligeti 1 when I originally made this post. I’ve listed that concert in the calendar along with the other great stuff mentioned below.

I’ve been quietly updating the calendar, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, but wanted to give a heads-up about some of the great concerts you should be checking out. You have tonight and tomorrow night to get to Microscopic Opera’s production of Frida. Then in the next two weeks you have Jacob Ertl’s piano recital for Alia Musica, a really interesting avant-garde jazz power trio (Dylan Ryan/Sand) at Thunderbird, and IonSound Project’s Fall show. A great variety of music in a very short span. Events are over yonder ——>

November 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm Comments (0)

Microscopic Opera Presents Frida

October 30, 2014
8:00 pm
October 31, 2014
8:00 pm
November 1, 2014
8:00 pm
November 2, 2014
2:00 pm

Eddy Theater, Chatham University

Like the sign says…

October 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm Comments (0)

Microscopic Opera presents Picker’s Therese Raquin

September 13, 2013
8:00 pm
September 15, 2013
8:00 pm
September 17, 2013
8:00 pm
September 19, 2013
8:00 pm
September 21, 2013
8:00 pm




Microscopic Opera presents Tobias Picker’s torrid opera about a crime of passion and the shadow of guilt.

August 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm Comments (0)


Nice preview in the Post-Gazette of tonight’s Music on the Edge opener with Slee Sinfonietta. And don’t forget that Microscopic Opera begins four shows tonight which include Lee Hoiby’s much admired Bon Apetit and Tobias Picker’s realization of Fantastic Mr. Fox. All this and more in 5-4-3-…

September 16, 2011 at 8:29 am Comments (0)

Do not wear white to new music concerts after Labor Day. Or ever.

The Voltage Spooks

The last days of summer are slipping away, we’ve recovered from the annual new music gorge with PNME, and  the harvest moon is in the sky. All of which means there is tons of great new music coming our way. And it really starts tonight with a show at the The Shop in Bloomfield that features The Voltage Spooks, Michael Johnson and Matt Wellins, and Host Skull. Check out the full post on this show with lots of good content courtesy of Edgar Um. And as they say in Informercial Land, that’s not all!

The weekend is jampacked with Music on the Edge, IonSound Project CD release, and two new productions from Microscopic Opera. Gonna be good.

September 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm Comments (0)

Microscopic Opera stages Bon Apetit and Fantastic Mr. Fox

September 15, 2011
7:30 pm
September 16, 2011
7:30 pm
September 17, 2011
7:30 pm
September 18, 2011
2:00 pm

The Hillman Center for the Performing Arts

The Microscopic Opera Co. presents Fantastic Mr. Fox and Bon Appetite, two modern chamber operas, each by a celebrated American composer. 

Based on the story by Roald Dahl, and following its incarnation as a major motion picture, Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998) takes its operatic form from the writing of composer, Tobias Picker. Originally commissioned for the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, the piece engages the imaginations of children and adults simultaneously with its tales of animals outwitting humans, set to a sophisticated, yet tuneful and fun score. 


Fantastic Mr. Fox is paired with Lee Hoiby’s short comic culinary extravaganza, Bon Appetite (1989), which playfully and decadently celebrates the television appearances of Julia Child. 

Co-artistic directors Erica Olden and Andres Cladera will respectively stage direct and music direct the double bill. The cast consists of many stellar, local opera singers, including Anna Singer, Daniel Teadt, Mary Beth Sederberg, Gail Novak, Jeffrey Gross, Sean Donaldson and Daphne Alderson to name a few. 

About the Company

The Microscopic Opera Company creates innovative, thoughtful and cutting edge performances of contemporary chamber opera, featuring emerging and professional young musicians in the Pittsburgh area. The organization is unique to the Pittsburgh region and even to the country, as it is only professional opera organization that exclusively presents modern and new chamber opera.


September 1, 2011 at 8:32 am Comments (0)