Friday, August 24, 2012

'Tis the (Cultural) Season .... - Wheeling Intelligencer (blog)

Theater, symphonies, jazz, ballet, speakers ... I love it all.

And September brings the opening of cultural seasons everywhere.

Here in the Ohio Valley, we are lucky to have the Wheeling Symphony, Broadway at the Capitol and a variety of series presented by Oglebay Institute.

Nearby in Pittsburgh, we have the Pittsburgh Symphony, Broadway Across America, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Pittsburgh Ballet, the Pittsburgh Dance Council; the Pittsburgh Speakers Series; and more.

Here's a rundown of just some of the great evenings out you can have here and in Pittsburgh!

• BROADWAY AT THE CAPITOL will present five shows during the 2012-13 season: "West Side Story," Nov. 5; "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas," Dec. 18; "Beauty and the Beast," Jan. 9; "A Chorus Line," Feb. 6; and "Elvis Lives," April 9.

• WHEELING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Music of the Eagles!, Sept. 28; Ravel, Franck and Orli Shaham Playing Gershwin, Oct. 19; Brass Franfares, Folk Music and Martin Chalifour Performing Bruch, Nov. 16; The Music of Sting and The Police, Feb. 14; Rossini, Higdon, Respighi and Ilana Davidson Singing Mozart, March 8; The Music of Michael Jackson, April 26; All-Russian Program with Stewart Goodyear, May 17.

• OGLEBAY INSTITUTE SERIES: Jazz at the Stifel starts Sept. 8; Live Music at Towngate starts Sept. 15; and Towngate Theatre opens with "Of Mice and Men," Sept. 21. There are also art exhibits, poetry and prose readings, and beer and wine tastings on the calendar.

• THE PITTSBURGH PUBLIC THEATER: "Second City for President," opens Aug. 25; "Born Yesterday," opens Sept. 27; "Good People," opens Nov. 9; "1776" opens Jan. 24; "Thurgood," opens March 7; "Clybourne Park," opens April 18; and "Other Desert Cities," opens June 1.

• PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: The season starts in September with numerous classical and pops concerts throughout the year.

• BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA â€" PITTSBURGH: "Warhorse," Nov. 13-19; "Flashdance," Jan 1-6; "Les Miserables," Jan. 15-27; "Sister Act," Feb. 5-10; "Priscilla Queen of Desert," March 5-10; "Book of Mormon," March 26-April 7; "Anything Goes," April 16-21. And a few season specials: "Jersey Boys," Sept. 4-23; "Mary Poppins," Oct. 16-21; "Stomp," Oct. 30-Nov. 4; "American Idiot," Feb. 19-24.

• PITTSBURGH SPEAKERS SERIES: President Bill Clinton, Oct. 4; Jon M. Huntsman Jr., Nov. 14; Lisa Ling, Nov. 29; Erskine Bowles, Jan. 23; Jeannette Walls, Feb. 13; Vicente Fox, March 13; Nanda Parrado, April 22.

• PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE: "Giselle"; Oct. 26-28; "The Nutcracker"; Dec. 7-20; "Moulin Rouge," Feb. 14-17; "Unspoken," March 8-17; "Cinderella," April 19-21.

• PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL: Streb, Sept. 28-29; Akram Khan Company, Oct. 20; Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Feb. 16; Black Grace, March 2; Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, April 5; Mark Morris Dance Group, May 4.

And of course, there's more out there that I've not mentioned. So whether you choose season tickets or pick a play here and a musical there, there's plenty of culture out there waiting for you.

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