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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Women Artists at Alphabet City

City of Asylum (2018)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

Inspiration and Tenacity

Thursday, March 15th
8:00 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, join the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (lead by conductor Christine Hestwood) for a program celebrating female artists.

PSO@CoA

Inspiration and Tenacity honors Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon in anticipation of the world premier of her Tuba Concerto at Heinz Hall on March 16th & 18th. The program, featuring PSO clarinetist Victoria Luperi and trombonist Rebecca Cherian, will showcase the talent and musicianship of these women soloists.

ARThouse’s Vanessa German and PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize-winner Adriana E. Ramírez will complement the evening with readings responding to the issues of the day.

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Cowboys and Frenchman Post-Bop Jazz

City of Asylum (2017)

Cowboys & Frenchmen

Tuesday, October 24th
8:00 pm

NYC-based quintet Cowboys & Frenchmen presents a new take on instrumentation, orchestration, and composition for the jazz quintet. The front line of two alto saxophones plays loose with the role of horns, in an inclusive post-bop style that seamlessly crosses the classic American song book with blues and improvisation.

The band is comprised of five creative musicians. Owen Broder on alto sax, clarinet and bass clarinet, Ethan Helm on alto sax, flute and clarinet, Chris Ziemba on piano, Ethan O’Reilly on bass and Matt Honor on drums.
Cowboys & Frenchmen
The inspiration for the quirky band name is a short Western by David Lynch called “The Cowboy and The Frenchmen.” Like the film, this quintet’s music has one foot firmly planted in a genre, while the other one is busy trying to kick down the genre’s door.

This concert celebrates the release of their new album, Bluer Than You Think.

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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Explore a Sound Both Strange and Glorious

City of Asylum (2017)

Phat Man Dee’s Cosmic Cabaret

Friday, October 13th
8:00 pm

“Expressive and passionate, Phat Man Dee’s sensual voice pulls you in and takes you away to where the words no longer matter and you float along on pure emotion.” – WQED

Local cult sensation, cabaret songstress and part-time sideshow marvel Phat Man Dee is an old-fashioned jazz torch singer with a number of new twists.

Phat Man Dee

Voted a top jazz act by the Pittsburgh City Paper’s Readers’ Polls for six years running, Phat Man Dee sings original compositions as well as an eclectic repertoire of standards in English, Spanish, French and sometimes German and Hebrew. Her performance range is just as wide, spanning opera, theater and burlesque. From blues to “filk” (fandom-inspired folk music), from opera to indie, her repertoire has a little something sure to suit every unique taste.

Inspired by the issues of the day but always outside the box, Phat Man Dee’s performance is guaranteed to have a few surprises!

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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please add that you wish to see the film under special notes.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Comes to Alphabet City

City of Asylum (2017)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

Play N’at

Wednesday, June 7th
8:00 pm

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s popular chamber music series, Play N’at, comes to Alphabet City!

PlayN'at

Comprised of chamber groups formed by musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, this series showcases these ensembles in alternative venues around Pittsburgh. The Play N’at series provides opportunities for audiences to enjoy music selected by the musicians themselves in more intimate environments around the ‘Burgh.

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City’s concert will feature the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet and the Trapeze Ensemble, a wind and strings quintet. The repertoire is eclectic, featuring selections ranging from the Baroque to the Beatles. Come meet and mingle with musicians in a casual atmosphere.

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

Reserve a Table for Your Visit

When making your reservation,
please add that you wish to see the film under special notes.

Whitney Terrell, Silenced Films and More!

Summer on Sampsonia

Breaking the Silence

City of Asylum is proud to team up with the Jacob Burns Film Center to present the Silenced Film Series, weekly screenings of international films that have been banned or censored around the world.

Every Thursday this summer we are featuring a different film each week–from comedies to dramas, from classic films to new cinema–each with their own unique history of censorship.

Help yourself to free popcorn at concessions and feel free to bring an alcoholic beverage to sip on during the film. There is sure to be something for everyone this summer!

Tuesday, July 5th: Children of Shangri-Lost
(Cultural Showcase)

Experience a showcase of Bhutanese culture featuring song, dance, poetry.
6:00-7:30pm

Free Event (Organizer: Children of Shangri-Lost)

Wednesday, July 6th: Jazz Wednesday
(Concert)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a series of free jazz concerts with Pittsburgh icon Roger Humphries and RH Factor.
7:00-9:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Thursday, July 7th: Silenced Film: The Great Dictator
(Film)

Our Silenced Film Series kicks off with a screening of the film classic The Great Dictator, a political satire starring Charlie Chaplin.
8:00-10:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

Friday, July 8th: Whitney Terrell
(Reading)

Join us at for a reading with Iraqi poet and journalist Sabreen Kadhim and novelist Whitney Terrell, author of The Kings of Kings County and The Huntsman, a New York Times Notable Book. He will be reading from his newest work, The Good Lieutenant.
6:00-8:00pm

Free Event (Organizer: City of Asylum)

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Free Tickets for Northsiders: Live From Studio A

Holiday Jam Reunion

Presented by Scott Anderson and Andrew Swenson
December 3rd | 7:00 pm

The Live From Studio A band reunites for a special holiday concert. Join us for an evening of seasonal favorites and some of the most requested songs from the Holiday Jam archives.

Starring

Pete Hewlett, Lisa Bleil, Scott Anderson
Reunite with the ORIGINAL Live From Studio A Band
Eric DeFade, Dave Brown, Brian Stahurski, Joe Waslousky
Also featuring
Benny Benack, Joe Herndon, Bob Matchett
With Special Guests
Johnny Angel and Shari Richards

You’re Invited

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance for free. A limited number of tickets are available online, so reserve your seat today.

December 3 at 7:00 pm

World Tour Musical Concert

The Renaissance City Winds return to Allegheny West for their annual Holiday Concert on Saturday November 28th at 8:00 pm at Holmes Hall, 719 Brighton Road.

Grab your Passport for this musical tour of works from several different countries, each with their own distinctive musical accent. Music on the program will include composers from Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Latvia, and Venezuela. Of particular note will be performance of Josef Foerster’s Quintet in D Major, and of Humoresque by Alexander Zemlinsky. Composer Efrain Amaya, whose work has been warmly received in previous Holmes Hall concerts, will be represented by his composiition Four Miniatures.

Following the concert will be a meet-the-artist wine reception, and a tour of the world’s finest collection of pre-WWII American toy trains.

Concert Tickets can be purchased online at rcwinds.org or by calling 412-681-7111. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.

The Renaissance City Winds is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. Since its founding, it has become one of Pennsylvania’s foremost chamber ensembles, dedicated to performing and recording the finest music for wind instruments. RCW has released CDs on the Elan and Centaur labels, been broadcast on television and radio, and has toured widely including appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the prestigious Blossom Music Festival. It has commissioned many works from contemporary composers, and performed older treasures researched from the Library of Congress, the Harmonists, and the Moravian Collection. National Awards include those of Chamber Music America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Aaron Copeland Fund for Music.

Renaissance City Winds very much anticipates its annual Holmes Hall concerts in Allegheny West, noting the perfect blending of great chamber music performed as it was intended: in the visual and acoustic splendor of a grand 19th century ballroom.

Free Tickets for Northsiders: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

Presented by Kente Arts Alliance
September 19 @ 8 PM

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry.

Kente Arts Alliance, an African American arts organization based in the Northside, presents high quality art of the African Diaspora. Kente’s aim is to present art with a purpose — with programs that entertain, inform and uplift the residents of underserved communities.

BECKETT & beyond kicks off CORNINGWORKS’ 7th award-winning GLUE FACTORY PROJECT – dance theater productions created on internationally and nationally renowned performers over the age of 40.

You’re Invited

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance for free. A limited number of tickets are available online, so reserve your seat today.

 September 19 at 8:00 pm