Sunday, October 29, 2017

Day 242-Pittsburgh Ballet Opens its Season with Dracula-Beautifully Eerie

What better way to spend Halloween weekend than with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theather (PBT) Season Opener, "Dracula".  One of my favorite things is going to a ballet because of the beauty  but his time the show is based on something mysterious- Bram Stoker’s 1887 novel.  The last time that PBT preformed this show was in 2011, so I did not want to miss the experience of something beautifully eerie!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Day 241 Pittsburgh Broadway Series Opens with "School of Rock" - Powerhouse Kids-A Voice

The Pittsburgh Broadway 2017-18 season opened with "School of Rock”, the musical, with music by Andrew  Lloyd Weber. The play is based on the 2003 movie with the same name.  If you like kids then you will love this lighthearted play because the best part of the show is experiencing the kids' powerhouse musical talent as they perform rock n roll live. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Day 240 Black Violin-Create your own path

My Blog inspiration book, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book” reminds us to “be unique” and unique is  just what  you get with Black Violin. Classically trained violist (Wil B) and violinist (Kev Marcus)  fuse  classical music with hip hop, pop and rock. They call  their new musical genre “Classical Boom”. Their music is not just about a new sound but as Wil B  said during their show, it is about  “breaking stereotypes, thinking  outside the box and creating your own path.”

Friday, October 13, 2017

Day 239- Pittsburgh Opera –Tosca-Romance, Loyalty, Love, and Deceit – An explosive musical experience

Mario and Tosca 
I have seen several  operas, some  modern (Day 212) and some classical (Day 143), but they have all been larger than life productions. What I love about the opera  is that it is not really about the story but about the way the set, voices, and symphony  combust  to produce the overall "operatic experience."  The best way to describe Puccini’s "Tosca" was a powerful  vocal and musical explosion!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Day 238-Equus- Pittsburgh Public Theater at the O’Reilly: the power of Worship

I have seen many plays but never one as powerful, as thought provoking, or as visually interesting  as Equus. Equus  tackles  the question that most of us ask when we hear about a horrific crime or event-“why?”  In this  drama,  Martin Dysart,  a child psychiatrist,  searches for the  source of  the pain in a  teenage boy,  Alan Strang, that birthed a horrific act of horse mutilation. As the  puzzle unfolds,  we discover  that the act of worshiping a  higher being  or thing can be a powerful  catalyst for good or evil.     

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Day 237 Adam Ant-Palace Theater Greensburg-New Wave Icon Just Like I Remembered

I have recently enjoyed  several  tribute band’s recreations of  music from the 80’s and 90’s (see Days 220 and 222 ).  Adam Ant  is a UK  80’s Punk Rock/New Wave  icon.  I  remembered going to an  Adam Ant concert  as a 80's high school girl at the now long gone  Syria Mosque with my best friend Paul (who quiescently  changed his name to Adam). We dressed in “new wave” garb by wearing  black and white, garnishing our outfits with  safety pins  and adding  white stripes under our eyes. We   jumped like crazy to the energetic pulsating drum beat of Adam and the Ants.  When I heard that he was  touring again  I was off to a new venue, The Palace Theater in Greensburg, to see the real deal and once again experience  the high octane music of Adam Ant!