The Vivant Vault


Welcome to the ‘Burgh Vivant archives. Here you can scroll through years of features and commentary on Pittsburgh arts & culture. Or search by keyword for segments on a particular company, organization, artist, restaurant, event, or performance.

Pittsburgh Opera presents one of the world’s most beloved operas, LA BOHÈME

photo by David Bachman. Pittsburgh, PA… Pittsburgh Opera continues its 75th anniversary season with one of the world’s most beloved operas, Puccini’s LA BOHÈME. On stage at the Benedum Center March 29 – April 6, this story of Bohemian friends struggling through poverty and illness in 1830s Paris is cherished for its romantic, yet tragic… Read more »

Phipps to come alive with the sounds of music for Spring Flower Show

Pittsburgh’s premier public garden brings melodies into bloom for beloved seasonal showcase. Pittsburgh, Pa.—Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens invites visitors to take a toe-tapping journey through a musical world where melodies bloom like flowers at Spring Flower Show. Opening on March 22, 2014, this colorful new display combines music and garden design for a sensational seasonal showcase… Read more »

Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Richard E. Rauh Conservatory announces IN THE HEIGHTS

  This spring, Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Richard E. Rauh Conservatory will present the award-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS. IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and… Read more »

Ben Opie composes for Jazz orchestra at the New Hazlett

For the past 30 years, local jazz musician and music educator Ben Opie has composed and performed original music in Pittsburgh. Now, see the completion of his largest, most ambitious creative effort to date—Concerto for Orkestra, a full concert-length symphonic composition for jazz orchestra. “Duke Ellington composed many suites for his orchestra, and Charles Mingus… Read more »

Music On the Edge presents JACK Quartet at the Warhol

For the final installation of their 2013–14 collaboration, Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum will present the critically acclaimed and highly adventurous JACK Qaurtet. For JACK’s much-anticipated return to Pittsburgh, JACK Quartet will perform a concert featuring titans of contemporary music. The program includes John Zorn’s The Dead Man, Morton Feldman’s Structures, and string… Read more »

ETTA COX – Jazz Vocalist

For 8 consecutive years she has been voted Pittsburgh’s best Jazz vocalist, she has worked as an actress on stage and on film, she has spent many years as a music educator, and tonight, Etta Cox and host Brian Edward enjoy a cocktail in the glorious Presidential suite of downtown Pittsburgh’s Omni William Penn Hotel,… Read more »

“Undie Rock” – The Skivvies perform at City Theater

By ‘Burgh Vivant, Mike Buzzelli Clothes might make the man, but clothes don’t make the band. This weekend, award-winning performers Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd, Marry Me a Little) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up) are in town to play instruments in their underwear in “The Skivvies” at the Lester Hamburg Theater, inside City Theater. If… Read more »

Music on the Edge presents the music of Burr Van Nostrand

Music on the Edge has gathered an all-star lineup of performers to present three works by the underappreciated avant-garde composer Burr Van Nostrand. The program takes place on Saturday, February 22, 8 Bellefield Hall Auditorium on the University of Pittsburgh Campus. Burr Van Nostrand combines detailed graphic notation with conventional notation in his compositions…. Read more »