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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.

Excitement builds for “ROGER HUMPHRIES Pass it On” premiere

by ‘Burgh Vivant Michael Buzzelli Local jazz legend and educator Roger Humphries was honored at the Savoy Restaurant on Thursday, February 06, 2014. Humphries is the subject of a new documentary, “Roger Humphries: Pass it on,” directed by Billy Jackson. The Savoy was hopping with local luminaries such as WQED’s Chris Moore, KDKA’s Lynn Hayes… Read more »

Point Park’s Conservatory Theatre Company presents rock musical ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’

  Directed by Michael McKelvey, the show previews Feb. 20, runs Feb. 21-March 2 at Pittsburgh Playhouse PITTSBURGH – Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company presents Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a raucous and unique rock musical that reinvents America’s seventh president as a contemporary rock star. Directed by Michael McKelvey, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson opens… Read more »

‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward to emcee cabaret at Off The Wall

CARNEGIE, PA – This Valentine’s weekend, ‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward will emcee the first in a series of variety cabarets sporting acts of music, comedy, dance, poetry, and more, produced by Off The Wall Productions. The cabaret will feature performances by Hotep the Artist (pantomime and spoken word), Vocalist Rebecca Covert, comedian Derek Minto, and Off The Wall’s… Read more »

Pittsburgh Opera presents Gregory Spears’s PAUL’S CASE

A new production, based on Willa Cather’s 1905 story of a Pittsburgh boy Pittsburgh, PA… Pittsburgh Opera continues its 75th anniversary season with Gregory Spears’s PAUL’S CASE, a new opera with a Pittsburgh connection, starring the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera’s acclaimed singer training program. The second work in Pittsburgh Opera’s American Opera Series,* PAUL’S… Read more »

Music on the Edge presents STRIKE DUO in cooperation with Andy Warhol Museum

This January, Pitt’s Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum will present Strike Duo (piano and percussion) in a program that highlights leading creative voices in contemporary music. The duo will perform at the Warhol  on January 25 at 8 p.m. Nick Barnard of MusicWeb International describes Strike Duo members Jeffery Meyer (piano)… Read more »

Pittsburgh Opera presents Nico Muhly’s DARK SISTERS

Photo above  by Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia. Pittsburgh, PA… Pittsburgh Opera continues its 75th anniversary season with Nico Muhly’s DARK SISTERS, a new production of a very new opera exploring issues ripped from the headlines and created by a thirty-something composer. The first work in Pittsburgh Opera’s American Opera Series,* DARK SISTERS stars… Read more »

ROGER ZAHAB – Composer, Conductor, Violinist


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He’s a composer, a conductor, a violinist, the senior lecturer and director of the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  – he’s Roger Zahab, and he’s tonight’s guest on ‘Burgh Vivant!  Roger talks about how he performed what host Brian Edward describes as a “Mr. Holland’s Opus” in transforming Pitt’s Symphony Orchestra, his music-making with Entelechron… Read more »

DONNA BAILEY – Jazz Artist, Vocalist


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Feliz Navidad, Pittsburgh!  Bells are ringing, children are singing – and Donna Bailey has a new Christmas album!  The Pittsburgh-based Jazz vocalist and gives a special preview of her unique rendition of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and talks about her inspirations, influences, and, incomparable collaborators.  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete unedited interview… Read more »

Review – 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, City Theatre Company


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Dueling pianos – and dueling opinions!  Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie the Theatre Lady duke it out over 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS playing at City Theatre through December 22nd.  If you saw it, let us know whose corner of the ring YOU’RE in.  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in podcast… Read more »