Thursday, September 17, 2009

Harlem Quartet & Sphinx Chamber Orchestra Perform at August Wilson Center Opening Tonight

[Harlem String Quartet]
August Wilson Center opens its doors
Music, dancing part of tonight's fanfare
Thursday, September 17, 2009
By Sally Kalson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Live music, star voices and heartfelt thanks, accompanied by the aroma of southern foods, will waft through the airy spaces of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture tonight as the new facility holds its grand opening celebration.” “Events will run from 5 p.m. to midnight, with three segments based on ticket level. Guests also will be able to tour the opening exhibitions, 'Pittsburgh: Reclaim, Renew, Remix' and 'In My Father's House.' Members of the public may visit the center for free on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.”

In addition to the southern buffets and cocktails, festivities will feature music by The Harlem Quartet and violinist Elena Urioste. They also will perform as part of the larger Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, comprising young African-American and Latino musicians performing Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart, as well as works by composers Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, George Theophilus Walker and Michael Abels. Also performing will be Broadway singer/actor and Carnegie Mellon University graduate Billy Porter; the August Wilson World Chorus, 75 singers from local churches coming together just for tonight's event; and the August Wilson Dance Ensemble.” [Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and George Walker are profiled at]

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