La Belle Epoque Cabaret: An Evening in the Bohemian Style

Benjamin Binder, piano
Olga Perez Flora, mezzo-soprano
Rob Frankenberry, tenor
Joseph Gaines, tenor

Date: Friday, July 27, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Music Hall Foyer, Oakland

The Singing Serpent: Animals in Song

Laura Knoop Very, soprano
Alexander Hurd, baritone
Karen Roethlisberger Verm, piano
Benjamin Binder, piano
Robin McRoberts, zoological educator

When we look into the mirror of the animal kingdom, what do we see?  The art song repertoire is full of poetic and musical reflections on animals, but sometimes these songs tell us more about ourselves than about how the animals really are in the wild.  In this concert, the PSC teamed up with the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium to explore the very human stories that result when zoology meets song.  Pittsburgh Zoo Education Specialist Robin McRoberts was on hand along with our singers and pianists to talk about the animals featured in each song.  Everyone discovered something about the true nature of these animals and our imaginative relationship with them.  The evening even included a special appearance by a certain renowned reptile: the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium’s very own Boa Constrictor!

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2011

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Kresge Recital Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland

Illuminations: Music, Poetry, Art

In May 2011, the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative teamed up with the Carnegie Museum of Art to take a fresh look at the similarities between music, poetry and art.  This concert featured songs from favorite composers creatively juxtaposed with works of art from the museum’s collection.  Visual projects and engaging commentary reveal stimulating resonances between the three forms of art.  It featured the paintings of Van Gogh and Cézanne, the poetry of Baudelaire and Joyce, or the music of Schubert, Debussy, and Barber, and showcased how their expressive designs and compositional strategies echo each other in unexpected and intriguing ways.  The audience came for their favorite art form, but left with a new admiration and passion for all three!

Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland (4400 Forbes Avenue)


Visions of a Poet’s Love: Schumann’s Dichterliebe

In the beauty of springtime, a young man confesses his love, only to be betrayed and disillusioned. Robert Schumann’s timeless, gorgeous 19th-century masterpiece of song, Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love), takes us on a haunting emotional journey of yearning, bitterness, despair…and ultimately, consolation.

The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative made its debut with the rarely performed complete version of Dichterliebe, including all 20 songs that Schumann originally intended for the cycle. International baritone Troy Cook joined pianist and musicologist Benjamin Binder in this riveting concert event that also featured new photography by Tom Persinger created especially for this performance. Poetry, music and image came together in a unique multimedia experience that movingly brought Schumann’s world into our own.

Soprano Shannon Kessler-Dooley, Resident Artist of the Pittsburgh Opera, and baritone Daniel Teadt also performed a selection of Schumann’s songs that immersed the audience in his expressive imaginative universe.

Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Pittsburgh Opera building in the Strip (2425 Liberty Avenue)