2018 -19 Music Series
Arts & Education at the Hoyt is thrilled to introduce a series of intimate concerts celebrating the wealth of talent that has been (and still is!) nurtured from within our own region. Admission to individual performances is $25/person. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Please note that admission, tickets and/or reservations to Hoyt events are non-refundable.
Pittsburgh Cello Quartet
December 6, 7 pm
Four young cellists joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2014 and decided to channel their enthusiasm and artistry into a creative new ensemble: the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet. Recognized for both refinement and versatility, the PCQ engages audiences with its eclectic, memorable programming. The quartet is passionate about exploring the rich and varied catalog of original compositions for four cellos, complementing these works with transcriptions of Baroque masterpieces, Renaissance madrigals, and their own arrangements of popular favorites from the Beatles and Billy Joel to U2 and Guns 'N Roses. In May 2017, the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet made its highly anticipated debut at the Hollywood Theater, presented by Chamber Music Pittsburgh. In July, the PCQ was a featured guest ensemble at the Frostburg State University Summer Music Academy in Frostburg, Maryland. Other recent and upcoming Pittsburgh area performances include return appearances at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz Hall, and a performance of the PCQ's own arrangement of the Star-Spangled Banner at the Pittsburgh Pirates 2018 home opener. In addition to its regular performance schedule, the PCQ inspires young people through innovative educational programs. Already in demand at schools throughout the Pittsburgh region, the PCQ is devoted to cultivating artistic expression, beauty, and joy in future generations.
The Kaplan Duo
April 4, 2019, 7 pm
The Kaplan sisters have been sharing their love of music since childhood. Nanette Kaplan Solomon was accepted into the Juilliard School Pre-College Division at the age of nine. Iris Kaplan Rosenthal soon followed, leading to a fierce competition for practice time on the one Steinway piano at home. While pursuing their own paths, they occasionally played duets for family gatherings. After one such event in 1987, they discovered their sisterly bond provided a remarkable sense of shared artistic sensibilities. Thus the Kaplan Duo was born. Their rich four-hand repertoire offers a unique blend of individual virtuosity and exciting interpretations that have appeared on numerous stages along the East Coast, as well as in Washington, New York, and Puerto Rico.