Friday, June 5, 2015

Positively Pittsburgh Live, Three Rivers Arts Festival Opens Today

Festival! The nation’s premier free arts festival returns June 5 – 14 to downtown Pittsburgh. Unseen/Unheard, this year’s Festival theme, aims to explore and vocalize narratives that are not typically heard, or are marginalized. The complete 10-day schedule featuring nearly 1,000 artists is available at

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Plan Your Visit
See or hear something you’ve never experienced. Check the daily schedule gridsevent listingsand map before you arrive.
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Share your magical moments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with#TRAF, @3riversartsfest. We’ll share our favorites.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Positively Pittsburgh Live, Great Source for Free Events, Free and Almost Free in Pittsburgh

While is revamping their calendar process, and even when we are not, this is a great place to find free events in Pittsburgh,  Meet Up Group, Free and Almost Free in Pittsburgh.

FYI all of these are posted on FREE & ALMOST FREE in Pittsburgh on the Calendar if you want a centralized source of what is going on DAY TO DAY in the burgh! (although still catching up on posting some of these ;-) ).
Free JAZZ Concerts at Riverview Park! Remember FREE Movies afterwards at Riverview!
Meetup groups cost the person that owns the page $180 a year for 3 meetup groups.   So looking for donations to cover costs and time of me administering the pages.
Right now you now have a centralized site of Cheap and FREE things to save you money. If you can help out, I would appreciate it.  You don't have to donate if you don't want to or cannot afford to... I'm just asking for a lil bit of help to cover costs of the sites and my time to those than can help out.

Positively Pittsburgh Live, MCG Jazz and PSO, Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration, June 16


PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra joins the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s JazzLive International Festival and WQED Multimedia to present The Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration at Heinz Hall on June 16 at 8 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration, hosted by television, film and Broadway singer and actress Gloria Reuben, brings together the best
David Budway, photo Jimmy Ryan
of Pittsburgh’s jazz legacy with internationally renowned artists like Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling and Roger Humphries, and collaborations between the Pittsburgh Symphony, Sean Jones and David Budway.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. with a jazz ensemble featuring MCG Jazz Pittsburgh Jazz Legend Roger Humphries along with David Budway on piano, Joel Frahm on saxophone, Jay Ashby on trombone, Dwayne Dolphin on bass and Sean Jones on trumpet. The second half of the concert features the Pittsburgh Symphony, under the baton of Jeff Tyzik, performing newly arranged pieces specifically for NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling.  Pittsburgh Symphony bassist Jeff Grubbs will be the featured soloist on Ray Brown’s orchestral work, “Afterthoughts.” David Budway and Sean Jones will also perform selections with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Immediately following the concert, a CD signing with several featured artists will be held in the Heinz Hall lobby.
Pittsburgh Jazz Legend Roger Humphries
In anticipation of its airdate on WQED later in 2015, excerpts from a feature-length documentary celebrating Pittsburgh’s jazz legacy will be screened during the performance.
Guests will be welcomed to the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild gala reception at 6 p.m. in the Heinz Hall Regency Rooms with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as live music from the Center of Life Jazz Band.  MCG will honor a new class of Pittsburgh Jazz Legends, adding four to the current roster of 20 honorees.
Tickets to the gala and concert are $250 and can be purchased by calling 412-322-0800 or visiting  Concert tickets, ranging in price from $24.75 to $79.75, can be purchased by calling
Dwayne Dolphin
the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting
MCG Jazz would like to thank and recognize PNC as the lead sponsor of the Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 119 years, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and
Joel Frahm, photo by Tony Williams
Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians
Sean Jones
of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900 — including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America—the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

MCG Jazz is a social enterprise supporting the education programs of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a nonprofit in Pittsburgh, PA whose mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz. In addition to presenting one of the nation’s longest running jazz subscription series, the MCG Jazz label has won five GRAMMY® Awards. For more information about Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, please visit their web site at

The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The Festival features
local, emerging and national and international musicians in a variety of performance settings, including outdoor performance stages and indoor performance locations within local restaurants, coffee shops and galleries. For more information, visit

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

WQED Multimedia changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive ( and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit

Editors please note:
Tuesday, June 16
Gala Reception, 6 p.m.
Concert, 8 p.m.

Heinz Hall
JEFF TYZIK, conductor
KURT ELLING, vocalist
SEAN JONES, trumpet
JOEL FRAHM, saxophone
JAY ASHBY, percussion/trombone

The first half of the program features a performance by the Roger Humphries Sextet (Joel Frahm, Sean Jones, Jay Ashby, David Budway, Dwayne Dolphin and Roger Humphries) without orchestral accompaniment. 
The program’s second half features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with various soloists.
Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email:
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
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