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Editor's note: A previous version of this story said that the Heinz Chapel concerts were for the Pitt community only. All of those concerts, except a special Nov. 30 show, are open to the public.


Live concerts are happening again, including at Pitt. Coming in November and December are the Department of Music’s annual holiday concerts along with a drumming weekend with Pitt Jazz and performances by other Pitt ensembles.

The concerts are open to the public.

Holiday concerts

Tickets went on sale Nov. 1 for December shows by the Heinz Chapel Choir, Men’s Glee Club, and Women’s Choral Ensemble. This year, ticket sales are online only at Tickets for each show are $10.

The exterior doors to the Heinz Memorial Chapel and First Baptist Church will not open until 45 minutes before the start time. All present (including choir members and regardless of vaccination status) must wear a face mask.

Heinz Chapel Choir Holiday Concerts: Concerts are at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 3 and 11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12 in Heinz Chapel. Only floor tickets will be available for the 2021 Heinz Chapel Choir performances.

There will be a special, free performance by the Heinz Chapel Choir for the Pitt campus community (faculty, staff and tudents) at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 30 at Heinz Chapel. Registration is required, and Pitt IDs will be checked at the door. Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the concert.

Women's Choral Ensemble Holiday Concert: 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Heinz Chapel

Men's Glee Club Holiday Concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at First Baptist Church in North Oakland

“Give the Drummer Some”

Pitt Jazz is presenting “Give the Drummer Some” from Nov. 4 to 6, featuring Pittsburgh drum talents Roger Humphries and James Johnson III and the unveiling of the Martin Shor Fund for jazz students.

“Give the Drummer Some” will give audiences a closer listen to the role of drums in the context of solos, duos and a variety of ensembles. All events are free.

The upcoming events include:

7:30 p.m. Nov. 5: Pitt Jazz Ensemble, Small Jazz Ensemble, and Afropop Ensemble, Bellefield Hall Auditorium and online. Pitt’s Jazz Program will celebrate the new Martin Shor Fund for jazz students with performances by Pitt student ensembles including: AFROPOP Ensemble, led by saxophonist Ben Barson; a jazz combo led by Yoko Suzuki; and the Pitt Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ralph Guzzi and Suzuki. The ensembles will perform works by drum composers and works highlighting the drum set.

7:30 p.m. Nov. 6: Drum Conversation with Roger Humphries and James Johnson III, Bellefield Hall Auditorium and online. The culminating concert, “Drum Conversation,” will feature drummers Humphries and Johnson in duo.

Other upcoming concerts

Music on the Edge presents pianist Jeanne Golan: “It Takes One to Tango”: 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Bellefield Hall Auditorium and online. Golan will perform tango-inspired musical gems by contemporary composers and recovered voices composers (composers who were persecuted and censored by the Nazi regime).

World Music Double Bill: Gamelan and Afropop Ensemble: 8 p.m. Nov. 15, Bellefield Hall Auditorium and online. Guest artist Charlotte Hill O’Neal aka Mama C will perform with Afropop ensemble.

University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Bellefield Hall Auditorium and online. The free program includes Alberto Nepomuceno’s Brazilian Suite conducted by Miranda Bartira Sousa; Roger Zahab will lead the orchestra in Julia Perry’s Prelude for string orchestra and Beethoven’s Egmont–Overture, op. 84; and Cullyn D. Murphy will conduct Johannes Brahms’ Serenade no. 2 in A major, op. 16 (movements I & II). 

— Susan Jones


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