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Pittsburgh Song Collaborative

The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative (PSC) is an ever-expanding consortium of outstanding professional singers and pianists who are dedicated to developing a passionate and abiding audience for classical art song in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. By partnering with artists in other media, we create innovative and engaging concert events that explore every corner of the incredibly diverse art song repertoire.

PSC's mission is to develop a passionate and abiding audience for classical art song in the Pittsburgh region and beyond by presenting a wide variety of interactive, interdisciplinary recitals at the highest artistic level that make the audience's experience of the repertoire as engaging and accessible as possible.

The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative presents outstanding performances of classical song, featuring innovative and engaging concert events and creative partnerships with people and ideas across the arts, humanities, and beyond.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Shakespeare in Song, Song in Shakespeare

Thursday, November 10, 2016
7:30 PM | $10 General Admission

PNC Recital Hall
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University 

Mary Pappert School of Music Faculty:

Benjamin Binder, piano

Guest Artists:

Jennifer Aylmer, soprano
Alexander Hurd, baritone
Joseph M. Ortiz, Shakespeare scholar

Repertoire to Include:

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, "Desdemona's Song"
Marc Blitzstein, "Shepherd's Song"
Frederick Delius, "It was a lover and his lass"
Gerald Finzi, "Come away death," "O mistress mine," and "Fear no more the heat o' the sun"
John Clifton, "If music be the food of love"
Franz Joseph Haydn, "She never told her love"
Franz Schubert, "Who is Sylvia?"
Amy Beach, "Take, o take those lips away"
Benjamin Britten, "Fancie"
Hugo Wolf, "Bottom's Song"
Herbert Howells, "Under the greenwood tree"
Dominick Argento, "Winter"
Frank Bridge, "Blow, blow thou winter wind"
Benjamin C.S. Boyle, "Ophelia"
Ralph Vaughan Williams, "Orpheus with his lute"
Sir Michael Tippett, "Come unto these yellow sands"
Charles Ives, "Sea Dirge (Full Fathom Five)"
Lukas Foss, "Where the bee sucks"


In an informative and engaging lecture recital honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, we'll explore the role of music and song in Shakespeare's work through an incredible variety of song settings of Shakespeare's texts by composers from his own time up to the present day.


The Mary Pappert School of Music is located at 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. For directions, parking information and a map of the campus, click here.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Art of Cabaret

Saturday, January 14, 2017
7:30 PM | $10 General Admission

Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University 

Mary Pappert School of Music Faculty

Benjamin Binder, piano

Guest Artists:

Liza Forrester Kelly, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Teadt, baritone

A relaxed nightclub atmosphere pervades this evening of cabaret-inspired song, where every song tells a story and the fourth wall has a tendency to disappear. Songs by composers from the classical, cabaret, musical theater, and pop worlds all rub shoulders in an entertaining mélange of intimate confession and cheeky provocation. In the first half, we explore songs from the first three great eras of cabaret: late 19th century Paris, Weimar-era Berlin, and mid-20th century New York City. In the second half, we present a contemporary cabaret on a timeless theme: love and relationships.

Come hear songs by Steven Sondheim, Kurt Weill, William Bolcom, Marc Blitzstein, Randy Newman, Tom Lehrer, and many others, including selections from the American Songbook and rarely-heard gems from the history of cabaret, all sung in English.

Wine, sparkling wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available during the concert. A small reception will follow.


The Mary Pappert School of Music is located at 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. For directions, parking information and a map of the campus, click here.