THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
2016 FALL PROGRAMMING SCHEDULED AT THE AUGUST WILSON CENTER
ESPERANZA SPALDING PRESENTS: EMILY’S D+EVOLUTION | RICKEY SMILEY | THE WIZ LIVE! COSTUME EXHIBIT | FROM MLK TO MARCH EXHIBIT | BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY
AND THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN OF
ACCLAIMED MUSIC SERIES OPENS WITH
JOE & LALAH HATHAWAY
MORE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
AUGUST WILSON CENTER | 980 LIBERTY AVENUE | CULTURAL DISTRICT
Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce programming scheduled to take place this fall at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.
The 2016-2017 Soul Sessions Series will make its highlight anticipated return with the soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues of artists JOE and Lalah Hathaway. These award-winning artists bring their heartfelt vocals and expressive melodies to Pittsburgh’s Cultural District beginning this month. Additional artists for the Soul Sessions Series will be announced. Tickets for the series are on sale now.
In addition to Soul Sessions, other multidisciplinary programming will be presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at the August Wilson Center venue. The fall season will feature a diversity of performers and exhibits, using mediums such as comedy, dance and fashion to preserve, present and interpret African American cultural and history. J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust shared, “The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to continue presenting acclaimed performances as we work alongside the owners and organizational Board of the August Wilson Center to further the mission of the Center and maximize the cultural and financial impact on the community and the city.”
“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to present this engaging program of visual and performing arts, including many award-winning performers,” discussed Janis Burley Wilson, VP for Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “In addition to the superlative programs and events that will be showcased at the August Wilson Center throughout the fall, this state-of-the-art venue is also available for exhibits, meetings, classes and other arts-related events.”
For information, call (412) 456-6666, visit TrustArts.org/SoulSessions or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For real-time parking information, visit ParkPGH.org or download the ParkPGH for iOS and Android devices.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 AT 8:00 P.M.
Part of the 2016-17 Soul Sessions Series
Joseph Thomas, better known by his stage name, JOE, is heralded as an R&B icon and record producer. JOE has collaborated with R&B artists such as Mariah Carey, R. Kelly and Kelly Rowland. His debut album featured a number of hit singles, and his album, All That I Am, reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 album charts and went on to sell over one million copies in the U.S. His subsequent two albums, My Name is Joe and Better Days, were both nominated for Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album.
In 2014, JOE released his 11th studio album, “Bridges,” which defines his new outlook on life’s relationships and where they have taken him. “We build them, cross them, burn them, then soon realize how much we need them. Relationships are bridges and at some point we must take responsibility for where we have allowed those relationships to take us,” JOE explains of the album title. JOE pulled inspiration from other legendary R&B singers for “Bridges,” relating back to Marvin Gaye, Earth Wine & Fire and The Commodores.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016 AT 8:00 P.M.
Part of the 2016-17 Soul Sessions Series
In 1990, Lalah Hathaway burst onto the R&B scene with a self-titled debut album. As the daughter of legendary soul performer, Donny Hathaway, Lalah’s debut album garnered initial attention, but it was immediately apparent that she had her own distinctive vocal talent and style. Throughout the 1990s, Hathaway added her voice to several smooth jazz albums by artists including Grover Washington, Wayman Tisdale and Gerald Albright, while also releasing her sophomore album, Moment. In 1999, Hathaway released The Song Lives On, an album of duets with pianist Joe Sample.
After releasing three albums in the 2000s, Outrun the Sky, Self Portrait and Where it All Begins, Lalah won a series of Grammy’s: Best Traditional R&B Performance in both 2015 and 2016, and Best R&B Performance in 2014.
Her most recent album, Lalah Hathaway Live, was recorded at the Troubador in Low Angeles in front of a celebrity crowd including Patti Labelle, Anita Baker, Erica Campbell and Kenny Lattimore. The Grammy winner recorded on the same stage on which her late father recorded his live album, Donny Hathaway Live, in 1972.
ADDITIONAL FALL PROGRAMMING
ESPERANZA SPALDING PRESENTS: EMILY’S D+EVOLUTION
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016 AT 8:00 P.M.
Tickets start at $55
Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily’s D+Evolution is a kaleidoscopic project; raw, honest, luminous; a multi-dimensional, theatrical performance incorporating stage design, movement and acting. The 4-time GRAMMY winner’s new project is rich, surprising and labyrinthian, yet classic and timeless, as if these songs have always existed out there in the ether. Turns out that Spalding just had to tune in to Emily to bring them here to Earth.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 AT 8:00 P.M.
Tickets start at $65
Much loved comedian, television host, and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality, Rick Smiley is known for making millions laugh for over 25 years. Smiley has earned a reputation for delivering for audiences on and off stage. With the distinct ability to take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold, Smiley is a standout in the entertainment world. Rickey Smiley is one of the few “clean” comics amongst the upper echelon of contemporary great comedians.
COSTUMES OF THE WIZ LIVE!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016
Free and open to the public
In collaborations with Cirque du Soleil Theatrical and Tony Award winning costume designer, Paul Tazewell, FashionAFRICANA presents the world premiere of the Costumes of The Wiz Live! The one-time-only multi-media costume exhibition features the work of Paul Tazewell from the NBC television broadcast, Wiz Live! For information on the opening gala and other special programming, please log onto WizLiveExhibit.com.
FROM MLK TO MARCH EXHIBIT
SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 – NOVEMBER 20, 2016
Presented by ToonSeum
Free and open to the public
This exhibition, presented by the ToonSeum, highlights the little-known comic books and editorial cartoons of the civil rights era, including work by Herblock of the Washington Post, Sam Milai of the Pittsburgh Courier and the MLK comic book. It also examines the legacy of these early cartoons and comics on contemporary political cartooning and graphic novels. The exhibit will include work from March, a graphic novel trilogy that recounts the live and social activism of Rep. John Lewis and is inspiring a new generation to practice non-violence in the pursuit of racial justice.
BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 AND SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 AT 8:00 P.M.
Presented by the Pittsburgh Dance Council
Tickets start at $10
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company presents Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, a harrowing, touching and inspirational story told through 25 dance chapters. Based on a powerful oral history that Bill T. Jones himself conducted with the 95 year-old French Jewish nurse/social worker (and Bill’s mother-in-law), Dora Amelan, this beautifully choreographed narrative gives voice to Dora’s painful early life in Belgium during World War Two and her courageous work with the Jewish underground in Vichy, France’s internment camps, Gurs and Rivesaltes. Dora is a moving portrait of perseverance and survival.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.