Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto
Alumni Concert Hall. 8 p.m.
Tickets: Free with Carnegie Mellon ID. $10 for regular seating. $5 for senior citizens.
This week, catch the iconic La Calisto performed at the Alumni Concert Hall by Carnegie Mellon's School of Music. Composed by Francesco Cavalli, La Calisto is based on the mythical story of Calisto from Ovid's Metamorphosis. Jove, the king of the gods, sets his sights on Calisto, a beautiful nymph who is sworn to die a virgin as a devotee of the goddess Diana. Jove, arrogant and undeterred, disguises himself as Diana in order to win his way into her heart and her bed. But when Jove's wife learns of his deeds, she will stop at nothing to make her husband and Calisto pay for their actions.
HACLab Pittsburgh Salon: Our Modern City
Carnegie Museum of Art. 6 p.m.
Tickets: Free with limited available slots.
HACLab Pittsburgh Salon: Our Modern City is a large scale exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art meant to focus on the history, present, and future of Pittsburgh. Using modernism at all levels as a canvas, the exhibit encourages viewers to learn from Pittsburgh's past glories and failures. Following this, the exhibit applies these principles to propose groundbreaking architecture and urbanism models for Pittsburgh's future.
Mat Kearney Concert
Mat Kearney is a Nashville based singer-songwriter known to incorporate unique elements of hip-hop and funk into his otherwise folksy songwriting. Catch him perform his new hits "Air | Breath" and "Hey Mama", as well as songs from his older, critically acclaimed debut album Nothing Left to Lose.
No Instruments Aloud | A Capella
McConomy Auditorium. 8 p.m.
Tickets: $5 in advance or $8 at the door.
Watch some of Carnegie Mellon's highly acclaimed a cappella teams put on a grand show of musical talent. Performing groups include Joyful Noise, The Treblemakers, Deewane, Counterpoint, The Originals, The Soundbytes, and Saans.
First Unitarian Church. 7:30 p.m.
Carrie Newcomer is a veteran singer-songwriter and recording artist from Bloomington, IN, described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate" by Rolling Stone. She has 15 solo albums under her belt since 1991 on respected folk music labels such as Philo, Rounder, and Concord. As a contemplative Quaker, she cuts across secular and spiritual boundaries and has emerged as a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, as well as social and environmental justice.
Spring Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden
Mar 19 – April 10, 2016.
Admission: $15 per adult. Free with Carnegie Mellon ID.
The Spring Flower Show at Phipps is a treat for the senses, and a wonderful way to de-stress at the end of a busy week. This years theme, "Masterpieces In Bloom," showcases botanical interpretations of the works of great artists such as Van Gogh and Monet. Van Gogh's "Starry Night" is reconstructed with swirls of delphiniums, forget-me-nots and primula. Beds filled with hundreds of red, orange, yellow and white tulips are used to render Monet's “Tulip Field in Holland.” Edmund Leighton’s “Lady in a Garden” is shown through the lens of hundreds of pink and red snapdragons and white orchids. These, and other botanical artworks come together to make for an otherworldly experience.
The Miller Gallery. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mar 19 – April 10, 2016.
The Miller Gallery's second major exhibit of the year, Self-Driving Car is the final MFA Thesis Exhibition for artists Daniel Allende, Zhiwan Cheung, Nima Dehghani, Ada-Scarlett Hopper, Jesse Kauppila, Tucker Marder, and Daniel Pillis. The exhibit, composed of installations and performances considered as experimental as they are opaque, is united by the notion that all these artists, having just completed their MFAs, are completely in control of their own lives — in self-driving mode going forward.