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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns to Alphabet City!

City of Asylum (2018)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

Bernstein: Activism and Engagement

Thursday, October 4th
7:00 pm

Join guest musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for Activism and Engagement, a program celebrating the eclectic work of Leonard Bernstein.

Leonard Bernstein — celebrated as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century — ushered in an era of major cultural transition. Through his open attitude about what constituted “good” music, his work bridged classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz, and rock, reaching new and diverse communities of listeners, young and old. He had a deep love for the community-based musicianship of the symphony orchestra—which is the foundation of our partnership with PSO. With a delicious sense of humor, he also exhibited the courage to tackle the most profound questions of the human experience.


Hosted by Associate Conductor of the PSO Andres Franco, this program will feature Venezuelan born pianist Rodrigo Ojeda playing selections from Bernstein’s repertoire. Writers (TBA) will do short readings in response to Bernstein’s unique character, identity, faith and social activism.

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Symphony Meets “Synth-ony”

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Peter Evans & Levy Lorenzo

Wednesday, April 4th
8:00 pm

Electronic musician Levy Lorenzo and trumpeter Peter Evans play a mix of composed and free-structure pieces. Lorenzo’s brings a toolbox of self-built instruments, gongs, dry percussion, laptop and sound processing that he blends with Evans’ acoustic trumpet in a dialogue of noise, mystery, precision and chaos.

Peter Evans + Levy Lorenzo

“Peter Evans cast a deep and disorienting spell..defy[ing] the conventional limitations of the instrument, if not the laws of physics….superhuman precision and trailblazing technical vocabulary.”
The New York Times

Their music is an otherworldly shifting cloud of dense rhythmic frameworks, elaborate notated pieces, open improvisation, and weird drones. Together they experiment at the futuristic border of avant-garde jazz and new music. This is truly a sound like you’ve never heard! And won’t want to miss!

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Free Tickets for Northsiders: Presence


Part of the CSA Performance Series
December 7th at 8:00 pm

Presence is the crossroads where jazz, classical and electronic music meet. It is a unique musical meditation on place, space and the human condition. Northsider John Petrucelli’s latest compositional endeavor combines three different musical genres into one original performance featuring a jazz quintet, a string quartet and electronics.


John Petrucelli
Peter Park
Gusten Rudolph
Paul Thompson
Brett Williams

Ashley Freeburn
Melissa Hernandez
Katya Janpoladyan
Olga Taimanov
Angela Baughman

You’re Invited

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance for free. A limited number of tickets are available online, so reserve your seat today.

Thursday, December 7 at 8 PM

Jazz Concert at City Books

City Books Concert

Join City Books on Saturday, January 14 from 7:00-8:30 pm
The Kyle Simpson Jazz Collective

Hear Kyle on trumpet, along with Paul Thompson on bass and Alex Ayers on keyboard. Kyle calls these guys his “dream team,” so you can be sure it is going to be a terrific night of jazz music. For a sneak preview, listen to “Allegheny Commons Stroll.”

Kyle SimpsonKyle Simpson, composer, trumpet player, and bandleader, is a graduate from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI and The University of Montana in Missoula, MT. His composition teachers were Fred Sturm at Lawrence and Charles Nichols at The University of Montana. Simpson has written many works for large jazz groups, chamber jazz groups, solo trumpet, synthesized electronic music, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. His compositions have been featured at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival in Missoula, where he also performed with Lew Soloff and Paquito D’Rivera. Other compositions have been featured at the Fête de la Musique Ile d’Yeu, France(2011), Uzmah Upbeat Croatia (2014), Charlotte New Music Festival (2013), Ostrava Days Czech Republic (2011), and The Henry Mancini Institute(2006), Los Angeles. Simpson’s music has been described as, “lively with rhythmic vitality” and also, “lyrical with a brooding elegance.”

A former Northside resident, Simpson currently lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA where he is an Assistant Professor teaching instrumental music at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. He is also presently in the DMA program in composition at West Virginia University studying with Dr. Joseph Dangerfield and Dr. Sarana Chou.

Check out Kyle’s website for more information.

Jazz Poetry Month Begins September 15th

City of Asylum (2016)

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City Presents

Jazz Poetry Month:
Week One

September 15th – September 17th
8:00-10:00 pm
40 W North Avenue

All events are FREE

Our annual Jazz Poetry Concert is now Jazz Poetry Month! It all starts on Thursday, September 15th with Oliver Lake’s solo jazz and poetry performance.

On Friday, September 16th, see hometown favorite Roger Humphries share the stage with renowned saxophonist Hamiett Bliuett for an evening of jazz poetry collaboration with City of Asylum writer-in-exile Israel Centeno.

Round off your weekend on Saturday, September 17th with international jazz sensations, The World Saxophone Quartet featuring the jazz poetry collaboration of Adriana E. Ramírez and Osama Alomar.

And that’s just Week One! All concerts will be held in our new City of Asylum @ Alphabet City facility, so rain or shine…it no longer matters.

Find out more about these and all our Jazz Poetry Month events at Be sure to RSVP to save your seat!

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Free Tickets for Northsiders: Billy Harper Sextet

Billy Harper Sextet

Presented by Kente Arts Alliance
Saturday, December 12 | 8PM

While constantly evolving from the influential sound of previous Jazz generations, Billy Harper has been careful to carve out his own sound rather than retrace that of music’s past, and in the process has consciously and continuously pushed the bounds and momentum of music forward.

You’re Invited

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance for free. A limited number of tickets are available online, so reserve your seat today.

December 12 at 8:00 pm

Free Tickets for Northsiders: Chachacha


Part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series
October 15 | 8PM

Chachacha are songs of freedom and redemption, originally sung by freedom fighters to express the oppression of the colonial system in 1960s Zambia. Mathew Tembo infuses the traditional songs with pop sensibilities, creating a unique African style featuring the kalimba and silimba, traditional Zambian instruments.

Mathew’s band, the Afro Routes, includes Gordon Nunn, Hugh Watkins, Ben Barson, Nathan Frink and Colter Harper. They premiere Chachacha on October 15th as part of the New Hazlett Theater CSA Performance Series.

You’re Invited

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance for free. A limited number of tickets are available online, so reserve your seat today.

 September 15 at 8:00 pm