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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.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hugo Wolf's Italian Songbook

italian songbook

Saturday, September 14, 2013
7:30 PM | $10 Suggested Donation

PNC Recital Hall  |  Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University 

Mary Pappert School of Music Faculty:

Benjamin Binder, piano

Sari Gruber, soprano

Guest Artist:

Daniel Teadt, baritone


Little things, too, can delight us.

So begins Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch [The Italian Songbook], one of the crowning jewels of the art song repertoire. Composed during the 1890s in the artistic and sexual hotbed of fin-de-siècle Vienna, this collection of 46 tiny yet exquisite songs explores the pleasures, perils, and pitfalls of love from every possible angle – the war between the sexes never sounded so good. Wolf’s music brings to vivid life all of the romance, sensuality, flirtation, sassiness, and intrigue contained in the Italian folk poems that novelist Paul Heyse lovingly translated into German. English translations of the German lyrics will be projected onto the stage throughout the performance for easy comprehension. Soprano Sari Gruber and baritone Daniel Teadt join pianist Benjamin Binder for this romantic romp of a song cycle - you won’t want to miss it!


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.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Insatiable Love: Songs for Valentine's Day

valentine's day

Friday, February 14, 2014
7:30 PM | $10 Suggested Donation

PNC Recital Hall  |  Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University 

Mary Pappert School of Music Faculty:

Benjamin Binder, piano

Guest Artists:

Laura Knoop Very, soprano

Joseph Gaines, tenor

Karen Roethlisberger Verm, piano


When you think of Valentine's Day, does your heart melt? Or does your blood boil? Either way, our Valentine's Day concert will leave you very satisfied. In songs by Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, and Robert Schumann, we explore the ups and the downs of love: sensual ecstasy, tender intimacy, exploded delusion, vindictive jealousy, flirtatious intrigue, and all the rest of it. Don't miss the secret encore!

Benjamin Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, op. 22; On This Island, op. 11
Hugo Wolf: Selections from Mörike-Lieder
Robert Schumann: Duets for Tenor and Soprano, op. 34

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.