Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall

Long renowned for its superb acoustics and historic character, the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall offers audiences numerous and varied entertainment options in an elegant and enjoyable setting. The ACFL & MH is fully accessible. Please check the calendar listing for the presenting organization’s contact information for ticketing and event questions.


Drowsy Chaperone

Drowsy Chaperone
Presented by Stage 62
Thursday – Saturday, July 16-18 & 23-25 at 8 pm
Sunday ,July 19 & 26 at 2 pm

The Drowsy Chaperone pays tribute to the great old shows and their power to lift
our spirits and transport us to a dazzling world of glitz and non-stop laughter.
When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to
life in this hilarious musical farce.



Iolanthe “Summer’s End Fairy Tea Party” Fundraiser
Pittsburgh Savoyards
August 30, begins at 4pm
Lincoln Gallery



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Listen Locally Emerging Artists Series:
Amanda Van Story Lewis
Thursday, September 17 at 7:30om

This past January, the ACFL&MH was enthralled with a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article highlighting budding opera singer Amanda Van Story Lewis. Aspiring artist by night and singing receptionist for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto by day, Amanda is no stranger to the spotlight.

Lewis, 33,is a classically trained singer born in Washington, DC with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Classical Voice Performance from Howard University. There she received instruction from Dr. James Moore and Dr. J.W. Norris. During that time, she also studied at the Academia D’ell Arte in Arezzo, Italy where she focused on opera and physical theater; and she trained with Francesca Francalanci of Florence, Italy, culminating in a solo concert.

Amanda has been fortunate to perform as a featured soloist for such prestigious events as: the 10th Anniversary of the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington DC, the Congressional Black Caucus’s Black Women’s Agenda in 2008, and the National Walk for Epilepsy 2010 where she sang the National Anthem. Amanda has also performed in Joyce Garett’s Choir for the 2007 and 2008 Kennedy Center Honors.

Amanda is an accomplished pageant winner, having served as Miss Black District of Columbia USA 2008, and Miss District of Columbia International 2009.

Ms. Van Story Lewis moved to Pittsburgh and in 2010 received a fellowship from the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. She is currently being mentored by retired professional opera singer, Ross Dacal. This September she will make her “Carnegie Carnegie” Hall debut with traditional pieces from Mozart, Schubert and Debussy–as well as two spiritual selections.

General Admission $10
Purchase tickets at http://www.carnegiecarnegie.org/ticketing/
or call 1-800-838-3006, x1




Menard Presents:
Carnegies in Concert
ACFL&MH Annual Benefit
October 2 at 7:30pm

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s annual benefit — “Menard Presents: Carnegies in Concert” — brings renowned faculty and alumni from Carnegie Mellon University’s elite School of Music to the ACFL&MH’s acoustically superb Music Hall for a glittery evening of outstanding music.

Renowned violinist and former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Andrès Cárdenes and his violinist wife Monique Mead (also CMU’s Director of Music Entrepreneurship and Center for Arts Innovation) headline an eclectic roster of performers.  Among the performers are pianist Rodrigo Ojeda, C Street Brass and Isabel(11) and Tito(10) Cárdenes on harp and piano respectively.

An after-performance supper reception throughout the ACFL&MH’s historic landmark facility follows the concert. Audience members will be the first to preview the just restored Library interior. (Slated to re-open October 25.)

Proceeds from “Carnegies in Concert” benefit the campaign to restore and revitalize the Library & Music Hall.

Orchestra Seats $125 ($90 tax-deductible); Balcony $75 ($40 tax-deductible)
Purchase tickets at http://www.carnegiecarnegie.org/ticketing/
or call 1-800-838-3006, x1


Iolanthe or, The Peer and the Peri
Pittsburgh Savoyards
October 9 – 18
Thursday – Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm



Just Dance!
Kiev Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
October 24 at 3pm

Ukrainian Market Place with traditional food and crafts before and after

General Admission $15; Students and Seniors $12


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ACFL&MH Open House
October 25 from 1pm – 4:30pm

The Board of Trustees invites you to celebrate your beautifully renovated
library! This free event for the community begins with a 1:30pm performance in the historic Music Hall by string ensemble Cello Fury, followed by light snacks and community info tables in the Studio, as well as tours of the first floor Library, unique Lincoln Gallery and national treasure Espy Post Civil War Room. At 4pm, join the Carlynton High School Choir for a second Music Hall performance, featuring special guest and Carlynton alum, Natalie Hatcher.


Dora E. McQuaid: The Scorched Earth
Wednesday, October 28 at 6pm

Poet, activist and performer Dora E. McQuaid will perform a selection of her
poetry describing her journey from victim to survivor. Reception follows
performance. Event benefits Crisis Center North.

VIP Tickets $75; General Admission $50.
Purchase tickets at http://www.crisiscenternorth.org/events
or call 412-364-6728, x15


Ghosts N At

Ghosts N’At: Paranormal Adventures
Friday, October 30 from 7pm – 12am

Paranormal investigators lecture, present evidence from past investigations, and
facilitate Q&A from 7 – 8pm. Paranormal investigation of the ACFL&MH from
8pm – 12am.

Ticket and event information at


Ghosts N At

Ghosts N’At: Paranormal Adventures
Halloween Event
Saturday, October 31 from 9pm – 1am

Paranormal investigation of the ACFL&MH.

Ticket and event information at



Marianne Cornetti in Concert
Sunday, November 1 at 3pm

Dessert reception follows in Lincoln Gallery.

Reserved Orchestra Seating $75, General Balcony Seating $50
Purchase tickets at http://www.carnegiecarnegie.org/ticketing/
or call 1-800-838-3006, x1



The Nutcracker
Carnegie Performing Arts Center
December 4 – 6 & 11 – 13
Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

Holiday concessions and benefit raffle in Studio.

Adults $15; Students and Seniors $12; Groups of 10+ $10 per person
Tickets available at the door.



Carnegie Celebrates the Season Presented by Borough of Carnegie and ACFL&MH Saturday, December 5, 12 – 2pm

Kick off the Main Street celebration with snacks, arts & crafts, performances in the Music Hall, and a visit from Santa! Light-up night celebration follows.

Free and open to the public.


Zentangle Classes, every Tuesday evening at 6pm

 Zentangle Classes
Tuesdays from 6pm – 7pm

Zentangle is a relaxing art form, based on the soothing, meditative nature of
pattern-drawing. No artistic experience or talent is needed! Classes are open to
all. The first class is free, after which, supplies will be made available to


Past Events


Lone Pine String Band - Listen Locally Series 2015

Lone Pine Group

 Thursday, May 21, at 7:30pm.


Mikado Poster

The Mikado
Presented by The Pittsburgh Savoyards
March 6-8 & 13-15
Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
(412) 734-8467


Madeline Gabrielle

Presented by Carnegie Performing Arts Center
March 20-22
Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
Adults $15, students and seniors $12
(412) 279-8887


Italian Film Fest

Italian Film Festival USA – Pittsburgh
Organized by the Italian Program at the University of Pittsburgh

La mafia uccide solo d’estate (The Mafia Kills  Only in the  Summer)
Thursday, March 26 at 7pm

The Italian Film Festival USA, Pittsburgh edition, will kick off its third
installment at the Carnegie of Carnegie. After two successful festivals held
entirely on Pitt’s Oakland campus, the organizers in the Italian Program at the
University of Pittsburgh will bring the first screening of the festival to the
Carnegie Music Hall on Thursday, March 26. This and all Italian Film Festival
screenings are in original Italian with English subtitles.

Free and open to the public.



Women Read/Women Write Book Festival
Sunday, March 29 from 11:30am – 5:30pm
30+ authors, sales, book signings, seminars, workshops, food.


10th Annual Civil War Living History Day 
April 11, 2015

Join us for our 10th Annual Civil War Living History Day! Programming focuses
on the Road to Appomattox in April 1865. Activities include the Lincoln Gallery of
photographs, ongoing tours of the Capt. Thomas Espy Post, lectures,
re-enactors, encampments and drills, tours of Chartiers Cemetery, crafters and
sutlers, children’s crafts, and display of Carlynton High School History Fair
projects. Programming is made possible through generous funding from the
Massey Charitable Trust and the Dollar Bank Foundation. Limited parking at the
library. Use the free shuttle from the Main Street parking lot (across from
Carnegie Coffee).
Click here for a detailed itinerary.


(Rehearsal Video)
The Civil War
April 10-12
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm

A stirring Broadway musical exploration of the searing drama of the War
that includes gospel, country, rock and folk motifs. Stephen Santa directs a
cast of more than 40 outstanding actors/singers in a play that combines
historic figures (Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman) with fictionalized
soldiers, slaves and widows.

The Captain Thomas Espy Post No. 153 of the Grand Army of the Republic and
the Lincoln Gallery will be open an hour before each performance.




Little Princess

The Little Princess
Presented by the Carnegie Performing Arts Center
April 17-19
Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

The Little Princess is the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett which chronicles the
adventures of young Sara Crewe, who goes from wealthy parlour boarder at an
exclusive girls’ school to a charity pupil forced to do the menial work of a servant.
In this classic children’s play, Sara Crewe triumphs over adversity by telling
herself that “all girls are Princesses”. A delightful fairy-tale ending makes this
riches-to-rags-to-riches tale one that will captivate romantics of all ages.



Duquesne Opera

Duquesne University Opera Workshop
“Dido and Aeneas & La serva padrona”

Friday, April 24 at 7:30 and Sunday, April 26 at 2pm
Guenko Guechev, director

The Duquesne University Opera Workshop, under the direction of Guenko
Guechev, is a training and performing ensemble open to undergraduate and
graduate voice students. Each year, the Opera Workshop gives a fully-staged
production, an operatic scenes evening, an aria evening and outreach
performances in the community.

Click here for more info.


Duo Cieli

Listen Locally: Duo Cieli
Thursday, April 30 at 7:30pm

ACFL&MH’s Listen Locally series, spotlighting small and eclectic ensembles,
continues with Duo Cieli. Guitarist John Marcinizyn and Flautist Tara Yaney perform
an diverse set of traditional and contemporary pieces. From baroque and renaissance
era selections, to modern classical, traditional celtic and jazz–this evening has
something for everyone.

2nd Saturday Civil War Lecture Series
Saturday, May 9 at 1:00pm
Kristopher D. White: “Lee’s Greatest Victory, Lee’s Greatest Defeat; The Battle of

Often viewed as one of the most resounding victories in the annals of military
history, Chancellorsville was truly one of Lee’s greatest achievements. Yet in the
ashes of the Wilderness of Virginia lay more than 13,000 of Lee’s men, a wrecked
chain of-command, and a lost opportunity to finish off the Army of the Potomac
once and for all. Was Chancellorsville Lee’s greatest victory of was it the
beginning of the end for the Army of Northern Virginia? Registration not
required. Free and open to the public. 2nd Saturday Lecture Series made
possible by the Massey Charitable Trust.


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Balance for Seniors
Wednesday, May 13 at 1:00pm

Keystone Physical Therapy in Carnegie will be giving a free balance lecture and
testing.  The lecture will involve understanding the importance of fall prevention,
learning the basic principles of how you maintain balance, understanding the risk
factors for falling, and knowing how to change your home and behavior to
decrease your fall risk.  We will also develop a basic exercise routine to enhance
balance and strength.  At the end of the lecture, individual balance testing can be
performed. Event will be held in the studio.


Next to Normal

Next to Normal
Presented by Stage 62
May 8-10 and 15-17
Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

This deeply moving piece of musical theatre explores how one suburban
household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to
pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking
teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything
but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years.
NEXT TO NORMAL takes you into the minds and hearts of each character,
presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.



Lone Pine

Listen Locally: Lone Pine String Band
May 21, 2015 at 7:30pm

Lone Pine String Band could be described as an “ old time Appalachian string
band.” This five piece string band (banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and guitar)
based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania focuses on old-time, traditional Appalachian,
folk, and bluegrass music. “This is how people used to play music together back in
Appalachia,” Mr. Ward said. “The mountain folk. It was fiddle and banjo, and we
try to revisit that. …We call it old-time music. It’s traditional American music,
what people play together for square dances and amusement and



Catch a Rising Star

Catch a Rising Star
Presented by Carnegie Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 30 at 8:00pm & Sunday, May 31 at 2:00pm

Carnegie Performing Arts Center Spring Recital, featuring students of CPAC,
performing many different dance forms, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern and
lyrical dance.



Sleeping Beauty

Suite of Sleeping Beauty
West Point Ballet Studio
Thursday, June 4 at 7:30pm





2nd Saturday Lecture Series
Jim Smith – The Yankee Drummer
Blue & Gray Reunion Band
June 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Over 50,000 aging veterans of the Civil War converged on Gettysburg in June
1913 for the 50th anniversary of the battle. Most veterans took advantage of free
rail transportation, but 70 year old drummer Peter Guibert and a friend, 62 year
old John Conroy walked the 200 miles over the Laurel and Allegheny
mountains in 19 days and were the first to arrive for the reunion. A picture at the
National Archives shows Peter seated next to his drum on which is painted
“Professor Guibert’s Gettysburg Band.” And the tradition continues. . . . in 2013,
70 year old Yankee drummer Peter Smith and 62 year old Ray Zimmerman
followed Peter’s footsteps by beating a drum from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg.
Please join us to hear Jim Smith and the Blue & Gray Reunion band tell their
fascinating story and offer some patriotic drumbeats and soldier’s reminisces.
Refreshments served in the Lincoln Gallery following.

2nd Saturday Lecture Series made possible by the
Massey Charitable Trust.