POP CELEBRATION PSO Holiday Pops, December 12-21. Celebrate the season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Choir and an all-star cast of guest artists. Conductor Todd Ellison leads this festive concert. Before and after the concert, enjoy the ornate decorations at Heinz Hall, complete with a magnificent 25-foot tree in the Grand Lobby. For more information,www.pittsburghsymphony.org/production/36200/highmark-holiday-pops. Special discount for Mt. Lebanon residents at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/mtlebo.
HOLIDAY PERCUSSION The Mt. Lebanon Percussion Ensemble’s Holiday Bells, Mallets & Drums has been a wintertime favorite for more than 20 years. If you haven’t gone yet, you really owe it to yourself. 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 14, at the High School Fine Arts Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for students for evening performances; Saturday matinee is $7 for everyone. Get tickets early at 412-563-4201, because they go pretty fast.
BROADWAY IN CARNEGIE Lenora Nemetz, Pittsburgh’s queen of song and dance, will showcase her amazing repertoire at Lenora! Lenora Nemetz Brings Broadway to Carnegie Carnegie, 8 p.m., Saturday, December 28, at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall.
As a teenager, Nemetz left Pittsburgh for the Great White Way and, at age 17, was cast as the replacement for Fritzie in the original Cabaret. A protégé of famed choreographer Bob Fosse, Nemetz first drew critical attention when she replaced the iconic Chita Rivera as Velma in the original Broadway production of Chicago. This summer, Nemetz starred in Side by Side by Sondheim.
The performance will be followed by a reception on all three floors of the historic landmark facility. Tickets are $125 ($90 tax deductible) for reserved seats in the orchestra and $75 ($40 tax deductible) for open seating in the balcony. Proceeds benefit the Library & Music Hall and the restoration of its historic facility. Purchase tickets at www.carnegiecarnegie.org or by calling 412-276-3456, x13.