Winwood didn't stop at the '80s
He sort of owned the '80s, but not everybody knows that pop- radio hitmaker Steve Winwood has a career as a rock 'n' roller that goes all the way back to 1963. He first broke out with the Spencer Davis Group at age 15, co-founded Traffic, and fronted the legendary one-album super-group Blind Faith with Eric Clapton.
So he has quite a bit of material to draw from when he comes to the Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland on Dec. 6. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $57 to $80. Details: 877-435-9849 or www.ticketfly.com
-- Michael Machosky
Making the very difficult look easy
The Golden Dragon Acrobats, a troupe from China that tours internationally, will be coming to Mt. Lebanon on Dec. 7 for a two- hour show with acrobatic stunts, dance, theater, fancy costumes, and ancient and contemporary music. The Golden Dragon group, led by Danny Chang and choreographed by Angela Chang, will demonstrate their athletic prowess with impossible-looking feats involving plates, jars, bowls and other props. The show, presented by Music for Mt. Lebanon, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Lebanon High School auditorium. Tickets are $25. Details: 412-258-4814 or www.musicformtlebanon.org; also www.goldendragonacrobats.com
-- Kellie B. Gormly
They still live ... and tour
It's funny how music goes in cycles. Once, the complex synthesizers and progressive-rock ambitions of Goblin sounded hopelessly dated -- symbolic of an era of sonic excess.
Now, they're hailed as legends, and copied by hundreds of electronic musicians, trying to find the secret to their sinister cinematic soundscapes. It helps, of course, that the Italian band made immortal music for some of the greatest horror films ever made: from Dario Argenta's "Suspiria" (1977), and to George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" (1978).
Goblin will be making an extremely rare stop in Pittsburgh on Dec. 6, for a performance at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall. Some of their most-skilled acolytes, the Pittsburgh-based band Zombi, will be opening, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 to $65. Details: 412-368-5225 or www.librarymusichall.com.
-- Michael Machosky
From Bartok to B major
Pittsburgh Opera is bubbling over with music. In addition to the operas it stages in the Cultural District, the company offers many song and aria recitals each season. Now, the opera's head of music, Glenn Lewis, has formed a new chamber music group, Ensemble Una Voce, which will make its debut Dec. 8.
The program is colorful and wide-ranging -- Bela Bartok's Roumanian Folk Dances, Manuel de Falla's "Suite Popular Espanola," Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin," and Johannes Brahms' Trio in B major.
Lewis, a pianist, will perform with violinist Juan Jaramillo and cellist Elisa Kohanski, both members of Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters, 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested.
Details: 412-281-0912 or www.pittsburghopera.org
-- Mark Kanny
Double the sax
Saxophonists Elan Trotman and Marcus Anderson have been keeping busy schedules. Trotman recently returned from a tour in Greece with fellow sax player Dave Koz, while Anderson was busy in Minnesota with Prince and his new recording project.
But they both have enough time on their hands that they can come to Robinson on Dec. 8 to do a smooth jazz holiday show at Latitude 40.
"Yeah, we are busy, and that's nice, even if it means you don't get a chance to do your own stuff," Anderson says from his home in North Carolina.
The show will include Christmas music, plus material they get less of a chance to perform. Trotman, from Boston, says they will perform individually as well as together, perhaps even doing their duo tribute to sax legend Grover Washington Jr.
Besides the two saxophonists, the show will include the Shady Side Academy Jazz Ensemble and Midnight Snack Trio, along with the South Fayette Jazz Band.
Music starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $40 and includes dinner. Details: 412-567-2804 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/487795.
-- Bob Karlovits
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