MainStage Live

Image of Pittsburgh Playhouse seating and stage

Our 2022–23 season welcomes some of the world’s top chamber musicians for six concerts that illustrate the breathtaking range and musical excellence of this versatile genre. Each season, we aim to highlight new and established performers who are pushing the boundaries of what chamber music can be. This year we are honored to present Karim Nagi, Garrick Ohlsson with Apollon Musagete Quartet, Imani Winds, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Takács String Quartet, and Pacifica Quartet with Anthony McGill.

This year, our MainStage Live concerts will take place at The Award Winning Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park University, a state-of-the-art and acoustically vibrant new venue in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. Purchase single tickets and pick your seat for the concert(s) of your choice, or join us as a digital subscriber and enjoy high-quality video recording of each concert following every MainStage Live performance! 

Tickets may also be purchased by calling the PNC Theatre Box Office at 412-392-8000. Student tickets require valid student ID.

View seating chart

PNC Theatre

350 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(corner of Smithfield and Forbes)

frequently asked questions

When do subscriptions and single tickets go on sale?

Six-Concert Subscriptions May 21 at 2 pm

NOTE: Because of several changes to our ticketing protocols and new ticketing provider capabilities, we will now ONLY offer a subscription for ALL SIX concerts. Pick 5 and Pick 4 subscription options will no longer be available.

see seating chart above for Tiers

Tier 1 $255 • Tier 2 $202 • Tier 3 $168

As always, a subscription offers the best deal for tickets (a 20% discount) while offering you the opportunity to secure the best seats in the house before individual ticket buyers.

Single tickets August 15
$53, $42, and $35 (see seating chart for Tiers)
student subscription all tiers $72

$15 student rush tickets available one hour prior to each concert
No Osher, please

What perks are included with my subscription?

  • 20% off single ticket prices and choice of the best seats in the house before single ticket buyers
  • Digital version of each concert via weblink one week after each concert which can be viewed on-demand at home for one week after release
  • $5 off additional single tickets purchased during the season
  • Easy and convenient exchanges: if you’re unable to attend a MainStage concert, subscribers may exchange ticket(s) for another concert in the same MainStage season

Will Chamber Music Pittsburgh offer online weblinks this season? How does that work?

YES. Each concert will be recorded live and produced into a beautiful video that will be sent via email one week following the live concert. These videos will be available to view on-demand as many times as you’d like for one week following delivery. All weblinks are included with each subscription.

Can I buy a weblink subscription or a subscription that combines in-person and weblink tickets?

Unfortunately, unlike last season, we will not be offering mix-and-match subscriptions. All in-person subscription tickets must be all six in-person concerts ONLY. Weblink subscriptions may be purchased for $144 here and single weblinks may be purchased individually at $30 each here. All in-person subscriptions include each weblink video.

How can I buy a subscription? A Single ticket?

Subscriptions may be purchased online, by mailing in a subscription form with a check or credit card payment, or you may call the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412-392-8000. Checks should be made out to Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Single tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412-392-8000.

What are your protocols for COVID-19?

COVID19 vaccination and masking are optional but encouraged. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to COVID19. CMP reserves the right to change/update/enforce these policies as regulations may change. Please check cmpgh.org and signage at individual events for updated information.

Where is PNC Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, and where should I park?

PNC Theatre is located at 350 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, at the corner of Smithfield and Forbes. There is ample parking within one block of the venue at the following garages:

  • Mellon Square Garage (500 Smithfield St.)
  • Oliver Garage (350 Oliver Ave off of Wood St)
  • Forbes Garage (413 Cherry Way)
  • Third Avenue Garage (238 Fourth Avenue)

All are between $5-$6 after 4 PM. Street parking is free after 6 PM.

I have more questions!

We’d love to hear from you and offer any help we can!

Please call Chamber Music Pittsburgh at 412-626-6121 x 1, or the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412-392-8000.

Karim Nagi

Arab Musician and Folklorist

September 12, 2022, 7:30PM

Arab musician and folklorist Karim Nagi opens the season with a concert highlighting Arab musical traditions through his unique blend of performance and storytelling. Nagi has taught and lectured internationally about Arab culture and music, participating in the TEDx program with his talk, The Tambourine, My Partner in Diplomacy and Disruption.

  1. Nashwa (Bliss) composed by Karim Nagi for bendir (frame drum)
  2. Teletaashir (13) composed by Karim Nagi for riqq (tambourine)
  3. Ahu Da Illi Sar (This is What Happened) composed by Sheikh Sayed Darwish, Cairo 1921 AD
  4. Tala’ Al-Badru ‘Alayna (The Full Moon Rose Over Us) composed by The Ansar, Medina 622 AD
  5. Tarab Lesson (how to hear and react to Arab music)
  6. Taqasim (divisions) in 5 Maqam Modes arranged by Karim Nagi for buzuq lute
  7. Huzam (a mode that starts on a microtone) composed by Karim Nagi for buzuq lute
  8. Arabized arranged by Karim Nagi
  9. Hewar (dialogue) composed by Karim Nagi for the sagat finger cymbals
  10. Pan-Arab rhythms arranged by Karim Nagi for tublah goblet drum

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson with Apollon Musagète​ Quartet

October 17, 2022, 7:30PM

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson, “justly acclaimed as a titanic force at the keyboard” (Cleveland.com) headlines an intimate chamber performance with the dynamic and charismatic Apollon Musagète Quartet.


J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, Nos. 1, 4, and 9

Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904)
Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major for Strings, Op. 51

  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Dumka: Andante con moto — Vivace
  3. Romanza: Andante con moto
  4. Finale: Allegro assai


Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57

  1. Prelude: Lento
  2. Fugue: Adagio
  3. Scherzo: Allegretto
  4. Intermezzo: Lento
  5. Finale: Allegretto

This concert is generously sponsored in part by Russell and Kathy Ayres

Imani Winds

Grammy-nominated Wind Ensemble

December 5, 2022, 7:30PM

Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds, praised for their “hot rapport” and “conviction” (Gramophone), close their one-year residency with Chamber Music Pittsburgh with a culminating performance dedicated to works by Black and Brown composers.


An entire program celebrating composers of color

Jeff Scott

Reena Esmail
The Light is the Same*

Paquito D’Rivera
Aires Tropicales
i. Alborada
ii. Son
iii. Habanera
iv. Vals Venezolano
v. Dizzyness
vi. Afro
vii. Contradanza


Valerie Coleman
Rubispheres No. 1 (For flute, clarinet & bassoon)
ii. Serenade
iii. Revival

Wayne Shorter
Terra Incognita**

Júlio Medaglia
Belle Epoque en Sud-America
i. El Porsche Negro
ii. Vals Paulista
iii. Requinta Maluca

*Written for Imani Winds. Commissioned by The Lied Center of Kansas & premiered March 15, 2017 at the University of Kansas, Lawrence

**Written for Imani Winds. Commissioned by the La Jolla Music Society, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Da Camera of Houston and the Library of Congress. Premiered in La Jolla, CA August

St. Lawrence String Quartet

February 13, 2023, 7:30PM

The critically acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet, described as “dramatic,” “superb,” and “wickedly attentive,” presents an exciting and emotional chamber concert.


String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428

String Quartet #3

String Quartet in D Minor

Takács Quartet

March 20, 2023, 7:30PM

The world-renowned Takács Quartet, “one of the world’s greatest string quartets” (The New York Times) travel to Pittsburgh following a dizzying tour of Europe’s greatest concert halls. The group is celebrated for their innovative approach to chamber music and mastery of the genre.


Fanny Mendelssohn
String Quartet in E-flat major

Quartet No. 6

String Quartet in G Major, D887

Pacifica Quartet with Anthony McGill

Principal clarinet of NY Philharmonic

April 24, 2023, 7:30PM

“Brilliant young” Anthony McGill (The New York Times), principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, joins the Grammy Award–winning Pacifica Quartet to present a refreshing mix of familiar and unexpected chamber works.


American Stories

James Lee III
Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet

Antonin Dvořák
String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 “American”

Florence Price
String Quartet in G Major, Mvt. 2

Valerie Coleman
Shot Gun Houses