Friday, March 10, 2017
George Orwell's timely novel comes to life as Winston, a young employee in the Ministry of Truth who corrects "errors,” faces the consequences of falling in love and creating his own truth in a dangerous society of surveillance, identity and control by "Big Brother."
BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Mozart in Prague
Slovakian conductor Juraj Valčuha returns to Pittsburgh with a program inspired by Prague, from Smetana’s famous Moldau, depicting the river flowing through the city, to Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, premiered in Prague in 1787. This weekend also features the debut of Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi performing Dvořák’s Piano Concerto, last heard in Heinz Hall over a decade ago. The program closes with Dvořák’s colorful Carnival Overture, in which the composer depicts a city at nightfall, filled with “shouts of joy and unrestrained hilarity.”
Senate Republicans hope to have a vote on their version of the American Health Care Act, which the House passed on May 4, as soon as next week before Congress breaks for recess. Democrat Senators are criticizing Republicans for legislating in a shroud of secrecy without holding public hearings and not making them privy to the negotiations. As Democrats did in 2009 for the Affordable Care Act, the 52 member Republican majority will invoke a special process known as reconciliation that only requires 51 votes to approve the health care overhaul. Do you approve of Republican Senators drafting a health care reform bill without the Democrats input?
Do you agree with the decision to reveal the identities of the jury deadlocked on the Cosby sexual assault trial?