Hillman Performing Arts Series Announces 2019-2020 Season

The Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy has announced the lineup for the 2019-2020 Hillman Performing Arts Series. The season includes seven shows from September 2019 through April 2020, including four family-friendly Main Stage Shows in the Richard E. Rauh Theater and three intimate coffeehouse-style Black Box Shows in the Peter J. Kountz Theater.

Hillman Performing Arts Series

All shows are Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts, located on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus at 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.thehillman.orgnor by phone at 412-968-3040. A seven-show series subscription costs $145 for adults and $130 for seniors over 65 or children under 18; three- and four-show subscription packages are also available. Tickets for individual shows cost $20-$30 per person.

The 2019-2020 season lineup includes:

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons
Sept. 28, 2019 • Black Box

Known as "The American Songster," Grammy Award-winner and two-time Emmy nominee Dom Flemons has a repertoire covering nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes. This solo acoustic performance features songs from his repertoire and his 2018 album, Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys.

Wayne Hoffman

Wayne Hoffman: Mind Candy
Oct. 19, 2019 • Main Stage

Witness the impossible as award-winning mentalist Wayne Hoffman reads the minds of audience members, demonstrates seemingly psychic phenomenon, predicts the future and travels through time. Mind Candyis a crazy melting pot of serious mindreading, hilarious laugh-out-loud comedy and unbelievable mysteries that will have you on the edge of your seat!

Ariel Pocock

Ariel Pocock

Nov. 16, 2019 • Black Box

A captivating jazz pianist, vocalist and composer, Ariel Pocock's original compositions and songs draw inspiration from Cuban and Brazilian folk music, the Great American Songbook, modern jazz composers and more. Join us for an evening of acoustic piano and guitar that's not to be missed!

Six Appeal Vocal Band: Ugly Sweater Party!
Dec. 14, 2019 • Main Stage

Dig out those ugly holiday sweaters! Back by popular demand, Six Appeal Vocal Band brings its high-octane Ugly Sweater Partyto Pittsburgh just in time for the holidays! Featuring distinctive a cappella arrangements of traditional and original holiday music, this concert will leave you energized for the holiday season. Wear your best ugly holiday sweater for a chance to win a holiday gift basket!

Tami Lee Hughes

Tami Lee Hughes: The Legacy Show
Feb. 15, 2020 • Main Stage

Concert violinist Tami Lee Hughes captivates audiences with her lavish sound and rich artistry. The Legacy Showis a multimedia concert celebrating African American composers, performed with pianist Byron Burford-Phearse. Featuring classical music infused with spirituals, blues, gospel, hip-hop and jazz, plus poetry and visual media, it will take you on a musical, cultural and historical journey.


March 14, 2020 • Black Box

Blackwater's high-energy brand of Celtic music blends folk, classical and contemporary influences into a unique and dynamic sound. The band's striking vocal harmonies, intricate fiddle styles, multi-instrumental talent and penchant for compelling rhythms ensures there's something for every Irish music lover!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
April 18, 2020 • Main Stage

For more than 20 years, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has been reimagining traditional American circus with a contemporary twist. This unique hybrid of vaudeville, circus, comedy and original live music features an eclectic cast of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, sideshow marvels and more. It's a thrilling spectacle that's sure to please every member of the family!

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