MET Soloists Play Chamber Music Pittsburgh Concert; Julie Lekstrom Himes’ Book Event w/Karla Boos (Mon., 5/15/17)

1) Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s 56th annual subscription series at the Carnegie Music Hall closes the season tonight with a performance by soloists from New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Rafael Figueroa, cello; Nathan Hughes, oboe; and Ken Noda, piano. will play a program of operatic and chamber works by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Dutilleux, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Debussy, and Berlioz. 7:30 p.m. 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

2) Quantum Theatre’s Artistic Director Karla Boos moderates a discussion tonight on Mikhail Bulgakov, the main character in their most recent show Collaborators (see Mike Vargo’s review). Award-winning short story author Julie Lekstrom Himes will present her first full-length novel, Mikhail and Margarita a compelling narrative of great historical scope that also is a moving defense of art and the artist. The book explores the tumultuous life of Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov right before he wrote his classic anti-authoritarian masterpiece in Stalinist Soviet Union. The reading will be followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing (books will be available for purchase). The event is free but a ticket is required. Casellula @ Alphabet City is open for drinks, appetizers, or dinner before and after the reading. 8 p.m. City of Asylum @ Alphabet City, 40 W. North Ave., North Side.

3) The Pens continue with the conference finals round of the playoffs tonight with their second home game of the series against the Ottawa Senators. Let’s go Pens! 8 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.