Sunday, August 27, 2006


from Annabelle Clippinger at PITT ARTS:

1. PITT ARTS has a program called the Cheap Seat Program, wherein we sell to Pitt people greatly reduced tickets to cultural venues. Several times a year, starting this fall, we will send you a flyer with the current shows for sale. You can post and distribute this. Cheap Seats are available to students of all kinds and almost always to staff and faculty, and they may buy up to four tickets per show (there are some exceptions), and they may even buy tickets for non-Pitt people if the purchasing Pitt person attends. We take exact cash, checks, debit and credit cards. Lastly, this is a self-serve ticketing service; students, faculty and staff can reserve tickets anytime the Union is open—the instructions and reservations forms are located outside our office at 929 William Pitt Union in a very prominently marked display.

We sell about 9,400 Cheap Seats a year to the following organizations:

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, $12 for students and $17 for faculty and staff

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, $12 for students and $17 for faculty and staff

Pittsburgh Opera, $16-$33 for students and $26-$43 for faculty and staff

Pittsburgh CLO, $12 for students, $14 for faculty and staff

CLO Cabaret, $12 for students, $14 for faculty and staff

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, students only, $5.50-$34.50

Pittsburgh Public Theatre, $12.50 students, $25.50 for faculty and staff

Quantum Theatre, students $15, $22-$25 for faculty and staff

Guitar Society of Fine Arts, students $10-$15, $14-$20 for faculty and staff

MCG Jazz, $20-$25 students, $32-$35 for faculty and staff

Renaissance & Baroque Society, $10 for students, $15 for faculty and staff

In addition, we program a number of Pitt Nights, which for a great price (only $17 for Pitt Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony for Scheherazade on September 29th, as low as $18 for Pitt Night the Opera for Pagliacci on October 20th, only $17 for Pitt Night at the Ballet for Swan Lake on October 27th, and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pitt Night for Sweet Honey in the Rock on January 14th costs only $17 ) Pitt students, faculty and staff can get optional free transportation with us, enjoy a free dessert reception, and meet the cast and Artistic Directors. These events are splashy and fun. People celebrate their Pitt pride and their love for the arts by participating. PITT ARTS also co-sponsors with the Pittsburgh Symphony two on-campus concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra to take place in Bellefield Auditorium on Those wishing to participate in these special Pitt Nights buy through the Cheap Seats Program in our office at 929 William Pitt Union.

2. Don’t miss Attack of the Cheap Seats on September 14th. Not only will there be great entertainment, but also you can buy cheap tickets for the entire season (or any parts thereof!) to the Opera, Ballet, Symphony, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the Pittsburgh CLO—and it’s cheaper than subscribing! It takes place from 12-3 PM on 9/14 in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room.

3. PITT ARTS sponsors its annual Art Fair on September 21st in the William Pitt Ballroom. Stop by for a free lunch starting at 11:30 AM and visit with contacts from over thirty arts organizations. Win prizes, and chat with great people as you find out all about what is happening in the arts this academic year.

4. Free Visits: All Pitt students with valid Pitt ID’s, part-time, full-time, grad/undergrad, get in free during the academic year and over holiday break to: The Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Mattress Factory, and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. All students need to do is swipe their ID at the admissions desk. Check out or or or for more information. Free admissions are suspended during the summer months.

5. Artful Wednesdays: PITT ARTS and Residence Life have been lively partners for a fantastic program that takes place nearly every Wednesday in the fall from noon to 1 PM in the Litchfield Towers Lobby, and includes a free lunch and a free exciting performance. Here are but two of the ten features from Artful Wednesdays this year. Come up to the PITT ARTS office at 929 WPU to pick up the complete brochure.

September 27th, Besame

Jorge Delgado brings the sounds of Columbia to Pitt with guitar, percussion, soprano saxophone and tuba while his original instrumentation explores Columbian musical styles of cumbia and vallenato.

October 4th, Elie Kihonia with members of Wacongo Dance Company

Celebrate the energy and life of Congo! Wacongo is a traditional ensemble of master drummers, musicians and dancers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who perform the ancestral songs and dances of Central Africa.

6. We have MUCH in the way of literature regarding current arts information, including quite literally, hundreds of press releases, and promotional information about current shows in the arts community. From time to time we may send pertinent/ applicable information to you through interoffice mail or email. If you have a student with an arts-related question, and you don’t know the answer, feel free to:

Call us at 4-4498

Go to our website at, which has tons of information.

7. Free Arts Encounters

PITT ARTS is not a club and students do not join our organization; however, undergraduate students can sign up to be on our email distribution list by visiting our website at and signing up to be on our D-List by clicking the “Get Involved” button to register. Students will then receive our weekly e-calendar of events from which they can choose to participate simply by going on-line to register for a program. They will subsequently be notified about their RSVP status and will be given program confirmation details. We will offer 110 free arts programs to undergraduates this year, ranging from symphony to film to ballet, to opera, and so on, all art. Transportation, food and tickets are pre-arranged and are COMPLETELY FREE to the undergraduate student.

8. PITT ARTS does not sell: Pitt Theatre tickets, Pitt Theatre semester passes, Kuntu Repertory Theatre tickets, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT) tickets or Music Department tickets of any kind. Students can call 624-PLAY for theater tickets, 4-4125 for Music tickets, and 624-7298 for Kuntu tickets. PICT tickets can be purchased by calling ProArts Tickets at 412-394-3353.

9. The #61, #71, #500 and #501 buses run back and forth from Pitt to the downtown Cultural District. We have a great directions sheet in our office on how to get to and get around in the Cultural District and to the amenities of the North Side.

If you have any questions about this campus briefing, feel free to call me directly at 4-4462.

All Best-- Annabelle

Annabelle Clippinger, M.F.A.
929 William Pitt Union
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
tel: 412-624-4462
fax: 412-624-1662

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner