Chamber Music Pittsburgh Announces 2023 ‘Just Summer’ Concerts

Pittsburgh Artists Headline Three Free Outdoor Concerts this August at The Highline

The Highline. Photo courtesy of Jones Lang LaSalle IP, Inc

Chamber Music Pittsburgh (CMP) today announced its 2023 Just Summer season, a free three-concert program featuring Pittsburgh-based artists at The Highline in the South Side. Just Summer hosts a vibrant mix of chamber musicians performing a range of genres in the family-friendly riverfront setting. This year, Hugo Cruz and Caminos take the stage on August 9, the Tania Grubbs Quintet performs August 16, and the series closes with Anqwenique on August 23.“While each Just Summer performer is unique, these concerts all offer the same sense of joy, celebration, and community,” Kristen Linfante, Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh. “We invite everyone to bring a few friends or family members to share the inspiring experience of hearing some of Pittsburgh’s top artists perform live.”In addition to enjoying the performances, attendees are invited to round out their concert experience with drinks and food from Sly Fox Brewery and Restaurant. The Highline is also conveniently located near the South Side riverfront bike trail and offers free two-hour parking for those who plan to drive.

Hugo Cruz. Photo by Nate Guirdy

Hugo Cruz & Caminos
Wednesday, August 9, 7:30 p.m. (Rain date: August 10)

Performing original compositions that “bristle with energy, wit and surprise” (Latin Jazz) Hugo Cruz and Caminos open this year’s Just Summer series with a set that blends Cuban, jazz, R&B, and Afro-Cuban sounds. This lively performance features a 7-member ensemble and beats that are guaranteed to get you dancing.

Tania Grubbs. Photo by Chris Strollo

Tania Grubbs Quintet
Wednesday, August 16, 7:30 p.m. (Rain date: August 17)

From bluesy ballads to jazz standards, this performance showcases the vocal talents of Pittsburgh-based artist Tania Grubbs, who has been praised for her “expressive style” and “expertise for telling stories through her music” (LA Jazz Scene). Celebrated for its “rich emotional depth” (Jazz Weekly), the band features bassist Jeff Grubbs (Tania’s husband), pianist David Budway, guitarist Ron Affif, and drummer James Johnson III.

Anqwenique. Photo by sarah huny young

Anqwenique Presents the Summer Send Off
Wednesday, August 23, 7:30 p.m. (Rain date: August 24)

Multi-talented vocalist Anqwenique takes audiences on a musical journey across time and genre. Enjoy her eclectic and soulful vocal style accompanied by a dynamic ensemble, featuring MC FRH Golden, cellist Rachel Smith, Renze Jefferson on bass, Andre Solomon on flute, and a few others. Anqwenique is a versatile artist and educator whose talents range from opera and classical to jazz and soul music.


Cost: Free (no registration required)
Location: The Highline, 339 McKean St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
About: Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a perfectly Pittsburgh evening with some of our city’s top musicians in a family-friendly riverfront setting.

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