Daphne with the
St. Michael Chamber Band

Join us for two unforgettable evenings of music.

Our reunion concert celebration of carols, folk rock, yuletide soul and more...

Daphne with the St. Michael Chamber Band
John Marcinizyn, guitar/banjo
Vladimir Mollov, accordion
Elisa Kohanksi, cello


Global Voices Presented
by HarmoniZing

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Alphabet CIty
40 W. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Phone: 412-435-1110
Organizer: City of Asylum

With the health, well-being, and comfort of all as our top priorities, City of Asylum requires that our staff, artists, and all those attending an event be fully vaccinated. Please click here to learn more about our Covid 19 policies.

Pipas, guzhengs, ouds, and more! HarmoniZing, a Pittsburgh-based group founded with the aim of nurturing cross-cultural understanding through the arts, brings together musicians playing a diverse array of instruments for an evening of global voices and soaring music.

With special guests Daphne Alderson and John Marcinizyn, the concert features solos of the pipa (Chinese lute), guzheng (Chinese zither), oud (Middle Eastern lute), and tabla (Indian hand drums) and concludes with ensemble pieces recently composed by Guan Huidan of China, Chinese Canadian Yao Wang, and Iranian American Ehsan Matoori as well as a traditional Ghanaian song arranged by Joseph Sheehan.


Daphne Alderson: contralto

John Marcinizyn: guitar

David Bennett: cello

Ai-Lin Chen: guzheng

Tomchess: oud

Mimi Jong: erhu

Regina Ketter: violin

Ai Min Liu: flute

Ravi Padmanabha: tabla

P.J. Roduta: percussion

Dariush Saghafi: santur

Joe Sheehan: piano

Shaoqian Wang: clarinet

Nancy Xiao: daruan

Joyce Yan: zhongruan

Jin Yang: pipa

Neighborhood Project Presents Mavra by Stravinsky

Saturday, March 28 2020 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 29 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

Pitt Global Hub
Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Entrance on Bouquet Street or Schenley Drive
Limited Seating | A Pay What You Can Event

Neighborhood Project in collaboration with Year of Creativity, Pitt Nationality Rooms, Center for Russian & East European Studies, and Aria 412 will be presenting an evening of Russian Rep including the gem Mavra by Igor Stravinsky with chamber orchestra.

Our evening begins with pieces by Rachmaninov, Rimksy Korsakov, and Georgy Sviridov followed by the comedy Marva: a story that shows when two people are in love, they'll do just about anything to be together.

RECITAL Performed by:

Desiree Soteres Julia Timmons Julianna Grabowski Royce Strider

MAVRA Performed by:
Katie Manukyan, Parasha
Daphne Alderson, The Mother
Jenifer Weber, The Neighbor
Lindell Carter, Vassili (Mavra)

John McKeever, Conductor
Alyssa Weathersby, Director

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes Inc., publisher and copyright owner.

Daphne Sings Weill

Daphne and The St. Michel Band

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
7:30 p.m.

First Unitarian Church
605 Morewood Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213
(Corner of Morewood and Ellsworth)

Celebrated cabaret artist and Festival favorite Daphne Alderson returns with an evening of the songs by the revolutionary composer Kurt Weill in tribute to the legendary singer Lotte Lenya. Unforgettable music presented by an incomparable Pittsburgh singer.

AMOR! Ballads and Fado

Chamber Music at Old St. Luke's

Sunday, February 17, 2019
2:00 p.m.

Old St. Luke's Church
330 Old Washington Pike
Carnegie, PA 15106

Free Admission, but donations are accepted and appreciated.

Chanteuse Daphne Alderson explores the colors of world music with the St. Michel Band, Vladimir Mollov, and John Marcinizyn at Old St. Lukes in the season of love.

Daphne and Dietrich

Sunday July 15, 2018
7:30 p.m.

First Unitarian Church
605 Morewood Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213
(Corner of Morewood and Ellsworth)

Pittsburgh Festival Opera presents celebrated cabaret artist, Daphne Alderson and her band to interpret songs made famous by Marlene Dietrich, heartthrob of a generation of Germans, idol of that nation, and an international artist of an era. Unforgettable music presented by an incomparable Pittsburgh singer.

Daphne and Vladimir Mollov celebrate Van Gogh, Monet, and Degas

Saturday, May 5, 2018
2:30 p.m.

The Frick Pittsburgh
7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

The Rotunda at the Frick sets the stage for an hour of French Chansons... Piaf, Monnot, Sarde, Pils and more from Daphne and the gifted accordionist Vladimir Mollov.

The Frick Pittsburgh will present Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an exhibition featuring more than 70 masterpieces collected by Pittsburgh-born collector and philanthropist, Paul Mellon (1907-1999), beginning in spring 2018.


Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:00 p.m.

City of Asylum
40 West North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

"This is an exiting new project . . . in a an artist's collaborative of the
mercurial world of Erik Satie. Daphne explores the haunting songs of Satie
in this homage to the Paris Cabaret of the late Belle Epoch . . . The
chanteuse voices both man and woman in this premiere theatre fusion."


HeartStrings: East Meets West – AppalAsia & Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo

Sunday, April 8, 2018
3:00 p.m.

Lincoln Hall
42 South Palmer Street
Foxburg, PA 16036

From ancient to modern and criss-crossing the globe, the stirring heart sounds of string instruments spanning four millennia will fill Lincoln Hall with HeartStrings: East Meets West, as the Appalasia, String Bouquet and the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo with contralto Daphne Alderson sound the music of our souls!

Daphne Alderson Sings Leonard Cohen —
A Hallelujah at Love Café

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
605 Morewood Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15213
(Corner of Morewood and Ellsworth)

Beloved chanteuse Daphne Alderson returns with new program of Leonard Cohen’s legacy, a vintage tapestry of love, loss and rebirth. This premiere concert features newly imagined-versions of the folk rock movement that Cohen created with Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Judy Collins. Along with the haunting Famous Blue Raincoat, Joan of Arc and Suzanne, Since You Asked, California, and Mitchell’s wistful Both Sides Now and bittersweet A Case of You, there are nods to Buffy Sainte Marie, conjuring Cohen’s Greenwich Village concert scene. This performance features Daphne's stellar ensemble of guitar, cello, accordion, and bass.


Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh
Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Tickets $20/15 student/senior, Pitt students free w/ID

Pittsburgh’s Collaborative Legacy Project provides the inspiration for programming, and centers around a video interview of one man's life from childhood to adulthood, spanning global crisis, personal achievements and deep intimacy with family. Repertoire will include Michael Cohen’s powerful and moving work I Remember, and will feature beloved Pittsburgh vocalist Daphne Alderson.

Faculty/Guest artist Series

January 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Chatham University
James Laughlin Music Hall
Woodland Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15232

An acoustic celebration of music that shaped a generation featuring Daphne Alderson, vocals and John Marcinizyn, guitar. The poetic songs of Canadian artists: Joni Mitchell, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen

Free and open to the public

The Saint Michel Chamber Band

December 4th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Central Presbyterian Church
Tarentum, PA 15084

With so much turmoil here at home, we present our annual Concert for Peace on Earth.
This year, we are in a warm and intimate space at the historic Central Presbyterian in Tarentum.
We will be performing ancient chant, Bach, carols of Europe and home.

Tidings of comfort and joy,

Vladimir, John, Elisa and Daphne


Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm
The Twentieth Century Club
Beaux Art Ballroom

Daphne brings chansons of the legendary Edith Piaf to SummerFest! Evoking the world of a smoky, Parisian café... and a Greenwich Village Club. This tour de force ties a chord from the heart of the Little Sparrow to the soul of Canadian songwriter and poet, Leonard Cohen.

Featuring an internationally renowned trio:

Bulgarian great, Vladimir Mollov on accordion
Native son, John Marcinizyn on banjo & guitar
The PSO's brilliant Jeff Grubbs on double bass.

...a passionate evening of music that touches the soul.

Songs include: Je Ne Regrette Rien, Bravo Pour Le Clown, Mon Legionnaire Cohen's Suzanne, Hallelujah, Joan of Arc and more...


Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Smithfield United Church of Christ
620 Smithfield Street | Pittsburgh PA 15222

The concert, featuring Daphne Alderson, contralto, and Norma Meyer,
pianist, commemorates the 86th anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank
through a contemporary cantata based on the descriptions of Anne’s
inner life as described in her diary.