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GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World

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Special Events

Saturday, June 16 - Sunday, Sept. 30

The Science Center kicks off GUITAR with booming sound! Four Pittsburgh legends will perform together for the first time ever, to celebrate the opening of this awesome exhibit, sponsored locally by Dollar Bank. Joe Grushecky of The Houserockers, Rick Witkowski of BE Taylor Group, Rob James of The Clarks, and Billy Price of The Billy Price Band will jam together on this rockin' evening. See former concert promoter Rich Engler's autographed guitar collection from 8-10 pm in the Atrium. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, mini desserts and a cash bar on site. Guests must be 21 and up. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. (Limited Capacity)

BUY TICKETS or call 412.237.3400 to reserve your spot today!


Sing (or Strum!) For Your Supper

Sonic Drive Ins, in partnership with Pittsburgh CW's Green Team, are hosting a "Sing & Strum For Your Supper" at each of its eight Pittsburgh-area locations this summer. Participants will receive a $10 Sonic gift card, plus two tickets to the Science Center' GUITAR exhibit (while supplies last!), a Sonic Prize Pack, and a CW Prize Pack. Each week one winner will be chosen to advance to the finals competition to be held at the end of September at the Sonic Sound Stage at the Science Center. A Grand Prize winner will receive a special guitar, courtesy of Carnegie Science Center, as well as a great prizes from Sonic Drive In. Visit sonicofpittsburgh.com for details.

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Guitar Collection

See Rich Engler's historic guitars, autographed by rock legends, on Sunday, June 17, from 2 - 3 pm in the Atrium.

Free Lessons

Aug. 5, 12, 19, and 26
11 am - 4 pm

Want to try your hand at the guitar? Empire Music will offer small-group sessions on the Sonic Acoustic Stage. Try out a guitar or just listen in on some informal instruction. At the end of the lesson time, each person will have the chance to play with the instructor and a drummer!

The Evolution of the American Guitar

Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2 pm and Sunday, Aug. 26 at 1 pm

Acoustic guitar aficionados are in for a treat during a presentation by Dick Boak, archivist for Martin Guitar, that will showcase one of America's favorite instruments and feature musical vignettes by virtuoso guitarist Craig Thatcher. This presentation offers an interactive history of the 180-year-old Martin Guitar Company and highlights the evolution of Martin acoustic guitars. Plus, explore how specific guitar shapes, sizes and tonewoods lend themselves to particular musical genres.

Munchkin Matinees

Acoustic performances for early learners (ages 6 and under) will be held on select Mondays from June 18 - Sept. 24. Check back for upcoming dates and details.



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