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Anne Metzger Conversation

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Julia Fischer - Sarasate
Violinist Julia Fischer surprised some by recording a CD of Sarasate. She seldom plays his music – which some call "merely banal and virtuosic" – except as an encore. But she has studied Sarasate since age 9.
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Monday-Friday, April 14-18 at 9pm
Exploring Music, with Bill McGlaughlin
St. Matthew Passion

Composed in 1727, it’s one of two surviving settings of the last days of Jesus Christ composed by J.S. Bach. We’ll explore the history of this masterpiece and sample different recordings. view schedule

Thursday, April 17 at 8pm
A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman

Perlman shares personal stories about Passover, tells a few jokes, and even sings a little. And of course, he plays the violin, including the theme to Schindler's List -- you'll hear how he relates that to the Passover story.
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GOOD FRODAY Friday, April 18 at 7pm
Pittsburgh Foundation Performance in Pittsburgh, with Stephen Baum

Bach's St. John Passion conducted by Don Franklin with 8 voices and period orchestra presented by Chatham Baroque. view schedule

Saturday, April 19 at 1pm
The Metropolitan Opera, hosted by Margaret Juntwait
Richard Strauss: Arabella

Swedish soprano Malin Byström stars in the title role of Strauss’s nostalgic romance, that explores the fleeting charms of youth, opposite Michael Volle and Juliane Banse. Philippe Auguin conducts. view schedule

EASTER SUNDAY Sunday, April 20 at 7am
Sunday Baroque, with Suzanne Bona

The Easter holiday is a celebration rich with profound musical explorations. Sunday Baroque will offer grand and glorious Easter selections by a variety of baroque era musicians to refresh and renew your spirit. view schedule

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Violinist Stefan Jackiw discusses Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, which he performs on April 4th and 6th with the PSO at Heinz Hall.

 


Composer Christopher Rouse discusses "Supplica", commissioned by the PSO which performs the world premiere April 4th & 6th.

 

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WQED Cultural Calendar

Candida
Thursday, Apr. 17 at 05/18/2014
Presenter: Pittsburgh Public Theater
Candida, a smash when it premiered in 1903 , is still a triumph of sophistication. In this sparkling comedy, Candida is caught in a romantic tug of war between husband ...more info

Pitt Jazz Ensemble
Thursday, Apr. 17 at 8:00 pm
Presenter: University of Pittsburgh - Music
Program TBA. ...more info

Pitt African Music and Dance Ensemble
Friday, Apr. 18 at 8:00 pm
Presenter: University of Pittsburgh - Music
Pitt's African Music and Dance Ensemble explores traditional and popular music of Africa. ...more info

Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic
Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 8:00 pm
Presenter: Carnegie Mellon School of Music
Andres Cardenes conducts the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto #1, featuring violin soloist Kryzsztof Rucinski, and Shostakovich's Symphony #5 in D Minor. ...more info

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  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

featured specials

  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

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