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Voice of the Arts
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2014

Eugene Alcalay - 04/24/2014
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interview Eugene Alcalay about the upcoming memorial concert for former PSO member Linda Fischer.

Anne Metzger Conversation - 04/09/2014
Jim Cunningham talks to Carnegie Science Center Co-Director Anne Metzger.

Richard Rauh - 04/09/2014
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham has a conversation with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra patron Richard Rauh.

Robert Moir - Music 101 - 4/7/14 - 04/07/2014
Robert Moir, Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning & Audience Engagement of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra discusses the next Music 101 discussion.  The topic is how to put a music season together. 

Trio Nova Mundi - 04/03/2014
Pittsburgh's Trio Nova Mundi performs music by mostly American composers in its local debut. Founded at Rice University by violinist Maureen Conlon Gutierrez, the trio recently toured Africa and will perform April 6th at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside. Gutierrez, pianist Becky Billock and cellist Elisa Kohanski talk about the program for their upcoming concert.

Kathleen George on "The Johnstown Girls" - 04/02/2014
University of Pittsburgh Professor of Theater and Writing, Kathleen George, talks about her new book "The Johnstown Girls."

Pittsburgh Klezmer Festival - 03/18/2014
Brave Old World director Alan Bern joins PSO concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley & clarinetist Susanne Ortner-Roberts for a night of virtuoso klezmer at Rodef Shalom on Thu. 3/20. They talk about their ties to this music and to one another,

Patricia Prattis Jennings - 03/17/2014
Pianist and writer Patricia Prattis Jennings spent more than 40 years with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, serving as Principal Keyboard Artist. She was the first African-American woman to join the PSO, and she edited the periodical "Symphonium," about and for African-American symphony members, as a sideline. Ms. Jennings has published an anthology of essays about the changes she has witnessed titled "In One Era and Out the Other," and she shares a few insights with QED's Jim Cunningham.

Julia Adam on "Ketubah" - 03/13/2014
Canadian-born Julia Adam celebrates her Jewish roots in "Ketubah" (The Wedding Contract), a ballet set to klezmer music. Pittsburgh Ballet Theater performs Ketubah as part of its "3x3" program at the August Wilson Center through March 16th.

Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary - Guy Russo Interview - 03/03/2014
Jim Cunningham interviews Guy Russo about the 75th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Savoyards, along with their upcoming production of "Utopia Limited."

Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary - Michael Greenstein Interview - 03/03/2014
Jim Cunningham interviews Michael Greenstein about the 75th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Savoyards and their upcoming production of "Utopia Limited."

Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary - Rob Hockenberry Interview - 03/03/2014
Jim Cunningham interviews Rob Hockenberry about the Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary and their upcoming production of "Utopia Limited."

Opera Director George Cederquist - 02/26/2014
George Cederquist directs "Paul's Case" for Pittsburgh Opera's Second Stage Project. The first-year Resident Artist, who also directed the recent "Dark Sisters", gives his view on design (minimalist) and identifies the key dramatic elements of Paul's Case. Cederquist also talks about the changes he was able to negotiate with composer Gregory Spears for what is only the second new production of this recent opera.

Attack Theatre - The Soldier's Tale - 02/24/2014
Attack Theatre joins with Pittsburgh Symphony musicians for The Soldiers Tale in a dance theater version of Stravinsky's 1918 Faustian fable, and invites Chatham Baroque to go electric in an original work scored by Dave Eggar. Co-Artistic Director Michele de la Reza shares details.

Gerard Schwarz - 02/19/2014
Conductor Gerard Schwarz leads the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs on Feb. 20. The Seattle Symphony Conductor Laureate talks about his audacious All-Star Orchestra in which top players, including PSO principals, come together for intense, unrehearsed performances before a large array of HD cameras for PBS. He also speaks about his commitments to American music, and music education for all.

Soprano Renee Fleming - 02/18/2014
Superstar soprano and Indiana, PA native Renee Fleming sings in Pittsburgh, fresh from her Super Bowl performance and the Met. Her recital on Feb. 18 at Carnegie Music Hall will feature some of the "Guilty Pleasures" from her CD of that title, ranging from Mozart & Handel to Rodgers & Hammerstein. In this interview recorded on Valentine's Day (her birthday) she talks about the opera "Bel Canto" based on the novel by her friend Ann Patchett, her PA roots, the Super Bowl, Chicago's Second City, her roles in the next Met Opera season, and more.

Beethoven on the Bluff - 02/14/2014
David Allen Wehr talks about Beethoven's Op. 30 violin sonatas and third cello sonata. Guests Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; and Anne Martindale Williams, cello, join pianist and series director David Allen Wehr in Beethoven on the Bluff's season one finale on Feb. 16 at Duquesne University's PNC Recital Hall.

Ballet Conductor Charles Barker - 02/13/2014
PBT Music Director Charles Barker talks about Swan Lake, performing and touring as Principal Conductor with American Ballet Theater, Olympic figure skating champion John Curry's role in his career, and the time they turned the Metropolitan Opera stage into a skating rink.

Amanda Cochrane in "Swan Lake" - 02/12/2014
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Soloist Amanda Cochrane talks about her upcoming dual-role debut as Odette & Odile in Swan Lake for the Valentine's weekend at the Benedum Center with PBT and the orichestra.

Pittsburgh Opera's 2014-2015 Season - 02/11/2014
Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn announces three productions and a gala concert at the Benedum Center for the 2014-2015 season, and a time change for Friday performances.

Bach Choir's Thomas Douglas - 02/09/2014
You've never heard Faure's and Durufle's Requiems like this: each liturgical setting by one composer followed by the same text as set by the other. Artistic Director Thomas Douglas takes his singers downtown for "A Mass Affair: French Kiss" with orchestra and organ on Valentine's weekend.

Robert Qualters - 02/07/2014
McKeesport-born artist Robert Qualters talks about his works featured in a retrospective at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the new book, "Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies," by Vicky Clark. He also discusses the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Bonnard, Lepper, Warhol, Diebenkorn, Hopper, and other artists.

Simone Dinnerstein - 02/04/2014
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein talks about her latest recording of Bach Inventions & Sinfonias, as well as some of her unusual projects: peforming in prisons, and recording an album with a singer-songwriter.

Quantum Theatre "Madagascar" - 02/03/2014
Quantum Theater occupies a former bank lobby in The Carlyle building for Madagascar, a memory play in which a mother, her daughter, and an economist all visit the same hotel room in Rome – although years apart – to create a tapestry of interwoven monologues. Directed by Sheila McKenna, Madagascar runs through Feburary 16th.

The Mountaintop - 01/29/2014
Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning play, "The Mountaintop," reimagines the final night of Martin Luther King's life in Room 306 of the Lorraine motel in Memphis. Albert Jones plays Dr. King, and Bianca LaVerne Jones plays the sassy (but fictional) hotel maid Camae, who comes to bring him coffee, and stays to guide him through some late-night soul-searching.

Wade Russo on "Company" - 01/26/2014
Stephen Sondheim's Manhattan musical "Company" is directed by Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas through Feb. 23rd. Musical Director F. Wade Russo analyzes the songs and dramatic themes of this centerpiece of Pittsburgh Public Theater's "Masterpiece" season.

Pianist & conductor Ian Hobson - 01/23/2014
Classical music fans could literally be all aTwitter™ on Jan. 27th, when Ian Hobson conducts and solos with the Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra at a concert with a designated section of "Tweet Seats." Mr. Hobson talks about the program and his ties with CMU's Andres Cardenes.

Jayne Adair re: Ayelet Waldman - 01/22/2014
Jayne Adair, of the Pgh Arts & Lectures series previews the Jan. 27th visit of writer Ayelet Waldman, wife of novelist Michael Chabon, who'll speak about her essay, Bad Mother, and her upcoming novel, Love and Treasure, which re-frames the tragic story of WW2's Hungarian gold train, found abandoned and filled with treasure.

David Crawford in "Poe's Last Night" - 01/13/2014
Pittsburgh actor David Crawford gained fame as Dr. Foster in George Romero's horror classic, “Dawn of the Dead.” Now, he's reanimating Edgar Allan Poe in his one-man show "Poe's Last Night," which presents the writer's demise as "his greatest mystery." Mr. Crawford talks about the development of his play, and about Poe's genius.

David Allen Wehr - Beethoven on the Bluff - 01/07/2014
Pianist David Allen Wehr continues his Beethoven on the Bluiff Series at Duquesne University with Violin Sonatas Nos. 4 & 5 (the "Spring" sonata) featuring Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, and PSO Principal Cellist Anne Martindale Williams in Beethoven's first two cello sonatas. Mr. Wehr talks about these sonatas' roles in the development of Romantic-era music.

Rishi Mirchandani & Nancy Galbraith - 01/06/2014
Pianist Rishi Mirchandani, younger brother of 2013 WQED-FM Musical Kid Suvir Mirchandani, has recorded Three Preludes by Carnegie Mellon faculty composer Nancy Galbraith for release on an all-Galbraith CD in mid-2014. Rishi tells Jim Cunningham about his interpretation of the new preludes, his musical training, what it was like to play for Lang Lang, and the process of recording in the studio at CMU.

2013

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre - Describing The Nutcracker - 12/16/2013
PBT's accessibility initiatives include live audio description for the visually impaired at one performance of each ballet production. PBT's Alyssa Herzog Melby demonstrates the process of describing The Nutcracker, and talks about PBT's first autism-friendly performance on Dec. 27, 2013.

Sherlock Holmes & The Crucifer of Blood - 12/09/2013
Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theater presents another Holmes & Watson adventure for the holidays. Co-stars David Whalen (Holmes) and Justin Holcomb (Watson) provide a glimpse into this adaptation that has a beautiful woman, exotic locales, a boat chase in the fog, brief violin playing, and delightful Victorian staging.

Mark Nordenberg - 12/04/2013
University of Pittsburgh's Mark Nordenberg hosts one of the Heinz Chapel Choir's holiday concerts (Dec. 4, live at 7:30 pm on WQED-FM) for the final time as Chancellor. He shares with fellow Thiel College graduate Jim Cunningham his memories of these annual holiday concerts and the many accomplishments of the University through its history and during his tenure as Chancellor.

Sherlock Holmes & The Crucifer of Blood - 12/04/2013
Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theater presents another Sherlock Holmes adventure for the holiday season. Co-stars David Whalen (Holmes) and Justin Holcomb (Watson) provide a glimpse into this adaptation that has a beautiful woman, exotic locales, a boat chase in the fog, and delightful Victorian staging.

Nicholas Petrov - 12/03/2013
80 year old dancer, choreographer and artistic director Nicholas Petrov has devoted his life to dance, most of it in Pittsburgh. Born in Yugoslavia, he came to Pittsburgh 47 years ago to teach dance and to launch Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. At Point Park University, his swan song will be Romeo & Juliet, one of the ballets he introduced to America. It runs Dec. 10-15.

Craig Cannon - 12/02/2013
In 2013, Craig Cannon retired after 34 years as choral director at Fox Chapel Area High School. Instead of resting on his laurels, he founded a women's choir named Belle Voci and stepped in as interim director of choral organizations at Duquesne University. Belle Voci welcomes Duquesne's Voices of Spirit on Dec. 7th at St. Stanislaus in the Strip.

John Goldsmith, Heinz Chapel Choir - 11/27/2013
Countertenor and conductor John Goldsmith will retire from his post as director of the Heinz Chapel Choir in 2014 after 25 years. He talks about the choir's Holiday Concerts, and his early interest in a capella music, his work with Chanticleer, insights into ear training, and more.

2 Pianos 4 Hands - 11/26/2013
City Theatre presents the smash comedy 2 Pianos 4 Hands, described as "a melodic adventure featuring music ranging from Bach to Billy Joel and Elton John." Director Tom Frey and actors/pianists Bob Stillman and Christopher Tocco talk about this humorous and poignant play about personal quests for perfection.

Susan Medley of Pittsburgh Concert Chorale - 11/25/2013
This holiday season includes three performances by the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, Dec. 6, 7 & 8. Music Director Susan Medley talked with QED's Stephen Baum about the music for these concerts.

Ensemble Ripieno - 11/22/2013
Ensemble Ripieno is Pittsburgh's chamber orchestra of young professionals which gives its members opportunities to perform as soloists. Its Nov. 23rd concert features four local players in a Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, followed by Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with Mexican guest guitarist Dieter Hennings, who describes this best-loved concerto to QED's Ted Sohier.

Julia Ronge of the Beethoven Archive, Bonn - 11/20/2013
At the American Musicological Society's national convention in Pittsburgh in November 2013, Dr. Julia Ronge, a researcher at the Beethoven Archives in Bonn, shares new discoveries from her study of Beethoven's papers.

Chamber Music @ CMU - 11/19/2013
The Chamber Music @ CMU series' inaugural concert features the Pittsburgh Symphony's concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and Principal Flutist Lorna McGhee; Lorna's husband, Carnegie Mellon faculty violist David Harding; and cellist Amit Peled in chamber music by Mozart and Bach. The sold-out event can be viewed live online, Nov. 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

Jessica Dickey - 11/18/2013
The New York Times described Jessica Dickey's “The Amish Project,” which she performed at City Theater in 2011, as "a remarkable piece of writing." Her latest play, “Charles Ives Take Me Home,” now at City Theater, is a sonic journey involving a classical violinist, his basketball-obsessed daughter, and American modernist composer Charles Ives.

Daniel Chong of the Parker Quartet - 11/15/2013
The Grammy and Cleveland Quartet Award-winning Parker Quartet makes its Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society debut. Daniel Chong, first violinist of the young former quartet-in-residence at CMU, previews their Nov. 18th program of Mendelssohn, Schulhoff and Shostakovich.

Jeffrey Turner - 11/14/2013
Jeffrey Turner conducts his Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 17th in a concert featuring the "Emperor" Concerto by Beethoven with pianist David Allen Wehr, and the Symphony #2 by Sibelius. Mr. Turner talks about what he hears in Sibelius and how he trains his orchestra.

Reed III Trio - 11/13/2013
PIttsburgh's Reed III Trio plays a program of "Discoveries" including unrecorded lyrical 20th century works by Anton Szalowski and Fernande Decruck, and premieres by Pittsburgh composers Luke Mayernik, Blake Ragghianti and Christine Burke.

Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble - 11/12/2013
What's so difficult about playing the triangle? How does one master such a wide range of instruments? Jim Cunningham asks Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble director Eliseo Rael and students Michael Kemp, Jim Benoit, and Bronwyn Wyatt, who play music by Jennifer Higdon and others on Nov. 12.

Betsy Burleigh of the Mendelssohn Choir - 11/11/2013
Music Director Betsy Burleigh conducts a free concert as Rodef Shalom presents the Mendelssohn Choir in the sanctuary on Nov. 11. Ms. Burleigh talks about the program, which ranges from early baroque Carissimi to 20th-century Ginastera. She also previews upcoming PSO Pops concerts which will use the choir in film music by Danny Elfman.

Rob Zellers - Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest - 11/05/2013
Pittsburgh Public Theater Director of Education Rob Zellers (co-author of "The Chief") anticipates the 20th Anniversary of PPT's Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest. He talks about the project's history, how to enroll, and solicits comments from past participants for a commemorative book.

Quantum Theater - Karla Boos & Cameron Knight - 11/04/2013
Cameron Knight plays demolitions expert Ned in Jez Butterworth's darkly-comic Parlour Song, staged by Quantum Theatre. A veteran of regional theaters and Shakespeare festivals, Knight teaches acting at CMU. Boos chose a venue at the Waterfront to mirror the play's civilization-on-the-edge-of-wilderness vibe.

Daniel Meyer of the Westmoreland Symphony - 10/30/2013
Westmoreland Symphony Music Director Daniel Meyer previews the orchestra's Nov. 2nd opening concert featuring works by Handel and Ravel, and Bach's Magnificat featuring the WSO's new Chamber Singers. Maestro Meyer also brings news from his Erie Philharmonic and Asheville Symphony posts.

Andrew S. Paul of The Phoenix - 10/29/2013
After Andrew S. Paul was replaced as Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater earlier this year, he was invited by Mark Southers to co-found a new theater company, known as The Phoenix. Andrew Paul talks about the mission of this new company, its first two productions, and how this new company will fit into the Pittsburgh theater scene.

Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet - 10/28/2013
Raised in Squirrel Hill, Daniel Phillips and his brother Todd are the violinists of the Orion String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at Lincoln Center. They return for the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society to play Schubert's Death and the Maiden quartet, plus works by Haydn and Bartok. Daniel talks about the music, and his musical roots in Pittsburgh.

Monster Mass - 10/24/2013
Artistic Director and conductor Thomas Douglas talks about the opening of the Bach Choir's "MASSive Season," beginning with a "Monster Mass" program that pairs William Byrd's a capella Mass for Four Voices and Anton Bruckner's expansive Mass in E minor with the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble.

Maria Sensi Sellner of Resonance Works - 10/22/2013
Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner has founded a new company, Resonance Works, that will stage the first Pittsburgh production of Verdi's Macbeth in 27 years. A Western PA native, Ms. Sellner is Interim Director of Choral Studies at CMU, where she will lead the annual Holiday Concert.

Measure Back - Christopher McElroen - 10/21/2013
OBIE-award winning director Christopher McElroen stages the world premiere of Measure Back for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. It traces the history of war, with Homer's Iliad as a starting point, and employs video and cellphones to create a dialog about what provokes war, and how we experience war in our living rooms.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - 10/18/2013
City Theater Artistic Director Tracy Brigden directs the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, on stage through November 3rd. Ms. Brigden talks about Durang's comedy, and City Theater's November Hamburg Studio Theater offering, Jessica Dickey's "Charles Ives Take Me Home."

Night of the Living Dead - 10/17/2013
Pittsburgh's Microscopic Opera Company brings George Romero's horror classic to the stage in a world premiere opening on Halloween. “Night of the Living Dead” has been adapted by composer Todd Goodman and librettist Stephen Catanzarite. Todd Goodman talked with QED's Stephen Baum during rehearsals for the opera.

Pittsburgh Art Places - 10/15/2013
Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art has launched a website to catalog public art, galleries, theaters and more throughout 13 western PA counties. Venues, artists, and the public can use the web site to discover art places, select favorites, and build shareable art tours. Office of Public Art director Renee Piechocki discusses PittsburghArtPlaces.org.

Our Town at the Public - 10/14/2013
For Thornton Wilder's classic “Our Town,” Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas assembled a cast of 24 -- all with personal ties to our town of Pittsburgh, including Tom Atkins as the Stage Manager. Pittsburgh natives Erin Lindsey Krom and Patrick Cannon talk about their roles as Emily Webb and George Gibbs, the young couple at the center of "Our Town."

Latonia Moore as "Aida" - 10/11/2013
Latonia Moore sings the title role in Pittsburgh Opera's Aida to open the company's 75th season. This was Ms. Moore's breakthrough role at the Metroplitan Opera in 2012. She tells the story of her Met debut and of Aida, the captured Ethopian princess caught in a love triangle with the Egyptian princess Amneris and the Egyptian general Radames.

Christopher Hahn - 10/11/2013
Pittsburgh Opera General Director discusses Verdi's Aida, which opens the company's 75th season. The occasion will see a reunion of past General Directors, and a production with sports heroes,  a menagerie of exotic animals, and three leading singers from the Met to play the principal characters.

Soldier's Heart - 10/10/2013
Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan is known for such dramas as “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods,” winner of a 2012 American Theater Critics Award. Her latest play, Soldier's Heart, revolves around Casey, a mother who is deployed to Iraq and comes home scarred from her experience.

Renaissance & Baroque Season - 10/09/2013
Stile Antico returns to Calvary Episcopal Church to open Pittsburgh Renaissance & Baroque series. Director Gail Luley talks about the lineup of talent for R&B's 2013-2014 concerts.

Marilyn Maye - October 7, 2013 - 10/08/2013
WQED-FM's Anna Singer talks to Marilyn Maye about her upcoming performance in Pittsburgh (her first time!) to open this year's Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Cabaret Series.  

Tom Roberts - Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra - 10/04/2013
Pianist, film arranger and musicologist Tom Roberts talks about forgotten Pittsburgh ragtime composers who will be featured as his newly-formed Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra gives a concert at Shady Side Academy's Hillman Center on Oct. 5, 2013.

Andrew Fouts on Corelli - 10/03/2013
Chatham Baroque begins its season with "Variations on Corelli," highlighting the Italian composer's influence on German, French and other composers of the Baroque. Violinist Andrew Fouts previews the concert, and lets Jim Cunningham play a "sneak peek" from Chatham Baroque's 10th CD, coming out in just a few weeks.

David Allen Wehr - Beethoven on the Bluff - 09/20/2013
Duquesne University's David Allen Wehr talks about the launch of his two-year "Beethoven on the Bluff" concert series which will begin with the debut of the Duquesne Piano Trio. Wehr, a pianist, formed the trio with violinist Charles Stegeman and cellist Adam Liu. The first concert will include Beethoven's two Opus 70 trios and the popular Septet on September 22, 2013. An October 14th concert will feature the three Opus 1 trios, performed together as the composer intended.

Robert Page on Edith Sitwell & William Walton's "Facade" - 09/19/2013
Grammy-winning conductor Robert Page and actress Kate Young will join the Renaissance City Winds in a performance of "Facade," a work not performed in Pittsburgh in over two decades. British composer William Walton wrote the music to the poetry of Edith Sitwell, which is recited in precise rhythm against the instrumental music. The Winds will also perform quintets by Jacques Ibert and Gabriel Pierne -- plus a trio, The French Suite, by Robert Washburn.

Paul Jacobs - 9/22/13 - 09/13/2013
Washington, PA native Paul Jacobs performs a concert at the Stambaugh Auditorium on Sunday September 22nd at 3pm.   Paul talked to WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar about the concert; how he got interested in classical music and the organ; what goes into making a recital program; and his plans for the upcoming performance season.

Robert Miller on Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" - 09/05/2013
Arthur Miller's son Robert Miller directs the great playwright's first Broadway success, "All My Sons." Robert Miller talks about the play's origin, themes and characters. He also talks about the upcoming film version of "The Umbrella Man," first developed as a play at Point Park's Pittsburgh Playhouse. He is a producer of the film which is based upon the 1963 Kennedy assassination.

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Opera Festival - 08/27/2013
Brooke Welsh (Executive Director), Dennis McNair (Board President) and Bill Locher (Opera Festival Co-Chair) of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra talk about the upcoming Opera Festival taking place September 21st, 7pm at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Johnstown, PA. 

Julie Hanify, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - 08/22/2013
Meet Julie Hanify, the new Head of the Music, Film & Audio Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main Branch in Oakland, She talks about the first concert in the library's new "Sounds Upstairs" concert series, and about wealth of resources available to the public at the library.

Bill McGlaughlin Interview - 08/22/2013
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Exploring Music host Bill McGlaughlin about the show's 10th anniversary, the program's new website, Bill's time as a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the current state of classical music.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks - Romeo & Juliet - 08/21/2013
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks opens its free, outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet on Aug. 31st. In her production, audience members must choose to side with either the Montagues or the Capulets, then follow that family as both families' scenes are staged simultaneously about 30 yards apart. QED's Stephen Baum met director Helen Meade and cast members during rehearsals in Frick Park, one of the three venues.

Sonja Sweterlich - Julia - 08/18/2013
CMU-trained Sonja Sweterlich is a visual arts coordinator for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and a portrait painter. She talks about her latest show, "Julia," featuring a series of 12 portraits of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal dancer and nutrition bar ("Barre") entrpreneur Julia Erickson. "Julia" is on view at Box Heart Gallery in Bloomfield, Aug. 20 through Sep. 14, 2013.

Clayton Days Revisited - Sarah Hall - 08/12/2013
Sarah Hall, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Frick Art Museum, takes you through "Clayton Days Revisited," a re-installation of the exhibition created by conceptual photographer Vik Muniz at Clayton in 1999 and 2000. With careful attention to period techniques and using the Frick Art & Historical Center's historical resources, Muniz staged and photographed scenes evoking the life of the Frick family at Clayton a century ago.

Knit the Bridge - 08/09/2013
Lead Artist Amanda Gross and assistant Penny Mateer discuss Knit the Bridge, the largest "yarn bombing" event in the US to date, led by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. They are directing a campaign with nearly 2,000 volunteers to cover downtown Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Bridge with colorful knitted panels. The work will be on view August 12th through September 6th, 2013.

The Playground Project - 08/08/2013
Curators Daniel Baumann and Gabriela Burkhalter talk about the Carnegie Museum of Art's Playground Project, a part of the 2013 Carnegie International which opens in October, which includes a playground near the museum entrance and an exhibition in the Heinz Architectural Center.

Andrew Druckenbrod - 08/05/2013
Andrew Druckenbrod, who recently stepped down as Music Critic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after 13 years, talks about a critic's job, the new P-G critic, his reasons for leaving his post, his future plans, classical music's future, and great moments in his tenure covering the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Kevin Noe - Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - 08/02/2013
Kevin Noe talks about his final concert as Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He is joined by PNME clarinetist Kevin Schempf, who describes his preparations for Reich's "New York Counterpoint."

Flood City Music Festival - August 2, 2013 - 07/26/2013
The 2013 Flood City Music Festival runs Friday August 2nd through Sunday August 4th. WQED-FM will broadcast live from the event on Friday from 4-9pm.  WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar talks with Todd Wagner, Chairman of the Flood City Music Festival about this year's musical lineup.

Violinist Tasmin Little - 07/19/2013
British violinist Tasmin Little talks with Classical WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham on the back porch of Chautauqua's Amphitheater the morning after her debut there in Benjamin Britten's violin concerto. She talks about the music of Britten and Delius, her impressions of Chautauqua, British music festivals including the BBC Proms, her new recordings, and more.

Robert Mickelsen "Lifeforms" - 07/15/2013
Florida-based glass artist Robert Mickelsen discusses "Lifeforms," on view at the Pittsburgh Glass Center through Nov. 17th, which he conceived as a competition and exhibition inspired by the revered glass biological models made in the 19th and 20th centuries by Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka for Harvard University. Fifty contemporary pieces achieve surprising authenticity using a broad range of techniques.

Muzicka - 07/12/2013
The young Czech folk ensemble Muzicka performed on the QED Morning Show on July 11th as they began a tour of the northeastern US. Their tour was organized by Elizabeth Shribman, a Pittsburgh native and former WQED-FM intern who now works in managment for the Czech Philharmonic in Prague.

Cincopation Woodwind Quintet - 07/01/2013
Flutist Tara Yaney and oboist Erin Marion of the Cincopation Woodwind Quintet talk about their August 2nd performance for Citiparks' free Bach, Beethoven & Brunch Series. You'll hear about the players' backgrounds, their outreach efforts, and the music they'll play in Mellon Park.

Arts Festival Update - Jun 14 2013 - 06/14/2013
A look at the Flight School exhibition at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. The Flight School is a fellowship program that encourages collaborative growth for emerging artists in a wide variety of traditional and electronic media. The show is on the third floor of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Education Center through Juen 16th.

Arts Festival Update - Jun 13 2013 - 06/13/2013
Artist Hugh Hayden describes the ways he uses cultural identity in his "American Hero" series, which includes a 1965 Ford Mustang painted white and adorned with racing stripes made of what appears to be black cornrowed hair. American Hero #4 is on view in Gateway Center during the 2013 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Arts Festival Update - Jun 12 2013 - 06/12/2013
Detroit artist Susan Goethel Campbell describes her project “Portraits of Air: Pittsburgh,” which began with the distribution last weekend of framed air filters to 100 Arts Festival visitors. Korean-born New York artist Chang-Jin Lee talks about "Floating Echo," her transparent inflatable Buddha sculpture floating in the pool under the bridge in Point State Park.

Patrick Sullivan of CLO's "42nd Street" - 06/06/2013
Hand-picked for the role of Julian Marsh by 42nd Street's co-writer Mark Bramble, Patrick Ryan Sullivan talks about the show he can't resist coming back to. He played Marsh on the Broadway tour and has directed the show which contains so many of the things audiences love about classic musical extravaganzas and shows that tap dance is still alive and kicking.

Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts - 06/04/2013
Headlined by Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck, the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts will bring US premieres by major international performing and visual artists to Pittsburgh starting September 27th. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Vice President of Programming, Paul Organisak, gives QED's Anna Singer a preview.

PICT's The Kreutzer Sonata - 05/28/2013
PICT Interim Producing Artistic Director Alan Stanford talk about Nancy Harris' "The Kreutzer Sonata," based on Tolstoy novella about love, loss, and betrayal, inspired by and featuring Beethoven's sonata for violin and piano. Stanford and Giles also look ahead to the rest of the 2013 Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre season.

River City Brass on Tour - May 10 2013 AM - 05/10/2013
River City Brass General Director and conductor James Gourlay talks about his souvenir of the band's visit to Rome this week -- a brand new tuba. Gourlay is better known outside Pittsburgh as one of Europe's top tuba players. He tells QED's Ted Sohier about the final concert of this tour, and a coaching session for a local band that wants to hear and learn from these Pittsburgh players.

River City Brass on Tour - May 10 2013 PM - 05/10/2013
Ted Sohier reports after the final concert of the tour to a standing-room only audience. Earlier in the day, General Director James Gourlay coached young Italian band students, much as he does on tours in the USA.

River City Brass on Tour - May 09 2013 AM - 05/09/2013
Ted Sohier reports on the morning after Pittsburgh's River City Brass inaugurated a new auditorium in a former slaughterhouse. Band members got a brief opportunity for sightseeing before boarding the bus to their Thursday night concert venue. Band member Sam Bucigrossi recounts his visit earlier this week to his family's ancestral home, an area that has a number of familiar Italian surnames to Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

River City Brass on Tour - May 09 2013 PM - 05/09/2013
Ted Sohier reflects on the visit to Rome, as the River City Brass heads for the final stop on its tour of Italy. He describes the daring way motorcycle and scooter riders weave through traffic, and lets us listen to a guest vocalist who sat in with the band from Pittsburgh. Some River City Brass players returned the favor by sitting in with her student band.

River City Brass on Tour - May 08 2013 AM - 05/08/2013
WQED-FM's Ted Sohier and the band have arrived in Rome for a concert in a new auditorium. Ted recorded last night's concert in Teramo, Italy and shares some hightlights.

River City Brass on Tour - May 08 2013 PM - 05/08/2013
WQED's Ted Sohier reports live after the River City Brass inaugurates a new auditorium at one of Rome's three public Universities as part of the band's first tour in Europe. Ted meets a Pittsburgher in Rome, Chuck Bogosta, President of UPMC's International and Commercial Services division.

River City Brass on Tour - May 07 2013 AM - 05/07/2013
Ted Sohier reports on the town of Teramo, Italy, where the band plays its first tour concert. Band member Drew Fennell talks about his colleagues' activities, and about the distinctive sights and smells of this old town between mountains and the Mediterranean.

River City Brass on Tour - May 07 2013 PM - 05/07/2013
WQED's Ted Sohier reports live during the River City Brass's first performance in Italy. You'll hear director James Gourlay's introduction in Italian to Gershwin's Strike Up the Band, and other concert excerpts. Ted gauges the audience reaction to what turned out to be the closing event of a concert series featuring some big names in classical music. Ted also anticipates Wednesday's concert in Rome to inaugurate a new auditorium at one of Rome's three public Universities.

River City Brass on Tour - May 06 2013 AM - 05/06/2013
Ted Sohier files his first report from the River City Brass's first tour in Europe, which takes the band across Italy. Ted and the band have checked into their lodgings in the town of Teramo, on Italy's eastern coast.

River City Brass on Tour - May 06 2013 PM - 05/06/2013
WQED-FM's Ted Sohier talks with band members about what the band hopes to achieve on its tour of Italy, and talks about some of the venues where the band will perform.

David Hill - 05/03/2013
David Hill, director of the BBC Singers and Bach Choir of London will conduct and play organ solos at this Sunday's East End Choral Festival featuring four Pittsburgh Choirs at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Hill has also served as music director at Westminster and Winchester cathedrals. He talks about his choral career, the program for the East End Choral Festival, and his previous work with Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony at the BBC Proms.

Christopher Hahn - 04/30/2013
Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn talks about his company's season finale, Rossini's "La Cenerentola," starring Pittsburgh favorite Vivica Genaux in the title role.

Joe Negri - 04/25/2013
Jazz guitarist Joe Negri talks with Jim Cunningham about a fundraising tribute to endow a jazz guitar scholarship at Duquesne University, Negri talks about his life in jazz, some fellow jazz masters, and his work in broadcasting including as Handyman Negri on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

PJMF's Aron Zelkowicz, director of "The Dybbuk" - 04/25/2013
The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival & Pittsburgh Symphony Music for the Spirit Festival co-present "The Dybbuk," a chamber opera by Ofer Ben-Amots based on S. Ansky's play of love and demonic possession based on a Jewish folk lore. Aron Zelkowicz, PJMF's founding director, talks about combining many disicplines to stage this event at the New Hazlett Theater, Apr. 25 & 28, 2013.

James Gourlay - 04/24/2013
River City Brass director James Gourlay talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about the band's May concerts and its imminent tour of Italy. (QED's Ted Sohier will report on air and online during the tour.)

PBT's Terrence Orr on "Cinderella" - 04/18/2013
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dances to Prokofiev's score with the PBT Orchestra. Artistic Director Terrence Orr talks about the contributions of secondary roles in Septime Webre's (Peter Pan) choreographic telling of "Cinderella," April 19-21 at the Benedum Center.

Ebene Quartet's Mathieu Herzog - 04/15/2013
Violist Mathieu Herzog explains the name of the Ebene Quartet, talks about their signature jazz encores, and their Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society program of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

Musical Journey of Bishop Martinez Compañón - 04/11/2013
Renaissance & Baroque's season finale features Chatham Baroque with guest director Tom Zajac in music collected by a bishop on his travels through late 18th-century Peru,performed with projected illustrations from Companon's manuscript. Piffaro's Tom Zajac and Chatham Baroque violinist Andrew Fouts give a preview.

Sarah Stern - 04/10/2013
1997 WQED-FM Musical Kid Sarah Stern is now the harpist at the Teatro Colon, South America's most famous opera house, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During a visit home to Pittsburgh, she talks about her life in music.

Ted Pappas on "Thurgood" - 04/01/2013
Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas directs the one-man play "Thurgood" by George Stevens, Jr., starring Montae Russell. "Thurgood" is described as an"eye-opening, humorous, and uplifting portrait of a true American hero." The play follows America's first African-American Supreme Court justice from his youth in Baltimore to his work on some of the most important cases in U. S. history.

Yoland Collin, PBT Pianist - 03/15/2013
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre company pianist Yoland Collin plays Etudes by Virgil Thomson as the company dances "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes" by Mark Morris through March 17 at the August Wilson Center. The dance program "Unspoken" also includes Balanchine's "Serenade" and Tudor's "Lilac Garden." The Belgian-born pianist speaks about Thomson's seldom-heard Etudes, which are delightful, folk-infused gems.

"Miss Music Nerd" Linda Kernohan - 03/14/2013
Composer and pianist Linda Kernohan is perhaps best known as the classical music blogger “Miss Music Nerd,” now an annual correspondent at the Grammy Awards. Now living in Pittsburgh, she holds degrees in music from New York University and U. C. Berkeley. Linda Kernohan's most recent commission was a concerto for the San Diego Symphony and she visited Jim Cunningham to talk about her March 17 piano recital, the Grammys, and missmusicnerd.com.

Pittsburgh Concert Chorale - Susan Medley - 02/28/2013
Music Director Susan Medley previews the PCC's "Three B's" concerts on March 2 & 3. She highlights the diversity of styles, notes the three Hallelujahs in Bach's Cantata #4, sings the praises of Brahms' Schicksalslied which resembles the composer's German Requiem, and describes how Beethoven's Choral Fantasy was a prototype for the Ode to Joy. Medley also talks about the choir's upcoming New York City debut at St. John the Divine.

Jason Busch - Inventing the Modern World - 02/05/2013
The exhibition “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851–1939,” now on view at The Carnegie Museum of Art, includes over 200 works, some seen in the US for the first time. The Carnegie's Jason Busch co-organized the show and gives QED's Stephen Baum a personal tour. Take this podcast to the Carnegie as your own tour guide. The show closes Feb. 24, 2013.

Christopher Franklin - 01/07/2013
Christopher Franklin, son of University of Pittsburgh Bach scholar Don Franklin, has an active conducting career in Europe, and will conduct Minnesota Opera's world premiere adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's play "Doubt" in January, 2013. Franklin talks about his youth in Pittsburgh, his work with Italian orchestras, and the production of "Doubt."

2012

Sean Jones re: Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash - 11/20/2012
Pittsburgh jazz trumpeter Sean Jones talks about “Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash,” a celebration on Nov. 24, 2012, of Pittsburgh jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and Duke Ellington's collaborator Billy Strayhorn at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Jones will lead his Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, with commentary from Strayhorn's nephew, Greg Morris, who administers Strayhorn's estate. Jones also talks about touring with jazz luminaries, and teaching at Duquesne University.

Bach Choir - Time Remembered, Time Forgotten - 10/09/2012
Artistic Director Thomas Douglas talks about the first concerts of the Bach Choir's "Time Voyagers" season, including the Pittsburgh premiere of "Alzheimer's Stories" by Robert S. Cohen. Other works on the program for October 13 & 14, 2012 include Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" on texts by Walt Whitman, Rachmaninoff's famous Vocalise, and two pieces by Diane Benjamin.

Plein Air Mt. Lebanon - 10/01/2012
They'll be painting the town, Oct. 1-7, during the first-ever Plein Air Mt. Lebanon, an event that turns outdoor art into a spectator sport with two dozen professional artists, prizes, and a "paint-out" open to the general public with celebrity participants. Local architectural illustrator and watercolorist David Csont explains how the week will unfold and how you can watch or get involved.

Marvin Hamlisch (2007 interview) - 08/08/2012
Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) chats with Jim Cunningham at QED's Carolyn Byham Studio at Theater Square during RADical Days on Oct. 6, 2007.

Tim Hartman - 07/12/2012
Pittsburgh actor and editorial cartoonist Tim Hartman talks about his role as the Constable in CLO's "Fiddler on the Roof." He's appeared on Broadway, in regional theater, and despite his six-foot, six-inch frame had small roles in such films as "Silence of the Lambs," "The Piano Lesson," and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh." As a cartoonist, Hartman is syndicated in 30 newspapers.

David Allen Wehr - 06/19/2012
David Allen Wehr talks about his June 24 duo piano recital with musical partner Cynthia Raim at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, PA, to include Rachmaninoff's Suite #1, Bach's 2-piano concerto, jazz pieces composed for the duo by Joe Utterback, Brahms Hungarian Dances, and Milhaud's Scaramouche suite.

Andrew S. Paul - PICT's The Pitman Painters - 06/11/2012
Based on a true story, The Pitmen Painters chronicles a group of English miners who hired an art teacher and within a few years became celebrated by contemporary artists and critics. Director Andrew Paul sent his actors to art class, and had them learn the most difficult working-class accent. So where can you see the art of the pitmen and the actors? Listen to the podcast.

Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival - 05/16/2012
The 2012 Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival (May 20 - June 3) features a song cycle by Osvaldo Golijov with soprano Lara Bruckman, clarinetist David Krakauer, and a MIDI accordion; as well as Kosher Gospel with Joshua Nelson, and jazz with the Ortner-Roberts Duo plus special guests. Director Aron Zelkowicz previews the Festival.

Matisse's 1001 Nights - 04/19/2012
Henri Matisse's “The Thousand and One Nights,” is on view for just 99 days at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The multi-panel paper cut-out's imagery is suggestive of the story of Scheherazade. Louise Lippincott, curator of Fine Arts at the Carnegie Museum of Art, tells the stories in and of this work.

Around the World in 80 Days - 04/12/2012
Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs Mark Brown's adaptation of Jules Verne's whimsical "Around the World in 80 Days" for Pittsburgh Public Theater. Dodge directed and choreographed the 2010 Tony-nominated revival of Ragtime, and has worked on numerous revivals and nostalgic dramatic works. She reveals a few Pittsburgh-related surprises in her PPT production.

PICT's Alan Stanford - 04/03/2012
2012 Artist-in-Residence Alan Stanford (of Dublin's Gate Theater) talks about PICT's season, whose theme is "Get Turned On!" First up is Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room or the vibrator play," followed by "The Pitmen Painters" about English coal miners who became artists. This season's big event is a Chekhov Celebration featuring major works, one-acts, vaudevilles, and plays inspired by Chekhov.

CMU Music Centennial - Robert Page - 03/29/2012
CMU's Robert Page details the alumni who will gather at the Benedum Center for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music's Centennial Celebration on March 31, 2012 and a repeat performance at New York's Carnegie Hall on April 2nd.

James Gourlay "Best-Loved Marches" - 03/20/2012
It's another kind of March Madness for the River City Brass, directed by James Gourlay. He invites listeners to vote for their favorite marches to be featured on the band's March 24 - April 5 concerts at 8 locations, and talks about the various forms of marches.

Matthew Bengtson - 03/08/2012
Steinway Society guest Matthew Bengtson champions the works of Szymanowski and Scriabin on his recordings and in his Pittsburgh recital. A CMU guest faculty member last fall, Bengtson has wide-ranging musical interests and is serious about such outside interests. He plays high-level chess, holds a degree in computer science from Harvard, and his golf handicap is 2.

Eric Burns, playwright - 02/01/2012
Eric Burns' first play receives its world premiere Feb 3-19 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Burns is a veteran TV journalist who began his career at WQED in 1971. He looks back on his work as a journalist at NBC and Fox, and what might have been at PBS. A high school majorette serves as the inspiration for the play, "Mid-Strut," which won Burns the 2010 Eudora Welty Emerging Playwrights' Award.

2011

Bob Gangewere's "Palace of Culture" - 12/15/2011
Former editor of Carnegie Magazine Robert Gangewere has written the first history of a cultural conglomeration that has served millions and inspired the likes of Andy Warhol, August Wilson, and David McCullough. (U. of Pgh Press, 289 pages)

Microscopic Opera - Three Decembers - 11/16/2011
A preview of Three Decembers, the opera by Jake Heggie (composer of Dead Man Walking), based on Terrance McNally's Christmas Letters. Lisa Ann Goldsmith directs with Mary Gould as American musical stage icon and absentee mother Madeline Mitchell, and Erica Olden and Daniel Teadt as her grown children, Bea and Charlie. Andres Cladera conducts an 11-piece orchestra.

Andres Cardenes - 10/19/2011
Former Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Andres Cardenes gives his only local recital of the year at Chatham University at 2:00 pm on Oct. 22 to benefit the Oakland Girls Choir, of which his daughter, Isabel, is a member. He talks about the choir, building a recital program, his recording projects, students at CMU, and more.

PNME Week 03 - 07/19/2011
For July 22 & 23, the theme is "In the Wake." Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Artistic Director Kevin Noe has solicited photographs of deceased loved ones to use in the staging of this concert, whose music, lighting, and sound design will evoke the complex and sometimes incongruous emotions surrounding the loss of someone special.

PNME Week 02 - 07/11/2011
Artistic Director and Conductor Kevin Noe talks about the theme of Week 2, "Sappho's Sparrows," which encompasses Joseph Schwantner's "Sparrows" as well as "Psappha" by Xenakis, "Thrafsmata" by MacMillan, and "King of the Sun" by Stephen Hartke.

Gift To America - 05/04/2011
Geoffrey Hitch, director of "Gift to America," talks about the play that literally illuminates Maxo Vanka's celebrated murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale that blend religious and political themes. Performances May 4th-7th will benefit the restoration and lighting of the work of the "Diego Rivera of Pittsburgh," as musician and artist David Byrne has called him.

The Alice Project - Marianne Weems - 04/19/2011
CMU's Marianne Weems directs The Alice Project at the Chosky Theater through April 23rd. She's best known as Artistic Director of Brooklyn's world-renowned performance and media company, The Builders Association. Her works combine media, text, sound, architecture and stage performance and have been staged at major venues in London, Rome, Melbourne and Singapore.

Composer Eugene Phillips - 03/23/2011
Orion Quartet violinists Todd and Daniel Phillips will premiere the Trio Concertante by their father, 91 year old retired Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Eugene Phillips. They'll be joined by cellist Marcy Rosen. Eugene talks about his new 12-tone work and the concert series at Chatham University that has featured his sons through the years. He also shares his memories from the PSO, where he began under Fritz Reiner in 1947.

Cello Fury - 03/15/2011
Pittsburgh's cello-rock quartet Cello Fury (formerly Cellofourte) has released its first CD since the personnel and name change. The award-winning acoustic group will play on March 18 at Duquesne University's Red Ring restaurant. Members Nicole Myers and Simon Cummings talk with Jim Cunningham about the group, their new CD, and their backgrounds.

Susan Medley - 03/01/2011
Susan Medley debuts as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale on March 5th & 6th, 2011 conducting Haydn's The Creation. Shortly after taking charge in January, she talked about Haydn's masterpiece and her extensive choral background, which includes work at Carnegie Hall, W & J, the Junior Mendelssohn, and as far away as Malaysia.

Elena Ulyanova, piano - 02/23/2011
Russian-born pianist Elena Ulyanova, now a Johnstown resident, performs Friday, Feb. 25th at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. She tells Jim Cunningham about her passion for Rachmaninoff's music, life in her Crimean hometown, life in Johnstown, her Russian training, her CDs and upcoming concerts.

Bodiography "108 Minutes" - 02/17/2011
Bodiography founder and director Maria Caruso is a "gutsy" choreographer. Instead of focusing on the body's exterior beauty, she explores cutting-edge internal medicine in 2010's "Heart," and in her new full-length ballet "108 Minutes" which she developed in collaboration with the McGowan Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Ted Pappas directs "Camelot" - 01/18/2011
Ted Pappas directs Lerner & Lowe's masterpiece "Camelot" to mark the musical's 50th anniversary with a youthful cast of 22, a live orchestra, and a cavalcade of memorable songs. Pittsburgh Public Theater begins previews on Jan. 20th.

2010

First Night - Dan Kamin - 12/30/2010
Local mime artist Dan Kamin coached Johnny Depp and Robert Downey, Jr. for their title roles in Benny and Joon and Chaplin and now works with symphony orchestras. He'll provide a single-handed simulacrum of all the performing arts in Dan Kamin's Cheap Evening of Expensive Theater at the August Wilson Center for First Night 2011.

Auld Lang Syne II - 12/28/2010
Pittsburgh Opera's General Director, Christopher Hahn, talks about the company's New Year's Eve gala concert at Carnegie Music Hall, returning by popular demand.

Empire Brass w/Elizabeth von Trapp - 12/13/2010
Rolf Smedvig, solo trumpet of the Empire Brass, sings the praises of Elizabeth von Trapp, of the famous "Sound of Music" family. Smedvig talks of his work and friendships with Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Berstein, his appearance on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and his utter delight with von Trapp, who until recently was unknown to him.

Dance Alloy Theater's 35th Fall Concert - 12/01/2010
Artistic Director Greer Reed-Jones presents a retrospective honoring this repertory company's previous artistic directors and dancers. She tells Stephen Baum about a work that premiered on Mister Rogers, a nontraditional Swan Lake, and her own work that combines photos, video, text and dance into a 10-minute tribute to her predecessors danced by the company's two veterans and three new members.

Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert - 12/01/2010
Robert Page conducts the Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir, Repertory Chorus and Philharmonic live on QED 89.3 at noon, Friday, December 3, repeating that evening at 7. Maestro Page gives QED's Stepohen Baum a preview.

Pittsburgh Song Collaborative - 11/17/2010
The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative debuts with Robert Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe, based on poems by Heinrich Heine. Pianist/musicologist Benjamin Binder and photographer Tom Persinger talk about merging Schumann's 1840 song cycle with evocative contemporary images made using 19th-century photographic methods.

Quantum Theatre - When the Rain Stops Falling - 11/10/2010
It's the year 2039. A big fish falls from the sky in Alice Springs, Australia, as Andrew Bovell's "When the Rain Stops Falling" begins. Quantum Theater Artistic Director Karla Boos talks about this play's parallel themes of family and environmental crises through time and space from 1959 forward, and from London to Ayers Rock. Known for its site-specific work, Quantum stages this play in the vast former Iron City Brewery through Nov. 21, 2010.

2010 Three Rivers Film Festival - 11/09/2010
Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Director Andrew Swensen singles out a few notable films and themes including movies about musicians Glenn Gould, Phil Ochs, and Hildegard von Bingen; a restored and expanded edition of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and a celebration of local filmmaker Tony Buba.

David Pittsinger in "South Pacific" - 11/05/2010
American bass-baritone David Pittsinger performs in the world's major opera houses. He made his Met Opera debut as Truelove in The Rake's Progress, and was named 'Artist of the Year' for his dual portrayals of Mephisto with Pittsburgh Opera in the Gounod and Boito operas. Since 2008, he has sung the role of Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed revival of South Pacific.

Chatham Baroque "Mediterranean Odyssey" - 09/23/2010
Chatham Baroque welcomes its former violinist Julie Andrijeski for concerts of music from Italy, Spain, and France featured in the group's discography. The core members talk about all the programs in their home season, and upcoming collaborations with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, and more.

Becky Billock, piano - 09/22/2010
The Pittsburgh Concert Society begins its 2010-2011 season on Sep. 26 at CMU's Kresge Recital Hall. Pianist Becky Billock is one of two major audition winners on the first concert. She previews her program of works by Mozart, J. S. Bach, and American composers Emma Lou Diemer and Marion Bauer.1121itsosb 

Bicentennials on the Bluff - 09/15/2010
Pianist David Allen Wehr, artistic director of Duquesne University's multiple " ... on the Bluff" series, previews three fall concerts providing insights into music by Chopin and Schumann, their masterpieces, innovations, and rarities.

White Tie Group - 09/01/2010
The White Tie Group, a trio of Pittsburgh Symphony players, returns to the First Fridays at the Frick series on  Sep. 3, 2010. Pianist Harold Smoliar (Principal English Horn of the PSO) and bassist Don Evans (Associate Principal Bass) talk with Jim Cunningham.

Ned McGowan, composer - 07/30/2010
Pittsburgh-born Ned McGowan talks his background as a composer and flutist living in Amsterdam, and about "Radiance," his 40-minute world premiere commissioned by the PNME as a result of winning the ensemble's 2010 Harvey Gaul competition.

PNME Concert 04 - 07/26/2010
Kevin Noe previews the season finale of the PNME, including one of Chris O'Riley's Radiohead transcriptions, David Lang's Sweet Air, David Skidmore's Requiem for Percussion, Frederick Rzewski's Lost and Found (whose score demands nudity), and David McGowan's Radiance.

PNME Concert 03 - 07/19/2010
Executive Artistic Director and conductor Kevin Noe talks about the July 23rd & 24th concerts built around György Ligeti's 11-movement Musica Ricercata. Interspersed will be works by David Stock, David Skidmore, Thierry de Mey, Emmanuel Sejourn, and Kevin Noe himself.

Pappas directs "Art" at the Public - 06/11/2010
How would you react if one of your best friends paid a small fortune for a large, completely white painting? That's the premise of Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning play, "Art," staged by Pittsburgh Public Theater Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas at the O'Reilly Theater. Pappas talks about the play, and his own art collecting.

RCBB's James Gourlay - 05/25/2010
Meet James Gourlay, the Scottish-born conductor and tuba virtuoso who becomes Music Director of the River City Brass Band in September, 2010. Currently director of Britain's Grimethorpe Colliery Band, he has plans to take the RCBB to a higher artistic level, refocus its programming, and get John Q. Public playing in a brass band. As an orchestral musician, he has played for some of the world's most renowned conductors.

Cincopation Wind Quintet w/Bill Larson - 05/21/2010
Rota, Poulenc, and Brahms are on the menu, when the Cincopation Wind Quintet and guest pianist Bill Larson perform at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside, Fri. May 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Flutist Tara Yaney and pianist Bill Larson chat with QED 89.3's Stephen Baum.

Betsy Burleigh on Bach - 04/13/2010
Betsy Burleigh, Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, will conduct her "desert island" favorite, Bach's B Minor Mass, on April 18, 3 pm, at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. She talks about why Bach wrote a Mass that couldn't be used for a service, and that no one asked for, and why it's so rewarding to conduct and hear.

Chatham Baroque - Trio con Brio - 04/08/2010
Chatham Baroque features its core members Andrew Fouts, Patricia Halverson, and Scott Pauley in solo and trio repertoire. They've been touring the Baroque music circuit all season with some unusual repertoire and as Patty says, they're 'bringing it home' for their season finale.

Squonk Opera's Mayhem & Majesty - 03/11/2010
Multimedia performance company Squonk Opera has played on Broadway, has customized shows to celebrate Pittsburgh and other cities, and sent musical messages into the cosmos in 2008's "Astro-Rama." At the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, Squonk Opera premieres "Mayhem & Majesty." Co-Artistic Director, composer, and keyboardist Jackie Dempsey offers a preview.

Microscopic Opera Company - 03/04/2010
Pittsburgh's newest (and smallest) opera company debuts with Milton Grainger's "The Proposal," and the world premiere staging of Jake Heggie's "To Hell and Back." QED's Stephen Baum interviews the MOC's creative team: Erica Olden, Andres Cladera, and Lisa Ann Goldsmith.

Time After Time - 03/01/2010
The Conservatory Theater Company at Point Park University presents the world premiere of "Time After Time," based on Karl Alexander's novel  about H. G. Wells' pursuit of Jack the Ripper through time -- from 19th century London to today's America. QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham talks with the creators of "Time After Time."

Such Sweet Sorrow - 02/19/2010
For Lent, Chatham Baroque expresses the sorrows of the Virgin Mary through Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, instrumental sonatas and laments. Special guests Abigail Haynes Lennox, soprano, and Ian Howell, countertenor, describe the nature of this Stabat Mater, written by a master of comic opera.

La Danse & Oscar season - 02/10/2010
Andrew Swensen of Pittsburgh Filmmakers describes the documentary "La Danse," an inside look at the Paris Opera Ballet; and the upcoming schedule of Oscar contenders.

Stephen Massicotte "The Clockmaker" - 02/02/2010
After last season's hit, "Mary's Wedding," City Theatre stages the US premiere of Stephen Massicotte's newest play, "The Clockmaker." The Canadian playwright talks about his inventive approach to narrative timelines and his intent to do the unexpected.

1934: A New Deal for Artists - 02/01/2010
The Frick's Sarah Hall gives a tour of "1934: A New Deal for Artists," an exhibition from the Smithsonian to mark the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Program. The show features 52 works by 51 diverse artists who captured portraits, cityscapes, city life, landscapes and rural life in a unique visual record of America at a specific time.

2009

Dance Alloy's Greer Reed-Jones - 12/02/2009
A Pittsburgh native and alumna of Dayton Contemporary Dance Co., Greer Reed-Jones became Artistic Director of Dance Alloy in summer '09. As she prepares her first main stage concert with the Alloy, she talks about her vision for the company, the program "Alloy Unlocked," and meeting her husband, jazz trumpet sensation Sean Jones.

Quantum Theatre's "Candide" - 10/28/2009
Artistic Director Karla Boos and conductor Andres Cladera talk about staging Bernstein's Candide at the former Don Allen Auto City, the work's interesting history, and unique mix of farce and beauty. The leads sing, "You Were Dead, You Know."

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - 10/24/2009
City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden directs Jeffrey Hatcher's "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," in which four actors play Hyde. Steubenville native Hatcher is a City Theater favorite [Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Muderers].

Pittsburgh Public Theater 2009-2010 - 10/10/2009
Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas previews his company's season of eight productions, starting with "Ella" and including Pappas' own production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Chatham Baroque's Fresh Ayre - 10/08/2009
Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba, tells Jim Cunningham about Chatham Baroque's current concerts of English and Italian sonatas with guest violinist Dana Maiben, Friday's "Wandering Minstrels" event, and the group's recording plans.

Quantum Theater: 36 Views - 08/05/2009
Artistic Director Karla Boos talks about staging Naomi Iizukas "36 Views" outdoors at Washington's Landing along the Allegheny River. The multifaceted play involves art forgery, intrigue, romance, and mystery. It starts with the discovery of an ancient Japanese pillow book whose existence could shake the field of Asian antiquities to its core -- If it's genuine.

Violinist Eugene Phillips - 06/18/2009
Retired Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Eugene Phillips previews his upcoming concert of Haydn, Schoenberg, and Schubert with violinist Roger Zahab, violist Paul Silver, and cellists Lauren and Hampton Mallory on June 20. Free admission. See the QED Cultural Calendar for details.

Marvin Hamlisch - 06/18/2009
Hamlisch conducts a tribute to Motown and hits of the '50s and '60s, as the PSO Pops marks Hamlisch's 65th birthday. He talks about "Every Little Step," a behind-the-scenes documentary on the revival of "A Chorus Line," and Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant," his first original film score since 1996.

Arts Festival Update - June 6 - 06/05/2009
La Pocha Nostra performs controversial and politically-charged art. They have staged their own crucifixions, posed as undiscovered New World tribesmen, and now present "Corpo Illicito," a work on the "criminalization of the brown body."

New Muslim Cool - 05/28/2009
Pittsburgh Filmmakers presents a documentary about a Massachussetts Latino convert to Islam who moved to Pittsburgh's North Side to establish a Muslim community. "New Muslim Cool" has been selected to begin the new season of POV on PBS. Screenings at the Melwood Screening Room on May 28 & 29

Whistler Sean Lomax - 05/07/2009
International Whistling Conference champion, featured performer with Cirque du Soleil, and Braddock native Sean Lomax made his Edgewood Symphony debut outdoors in June, 2007. He returns to the ESO Saturday, May 9th at 7:30 at Woodland Hills West Junior High School.

Pgh Ballet Theatre's Cinderella - 04/23/2009
Choreographer Septime Webre speaks about his Cinderella, and PBT's redesigned production. PBT Artistic Director Terrence Orr describes Webre's style, and retiring dancers look ahead and reflect on their dance careers.

Handel's Brockes Passion - 04/09/2009
Handel's early and little-known oratorio passion will be performed at Calvary Episcopal Church, where Alan Lewis first conducted it three years ago. Predating Bach's passions, this interesting work uses a popular text by Barthold Heinrich Brockes. Alan Lewis explains.

Carnegie Mellon Baroque - 04/03/2009
Carnegie Mellon Baroque is the only ensemble that students play in strictly by choice. Director Stephen Schultz previews their April 4th concert, talks about teaching period style for modern instruments, and about his work with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

CMU's "Collage" Concert - 04/03/2009
It's a 90-minute, non-stop extravaganza on April 3rd, produced by Carnegie Mellon's School of Music. Over 300 faculty and student performers will fill Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall with a kaleidoscopic variety of short jazz and classical works staged by Karla Boos and produced by CMU's Noel Zahler.

Bird Blogger Kate St. John - 03/23/2009
WQED's Director of Information Technology Kate St. John keeps an eagle eye on birds in general and falcons in particular through her oft-updated blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/

Forum: Arts in Tough Economic Times - 03/04/2009
Pittsburgh Arts funders, organizations and individuals gathered at a public forum organized by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to discuss their financial outlook and future strategies. Date: March 3, 2009.

Ion Sound Project - 03/02/2009
Keep your eye on Ion Sound Project, melding contemporary and 20th century music with a variety of artistic disciplines. Ion Sound members tell Jim Cunningham about their work with Pittsburgh' KnotDance.

Imani Winds - 02/16/2009
Known for their virtuosity, eclectic programming and original arrangements, the Imani Winds return to Pittsburgh, hometown of bassoonist Monica Ellis. This Grammy-nominated wind quintet gives a career update to Jim Cunningham.

Jane Alexander - 02/10/2009
Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner Jane Alexander stars at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in A Moon to Dance By, by Thom Thomas. Alexander, a former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, talks with QED's Jim Cunningham.

Biava Quartet - 02/06/2009
The Biava Quartet premieres David Stock's String Quartet No. 8 and a new work by Pittsburgh's Albert Glinsky on the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society's Bridges Series, which also offers standard repertoire. The Biava gives a sneak preview.

David Douglass of The King's Noyse - 01/29/2009
The director of The King's Noyse reveals whether his strings are really made of cat gut, and anticipates his ensemble's return for the 40th anniversary of Pittsburgh's Renaissance & Baroque series. David Douglass converses with Jim Cunningham for a January spotlight in PITTSBURGH magazine.

Keith Lockhart to conduct CMU students - 01/16/2009
Boston Pops maestro and CMU alumnus Keith Lockhart will lead the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic at NYC's Carnegie Hall. Noel Zahler, Head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, and violin professor Andres Cardenes talk about Lockhart's reunion with this student orchestra.

Pittsburgh Public Theater's Swimming Pool - 01/07/2009
Ted Pappas will direct Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses in a swimming pool on the Public Theater stage. But first, his production staff must navigate uncharted waters.

2008

Richard Armstrong leads Guggenheim Foundation - 12/29/2008
After twelve years as Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Richard Armstrong is now the Director of the Guggenheim Foundation, whose museums have an expanding global presence. Richard Armstrong talks with Classical QED's Jim Cunningham.

PICT's "St. Nicholas" - 12/15/2008
Actor Martin Giles and director Andrew Paul discuss Conor McPherson's monodrama "St. Nicholas," in which a vitriolic theater critic's infatuation with an actress draws him into a pact with a vampire.

Southminster Bells - Don Morrison - 11/20/2008
Bells of Allegheny County have been recorded for the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass CD "Songs of Christmas," including the bells at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon. Ringing Master Don Morrison reveals the arcane art of change ringing.

Lady with All the Answers - 11/14/2008
Dear 'Curious in the Cultural District.' You asked whether or not you'd enjoy "The Lady With All the Answers" starring Helena Ruoti at the Public. My advice is to listen to this podcast.

Stephen Schultz - 11/10/2008
Baroque flutist and CMU faculty member Stephen Schultz talks about his new CD of concertos by Boismortier, and his November 23 concert with Carnegie Mellon Baroque.

Virginia Madsen - 11/03/2008
Actress Virginia Madsen, an Oscar nominee for her role as Maya in the 2004 film "Sideways," at WQED to conclude her "Freedom of Expression Through Film" campaign, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Antony Walker on "Samson and Delilah" - 10/15/2008
Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker comments on the company's 2008-2009 season opener, "Samson and Delila."

Ted Pappas - "Radio Golf" and more - 10/01/2008
"Radio Golf," the final play in August Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle" comes to Pittsburgh Public Theater. Ted Pappas, Producing Executive Director at the Public, talks about Wilson's play and the other offerings in the 2008-2009 season.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers - 10/01/2008
Pittsburgh Filmmakers Director Andrew Swensen talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about several projects in October: the Global Lens series, Pittsburgh Narratives, Pittsburgh Reframed, and a series highlighting the cigarette in cinema.

Chautauqua - Jonathan Schmitz - 07/31/2008
Archivist Jonathan Schmitz talks about the history of Chautauqua Institution, from famous visitors such as FDR, George Gerswin, and Thomas Edison, to Chautauqua's long-forgotten roller coaster.

Chautauqua - Tom Becker - 07/26/2008
Tom Becker, President of Chautauqua Institution talks about CSO Music Director Stefan Sanderling's inaugural season, facilities upgrades, and the Chautauqua Theatre Company's 25th anniversary celebration.

Chautauqua - Marty Merkley - 07/26/2008
Marty Merkley, Vice President and Director of Programming of Chautauqua Institution tells Jim Cunningham about managing a season filled with more than 2,000 scheduled concerts, lectures, art shows, worship services, and more over nine weeks.

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - Week 5 - 07/21/2008
Artistic Director Kevin Noe describes "Just Out of Reach," the PNME's world premiere season finale for three actors and ensemble, inspired by Greek mythology.

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - Week 4 - 07/13/2008
Artistic Director Kevin Noe previews a solo concert by sensational guest percussionist Steve Schick.

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - Week 3 - 07/07/2008
Executive Artistic Director Kevin Noe explains two timeless 20th century milestones: Messaien's Quartet for the End of Time, and John Cage's 4' 33". Also featured: works by Frederic Rzewski and George Crumb.

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - Week 2 - 07/01/2008
Kevin Noe talks about performing on July 4; also the solo works Arches for violin by Kevin Puts and Etudes by Ryan Francis; Time Gallery by Paul Moravec, and Arrows by David Heuser. Noe is Executive Artistic Director and Conductor of the PNME.

Cathy Rigby in "Peter Pan" - 06/27/2008
Cathy Rigby tells why she returned to her signature Broadway role for Pittsburgh CLO two years after her 2006 "Peter Pan" farewell tour. She talks about the art of flying, learning to sing, and her other theater projects.

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - Week 1 - 06/26/2008
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Executive Artistic Director Kevin Noe talks about the first concert of the 2008 season, a ticket policy change, and the keys to PNME's success.

"Salome" director Alan Stanford - 06/23/2008
Legendary Irish actor and director Alan Stanford of Dublin's Gate Theatre talks about the history of Oscar Wilde's "Salome," and his reimagining of the play for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater.

Pittsburgh CLO Season Overview - 06/19/2008
Producing Director Van Kaplan previews CLO's 2008 shows: Peter Pan, Mame, Smoky Joe's Café, Annie Get Your Gun, and West Side Story. Kaplan recalls the 2008 Richard Rogers Awards, won by CLO alumni and siblings Rob & Kathleen Marshall.

Joan Rivers - 06/10/2008
Multi-talented comedienne Joan Rivers talks about her comedy act, philanthropic work, her new play, performing for Queen Elizabeth, working with Fred Rogers and Betty Aberlin, Marvin Hamlsich, Johnny Carson, amateur painting, and her love of opera.

Three Rivers Arts Festival - 06/06/2008
An overview covering the "greening" of this year's event, the "Contained" project's reuse of shipping containers, the Fourth River Project, plays, performances, the Artists' Market and more with festival spokeswoman Lauren Bracey.

"Life on Mars" review by Diana Jannetta - 06/02/2008
Art Critic Diana Jannetta reviews "Life on Mars," the 55th Carnegie International, curated by Douglas Fogle and now on view through Jan. 11, 2009. The International is America's longest-running and most prestigious periodic exhibtion of contemporary art.

Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival - 05/26/2008
Festival founder and director Aron Zelkowicz talks about Israeli connections for the 2008 Festival's "Israel at 60" theme, the orchestral concert on May 28th and the chamber concert on June 1st.

Bach's Lunch: Becky Billock - 05/16/2008
Pianist Becky Billock plays for the Bach's Lunch series on Tue., May 20th in downtown Pittsburgh. She performs in our studio and discusses her background and repertoire. For info on reserving a complimentary lunch, see the QED Cultural Calendar

Actor Stacy Keach - 04/22/2008
Actor Stacy Keach talks about "A Love Like No Other," featuring poems and love letters by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her husband Robert; and about his upcoming role as Nixon in the national tour of "Frost/Nixon."

Choreographer Derek Deane - 04/16/2008
Choreographer Derek Deane describes his full-length ballet "Alice in Wonderland," as he stages its North American debut with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.

Poet Jan Beatty - 04/09/2008
Jan Beatty, Pittsburgh poet, writing professor, and host of WYEP's "Prosody" talks with Jim Cunningham about her new book, "Red Sugar." She reads poems and talks about her themes: place, nature, work, class, family, body, sex and love.

Rick Sebak: Invented, Engineered & Pioneered in Pittsburgh - 04/09/2008
Rick Sebak previews "Invented, Engineered & Pioneered in Pittsburgh," his new Pittsburgh History Series special on the ingenuity of Pittsburghers, from those who created Fort Pitt and the Ferris Wheel to the latest researchers in computers and robotics. Premiere: Apr10.

Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker sings! - 04/04/2008
Hear Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker sing, from the April 1  performance of "Aida" in which he was called upon to voice Radames' part from the pit while conducting! Artistic Director Christopher Hahn tells QED's Jim Cunningham about it.

Artist Craig McPherson - 03/24/2008
Craig McPherson discusses his contemporary drawings of industrial Pittsburgh, now on view at the Frick Art Museum. "Steel: Pittsburgh Drawings by Craig McPherson" includes what may be the largest mezzotint ever produced.

Chatham Baroque on St. Paddy's Delight - 03/14/2008
After playing live for QED 89.3's Ted Sohier, Chatham Baroque and guest flutist Alison Melville talk about their Celtic-inspired concert program, titled "Airing It Out and Keeping it Reel: St. Paddy's Delight," running March 14-16, 2008.

Choreographer Dwight Rhoden - 03/14/2008
Choreographer Dwight Rhoden, a Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre favorite, talks about staging Carl Orff's choral classic, based on earthy Medieval poems and songs found in a 13th-century monastery. Rhoden  also mentions some of his other projects.

Katherine Mueller, Pittsburgh Concert Chorale - 02/29/2008
Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Music Director Katherine Mueller previews "The German Romantics," featuring choral works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schubert.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "Forever Love" - 02/15/2008
A preview of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "Forever Love," with Septime Webre's "Fluctuating Hemlines" and the world premiere of "Glint," by Point Park-trained choreographer Lauri Stallings, artist Christo Braun, and singer B. E. Taylor.

2007

First Night Pittsburgh 2008 Preview - 12/28/2007
A preview of First Night Pittsburgh 2008 with Kevin McMahon, President of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Mark Bussler on "PA Train Stations" - 12/18/2007
Jim Cunningham interviews film distributor Mark Bussler about the documentary "Pennsylvania Train Stations - Restored and Revitalized," showing adaptive reuse of landmarks that outlived their original purpose.

Pittsburgh soprano Sara Botkin - 12/11/2007
Pittsburgh soprano Sara Botkin describes the mix of classical and popular styles and techniques on her second Christmas CD, "Breath of Heaven," on which she becomes her own choir through multi-tracked vocals.

Don Franklin on Bach and the Baroque - 12/11/2007
Pitt's Don Franklin looks back, as he brings his Bach and the Baroque series to the end of its 16-year run by directing Bach's Christmas Oratorio at Heinz Chapel, co-presented with the Renaissance & Baroque Society.

Robert Page on the 07 CMU Holiday Concert - 12/05/2007
Conductor Robert Page previews his 2007 Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert. Hear the performance live on QED 89.3 and on the Internet at wqed.org, Fri. Dec. 7 at noon EST. (Repeats 12/14, 7 pm)

"Opera Lady" on "The Elixir of Love" - 11/14/2007
Pittsburgh Opera's "Opera Lady," Beth Parker, tells QED's Jim Cunningham about the company's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love" at the Benedum Center through Sunday, Nov. 18th.

The Candy Butchers - 11/09/2007
Half of the edgy, Australian 4-person circus troupe known as The Candy Butchers visits QED's Ted Sohier. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents their local debut, Nov. 7th - 10th, 2007.

Andrew Swenson of the Three Rivers Film Festival - 11/08/2007
The Three Rivers Film Festival continues through Nov. 15th. Andrew Swenson, director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, previews coming attractions and special guests with QED's Jim Cunningham.

Richard Thomas in "12 Angry Men" - 10/25/2007
Actor Richard Thomas (John-Boy in TV's "The Waltons") talks about his role as Juror #8 in the courtroom drama "12 Angry Men," differences between the 1957 film and the touring play, and his lifelong involvement in New York theater.

Whirling Dervishes of Rumi - 10/23/2007
Who are the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi? Why do they whirl, and who was Rumi? Hakan Yildiz, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Dialogue Foundation, talks with Ted Sohier as the Whirling Dervishes return to Carnegie Music Hall, Oct. 23 at 8:00 pm.

Karla Boos of Quantum Theatre - 10/11/2007
Artistic Director Karla Boos explains why Quantum Theatre is staging a US premiere adaptation of Zola's Therese Raquin in the basement swimming pool of Braddock's Carnegie Library through Oct. 14.

Anna Singer in "The Marriage of Figaro" - 09/27/2007
QED 89.3 mid-day host and operatic soprano Anna Singer talks with Stephen Baum about her role as Marcellina in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's English-language production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," September 24-30, 2007 at the Byham Theater.

Pianist Christopher O'Riley - 09/27/2007
Pianist Christopher O'Riley, host of NPR's "From the Top" and son of former QED 89.3 station manager Ceci Sommers, talks with Jim Cunningham about his current concerts, recordings and radio shows.

Brahms on the Bluff - 09/21/2007
Pianist David Allen Wehr, Artistic Director of Duquesne University's "Brahms on the Bluff" series, talks about the "other" version of Brahms's "Haydn Variations," and America's "go-to" hornist for the Horn Trio, launching the series's "Final Four" season on Sunday, 9/23/2007 at 3:00 pm at PNC Recital Hall.

Pittsburgh in Stages - 09/19/2007
Theater historian Lynne Conner, author of "Pittsburgh in Stages: 200 Years of  Theater" (University of Pittsburgh Press) talks about people, performances and places, from British officers' Shakespeare at Fort Pitt to the opening of the O'Reilly Theater.

Diana Jannetta reviews "Made in Pennsylvania: A Folk Art Tradition" - 09/18/2007
Diana Jannetta reviews "Made in Pennsylvania: A Folk Art Tradition" at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, which showcases almost 400 significant examples of fraktur, salt-glazed stoneware, tanware, textiles and painted furniture.

Nonpareil Wind Band, Part 1 - 09/05/2007
Nonpareil Wind Band co-founders Howard Hillyer and PSO Principal Bass Clarinet Richard Page talk with Jim Cunningham about the band's purpose and players. Hillyer recalls his PSO audition for William Steinberg, and talks about arrangements of The Star-Spangled Banner. Audiences chose the Nonpareil Wind Band for an encore appearance at 'First Fridays at the Frick,' Sep. 7, 2007 at 7:00 pm.

Nonpareil Wind Band, Part 2 - 09/05/2007
The Nonpareil Wind Band's Howard Hillyer and Richard Page talk with QED's Jim Cunningham about the repertoire for their free concert, Sept. 7, 2007 on the lawn of the Frick Art & Historical Center.

Diana Jannetta reviews William Bouguereau - 08/29/2007
In the Studios of Paris: William Bouguereau & His American Students; Frick Art Museum, through October 14, 2007; Once famous, then disregarded, French academic painter William Bouguereau taught a succeeding generation of Americans, including Cecilia Beaux, Minerva Chapman and Robert Henri. A recent revival of interest brings together 50 works that illustrate Bougereau's influence.

Ed Ochester, Part 1 - 08/24/2007
Ed Ochester, editor of the anthology "American Poetry Now," talks with Jim Cunningham. Celebrating 40 years of the renowned Pitt Poetry Series, this collection of 48 poets from the University of Pittsburgh Press includes several who became Poets Laureate of the United States. Discussion includes the historical role of rhyme, today's most accessible poets, the health of published poetry, and the diversity of writers in the Pitt Poetry Series.

Ed Ochester, Part 2 - 08/24/2007
Ed Ochester reads Ted Kooser's "How to Make Rhubarb Wine"

Ed Ochester, Part 3 - 08/24/2007
Ed Ochester reads Billy Collins' "Three Blind Mice"

Ed Ochester, Part 4 - 08/24/2007
Ed Ochester reads Peter Everwine's "Drinking Cold Water"

Ron Carnevali, Part 1 - 08/23/2007
Ron Carnevali talks about the history of the Johnstown FolkFest.

Ron Carnevali, Part 2 - 08/23/2007
Ron Carnevali discusses the vibe at the FolkFest, as well as discovering how much great music is being made.

Ron Carnevali, Part 3 - 08/23/2007
Ron Carnevali talks about the process of putting the FolkFest together each year.

Ron Carnevali, Part 4 - 08/23/2007
Ron Carnevali talks about the FolkFest basics (when, where, parking, etc); also talks about Festival Park, where the FolkFest takes place.

Ron Carnevali, Part 5 - 08/23/2007
Ron Carnevali talks about four of the performers on this years bill - Druha Trava; Eric Lindell; James Talley; and A. J. Croce.

Ron Carnevali, Part 6 - 08/23/2007
Ron Carnevali talks about the different foods at the festival, as well as how easy it is to get there from Pittsburgh.

Kevin Noe of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - 07/06/2007
The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble's opening weekend of concerts riff on the theme of applause, with a reprise of a PNME-commissioned audience favorite, Steve Reich's "Clapping Music" and more. Conductor Kevin Noe previews the week's music and the PNME's impending CD releases.

Shirley Jones in "Oklahoma!" - 06/18/2007
Pittsburgh-area native Shirley Jones returns to CLO in the show that made her famous, "Oklahoma!" The Oscar and Emmy-winning stage, screen, and television actress talks about her impromptu audition for the 1955 film of "Oklahoma!" The granddaughter of a local beer baron, Jones aspired to become a veterinarian -- until Rogers & Hammerstein discovered her.

Andrew Swenson on U-Carmen - 05/25/2007
Andrew Swenson, Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, tells Jim Cunningham about two extraordinary films: U-Carmen, a comtemporary South African adaptation of the opera Carmen, with the words translated into Xhosa, a South African dialect, but otherwise unaltered, and Into Great Silence, a transcendent documentary without narration revealing the daily experience of life inside a monastery deep in the French Alps.

Ricki Wertz - 05/16/2007
Ricki Wertz, host of the classic Pittsburgh children's television program Ricki & Copper and husband Tom Borden (her director at WTAE) talk about their foray into painting, their shared connections to the Hindenburg disaster, his passion for aviation and, of course, Ricki's four-legged TV co-star, Copper.

Antony Walker discusses Billy Budd - 05/11/2007
Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker talks about Benjamin Britten's opera Billy Budd, which is based on a novella by Herman Melville.

Diana Jannetta reviews "Paris on the Seine" - 04/10/2007
Art Critic Diana Jannetta reviews "Paris on the Seine," photographer Bruno Réquillart's exhibition on view at the Silver Eye on the South Side through May 26th.

Video: Diana Jannetta reviews "Paris on the Seine" - 04/10/2007
Art Critic Diana Jannetta reviews "Paris on the Seine," photographer Bruno Réquillart's exhibition on view at the Silver Eye on the South Side through May 26th. QuickTime video.

Cherry Jones discusses "Doubt" - 03/08/2007
Cherry Jones discusses her Tony-winning role as Sister Aloysius in the national tour of John Patrick Shanley's 2005 Pulitzer-winning play, "Doubt."

Guitarist Manuel Barrueco - 01/16/2007
Guitarist Manuel Barrueco joined CMU's Cuarteto Latinoamericano in January, 2007, to make a CD including pieces by Astor Piazzolla and contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty. The Cuban-born Barrueco comments on Daugherty's provocatively-titled “Bay of Pigs.”


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