FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH
The WQED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham
Live from Oakland with local arts coverage, NPR news, and morning favorites
Live from the Carolyn M. Byham Cultural District Studio, downtown, with essential classics and NPR news
Pittsburgh Opera Preview
We take a look at Pittsburgh Opera’s next staging, Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola, the fairy tale with a message of forgiveness that brings back Vivica Genaux in the title role, and former Resident Artist Arthur Espiritu as Price Ramiro, in a colorful Minnesota Opera production. La Cenerentola opens tomorrow night at the Benedum Center.
Pittsburgh Foundation Performance in Pittsburgh, with Stephen Baum
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra live from Heinz Hall
Manfred Honeck conducts Beethoven’s final symphonic masterpiece, the Symphony #9, Ode to Joy. Soloists will be Angela Meade, soprano; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor; and Alexander Vinogradov, bass; with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Also in this concert, part of the PSO’s Music for the Spirit Festival, is a commission of Christopher Theofanidis – The Gift. Jim Cunningham anchors our live broadcast. (Griffey was seen last summer on public television’s Great Performances at The Met, in the Robert LePage production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.)
Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin
In the 5th century BC, water was classified as one of the four essential elements. Over the centuries, artists, poets, philosophers, and composers have returned again and again to the mysteries of water for inspiration. This week, we’ll focus on “water music,” with works by Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Debussy, and (of course) Handel.
Elena See, Bob Christiansen, Scott Blankenship, Ward Jacobson