Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.

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Voice of the Arts

Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Radio

A complete two hour concert hosted by Jim Cunningham. Listen for interviews and features, historic recordings and the latest weekly concerts from Heinz Hall. 


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Classical Crossroads

Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. As Duke Ellington said "There are only two types of music: good music and the other stuff." Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour

Jim Cunningham reports from the PSO's domestic and international tours.

Donald Miller - "Architecture of Benno Janssen" - Sep 28, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer and architecture critic Donald Miller wrote for the paper from 1956 through 1999. His labor of love - "The Architecture of Benno Janssen" - took six years to complete with a gorgeous hardbound book featuring color photography by Edward Massery as the result It is the definitive book on the esteemed architect who did much of his work for Pittsburgh with the Mellon Institute, Elm Court, La Tourelle, Kaufmann’s  and Horne’s department stores, Rolling Rock, the William Penn Hotel, the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and many others his permanent legacy. In this interview from his home in Florida, Donald speaks with Jim Cunningham about Janssen’s art and with digressions on Andy Warhol, Donald’s upcoming book on Pittsburgh people including James Wonokur and a few other topics along the way.  

RADical Days - Dusty Elias Kirk & Shannon Musgrave - Sep 23, 2020

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Chair of the RAD Board of Directors, Dusty Elias Kirk, and Shannon Musgrave, Communications Director of RAD, about the 2020 RADical Days events; how they've managed to continue the tradition through the Covid-19 pandemic, and much more.   RADical Days runs from September through November.  For a complete list of events, click here:  https://www.radworkshere.org/pages/radical-days 





Daniel Fleegle - Arts Education - Sep 21, 2020

As a small continuation of the episode on the state of arts education, WQED speaks with Attack Theatre about how they are continuing to offer arts education to teachers, students, and the community. Daniel Fleegle talks about how he became part of the Attack Theatre team and what programs they have that are particularly important during this time.

Daniel Orsen - Sep 17, 2020

Pittsburgh born violist Daniel Orsen has just recorded the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata with pianist Pierre Nicolas Columbay in New Haven Connecticut. Daniel remembers his work with Pittsburgh Symphony violist Marylene Gingras Roy and Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory of Music. He discusses playing percussion in High School in Penn Hills, playing in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, describes the instrument Schubert wrote for, suggests some great recordings of Schubert to listen to and details the best pizza places in New Haven in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Marc Masterson - City Theater - Sep 16, 2020

City Theatre's Artistic Director Marc Masterson discusses the ongoing drive-in arts festival at Hazelwood Green. The festival goes from September 10-17, 2020.

Dan Leers - Carnegie Museum of Art - Sep 16, 2020

Dan Leers, Carnegie Music of Art Photography Curator, discusses "Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries" - on view now through March 14th in Gallery One and two locations in the Scaife Galleries.  The exhibit received a full page of notice in the Sunday Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times. Paglen's work at the Pace Gallery in London has also won praise. There is a forthcoming series of podcasts, discussion with Paglen and Leers and a catalog on the way. Leers discusses the measures being taken to assure safety during the pandemic and describes many of the photographs on view with details about their processing and philosophy.