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

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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.

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

Anqwenique - Sirens and Queens - May 24, 2019

Anqwenique presents "Sirens and Queens", May 30th, 7pm at Hotel Indigo celebrating the works and lives of black women composers presented by Chamber Music Pittsburgh.  Also helping out are Lisa Harris, Shanyse Strickland and there are visuals by Julie Mallis with a conversation at the close.  Florence Price is in the plan with refreshments and pay what you wish. Hear all about in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center - May 23, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performed at Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center on Sunday, May 19. With guest pianist Till Fellner, the orchestra performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 and Mahler's Symphony No. 5. WQED was there to speak with several musicians including violinist Marta Kruchkovsky, principal contrabasoonist Jim Rogers, and principal french horn Bill Caballero. There is even a special appearance from television star Alec Baldwin.

Kamraton - May 23, 2019

Emily Cook and Anna Elder of the all woman group Kamratōn, and their conductor Daniel Curtis stopped by WQED-FM to speak about their new opera: Her Holiness: The Winter Dog. The Opera was composed by Curtis Rumrill for the Kamratōn group, and it runs May 30th and 31st at 8 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, the unique joy of modern music, the importance of pushing yourself artistically, and the impact of plot driven musical choices are all discussed. 

Nicole Myers - Cello Fest - May 23, 2019

Nicole Myers of Cello Fury stopped by to talk about Cello Fest, which will be held on May 25 at Carnegie Mellon University. Featuring workshops, masterclasses, and performances from the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet, the day is filled with music for all music lovers. 

Till Fellner - May 17, 2019

Pianist Till Fellner returns to Heinz Hall with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto Friday May 17 8pm in a send off preview of the Pittsburgh Symphony concert Sunday May 19 3pm at Lincoln Center’s Geffen Hall. Till has played all the Beethoven Concertos and worked on them with Alfred Brendel. He talks about his Viennese countryman Manfred Honeck, his favorite recent movies and books and much more in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Corey Bourbonniere from Pittsburgh Ballet Theater - May 17, 2019

Corey Bourbonniere is one of the dancers of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater who will be seen at Chautauqua New York  when the PBT dances Sleeping Beauty with Tchaikovsky’s score played by the Chautauqua Symphony and Music Director Rossen Milanov. He tells us his story,why he loves to dance and  talks about the timeless qualities of the ballet classic with the  staging from Terrence Orr.