Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.
Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.
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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.
Violinist Devin Arrington joins soprano Agatha Holland and accompanist Akina Kondow for the Major Winners Recital of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Sunday September 22 at 2pm in Kresge Recital Hall . He played the Adagio from the Bach Sonata No1 and his own For the Beauty of Grace live on the QED morning show in between sharing his latest news with Jim Cunningham.
Conductor Stephen Layton brings the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge England to Calvary Episcopal Church Friday September 20 at 8pm. He tells us about the program with Morton Lauridson’s greatest hit O Magnum Myterium, John Taverner and working with the composer who was a good friend of the Beatles and Princess Diana, being named Second Best Choir in the world, his favorite John Rutter Christmas Carol, listening to the BBC Radio 3 and his favorite beverage while sitting in a coffee shop in New York near 8th avenue talking on a cell phone.
Lang Lang opened the Pittsburgh Symphony season with the Night in Black and White Gala playing the Mozart 24th Concerto and two encores from his Piano Book. He spoke with Jim Cunningham after rehearsal Saturday morning talking about the new sensation of playing with a wedding ring and the ceremony at Versailles last summer, playing Beethoven with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, working with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck, going on tour with the orchestra and some favorite restaurants.
Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Viola Randolph Kelly gives his farewell recital at Rodef Shalom Temple on October 29 7pm. In March he plays his final Bartok Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony. In this interview recorded September 13, 2019 with Jim Cunningham he has all the details on the recital with pianist John Novacek, Randy remembers his last get together with former Music Director Andre Previn who hired him 43 years ago, he gives his essential advice to violists and music lovers on how to listen and shares many deeply personal thoughts and reflections.
The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for an uncommon album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. Souvenirs of Spain & Italy is the first joint recording by these renowned artists and marks Isbin’s Cedille Records debut. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Sharon about the recording.
Craig Johnson and Eve Goodman of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra stopped by to tell us about their upcoming season; the importance of RAD funding; and the satisfaction of seeing how their young musicians develop, both as musicians and as people.