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Gumbands: A Podcast with Rick Sebak. Holding Pittsburgh together

Gumbands: A Podcast with Rick Sebak

GUMBANDS is a podcast about Pittsburgh, its people, its history, its neighborhoods, its small businesses, its food, its charms, its stories, and many of its surprises.

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@ the Symphony

Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 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.

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio

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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Artists in the World

Artists in the World

Hosted by WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham and CMOA's Dana Bishop-Root, Artists in the World uplifts artistic voices and explores multiple histories, geographies, and current events.

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Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour

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

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Latest Podcast Episodes

June 13, 2024

Caito Amorose – Summer Fridays at the Frick

Curator of Performance Events at the Frick Pittsburgh, Catio Amorose, spoke about their upcoming Summer Fridays at the Frick concert series that starts the evening of Friday, June 14th, with three more on July 12th, August 2nd, and August 23rd. Catio highlights the featured musical guests on the big stage, including Vocal Confluence on June 14th, and Cello Fury on August 2nd. This free event will also have food trucks, a musical instrument ‘petting zoo’, fresh beverages from the Frick Cafe, and much more fun for the whole family. Caito also discusses some upcoming events in October that will continue the musical evenings into the fall. Visit to learn more.

June 12, 2024

James Iman

Pianist James Iman presents his new CD James Iman: Album III at PYCO in Wexford at 6 pm Friday, June 14 with a concert featuring the Alban Berg Sonata Opus 1. It’s a CD release party with refreshments and a chance to have the new disc autographed. James talks with Jim Cunningham about the new recording which features the Alban Berg Sonata, Morton Feldman’s Last Pieces, Betsy Jolas’ B for Sonata and Klaus Huber’s Ein Hauch von Unzeit II. James explains why he loves this music, even when so many have branded Arnold Schoenberg and his student Berg as the composers who single handedly led the world of music down the wrong path. Plus a discussion of riding a motorcycle and tattoos. Visit Facebook to learn more about the event!

June 12, 2024

Janice Coppola and Laura Daniels – KleZlectic at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch

Pittsburgh based clarinetist, Janice Coppola, and keyboardist and singer, Laura Daniels, talk about their group KleZlectic which will be performing at Mellon Park on June 23rd at 10:30 AM as a part of the City of Pittsburgh’s Bach, Beethoven and Brunch series. Bring out your picnic blankets and come here some local Klezmer music! Janice and Laura discuss what Klezmer music is, what they will be playing on June 23rd, and other concerts they have coming up throughout the end of the year. They also play two pieces live in WQED-FM’s studios: Bai Mir Bistu Schon by Sholom Secunda, and Sumkinda Frailach by Janice Coppola. Visit to hear more of KleZlectic’s music, and find the full calendar for Bach, Beethoven and Brunch at

June 11, 2024

Ben Dunigan – Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Director of Horticulture at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Ben Dunigan, talks about their new summer flower show titled, Under The Sea. This new exhibition that runs until September 8th features more topiary’s than usual, animatronic sharks, giant clamshells, and so many flowers! Ben talks about the different kind of flowers in this show, including some easter egg ones with names that match the sea theme. Ben also highlights the Fairchild’s Challenge this summer that features sculptures by students across the Pittsburgh area of real or imaginary sea animals. Visit to find tickets and learn more about this fun exhibit!

June 11, 2024

James Santelli – Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD)

Communications Manager with the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), James Santelli, spoke about their new on-going program, Summer Staycation, running until the end of August. This program offers over 100,000 free admissions to some of Pittsburgh’s favorite attractions, like the Heinz History Center and the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. All you need is a Allegheny County library card and a RAD pass reservation. James walks WQED-FM through how to make a reservation, why this program was created, and how it is different from the RAD Days in the fall. James also highlights a new RAD grant given to Allegheny County Libraries for new computers to ensure equal access to all across the county. Visit to learn more about the program and reserve a RAD pass reservation.

June 11, 2024

Diane Unkovic – Pittsburgh Symphony Association

President of the Pittsburgh Symphony Association, Diane Unkovic , describes to Jim Cunningham what to expect at the Symphony Splendor Garden Tour, Sunday, June 23 from 11 am to 4 pm in Shadyside. 8 Beautiful Shadyside Gardens will be opened for a self guided tour or an air conditioned bus tour. Over 20 members of the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform throughout the welcome center and gardens with all proceeds benefiting the Pittsburgh Symphony. Diane also remembers her work for Senator Heinz and serving as an usher at Heinz Hall while at the University of Pittsburgh. She tells listeners how to become a master gardener and suggests what to do when a plant suddenly expires. Diane Unkovic suggests how to become a member of the Symphony Association, recommends a few books that have been favorites in the PSA Book Club, and she remembers her time spent as a painter. Visit to learn more and find tickets.

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