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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.

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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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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

March 1, 2024

Lenny Young – Music at Third

Trio Sine Nomine (violinist Lydia Choorapuzha, violist Warren Davidson, and cellist Adam Liu) present a concert titled “Spirituals and Serenades”, featuring music by Adolphus Hailstork, W. A. Mozart and Erno von Dohnanyi. The concert takes place on Saturday March 2nd, 7pm at Third Presbyterian Church. Lenny Young stopped by the QED Morning Show to chat with Jim Cunningham about the concert.

February 29, 2024

Walter Morales and Gretchen van Hoesen – Edgewood Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal harp Gretchen van Hoesen joins Edgewood Symphony Conductor Walter Morales and Jim Cunningham to discuss their concert “Songs of the Night and the Sea,” March 2nd, 7:30pm at the Katz Performing Arts Center of the JCC in Squirrel Hill. Gretchen plays the Morceau de Concert with music by Augusta Holmes, Lilli Boulanger and Debussy’s la Mer. Note—the March 2nd date is a change from the original date, which was necessary after the season brochure was printed.

February 29, 2024

Susan Medley – Pittsburgh Concert Chorale

Music Director of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, Susan Medley, discusses the choir’s upcoming performance of Faure’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms this Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30pm at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, and Sunday, March 3rd at 4pm at Ingomar United Methodist Church. Susan and Anna Singer discuss Faure’s “lullaby of death” and how it became a favorite of Susan’s after her father’s death. They discuss how Bernstein’s Chichester Pslams pairs well with the Requiem and the unique instrumentation that will be present for both. Susan also talks about her upcoming appearance as a guest conductor for the Washington Symphony Orchestra. Visit to find tickets and learn more.”

February 29, 2024

Daniel Singer – Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh presents 2 FREE concerts on Saturday March 9th, Westminster Presbyterian Church and Sunday March 10th at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham spoke to the choir’s new Music Director Daniel Singer about the concert titled “Coming Home”, how he came up with the program, his role with the Mendelssohn and more.

February 29, 2024

Pablo Heras-Cassado

Pablo Heras-Cassado returns to Heinz Hall to conduct Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Manuel de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yunchan Lim. Jim Cunningham spoke with the Maestro about the concert.

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February 27, 2024

Mark Clayton Southers – Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre

Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, Mark Clayton Southers, shares the company’s exciting plans for their upcoming 2024 season. The season starts off with a cabaret production of Dinah in April, followed by a new play written by Monteze Freeland in June, Radio Golf at the August Wilson House in August, and ending with their signature Theatre Festival in Black and White in October. Mark shares how he secured local jazz legends, including Roger Humphries, to play in the production of Dinah, and his continuing artistic collaboration with Monteze. His daughter, Ashley Renee Southers, also joined to talk about her role in coordinating the Black and White Theatre Festival that highlights eight one-act plays in two programs. Visit to learn more and learn about their subscriptions and tickets.

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