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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.



Did you miss a recent live broadcast? Or do you just want to hear it again? Relive recent WQED-FM live broadcasts on the Encore podcast page. Stream full length broadcasts by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and others.

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

April 12, 2024

Charlie Albright

Gilmore and Avery Fisher prize winning pianist Charlie Albright makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut April 12, 13 and 14 with George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for PNC Pops and Saturday morning Fiddlesticks concerts. He’s from Centralia, Washington with a start at age 3 then on to studying at Harvard with an interest in economics and pre medicine but the piano became the main focus. He’s appeared with Yo Yo Ma on numerous occasions often with special circumstances and he is loving the sound of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the grandeur of Heinz Hall and the collaboration with Byron Stripling. The subjects covered include why he loves music and young people, his work on YouTube teaching piano, his daughter who is less than one year old and the pre concert ritual which now and then includes a stop at Chipotle. Charlie Albright spoke after the Friday rehearsal with Jim Cunningham sitting at the top of the stairs in the grand lobby under the crystal chandeliers.

April 11, 2024

Lindsay Goranson – APIS New Hazlett Theater

Costume designer, production designer, performer, writer and now director, Lindsay Goranson, spoke with WQED-FM about their newest play, APIS, at the New Hazlett Theater on Thursday, April 18th, and Saturday, April 19th. A time-travelling bee comes to visit Apis, a female worker at an underground food store, and what happens next changes everything. Lindsay describes this theater experience that includes puppets, miniatures, original composition, time travel, and a look at the future of our food supply. Lindsay talks about how she created the story, what it is like to direct versus act in a show, and how we can minimize our environmental impact. Visit to learn more and find tickets.

April 11, 2024

Norma Alrutz and Amber Fantini – Saltworks Theater Company

Executive Director of Saltworks Theater Company, Norma Alrutz, and Board Chair, Amber Fantini, spoke with WQED-FM about their organization and their production of Around the World in 80 Days on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, at the Greenstone UM Church in Bellevue. Norma and Amber highlight Saltworks bread and butter, their school assembly live educational theater shows that showcase the consequences of substance abuse, bullying, and also the hope that comes from making life-affirming choices. Norma talks about the 6 different shows they offer to schools from elementary to high school education, and how one of those shows was inspired by a Mister Fred Rogers quote. They also talk about their Young Actors Studio classes that run year round. Visit to learn more about Saltworks.

April 11, 2024

Jim Cunningham – Butler County Symphony Orchestra

Jim Cunningham interviews…..Jim Cunningham!! The Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents “The Music of John Williams” on Saturday April 13th, 7:30pm at the Butler Intermediate High School. WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham spoke with Butler County Symphony Orchestra trumpet Jim Cunningham about the concert as well as the “Dinner, Dancing, and Diamonds” Gala on Sunday April 21st.

April 10, 2024

Ayisha Morgan-Lee – Hill Dance Academy Theatre

Hill Dance Academy Theatre’s Annual Spring Dance Concert is back on April 19-21, 2024, at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. This year’s theme is Sustaining the Legacy & Creating Expressions Of Black History, Culture, and Tradition through Movement…Gospel Style. Founder and CEO Ayisha Morgan-Lee spoke with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about the concert.

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April 10, 2024

Organist Anna Lapwood

The Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh presents Anna Lapwood on Friday, April 12th, 7:30pm at St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Mt. Lebanon. Anna Lapwood MBE is an organist, conductor and broadcaster, and holds the position of Director of Music at Pembroke College (Cambridge), Associate Artist of the Royal Albert Hall (London) and Artist in Association with the BBC Singers. In 2023 she was awarded the prestigious ‘Gamechanger’ Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society, and signed to SONY Classical as an exclusive recording artist. She reaches a huge audience through her concerts and via social media with over 1 million followers across all platforms. She spoke with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about her concert, getting people interested in organ recitals, her incredible success on social media and more.

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