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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

May 20, 2024

Stephane Deneve

WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham spoke with this weekend’s Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest conductor, Stephane Deneve. He’s conducting music of Ravel, Poulenc and the Gershwin “An American in Paris.” He talks about program, working in St. Louis, if he ever sees Leonard Slatkin in town, and if he is a classical radio fan.

May 20, 2024

Pianist Cedric Tiberghien

Pianist Cedric Tiberghien plays the Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand this weekend with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. It’s his Heinz Hall debut. WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham got his thoughts on the Ravel concerto, his interests outside of music and more.

May 20, 2024

Monteze Freeland – The Coffin Maker at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Director, playwright and Co-Artistic Director of City Theatre, Monteze Freeland, spoke with WQED-FM at the Pittsburgh Public Theater about the upcoming play, The Coffin Maker. This world premiere featuring a Pittsburgh playwright, Mark Clayton Southers, runs from May 29th to June 16th at the O’Reilly Theater. Monteze talks about his first introduction to the play almost 2 1/2 years ago, the challenges of researching slavery, the technical challenges throughout the show, and how working on a new play is always exciting. As if he isn’t busy enough, you can also catch Monteze’s new play, Fishy Woo Woo, at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company on May 31st. Visit to find tickets to this historic and thrilling play.

May 20, 2024

Mark Clayton Southers – The Coffin Maker at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Playwright and Founder of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, Mark Clayton Southers, spoke with WQED-FM about his upcoming world premiere play of The Coffin Maker, running at the Pittsburgh Public Theater from May 29th to June 16th. Mark describes the story of an enslaved wife and freed husband working for an undertaker in Oklahoma, when a bounty hunter comes in and changes everything. He also describes why he wrote this play and how it came to life on stage at the Public. Visit to learn more and find tickets to this Western dark-comedy play.

May 20, 2024

Randy Kovitz and Connor McCanlus – The Coffin Maker at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Actors Randy Kovitz and Connor McCanlus spoke with WQED-FM about their upcoming roles as the bounty hunter and the photographer in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s world premiere, The Coffin Maker. This world premiere featuring a Pittsburgh playwright, Mark Clayton Southers, runs from May 29th to June 16th at the O’Reilly Theater. Connor talks about his field trip to the Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History in downtown Pittsburgh, and how he took that knowledge to better inform his acting. Randy describes the challenges of his fight choreography and his work as a stunt coordinator. Visit to find tickets and learn more.

May 16, 2024

Andres Cardenes

Former Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and former director of the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic, Andres Cardenes, spoke with Jim Cunningham about his past 36 years in the city of Pittsburgh, and why he is moving to Florida to continue his work. Both reminisce about Andres’ start with the PSO in the 1980s, and talk about the future of classical music for young musicians in conservatories around the United States. Andres also highlights his upcoming projects with Ian Hobson, and what he is looking forward to the most in sunny Florida.

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