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Pittsburgh Symphony Associate Conductor Earl Lee - Jun 25, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Earl Lee stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the American Concert on Friday June 28th and the orchestra's performance at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch on Sunday morning (June 30th).



Pianist Jan Lisiecki - Jun 24, 2019

Pianist Jan Lisiecki talks about his new Deutsche Grammophon recording of Mendelssohn with the Orpheas Chamber Orchestra.  Speaking with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham, he also talks about making his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.



Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser - Jun 24, 2019

Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser spoke with Jim Cunningham about the American debut of "Thorgy and the Thorchestra" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In this interview, they discussed diversity in classical music, the role of humor in performance, and the impact of music on the lgbtq+ community.

Pianist Igor Levit - Jun 13, 2019

Igor Levit makes his Heinz Hall debut Friday June 14th and Sunday June 16th 2019 with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall. He talks about hearing the orchestra when he was very young when the Pittsburgh visited Hanover, Germany where he moved from Russia at the age of 8. Now Igor is on the move having won multiple competitions and the coveted Gilmore Prize.  He suggests a YouTube video you must see which was made in Pittsburgh by composer/pianist Frederick Rzewski at Wholey’s Fishmarket. Igor Levit is a champion of Rzewski’s "The People United Will Never Be Defeated." He explains why he describes himself on his website as “Citizen. European. Pianist.” And says he’s looking forward to playing the Mozart Elvira Madigan Concerto with a conductor he admires and says he can’t wait to tour Europe with the Pittsburgh Symphony in October 2019 in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Manfred Honeck - Strauss, Mozart and Joshua Bell - Jun 12, 2019

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sat down with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck to dicuss this weekend's season finale concerts featuring Strauss' "Alpine Symphony" and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with soloist Igor Levit.  He also talks about the Saturday-only concert with Joshua Bell.  

Joshua Bell - Dvorak Violin Concerto - Jun 11, 2019

Violinist Joshua Bell plays the Dvorak Violin Concerto, Dvorak’s "Song to the Moon" from the opera "Rusalka," plus Ravel’s Tzigane with Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony - one night only, June 15th, at Heinz Hall. Joshua is playing only two other American dates this summer - at Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart in August. He talks about all three pieces, his work with Marvin Hamlisch, his teacher Josef Gingold, appearing in the Amazon Prime series "Mozart in the Jungle," visiting the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, playing in the subway, and the children’s book "The Man With the Violin," plus winning the Glashutte award in Dresden this past March.   

James Gourlay - PSO Brass - Arts Festival - Jun 10, 2019

James Gourlay came by to speak with WQED about the performance from members of the  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass at the Three Rivers Arts Festival. He gives a glimpse of what to expect at the concert, in addition to who will be there. The group will perform on Monday, June 10 at 7:30 pm on the Dollar Bank Main Stage.