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Till Fellner - May 17, 2019

Pianist Till Fellner returns to Heinz Hall with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto Friday May 17 8pm in a send off preview of the Pittsburgh Symphony concert Sunday May 19 3pm at Lincoln Center’s Geffen Hall. Till has played all the Beethoven Concertos and worked on them with Alfred Brendel. He talks about his Viennese countryman Manfred Honeck, his favorite recent movies and books and much more in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Manfred Honeck - Beethoven and Mahler - May 10, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck  talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall with Vilda Frang playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto and Matthias Goerne singing the Mahler "Song of the Earth."  Maestro Honeck also talks about the orchestras upcoming concert in New York City, as well as celebrating Mother's Day.



Leonard Slatkin and Garrick Ohlsson - Apr 12, 2019

WQED-FM's sat down with both Leonard Slatkin and pianist Garrick Ohlsson about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  It's a birthday celebration for Leonard Slatkin and Garrick Ohlsson plays the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 4.  

Emmanuel Krivine - Apr 5, 2019

The Music Director of the Orchestre National de France Emmanuel Krivine makes his Heinz Hall debut April 5 2019 with Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, Boris Blacher's Paganini Variations and the Brahms Haydn Variations. He remembers his work with Lorin Maazel and how his father nearly disowned him when he discovered he was studying with Karl Bohm who had once enthusiastically supported the Nazi party. Maestro Krivine expresses hsi admiration for American Orchestras and looks forward to his first concert with the Pittsburgh as he explained to Jim Cunningham and Pittsburgh Symphony vilist Marylene Gingras Roy  who helped with smooth translation from French to English.

Julian Rachlin - Mar 22, 2019

Julian Rachlin talks with the Friends of the Pittsburgh Symphony on March 21, 2019 in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Rooms at Heinz Hall.  He describes his American debut with Lorin Maazel and the Orchestra, his first recording of Sibelius for Sony at Heinz Hall and his 57 subsequent performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Julian talks about his conducting career and advice from Mariss Jansons, the Mendelssohn Concerto and much more.    

Music for Food - 2019 - Mar 20, 2019

Music For Food is a national effort started by violist Kim Kashkashian helping to feed hungry Americans. Sunday evening, March 24th, in the James Laughlin Music Center at Chatham University, four members of the Pittsburgh Symphony will be joined by pianist Francesca Tortorello in music by Charles Martin Loeffler and Benjamin Britten. Free will donations with a suggested donation of $20 will be given to the Greated Pittsburgh Community Foodbank. The musicians include Kelsey Blumenthal, violin; Deanna Badizadegan, viola; Will Chow, cello; Max Blair, oboe and Francesca Tortorello, piano. They play an excerpt from the Brittten Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings live in the WQED-FM Studio.

Pianist Lukas Vondracek - Mar 14, 2019

Pianist Lukas Vondracek makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto -Friday March 15th at 8 and Sunday March 17th at 2:30. Here he talks about Rachmaninoff, working with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory, what you should see when you visit Prague, where beer was invented, the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition where he was the winner in 2016 and much more.  The conversation took place in his dressing room at Heinz Hall with Jim Cunningham.