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Chris Wu - Extraordinary Measures - Front Row - Oct 28, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist Chris Wu joined the QED Morning Show to talk about the PSO's new "Front Row" Virtual Experience series.   He also talks about dealing with the Covid pandemic and you hear "Take the A Train."  

Clarion Quartet - Day of Music 2020 - Oct 13, 2020

The Clairon Quartet, which is made up of members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, stopped by WQED-FM this afternoon to talk about the 5th annual Day of Music, as well as to perform in our studio.   

Lorien Benet Hart & Claudia Mahave - Day of Music 2020 - Oct 13, 2020

Violinists and Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Lorien Benet Hart and Claudia Mahave began the Day of Music Fifth Anniversary this morning at 8:30 playing live and without a net on the Classical QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham. Telemann, Mozart, Bartok and Leclair began the celebration in the best possible spirit. This afternoon listen for the Clarion Quartet with Anna Singer at 2:30 and watch for the pop up concerts around town.

Max Blair - Extraordinary Measures - Sep 16, 2020

Associate Principal Pittsburgh Symphony Oboe Max Blair talks about his new website, his work in Wilkinsburg with the Coach and Play effort, the Pittsburgh outdoor concert with the City theatre Drive In Festival, his Siberian Husky Artemis, two favorite restaurants in Lawrenceville, the hipness of Portland and Pittsburgh, his Bach on the Extraordinary Measures website, Facebook concert from the Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony webpage and he introduces Mozart’s Eighth Sonata in Murray perahia’s recording which he is learning to play on the piano as a pandemic extra effort. Live on the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunnngham.

Rhian Kenny - Extraordinary Measures - Sep 9, 2020

The Principal Piccolo of the Pittsburgh Symphony discusses her running, kayaking and bicycling during the pandemic and the Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony virtual 10K run. Rhian describes her emotions during the time away from the stage and the upcoming concerts put together by City Theater. She fills us in on her years in Benghazi, Libya and Calgary, Alberta.  She plays the piccolo and runs down the tradition of standing for the Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever plus she introduces Mahler’s Symphony No 1 from this live QED Morning Show broadcast with Jim Cunningham.

Peter Sullivan - Extraordinary Measures - Sep 2, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony principal trombone Peter Sullivan discusses his upcoming Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, his teaching at CMU and the Cleveland Institute of Music, the curry he is cooking in his kitchen, and surviving the pandemic.  He also remembers working with Mariss Jansons and he introduces the Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 which he recorded with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. 

Lorien Benet Hart - Sunday Night Live Concerts - Aug 25, 2020

A conversation with Pittsburgh Symphony Violinist Lorien Benet Hart about the Sunday Night Live series of mini concerts from musicians homes from Facebook, the Saturday Story and questions and answers for the musicians from Instagram, the latest on 412 Food Rescue, the City Theater concerts and general observations on the pandemic music world. Talking with Jim Cunningham

Penny Anderson Brill - Aug 11, 2020

Penny Anderson Brill, a violist in the Pittsburgh Symphony, discusses the community engagement activities that she is currently planning. She explains what she hopes to accomplish with these projects as well as the importance of getting the community involved in music making.

Tatjana Mead Chamis - Extraordinary Measures - Jul 29, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Acting Principal Violist, Tatjana Mead Chamis, joined Jim Cunningham on the QED Morning Show to talk about how she has been dealing with the pandemic.  


Daniel Meyer - Christmas in July - Jul 22, 2020

Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University, Daniel Meyer will be heard this Friday night on Performance in Pittsburgh, as we celebrate "Christmas in July" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  He'll conducted the PSO in several selections on our PSO Holiday Pops broadcast Friday at 7pm.  He joined Jim Cunningham on the QED Morning Show to talk about the Holiday Pops, the Holiday Season and what he's been up to during the Covid pandemic.