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Jean Horne & Christine Thompson - Symphony Splendor - Jun 16, 2021

Tribune Review Fanfare writer emeritas Jean Horne joins Mendelssohn Choir regular Christine Thompson and Jim Cunningham to speak about the work of the Pittsburgh Symphony Association in creating Symphony Splendor taking place Sunday June 27th from 11am to 5pm. The event features 16 members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and other musical guests performing in 12 glorious and often unknown gardens in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. The proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony in a self-guided rain or shine tour with check-in at the Mansions on Fifth - 5105 Fifth Avenue. Jean and Christine tell us we'll see "12 urban sanctuaries that are ablaze with floral fireworks, lavish beds and borders, soothing spaces with splashing water and darting elegant fish. Elegant and informal gardens where wonders never cease including one of the most talked about botanical marvels - a Smithsonian Institution designated garden." For additional information pittsburghsymphonyassociation.org or 412-392-3303.

PSO Front Row - Pinchas Zukerman - May 12, 2021

Violinist, Violist and Conductor Pinchas Zukerman leads the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Telemann Viola Concerto, a Violin Concerto by Bach, Elgar's Serenade and Bruckner's Adagio from the Quintet in concerts recorded for distribution on the internet in the Front Row series. He discusses his early distance learning efforts, his memories of William Steinberg and working with the Pittsburgh Symphony for over forty years.  He also remembers significant musicians and his friendship with Zubin Mehta, provides advice for violists, suggests if we don't fix world problems and our water supply, we won't be able to enjoy Mozart.  Enjoy this conversation by Zoom with Jim Cunningham.

Center Stage - Erina Laraby-Goldwasser - May 11, 2021

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violist Erina Laraby-Goldwasser.  She talks about and plays the the first movement of Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata; talks about working with pianist Rodrigo Ojeda; what she's been up to during the pandemic and more.  

Center Stage - Gretchen van Hoesen and Rodrigo Ojeda - May 4, 2021

Gretchen van Hoesen and Rodrigo Ojeda talk about the pieces they performed at Heinz Hall - Gary Shocker's "Plucked" for Harp and Harpsichord, and Reynaldo Han's Prelude, Waltz and Rigaudon for Harp and Piano.  They talk about each piece, the composers, and what they've been up to during the pandemic.


Center Stage - Kristina Yoder & Peter Guild - Apr 27, 2021

Pittsburgh Symphony bass Peter Guild and violinist Kristina Yoder play the Meditation from Massenet's Thais and a Beethoven Duo for Center Stage at Heinz Hall. They discuss their musical journey from Kansas City and Carver Oregon to Pittsburgh and give tips on parenting, surviving the pandemic and growing carnivorous plants in this conversation with Jim Cunningham"

Violinist Joshua Bell - Apr 26, 2021

Violinist Joshua Bell is back in town to record a new Front Row program to stream from the Pittsburgh Symphony website. He plays Vivaldi's Four Seasons complete and a new arrangement of a Chopin Nocturne with cellos and harp both playing and conducting for the first time at Heinz Hall including music by Astor Piazzola in the program.Tthe conversation, recorded onstage at Heinz Hall with masks, touches on his golf outing to Fox Chapel Country Club with violinist Chris Wu, his forthcoming Mendelssohn Trios CD taped at the Capitol Tower in Los Angeles, recent TV programs he has appeared in, as well as pandemic streaming video. 

PSO Front Row - Anna Clyne - Apr 22, 2021

Composer Anna Clyne made her Pittsburgh Symphony debut with Manfred Honeck conducting her Masquerade for the gala opener just a few seasons ago. Now her Stride is heard in a Front Row program available from the Pittsburgh Symphony website. Born in England, she makes her home in the Hudson Valley now after serving with Riccado Muti as composer-in-residence in Chicago along with orchestras in Berkeley, California, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and more. Her new recording, Mythologies, is available in a limited edition vinyl set. She discusses what she is baking during the pandemic and tells the story of her composing so far, along with her latest work in this Zoom conversation with Jim Cunningham.


Center Stage - Marylene Gingras-Roy, Jennifer Orchard, Charlie Powers & Rodrigo Ojeda - Apr 20, 2021

Marylene Gingras-Roy (viola), Jennifer Orchard (violin), Charlie Powers (cello) and Rodrigo Ojeda (piano) perform the 3rd and 4th movement from Schumann's Piano Quartet on this PSO Center Stage.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Marylene, Jennifer and Charlie about the Schumann, what they have been doing during the pandemic, and more.

Center Stage - Philip Pandolfi - Apr 13, 2021

The Pittsburgh Symphony Center Stage feature continues with Bassoonist Philip Pandolfi.  He performs the Wilson Osborne Rhapsody for Solo Bassoon; talks about the piece and the composer; how strange it is to be on stage without his colleagues; his impressions of the Front Row concertsand much more.  



Center Stage - Jennifer Orchard and Tatjana Mead Chamis - Apr 7, 2021

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sat down with Jennifer Orchard and Tatjana Mead Chamis to talk about their Center Stage performance of the Divertimento for Solo Violin and Viola by Ernst Toch.  They also express their love of WQED-FM and provides an update on the Clarion Quartet.