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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.  



Center Stage - David Sogg - Mar 30, 2021

Pittsburgh Symphony Co-Principal Bassoon David Sogg tells us about the music commissioned for his birthday which he plays at Heinz Hall Center Stage. He also fills us in on pandemic playing and his recent reading list.

Center Stage - Marta Krechkovsky - Mar 24, 2021

Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Marta Krechkovsky discusses the music she chose to play from Lithuania for Center Stage on WQED-FM and what she has been up to during the pandemic year as well as the Front Row programs available from the Pittsburgh Symphony website.