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Neil Sedaka - May 1, 2017

This Mother's Day Weekend, Neil Sedaka joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a concert filled with is hits!   WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to the legendary singer about his amazing career, as well as his experiences in Pittsburgh.

 

 

Manfred Honeck - Apr 27, 2017

Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts with features an all Piano Concerto concert with Rudolf Buchbinder on Friday night and a Bruckner's 8th Symphony on Sunday.  

 

 

Andres Franco - Apr 27, 2017

The Pittsburgh Symphony presents the Audience of the Future Side by Side concert with Andres France conducting Tuesday May 16 at 7 pm at Heinz Hall. Chartiers Valley High School senior Devin Moore joins Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts High School senior Jim Cunningham IV to play the Max Bruch Double Concerto in e minor for violin and viola along with Bizet: Suite from L’Arlesienne, Suite from the Firebird by Stravinsky, Jennifer Higdon’s Machine, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Hoedown from Rodeo, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and a Symphonic Dance from West Side Story by Bernstein. The student planned concert is organized with the theme of immigrants and their contribution to music. Maestro Franco will tell his story of coming to America from Colombia.  Everyone gets ice cream after the concert with the Shaler High School Jazz band in the lobby and a chance to get your picture taken with the Maestro.

Manfred Honeck - Apr 20, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts which begins a 2 week Vienna Festival.

Lionel Bringuier - Apr 2, 2017

Guest Conductor Lionel Bringuier conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestera in Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhbition this weekend at Heinz Hall.  

 

 

Andres Franco - Mar 21, 2017

Andres Franco, Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Conductor, will lead the 14th annual Music for Wilkinsburg concert at the High School in Wilkinsburg on Thursday March 23 at 7pm. Maestro Franco invites you to enjoy an all hits concert with soloists including Jeremy Black in the Vivaldi Spring Concerto and Spring by Piazzola. Copland’s Appalachian Spring adds to the theme of the new season. Anne Martindale Williams plays the Swan from Carnival of the Animals accompanied by Gretchen van Hoesen. Tickets are $10, $5 for Students.

Yan Pascal Tortelier - Mar 20, 2017

Yan Pascal Tortelier talks about Ravel’s Bolero, Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Gaite Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach and describes his joy in working with the Pittsburgh Symphony along with news of his latest recording plans with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Francesco Piemontesi - Mar 10, 2017

Locarno Switzerland born pianist Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He shares his first impressions of the orchestra and the city, talks about the Dvorak Piano Concerto which is rarely played because of it’s difficulty, reveals what he is reading (Baudelaire!), whether he hears Swiss cowbells at dawn, playing the alphorn, suggests that Swiss cheese is a national treasure, describes working with Manfred Honeck, Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia and much more.

Steve Hackman - Mar 10, 2017

Maestro Steve Hackman conducts a mashup of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and music by the international hip hop and rap superstar Drake at Heinz Hall March 22 with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He tells us about his pop music and symphonic music Fuse concerts with spreading interest to Europe and around the US, his work in LA and Pittsburgh.

Lahav Shani - PSO Guest Conductor - Feb 22, 2017

Lahav Shani, 27 year old Israel born conductor and soon to be Chief at the Rotterdam Philharmonic, discusses his Heinz Hall debut with Kurt Weill’s Second Symphony, Charles Ives’ Unanswered Question, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Jon Kimura Parker and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances. He describes his work with Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim and recalls his recent concert where played the piano, conducted the orchestra and played the bass on the same program. His favorite book, movie, breakfast treat and sport are revealed too.

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