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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.  

Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and William Caballero - Extraordinary Measures - Jul 15, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and Principal Horn William Caballero with an update on the summer during a pandemic. Chamber Music on the way from the North Hills, the thinking for students at CMU this fall, restaurant suggestions, Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda from the Bright Spots website of the Pittsburgh Symphony and more from the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham.

Manfred Honeck - Pandemic Update - Jul 8, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck joined WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham on the QED Morning Show (7/8/20) with an updated on how he's been dealing with the pandemic.   


Scott Bell - Pittsburgh Symphony Oboe - Jul 8, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony oboe Scott Bell retires this season after 27 years having been hired by Lorin Mazel in 1993. He remembers his work with Maestro Maazel and all the Pittsburgh Symphony Music Directors. Scott shares memories of his teacher John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra, working in Veracruz Mexico, playing serious bridge, cooking up a storm and teaching for Juilliard in Tianjin, China with much more in this conversation with Jim Cunningham  

Jennifer Steele - Extraordinary Measures - Jul 1, 2020

Jennifer Steele, Pittsburgh Symphony Flute, joined Anna Singer on the QED Morning Show to talk about being stuck at home during the Covid crisis and much more.  

Jeffrey Grubbs - Extraordinary Measures - Jun 17, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony bass Jeffrey Grubbs talks about his front porch concerts in Highland Park with his wife Tania Grubbs, introduces Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, remembers playing Shostakovich Fifth in Bucharest, talks about the pandemic, George Floyd protests, his Bright Spot with an original Tania Grubbs composition and Ray Brown’s Afterthoughts with the Pittsburgh Symphony in this live conversation with Jim Cunningham from the QED Morning Show on June 17th, 2020 at 8:30am.


Manfred Honeck - Live from Austria - Jun 5, 2020

On May 30, 2020, Jim Cunningham interviewed Manfred Honeck live from Austria as part of the grand finale of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra season Speaking with Artistic Director Brian Worsdale.  They take questions from TRYPO players and discuss the importance of playing in a youth orchestra. Plus, what Maestro Honeck is doing at home pursuing his hobby of eating and enjoying his family. In August he has agreed to conduct a concert on the 28th with Rudolph Buchbinder of the Gershwin concerto and Dvorak‘s Eighth Symphony at the Grafenegg Festival.

Andrew Reamer - Extraordinary Measures - Jun 3, 2020

Principal percussionist Andrew Reamer from his home in the North Hills talks about his drum manufacturing company, his motorcycle riding, practicing, eagerness to return to Heinz Hall, his contributions to the Bright Spots of Extraordinary measures and the Feuerfest Polka by Strauss which has become a regular feature of the thanksgiving concert in the style of the Vienna New Year’s Day program with Manfred Honeck  and the Nimrod from Enigman Variations by Sir Edward Elgar, one of his favorites plus a suggestion for a great burger place. Live conversation Wednesday morning May 3, 2020 with Jim Cunningham from the QED Morning Show.

Mary Persin - Extraordinary Measures - May 27, 2020

Vice President of Artistic Planning discusses what her colleagues in the orchestra world are thinking about returning to the stage. She introduces music by Brahms, remembers her time as a violist in the Biava Quartet and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony and explains what the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is doing with the Extraordinary measures website.