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David Sogg - Extraordinary Measures - May 27, 2020

Co Principal Bassoon David Sogg plays some Benda live over the phone from his home in Highland Park, explains his choice of composer for the Extraordinary Measures website, introduces the Carl Nielsen Symphony ‘The Inextinguishable’ and the Graun Bassoon Concerto in C, tells us he is reading Love in the Time of Cholera and cooking a bit more while at home with wife Lisa bioethicist and philosopher at the University of Pittsburgh.

Craig Knox - Extraordinary Measures - May 13, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Tuba, Craig Knox, talks with Jim Cunningham from his home in Mount Lebanon about the stay at home quarantine, delivery of dinner, teaching online, when we’ll have music at Heinz Hall again and Craig chooses the very solemn slow second music of the Bruckner Symphony No 7 as music to provide comfort during these troubled times. Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony had planned to record the Bruckner 7 this Spring until concerts were canceled.

Robert Lauver - Extraordinary Measures - May 6, 2020

Robert Lauver, Pittsburgh Symphony Horn, talks about his jazzy Strauss Til Eulenspiegel posted on the Pittsburgh Symphony Extraordinary Measures website. His teacher who played on the Beatle's Sergeant Pepper album and worked with famous horn virtuoso Dennis Brain. Robert explains how he worked with horn star Barry Tuckwell, talks about the technology involved in online music making, and remembers Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who had four horn soloists in the Konzertstuck by Robert Shcumann at Heinz Hall and Robert salutes teachers with a personal favorite by Korngold.

Michael Rusinek and Nancy Goeres - Extraordinary Measures - Apr 29, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Clarinet Michael Rusienk and Principal Bassoon Nancy Goeres live by phone from home on the Classical QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham sharing the latest thinking on when live concerts will return, the Extraordinary Measures website, when hockey will be back, a favorite golf course, the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the basset clarinet, where to ride a bike in Western Pa and coffee drinking to begin the day.

Gretchen van Hoesen - Extraordinary Measures - Apr 22, 2020

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Harpist Gretchen van Hoesen about how she is dealing with the coronavirus lockdown; the orchestra's Extraordinary Measures program; how her family is doing, and much more.



Lorna McGhee - Public Radio Music Day - Apr 16, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Flute Lorna McGhee appears by phone live on the QED Morning show with Jim Cunningham talking about her pandemic plans and suggesting some Bach to bring comfort from the B minor Mass with John Eliot Gardiner. She listens in on the Beethoven Pastorale Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck which will be heard in an Extraordinary Measures website sharing on Friday night.  

Anne Martindale Williams - Extraordinary Measures - Apr 8, 2020

Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cello of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, joined Jim Cunningham on the QED Morning Show to talk about how she is dealing with having to stay at home during the Coronavirus situation.   


Andres Franco - Extraordinary Measures - Apr 1, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Resident Conductor Andres Franco speaks with Jim Cunningham about being at home with his wife Co Principal Clarinet Victoria Luperi. Working on the Northside, coffee culture, beans from Commonplace Coffee, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and Pablo Casals Bach, Extraordinary Measures, the PSO website and looking forward to a return to music this summer.  He reports that Mom is well, she is an engineer in Columbia, his native country.

Manfred Honeck - In Austria - Mar 25, 2020

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck from his home in Austria.  Maestro Honeck talks about his Beethoven Fidelio in Vienna just before the Coronavirus shutdown.  The performance features his brother Rainer and son Mathias and actor Christoph Walz as director.   He also talks about his family and how they are spending their time in Vorarlberg, Austria; whether he is seeing any signs of Spring in Austria; the coronavirus and its effect on concert life; the Extraordinary Measures effort on the PSO website; his advice for practicing your instrument while at home; what he is reading; and much more.

Alina Ibragimova - Mar 11, 2020

Alina Ibragimova makes her Heinz Hall debut Friday and Sunday playing the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with Jakob Hrusa and the Pittsburgh Symphony. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, she gives a roadmap for the music, describing Shostakovich haunted nature, tells us her story from growing up in Russia not too far from Moscow, the Russian school of string playing, David Oistrakh, talks about her appearances on the BBC for the Promenade concerts, and as a young artist.  Plus, she talks about her more than 18 cds for the Hyperion label including music by Roslavets and Lekeu. What she is reading these days too!