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Manfred Honeck - Beethoven 9 Recording - Feb 8, 2021

Pittsburth Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck reveals the details of his interpretation of Beethoven's Ninth newly released on the Reference label - available February 12.  He speaks from his office at Heinz Hall where he has just arrived to conduct some online performances. The details will be announced in just a few days.

Jim Nova - Dec 22, 2020

Jim Nova, Utility Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony, tells us about the holiday edition of Front Row available from the Pittsburgh Symphony website and he'll share some recent recordings he's made of music by John Williams.

Byron Stripling - Front Row - Dec 1, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Byron Stripling appears in a new edition of Front Row, the online virtual initiative of the Pittsburgh Symphony Friday night at 7:30 December 4 with  Finding Your Song. Byron describes the places he visits including the Hill District, August Wilson house and Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.  He talks Pittsburgh jazz greats and his most recent listening suggesting essential tracks by saxophone legend Sonny Rollins and much more. Byron recently appeared with  the Dallas Symphony, the Toledo Symphony and more in one occasion wearing a mask while singing.

Manfred Honeck - Live from Copenhagen - Nov 25, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck called in to the QED Morning Show to talk about the latest with the PSO and the pandemic.  He talks about what he's been up to during the pandemic and and his holiday plans.  



Alan Newcombe & Anja Rittmoeller - Nov 20, 2020

Alan Newcombe is a pianist and producer for Deutsche Grammophone Hamburg joined by Anja Rittmoeller, VP of Catalog Development and Project manager for DG. They explain how the Beethoven Nine Symphonies with William Steinberg recorded for the Command label in the 1960's were reissued in 2020 for the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven's birth celebration. Alan tells us what makes these recording special, about Steinberg and his influences of Toscanini and Klemperor, and what impressed him about the Pittsburgh Symphony. They also discuss if classical music fans are listening more during the pandemic and what sort of reviews the reissued set has been getting.

Charlie Powers - Veteran's Day - Nov 11, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony cellist Charlie Powers celebrates Veterans Day and remembers great moments from his eight years as a member of the President’s Own US Marine Corps Band playing at the White House for state occasions and with all-star guests like Yo Yo Ma. Charlie has the latest on the Front Row series of online Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, his Bright Spot in the Extraordinary Measures online presentations where he joined Suzanne Park to play Bach and more when he appeared live on the QED Morning Show talking from his home in the Strip District.

Chris Wu - Extraordinary Measures - Front Row - Oct 28, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist Chris Wu joined the QED Morning Show to talk about the PSO's new "Front Row" Virtual Experience series.   He also talks about dealing with the Covid pandemic and you hear "Take the A Train."  

Lorien Benet Hart & Claudia Mahave - Day of Music 2020 - Oct 13, 2020

Violinists and Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Lorien Benet Hart and Claudia Mahave began the Day of Music Fifth Anniversary this morning at 8:30 playing live and without a net on the Classical QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham. Telemann, Mozart, Bartok and Leclair began the celebration in the best possible spirit. This afternoon listen for the Clarion Quartet with Anna Singer at 2:30 and watch for the pop up concerts around town.

Clarion Quartet - Day of Music 2020 - Oct 13, 2020

The Clairon Quartet, which is made up of members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, stopped by WQED-FM this afternoon to talk about the 5th annual Day of Music, as well as to perform in our studio.   

Max Blair - Extraordinary Measures - Sep 16, 2020

Associate Principal Pittsburgh Symphony Oboe Max Blair talks about his new website, his work in Wilkinsburg with the Coach and Play effort, the Pittsburgh outdoor concert with the City theatre Drive In Festival, his Siberian Husky Artemis, two favorite restaurants in Lawrenceville, the hipness of Portland and Pittsburgh, his Bach on the Extraordinary Measures website, Facebook concert from the Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony webpage and he introduces Mozart’s Eighth Sonata in Murray perahia’s recording which he is learning to play on the piano as a pandemic extra effort. Live on the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunnngham.