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Sir Mark Elder - Mar 6, 2020

Enjoy this lengthy and in depth conversation with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham and Sir Mark Elder, who is the guest conductor for this weekend's Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts.  He talks about this weekend's program, his previous appointments, and much more.  


Tamara Tunie and Kathryn Bostic - Lift Every Voice - Mar 2, 2020

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presented "Lift Every Voice" this past weekend at Heinz Hall.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham had a chance to interview Host and Vocalist Tamara Tunie and composer Kathryn Bostic about the concert.  



Baiba Skride - Feb 20, 2020

Baiba Skride makes her Heinz Hall debut this weekend to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Juraj Valchua conducting.  Learn more about Baiba in this interview with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham.


Vasily Petrenko - Feb 13, 2020

Vasily Petrenko is in town to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in works by Elgar, Sibelius and Ravel.  He tells WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about this weekend's program and what else he's been up to.



Ray Chen - Sibelius Violin Concerto - Feb 13, 2020

Ray Chen returns to Heinz Hall to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto this weekend.  He sat down with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham to talk about the piece and the importance of classical music.  

Mary Persin - Music 101 and 2020-2021 Season - Feb 11, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Vice President of Artistic Planning, Mary Persin, stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the newly announced 2020-2021 season - the Orchestra's 125th.  She also talks about her Music 101 presentation taking place at Heinz Hall on Wednesday February 12th at 12:30pm.



Peter Boyer - Ellis Island - Jan 29, 2020

Composer Peter Boyer is in town to hear his "Ellis Island: The Dream of America" played by the Pittsburgh Symphony with conductor Andres Franco and actors from CMU. The second performance takes place January 30th at 10:30am. In this interview with Jim Cunningham, he talks about the music and the PBS Great Performances broadcast (available on Passport), plus his work with composers Elmer Bernstein and David Raksin, and his Grammy nominated "In the Cause of the Free" with the Cincinnati Orchestra.  

Ellen Chen Livingston and Rodrigo Ojeda - Celebrating the Lunar New Year - Jan 27, 2020

Pianist Rodrigo Ojeda, PSO Violinist Ellen Chen Livingston, and Garnett Livingston celebrate the Lunar New Year, January 27th, the year of the rat!   Ellen and Rodrigo introduced music by Tyzen Hsaio during a visit to the QED Morning Show,.  

Manfred Honeck - Fidelio - Jan 24, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director talks about this weekend's performances of Beethoven's "Fidelio."



Beethoven and Libraries - Jan 21, 2020

Announcing the presentation of all the Beethoven String Quartets in all the Allegheny County Libraries beginning in September to celebrate the 250th Beethoven birthday year. Marilyn Jenkins, Executive Director of the Allegheny County Library Association; Melia Tourangeau, President and CEO Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  and President and Director of the Carnegie Library, Mary Frances Cooper.