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Simone Lansma - Dec 7, 2018

Jim Cunningham interviews the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest violinist playing the Korngold Concerto.

 

 

Yan Pascal Tortelier - Dec 6, 2018

Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier runs through the latest Pittsburgh concert with Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, the Korngold Concerto with Simone Lansma in her Heinz Hall debut and the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances. He loves Iceland and his work there, describing the hall as a landmark gem. He reiterates his affection for Pittsburgh and the Orchestra along with sharing memories of his famous father cellist Paul Tortelier and the amazing BBC broadcast box set of his Dad’s work which he plans on giving as a holiday gift. Holiday memories of Christmas in France too in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Pianist Bertrand Chamayou - Nov 29, 2018

Pianist Bertrand Chamayou makes his Heinz Hall debut with Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand. He tells Jim Cunningham what it’s like to play with one hand and the story of the Concerto written for Paul Wittgenstein. He shares his love of Ravel and thoughts about his recordings of the complete Ravel piano music on Erato. Yes he enjoys eating snails and has dined at the restaurant on the Eiffel Tower. You will also learn the best bakery in Paris for croissants and macarons.  

Clarion Quartet - Debut CD - Nov 29, 2018

Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Jennifer Orchard and violist Tatjana Mead Chamis of the Clarion Quartet discuss the debut cd made by the group with Korngold, Zehavi/Pigovat,Schulhoff and Ullmann.

Manfred Honeck - Mass in the Time of War - Nov 29, 2018

Manfred Honeck shares his thoughts about the Tree of Life Concert for Peace and Unity on the  afternoon after the event and looks ahead to Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War, Mozart’s Paris Symphony, and Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand. Plus a Honeck family Christmas in Nenzing Vorarlberg Austria in this conversation with Jim Cunningham recorded in the Maestro’s Suite on the Fifth Floor at Heinz Hall.

Itzhak Perlman - Nov 28, 2018

Itzhak Perlman talks about the Pittsburgh Symphony Tree of Life concert for Unity and Peace at Heinz Hall on November 27, 2018, one month after the deaths at the Synagogue in Pittsburgh. He talks with Jim Cunningham about the music he recorded for the film Schindler’s list, working with John Williams, the Pittsburgh Symphony, his PBS American Masters special, and finding peace in out time.

Manfred Honeck - Thanksgiving weekend concerts - Nov 21, 2018

Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck visits the QED Morning Show to tell Jim Cunningham about his concerts November 23 and 25 with Johann Strauss favorites and Cynthia Koledo de Almeida playing the Mozart Oboe Concerto along with George Li playing the Rachmaninoff Paganini Variations. Maestro Honeck discusses how the concerts he conducted with the New York Philharmonic went last week and the plan for the Concert of Peace and Unity on Tuesday November 27 honoring the Tree of Life Synagogue victims.

Guest Conductor John Storgards - Nov 2, 2018

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest conductor John Storgards is interviews by WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham at the Friends of the Symphony event at Heinz Hall on November 1st, 2018.  Maestro Sorgaards talks about this weekend's program; his extensive catalog of recordings; and whether he enjoys a nice sauna.

 

 

Maximilian Hornung - Oct 25, 2018

Cellist Maximilian Hornung returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony to play Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 on October 26th and 28th, 2018.  He shares his thoughts about the music and remembers his home town of Augsburg, Germany. He lives in Munich now so there is a discussion of Oktoberfest and beer.

Pablo Heras-Casado - Oct 25, 2018

Pablo Heras-Casado makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut with an all Russian program bringing together the Rimsky-Korsakoff Capriccio Espagnol, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Maximilian Hornung, and the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dreams." He speaks about some of recent recordings and suggests what you should do when you visit his home town of Granada while praising Pittsburgh with it’s magnificent orchestra, Fallingwater, and the Andy Warhol Museum.

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