Classical Crossroads

Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. As Duke Ellington said, "There are only two types of music: good music and the other stuff." Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

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Annie Haslam of Renaissance - Dec 18, 2012

Classical QED's Jim Cunningham interviews singer Annie Haslam of the 1970s English progressive rock band Renaissance.

Celtic Woman's Mairead Nesbitt - Dec 13, 2012

Irish fiddler Mairead Nesbitt of the group Celtic Woman talks with QED's Jim Cunningham before a concert at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. The classically-trained violinist talks about her background, violin technique, her work as a member of the RTE Concert Orchestra, and Celtic Woman's latest CD, titled "Believe."

Swiss Yodeler Melanie Oesch - Oct 24, 2012

QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham interviews Swiss yodeler Melanie Oesch, who fronts her family folk band, die Dritten. From the Bernese Oberland, the Oesch family has found success with traditional yodeling accompanied by large and small accordion, guitar, and electric bass.

Arts Festival Update - Bruce Hornsby - Jun 7, 2012

Pianist, singer and songwriter Bruce Hornsby talks about the influence of composers such as Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Ives, and Elliott Carter on his rock, jazz, and bluegrass playing. Hornsby and The Noisemakers close the 2012 Three Rivers Arts Festival on Sunday, June 10th.

Bruce Hornsby [Complete interview] - Jun 6, 2012

Since winning the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987, pianist, singer and songwriter Bruce Hornsby has been a member of the Grateful Dead, played jazz with artists such as Jack DeJohnette, and teamed up with country star Ricky Skaggs. He talks about how composers such as Ives and Schoenberg continue to influence his music.

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull - May 21, 2012

Flutist, vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the '70s British rock band Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is not your typical rock star. The creator of some of the best-selling concept albums of the progressive rock era, Scottish-born Ian Anderson counts flutist James Galway among his ardent fans. Anderson's latest CD is "Thick as a Brick II," a sequel to the Jethro Tull classic released 40 years earlier in 1972.

Anoushka Shankar - Apr 13, 2012

Sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar is the daughter of Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar and is the paternal half-sister of Norah Jones. She's an acclaimed world music and classical music star who has performed at the Grammys, at Carnegie Hall, and with artists such as Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Joshua Bell, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Herbie Hancock. She has played her father's music with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. Anoushka talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about her music, her father, and family friend George Harrison of The Beatles.

Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues - Mar 1, 2012

Best known as singer, songwriter and guitarist in the rock band The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward looks back on the birth of "symphonic rock" in 1967 with the recording and release of the landmark album "Days of Future Passed." Hayward talks with WQED's Jim Cunningham about his musical influences.