Voice of the Arts

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Ryan Rydzewski - Grable Foundation - Sep 27, 2023

Communications Officer of the Grable Foundation, Ryan Rydzewski, spoke with Jim Cunningham about his newest book, "When You Wonder, You're Learning: Mister Rogers Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids" with a foreword by Joanne Rogers. They also discuss the foundations "Be the Kind Kid, the Kindness in Action Campaign" that culminates on November 13th at the Jewish Community Center and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh with installations of the students kindness projects. Visit https://grable.org to learn more.

RAD Interview - Pittsburgh Ballet Theater - Sep 22, 2023

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's new Artistic Director, Adam McKinney, talks about PBT's upcoming free RAD days from September 29th to October 1st at Hazelwood Green, as a part of the Open Air performance series, co-presented with the August Wilson Cultural Center. These three free RAD days feature various performances from dance organizations across Pittsburgh, free classes, food, kids activities and much more. Adam also discusses PBT's season opener, "Light in the Dark" from October 27th to the 29th, featuring a world premiere of Jennifer Archibald's Sounds of the Sun. This performance also exhibits an instrument from Violins of Hope played live onstage by a PBT Orchestra musician, as Pittsburgh grapples with the 5th Anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. Visit https://www.pbt.org/performances to learn more.

Max Gonano - Sep 22, 2023

Max Gonano spoke with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the Community Band South concert celebrating the musical legacy of Jim Bennett.  The concert takes place Saturday October 7th, 2pm at Upper St. Clair High School. 

RAD Interview - Prime Stage Theater - Sep 21, 2023

Prime Stage Theater's Artistic Director, Wayne Brinda, and Board Member, Sueanne Zoratto, discuss with WQED about their upcoming Cemetery Walk at the Homewood Cemetery on September 30th from 1:30-4pm. They also discuss their upcoming free RAD day at the MuseumLab in partnership with the Children's Museum that showcases a sneak peak of their season opener, "The Miracle Worker." Featuring Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan's story, "The Miracle Worker" at Prime Stage Theater will include sensory performances, and performances with live captioning and ASL interpreters. "The Miracle Worker" runs in November, from the 3rd to the 12th. Wayne also discusses a Pittsburgh connection with Helen Keller. Visit https://primestage.com/events to learn more!

Sam Spanos - Sep 15, 2023

Sam Spanos talks about his love of WQED-FM, his love of Greek music and his successful business with Raymond James.

Hill Dance Academy Theater - RAD Day - Sep 15, 2023

Hill Dance Academy Theater's Director of Operations Jennifer Phillip, and Pittsburgh jazz drummer Thomas Wendt, discuss HDAT's upcoming free Rad Day Concert at their site on Bedford Avenue on September 22nd at 5:30pm. Thomas Wendt, Ava Lintz and Mark Strickland will be playing some traditional jazz as HDAT kicks off their new Jazz series, Jazz at BWW. Visit 5678hdat.org/events to learn more.

Bryan Sable and Caryn Alexis Greco - Sep 15, 2023

Music Director at Coraopolis United Methodist Church, Bryan Sable, and soprano Caryn Alexis Greco, discuss with Anna Singer about their upcoming performance on September 17th at 7pm. This concert is a part of the on-going Concert Society of Coraopolis Series at the church. Bryan talks about how this series was born out of the pandemic, and Caryn discusses how she became interested in Scandinavian music. The concert is free and can be live-streamed on the Coraopolis United Methodist Church's Facebook page. Visit https://www.coraopolisumc.org/ to learn more.