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Marianne Cornetti - Pittsburgh Festival Opera - Jun 30, 2022

Pittsburgh Festival Opera Artistic Director Marianne Cornetti stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about their summer offerings.  It includes a recital by Marianne Cornetti on July 1st, "Divas After Dark" on July 2nd; Menotti's comic opera "The Telephone" on July 3rd and 5th and more.

Daniel Meyer & Natalie Kasievich - Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra - Jun 29, 2022

Jim Cunningham sits down with Artistic Director Daniel Meyer and Executive Director Natalie Kasievich of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra's upcoming Independence Day-themed July 3rd concert, as well as their plans for the fall season are discussed. You can visit westmorelandsymphony.org to learn more about the organization and their upcoming events! 

Eric Crosby - CMOA - Jun 27, 2022

Eric Crosby, the Henry J Heinz Director of the Museum of Art at the Carnegie, discusses with Jim Cunningham The 58th Carnegie International, which will run from September 24th, 2022 through April 2nd, 2023.  The exhibit brings together new commissions, existing works, and projects by established and emerging artists working internationally, domestically, and locally. 

This edition of the Carnegie International is special and unique in that it is more globally representative than any International before it.  Like Eric's vision of the museum itself, Sohrab Mohebbi’s curatorial approach considers artists’ solidarity, artists’ responsiveness to world events, and shows how art can bring people together.  The artist list reflects the expansiveness of the curatorial platform they are evolving at Carnegie Museum of Art.  In addition to the artist list, the title of the exhibition: “Is it morning for you yet?" 

Joseph Figliulo and Gabrielle Baum - Shadyside Brass - Jun 24, 2022

On this episode, Flora Kelly sat down with Joseph Figliulo and Gabrielle Baum.

Joseph, who is a trumpet player with the Shadyside Brass, gives us a peek at what to expect from their upcoming performance at Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch, shares his journey as a musician, and talks a little about an upcoming CD the group plans to release. Gabriel talks about her move from California to Pennsylvania, her efforts to highlight women composers and musicians of color in classical performances, and her work as an audio engineer contributing to organizations like Shadyside Brass. 

Join us for Shadyside Brass's performance at Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch this Sunday, June 26th at 10:30am at Mellon Park! 

James Blachly - Jun 23, 2022

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director James Blachly joins Jim Cunningham to discuss their concert at the Johnstown airport June 26 with music made famous by Jefferson Airplane, Gonna Fly Now from the film Rocky, music from Top Gun and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony along with a word about upcoming events for the Fourth of July and the fall season along with thoughts about the visit by organist Paul Jacobs to play the Saint Saens Organ symphony in the Spring season.

Katya Janpoladyan & Maureen Conlon Gutierrez - Jun 17, 2022

On this episode, we sat down with Katya Janpoladyan and Maureen Conlon Gutiérrez co-directors of the Pittsburgh Perspectives Festival. Through this festival, Katya and Maureen seek to bring music created by female composers and composers of color to the forefront, allowing people access to a far more diversified look at the genre than is typically experienced. The driving vision behind the festival, what attendees can expect, and the future of classical music are all topics discussed. The festival will begin Tuesday, June 21st and run through Sunday, June 26th. 

Walter Morales - Edgewood Symphony Orchestra - Jun 16, 2022

Walter Morales of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their Bach, Beethoven and Brunch performance on Sunday June 19th from 10:30am until noon at Mellon Park in Shadyside. Walter talks about the program, playing outside, and the concerts they're giving this summer. 

Kristen Linfante - Chamber Music Pittsburgh - Jun 15, 2022

Kristen Linfante, Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh, discusses the 60th anniversary celebration with the Dover Quartet June 26 playing Amy Beach and Beethoven in a new venue This Is Red with a focus on the young people who are helped by Chamber Music Pittsburgh enjoying use of an instrument lending library and instruction from Hope Academy. Also cause for happiness is a move to a new concert hall, the PNC Theater at Point Park University downtown, three Just Summer concerts, Pittsburgh Performs and much more. The tickets for the gala are somewhat pricey given that so many Chamber Music Pittsburgh events are free or very inexpensive but the 60th anniversary is once in a lifetime and you are helping the next generation become turned on to the power of music.  Kristen tells Jim Cunningham she hopes you will stretch the budget and join her June 26.

Sarah Aziz - Three Rivers Arts Festival - Jun 9, 2022

Sarah Aziz, Director of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, speaks with WQED-FM intern Flora Kelly about this year's arts festival, and what she loves most about the work that she does. The Three Rivers Arts Festival is taking place from Friday, June 3rd, through Sunday, June 12th in the cultural district of downtown Pittsburgh. 

James Gourlay - River City Brass - Bach, Beethoven and Brunch - Jun 9, 2022

James Gourlay, Music Director and CEO of the River City Brass, joins Flora Kelly to discuss the upcoming performance by the River City Brass at Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch on Sunday, June 12th 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Further plans for the year with the band, as well as Mr. Gourlay's work with Duquesne University are also discussed.