Voice of the Arts
Mark Rylance and Friends perform at The Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead to acknowledge the 125th Anniversary of the 1892 Battle of Homestead, when thousands of locked-out steel workers and townspeople clashed with Pinkerton guards hired by Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Carnegie. Rylance calls it “a story worthy of Shakespeare.” Actor-activist–playwright Rylance comes back to Pittsburgh to perform some of his favorite speeches from Shakespeare, as well as revisiting resonant words, characters, songs and situations leading up to 1892, joining with his co-writer Peter Reder, local actors and musicians. Rylance talks to WQED-FM's Anna Singer.
Jim Cunningham chats with Elliott Dinkin about his work with Cowden Associates, his blog, admiration for tennis superstar Roger Federer, his piano playing and arts mad relatives including conductor and impresario Jacques Brourman who founded the Bedford Springs Festival Orchestra. Also why his company supports WQED-FM and why you should too.
Deborah Sunya Moore, Vice President and Director of Programming at Chautauqua Institution, reveals her personal picks from the 2000 events scheduled for July and August in the 2017 season. Interview topics include: What’s the latest on the acoustics in the new Amphitheater; new directions for Sunday afternoons; Chautauqua Opera and Dance; and much more.
Chamber Music Pittsburgh begins the Just Summer series at the Kelly Strayhorn theater in East Liberty with Anton Miller and Rita Porfiris violin and viola duo accompanying silent films including Charlie Chaplin. They both teach at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. Rita played under Christoph Eschenbach in the Houston Symphony. They've made a number of cds and championing music by Robert Fuchs, Gliere, Martinu and Milhaud.
"Gathering of Sons" opens the 40th season of Pittsburgh Festival Opera – formerly Opera Theater of Pittsburgh founded by Mildred Miller Posvar. Performances begin this Thursday and Friday and Mt. Ararat Church beginning at 7:30. Kevin Maynor Bass and Dwayne Fulton Composer were the guests. For Tickets 412-326-9687.
WQED's Jim Cunningham sits down to interview famed-Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio on the release of his newest album, "Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of Schubert &a Brahms." Together, the two discuss the engaging musical referentiality of the great composers whose works Osorio plays, as well as Osorio's colorful history with other famous artists.
The International Cather Seminar is scheduled for June 11-17, 2017, at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University. During Cather's ten years in Pittsburgh, she worked as an editor, teacher, reviewer, and freelance writer. As importantly, she collected friends and mixed with all sorts of Pittsburghers. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sat down with conductor Yudo Ikach, Seminar Co-Director James Japp, and English Professor Kim Vanderlaan to discuss the seminar.
Jennifer Kloetzel of the Cypress String Quartet, is interviewed by WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham regarding the group's final album "Brahms: String Sextets." Kloetzel and Cunningham discuss a range of topics, including the current activities of former-group members, and the rich history of the quartet's 20 well-played years.
Jim Cunningham interviews Emerson String Quartet's violinist Eugene Drucker and violist Lawrence Dutton, regarding the release of the quartet's newest album "Music of Britten and Purcel." Drucker and Dutton discuss Britten's influences of, and homages to Purcel throughout the album.
Famed-violinist Rachel Barton Pine is interviewed by WQED-FM's Ethan Simmons, regarding the release of her 35th album "Bel Canto Paganini." The interview focuses on the mythicism of Niccolo Paganini; Pine's take on the athletic requirements of Paganini's challenging "24 caprices;" and the her views on the Classical-music world, as well as the Arts community as a whole.