Voice of the Arts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer and architecture critic Donald Miller wrote for the paper from 1956 through 1999. His labor of love - "The Architecture of Benno Janssen" - took six years to complete with a gorgeous hardbound book featuring color photography by Edward Massery as the result It is the definitive book on the esteemed architect who did much of his work for Pittsburgh with the Mellon Institute, Elm Court, La Tourelle, Kaufmann’s and Horne’s department stores, Rolling Rock, the William Penn Hotel, the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and many others his permanent legacy. In this interview from his home in Florida, Donald speaks with Jim Cunningham about Janssen’s art and with digressions on Andy Warhol, Donald’s upcoming book on Pittsburgh people including James Wonokur and a few other topics along the way.
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Chair of the RAD Board of Directors, Dusty Elias Kirk, and Shannon Musgrave, Communications Director of RAD, about the 2020 RADical Days events; how they've managed to continue the tradition through the Covid-19 pandemic, and much more. RADical Days runs from September through November. For a complete list of events, click here: https://www.radworkshere.org/pages/radical-days
As a small continuation of the episode on the state of arts education, WQED speaks with Attack Theatre about how they are continuing to offer arts education to teachers, students, and the community. Daniel Fleegle talks about how he became part of the Attack Theatre team and what programs they have that are particularly important during this time.
Pittsburgh born violist Daniel Orsen has just recorded the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata with pianist Pierre Nicolas Columbay in New Haven Connecticut. Daniel remembers his work with Pittsburgh Symphony violist Marylene Gingras Roy and Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory of Music. He discusses playing percussion in High School in Penn Hills, playing in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, describes the instrument Schubert wrote for, suggests some great recordings of Schubert to listen to and details the best pizza places in New Haven in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.
City Theatre's Artistic Director Marc Masterson discusses the ongoing drive-in arts festival at Hazelwood Green. The festival goes from September 10-17, 2020.
Dan Leers, Carnegie Music of Art Photography Curator, discusses "Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries" - on view now through March 14th in Gallery One and two locations in the Scaife Galleries. The exhibit received a full page of notice in the Sunday Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times. Paglen's work at the Pace Gallery in London has also won praise. There is a forthcoming series of podcasts, discussion with Paglen and Leers and a catalog on the way. Leers discusses the measures being taken to assure safety during the pandemic and describes many of the photographs on view with details about their processing and philosophy.
James R. Hagerty is the Obituary writer for the Wall Street Jornal. He asked for the job and is optimistic not morbid about life. He's suggested how he'd like his own obituary to be written which attracted notice from the BBC World Service Outlook program. Bob suggests how a good obituary should be put together, describes his writing process, remembers some of his subjects and other interesting and award-winning writing he's done on Home Depot, Fannie Mae and the Mount Lebanon library. He's been based in Hong Kong, Paris, and Atlanta but loves Pittsburgh in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.
The Frick Pittsburgh presents Dr. Gretchen Sorin, the author of "Driving While Black: American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights" in conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Barker on September 23rd, 7pm in a virtual conversation by Zoom. Award winning documentarian Ric Burns has produced an upcoming feature film broadcast on PBS and WQED on October 13th. In this interview with Jim Cunningham, Ric and Gretchen talk about their work inspired by the Green Book assembled by Victor Green in 1936 which provided for three decades a way for black families to evade many dangers presented by racist society allowing some freedom on the road.
Organist Jon Tyllian discusses his virtual Zoom concert for the Brittsburgh Festival in the spirit of England’s Last Night of the Proms with poetry readings and the organ at Calvary Church in Shadyside. Jon studied at Duquesne with Anne Labounsky Steele and others. Now he is the Assistant organist at Calvary working with Alan Lewis. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham he talks about the special features of the music program at Calvary, his upcoming Evensong service at St. Andrew’s in Highland Park where he is a regular guest, why he decided to pursue a career as an organist and the special appeal of English Music. The concert is free but you must register on the Brittsburgh website:
National Arts Education Week 2020 goes from September 13-19. Leading up to that week, arts advocates explain what concerns they have about the future of arts education programs in local schools and who is finding creative solutions to the challenges facing school districts. This episode features an interview with Ed Donovan, president of the school board for the Wilkinsburg School District.