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Central Presbyterian Church - Diamante Trio - Dec 7, 2018

The Diamante Trio and Soprano Lilly Abreu perform a mix of Latin American music and Holiday favorites as part of the concert series at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny Street, Tarentum, on Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 P.M.   Gary Lenigan talks to Dave Rankin (Central Presbyterian Church) and clarinetist Mary Beth Malek.  

Brian Worsdale - TRYPO - Dec 5, 2018

Conductors Brian Worsdale and Andrew Wickesberg join Jim Cunningham to discuss their Sunday December 9th free concert at Carnegie Music Hall with Holst ‘ The Planets and Warlock’s Capriol Suite played by the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and Symphonette. Sunday December 16 at 1 pm in the PPG Wintergarden there’s more free holiday fun with the Youth Chamber Connection adding in some players from the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony.

Resonance Works - A Joyous Sound Interview - Nov 30, 2018

WQED-FM's Anna Singer chats with Maria Sensi Sellner and Sandro Leal-Santiesteban about Resonance Work's "A Joyous Sound" concerts taking place Friday December 7th at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Sunday December 9th at Third Presbyterian Church.



Brian Edward - Nov 29, 2018

Brian Edward, the Burgh Vivant, presents Daina Griffith as Auntie Mame in a one night only benefit staged reading at the New Hazlett theater Sunday December 9 at 6:30pm with a cavalcade of Pittsburgh theater stars including Martin Giles, Jared Pascoe, Richard Rauh, Alan Stanford, Hope Anthony, Becki Toth, Nancy Zionts and many others. Here he discusses the Burgh Vivant tuxedo and martini and the work of the organization on behalf of the arts with Jim Cunningham.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein - Nov 21, 2018

Simone Dinnerstein discusses her recent CD "Circles," which brings together concertos by Philip Glass and Johann Sebastian Bach with the Boston based string orchestra "A Far Cry." She remembers also her Pittsburgh debut for Steinway Society at CMU.

Peter Kope of Attack Theater - Nov 21, 2018

Peter Kope of Attack Theater talks about their upcoming production - titled "In Defense of Gravity."  

Alan Stanford - PICT - "The Old Curiosity Shop" - Nov 16, 2018

Alan Stanford presents Charles Dickens "The Old Curiosity Shop" in his own adaptation in a US premiere with PICT Theater at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio November 23rd through December 15th. Alan has the story of how he did it and the scoop on the cast in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.  Which is the greatest filmed version; is there a shop; what makes it great; is the ending sad—all these questions answered and much more.

Organist Kimberly Marshall - Nov 16, 2018

Organist Kimberly Marshall makes her Pittsburgh debut for the Organ Artists Series on Friday November 16th, 7:30pm, at St Paul Cathedral. She talked about the concert and her wide ranging career on the QED Morning show with Jim Cunningham.

Jessica Victoria and Nick Vizzoca - Nov 14, 2018

Soprano Jessica Victoria presents "A Vincentian Christmas 2018" on Friday November 30th, 7pm at St. Catherine of Sweden Church in Allison Park. She joins Nick Vizzoca, President and CEO of Vincentian Collaborative System, to invite you to the free event with reception. Jessica teaches singing at the Franciscan University of Steubenville; having sung for the Pope at the Vatican, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, in Italy, South America and the UK. She is a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artists Auditions in 2016 and many other competitions. Plus she’s just recorded a new holiday album available from iTunes, "Christmas Presence." Nick is a passionate advocate for senior care with deep experience in the Pittsburgh health care world having worked for UPMC.  He discusses some of the issues facing Pittsburgh’s aging population and runs down the history of the sisters who founded the Vincentian home over a century ago.

Henry Spinelli - Nov 8, 2018

WQED-FM Q Award winner Henry Spinelli will give a free 3pm Saturday afternoon recital at Chatham University in the Campbell Memorial Chapel playing Debussy, Schumann, Brahms and Ives. He remembers his teachers at Carnegie Tech, his first visit to Chatham in 1949 and tells us why we should go to recitals. You can discuss it with him over refreshments  after the concert.