Voice of the Arts
"I Enter as a Stranger" is a multi-discipline production of Franz Schubert’s song cycle Die Winterreise (1828) featuring Minnesota based singer Justin Anthony Spenner (Producer/Baritone) who speaks with Jim Cunningham. WQED's Emmy award winning editor and producer Ash Warren prepared the second section of the production. "I Enter as a Stranger" removes the romantic narrative from Die Winterreise, focusing instead on the poetic themes of mental illness. Music, dance, photography, and film merge to tell the story of four individuals searching for connection and recognition as they navigate their own neurodiversity. Their worlds intersect, and lines of reality blur together as they gain an understanding of each other. “This project comes as a response to a massive increase of people talking about their mental health over the last 15 months. The pandemic has created a time where many have found community in trauma- a topic that our society tends to ignore. This work reflects on the effort it takes to maintain that community and the idea that connection can be attainable through empathy.” -Justin Anthony Spenner, Producer This self-produced work was conceived to normalize conversations about mental health and advocate for individualized treatment. It utilizes film, music, and photography to explore themes of human connection, isolation, internal/external realities, and living with an invisible illness.
Alex Jones of the Pittsburgh Festival Winds spoke with WQED-FM about this weekend's Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert. They'll perform at Mellon Park on Sunday August 1st from 10:30am to noon. Alex talks about their program, performing in the great outdoors, the importance of classical music, and much more.
The Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company performs Richard III, their first production for live audiences since the pandemic. Katie Brill talks about the upcoming production with Laura Gordon, co-founder of the Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company, and Robb Miller, who stars as Richard III. Opening night is July 29 at 7pm in Stackhouse Park.
The 2021 Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert series continues this Sunday (7/25) with the River City Brass. David Peebles spoke with Artistic and General Director James Gourlay about performing at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch, what will be on their program, and more.
Marianne Cornetti of Pittsburgh Festival Opera stopped by to chat with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about some of the exciting events they have coming up - including the Hans and Leslie Fleischer Young Artists Program, the Legends in the Limelight series, and more.
Tenor Timothy Stoddard has recently joined pianist Ellen Fast to record the world premiere of Michael Markowsky's "Mortaly Wounded" with poetry from Federico Garcia Lorca. Timothy has made Pittsburgh his home after living in New York. He sang as soloist with Pittsburgh Camerata and the Shadyside Presbyterian Choir. He worked with Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, premiered the tenor role in Karson Kievman's opera "Tesla" about inventor Nikola Tesla, performed in Trondheim, Norway. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, he talks about his career and the wold premiere. He has sung as a young artist at the Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theater. He has performed outreach for the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Opera Idaho. He has served as resident tenor for the American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice Fellowship. Timothy has received artist awards from the NATS competitions of Chicago and Spokane, Arleen Auger Foundation, the American Scandinavian Society, and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. He holds degrees from the University of Idaho and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with the "other" James Cunningham, Music Director of Pittsburgh CLO, as well as CLO's Executive Producer Mark Fleischer to talk about their 75th Annivesary - their "Broadway Musical Celebration" taking place at Heinz Field July 21-24; their favorite selections from different CLO productions and much more.
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Pittsburgh CLO Executive Director Emeritus about the rich history of the CLO. Charlie talks about some of his favorite productions; starting the Gene Kelly Awards; bringing Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber to Pittsburgh and much more.
Members of Shadyside Brass talk about this weekend's (7/18) performance at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch. Stop by Mellon Park from 10:30am to noon.
Peggy Greb, flutist with the Aeolian Winds and Principal Flute of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra fills us in on the plan for the first free Bach Beethoven and Brunch concert of 2021 July 11 at Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady in Shadyside. Peggy has story of the group and an update on the Edgewood Symphony plus her personal musical journey from elementary school in New York to music making in Pittsburgh plus the scene in real estate in Pittsburgh.