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First Night Pittsburgh 2008 Preview - Dec 28, 2007

A preview of First Night Pittsburgh 2008 with Kevin McMahon, President of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Mark Bussler on "PA Train Stations" - Dec 18, 2007

Jim Cunningham interviews film distributor Mark Bussler about the documentary "Pennsylvania Train Stations - Restored and Revitalized," showing adaptive reuse of landmarks that outlived their original purpose.

Pittsburgh soprano Sara Botkin - Dec 11, 2007

Pittsburgh soprano Sara Botkin describes the mix of classical and popular styles and techniques on her second Christmas CD, "Breath of Heaven," on which she becomes her own choir through multi-tracked vocals.

Don Franklin on Bach and the Baroque - Dec 11, 2007

Pitt's Don Franklin looks back, as he brings his Bach and the Baroque series to the end of its 16-year run by directing Bach's Christmas Oratorio at Heinz Chapel, co-presented with the Renaissance & Baroque Society.

Robert Page on the 07 CMU Holiday Concert - Dec 5, 2007

Conductor Robert Page previews his 2007 Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert. Hear the performance live on QED 89.3 and on the Internet at wqed.org, Fri. Dec. 7 at noon EST. (Repeats 12/14, 7 pm)

"Opera Lady" on "The Elixir of Love" - Nov 14, 2007

Pittsburgh Opera's "Opera Lady," Beth Parker, tells QED's Jim Cunningham about the company's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love" at the Benedum Center through Sunday, Nov. 18th.

The Candy Butchers - Nov 9, 2007

Half of the edgy, Australian 4-person circus troupe known as The Candy Butchers visits QED's Ted Sohier. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents their local debut, Nov. 7th - 10th, 2007.

Andrew Swenson of the Three Rivers Film Festival - Nov 8, 2007

The Three Rivers Film Festival continues through Nov. 15th. Andrew Swenson, director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, previews coming attractions and special guests with QED's Jim Cunningham.

Richard Thomas in "12 Angry Men" - Oct 25, 2007

Actor Richard Thomas (John-Boy in TV's "The Waltons") talks about his role as Juror #8 in the courtroom drama "12 Angry Men," differences between the 1957 film and the touring play, and his lifelong involvement in New York theater.

Whirling Dervishes of Rumi - Oct 23, 2007

Who are the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi? Why do they whirl, and who was Rumi? Hakan Yildiz, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Dialogue Foundation, talks with Ted Sohier as the Whirling Dervishes return to Carnegie Music Hall, Oct. 23 at 8:00 pm.

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