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First Night - Dan Kamin - Dec 30, 2010

Local mime artist Dan Kamin coached Johnny Depp and Robert Downey, Jr. for their title roles in Benny and Joon and Chaplin and now works with symphony orchestras. He'll provide a single-handed simulacrum of all the performing arts in Dan Kamin's Cheap Evening of Expensive Theater at the August Wilson Center for First Night 2011.

Auld Lang Syne II - Dec 28, 2010

Pittsburgh Opera's General Director, Christopher Hahn, talks about the company's New Year's Eve gala concert at Carnegie Music Hall, returning by popular demand.

Empire Brass w/Elizabeth von Trapp - Dec 13, 2010

Rolf Smedvig, solo trumpet of the Empire Brass, sings the praises of Elizabeth von Trapp, of the famous "Sound of Music" family. Smedvig talks of his work and friendships with Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Berstein, his appearance on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and his utter delight with von Trapp, who until recently was unknown to him.

Dance Alloy Theater's 35th Fall Concert - Dec 1, 2010

Artistic Director Greer Reed-Jones presents a retrospective honoring this repertory company's previous artistic directors and dancers. She tells Stephen Baum about a work that premiered on Mister Rogers, a nontraditional Swan Lake, and her own work that combines photos, video, text and dance into a 10-minute tribute to her predecessors danced by the company's two veterans and three new members.

Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert - Dec 1, 2010

Robert Page conducts the Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir, Repertory Chorus and Philharmonic live on QED 89.3 at noon, Friday, December 3, repeating that evening at 7. Maestro Page gives QED's Stepohen Baum a preview.

Pittsburgh Song Collaborative - Nov 17, 2010

The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative debuts with Robert Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe, based on poems by Heinrich Heine. Pianist/musicologist Benjamin Binder and photographer Tom Persinger talk about merging Schumann's 1840 song cycle with evocative contemporary images made using 19th-century photographic methods.

Quantum Theatre - When the Rain Stops Falling - Nov 10, 2010

It's the year 2039. A big fish falls from the sky in Alice Springs, Australia, as Andrew Bovell's "When the Rain Stops Falling" begins. Quantum Theater Artistic Director Karla Boos talks about this play's parallel themes of family and environmental crises through time and space from 1959 forward, and from London to Ayers Rock. Known for its site-specific work, Quantum stages this play in the vast former Iron City Brewery through Nov. 21, 2010.

2010 Three Rivers Film Festival - Nov 9, 2010

Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Director Andrew Swensen singles out a few notable films and themes including movies about musicians Glenn Gould, Phil Ochs, and Hildegard von Bingen; a restored and expanded edition of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and a celebration of local filmmaker Tony Buba.

David Pittsinger in "South Pacific" - Nov 5, 2010

American bass-baritone David Pittsinger performs in the world's major opera houses. He made his Met Opera debut as Truelove in The Rake's Progress, and was named 'Artist of the Year' for his dual portrayals of Mephisto with Pittsburgh Opera in the Gounod and Boito operas. Since 2008, he has sung the role of Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed revival of South Pacific.

Chatham Baroque "Mediterranean Odyssey" - Sep 23, 2010

Chatham Baroque welcomes its former violinist Julie Andrijeski for concerts of music from Italy, Spain, and France featured in the group's discography. The core members talk about all the programs in their home season, and upcoming collaborations with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, and more.

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