Voice of the Arts
Former editor of Carnegie Magazine Robert Gangewere has written the first history of a cultural conglomeration that has served millions and inspired the likes of Andy Warhol, August Wilson, and David McCullough. (U. of Pgh Press, 289 pages)
A preview of Three Decembers, the opera by Jake Heggie (composer of Dead Man Walking), based on Terrance McNally's Christmas Letters. Lisa Ann Goldsmith directs with Mary Gould as American musical stage icon and absentee mother Madeline Mitchell, and Erica Olden and Daniel Teadt as her grown children, Bea and Charlie. Andres Cladera conducts an 11-piece orchestra.
Former Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Andres Cardenes gives his only local recital of the year at Chatham University at 2:00 pm on Oct. 22 to benefit the Oakland Girls Choir, of which his daughter, Isabel, is a member. He talks about the choir, building a recital program, his recording projects, students at CMU, and more.
For July 22 & 23, the theme is "In the Wake." Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Artistic Director Kevin Noe has solicited photographs of deceased loved ones to use in the staging of this concert, whose music, lighting, and sound design will evoke the complex and sometimes incongruous emotions surrounding the loss of someone special.
Artistic Director and Conductor Kevin Noe talks about the theme of Week 2, "Sappho's Sparrows," which encompasses Joseph Schwantner's "Sparrows" as well as "Psappha" by Xenakis, "Thrafsmata" by MacMillan, and "King of the Sun" by Stephen Hartke.
Geoffrey Hitch, director of "Gift to America," talks about the play that literally illuminates Maxo Vanka's celebrated murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale that blend religious and political themes. Performances May 4th-7th will benefit the restoration and lighting of the work of the "Diego Rivera of Pittsburgh," as musician and artist David Byrne has called him.
CMU's Marianne Weems directs The Alice Project at the Chosky Theater through April 23rd. She's best known as Artistic Director of Brooklyn's world-renowned performance and media company, The Builders Association. Her works combine media, text, sound, architecture and stage performance and have been staged at major venues in London, Rome, Melbourne and Singapore.
Orion Quartet violinists Todd and Daniel Phillips will premiere the Trio Concertante by their father, 91 year old retired Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Eugene Phillips. They'll be joined by cellist Marcy Rosen. Eugene talks about his new 12-tone work and the concert series at Chatham University that has featured his sons through the years. He also shares his memories from the PSO, where he began under Fritz Reiner in 1947.
Pittsburgh's cello-rock quartet Cello Fury (formerly Cellofourte) has released its first CD since the personnel and name change. The award-winning acoustic group will play on March 18 at Duquesne University's Red Ring restaurant. Members Nicole Myers and Simon Cummings talk with Jim Cunningham about the group, their new CD, and their backgrounds.
Susan Medley debuts as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale on March 5th & 6th, 2011 conducting Haydn's The Creation. Shortly after taking charge in January, she talked about Haydn's masterpiece and her extensive choral background, which includes work at Carnegie Hall, W & J, the Junior Mendelssohn, and as far away as Malaysia.