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Sean Jones re: Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash - Nov 20, 2012

Pittsburgh jazz trumpeter Sean Jones talks about “Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash,” a celebration on Nov. 24, 2012, of Pittsburgh jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and Duke Ellington's collaborator Billy Strayhorn at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Jones will lead his Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, with commentary from Strayhorn's nephew, Greg Morris, who administers Strayhorn's estate. Jones also talks about touring with jazz luminaries, and teaching at Duquesne University.

Bach Choir - Time Remembered, Time Forgotten - Oct 9, 2012

Artistic Director Thomas Douglas talks about the first concerts of the Bach Choir's "Time Voyagers" season, including the Pittsburgh premiere of "Alzheimer's Stories" by Robert S. Cohen. Other works on the program for October 13 & 14, 2012 include Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" on texts by Walt Whitman, Rachmaninoff's famous Vocalise, and two pieces by Diane Benjamin.

Plein Air Mt. Lebanon - Oct 1, 2012

They'll be painting the town, Oct. 1-7, during the first-ever Plein Air Mt. Lebanon, an event that turns outdoor art into a spectator sport with two dozen professional artists, prizes, and a "paint-out" open to the general public with celebrity participants. Local architectural illustrator and watercolorist David Csont explains how the week will unfold and how you can watch or get involved.

Marvin Hamlisch (2007 interview) - Aug 8, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) chats with Jim Cunningham at QED's Carolyn Byham Studio at Theater Square during RADical Days on Oct. 6, 2007.

Tim Hartman - Jul 12, 2012

Pittsburgh actor and editorial cartoonist Tim Hartman talks about his role as the Constable in CLO's "Fiddler on the Roof." He's appeared on Broadway, in regional theater, and despite his six-foot, six-inch frame had small roles in such films as "Silence of the Lambs," "The Piano Lesson," and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh." As a cartoonist, Hartman is syndicated in 30 newspapers.

David Allen Wehr - Jun 19, 2012

David Allen Wehr talks about his June 24 duo piano recital with musical partner Cynthia Raim at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, PA, to include Rachmaninoff's Suite #1, Bach's 2-piano concerto, jazz pieces composed for the duo by Joe Utterback, Brahms Hungarian Dances, and Milhaud's Scaramouche suite.

Andrew S. Paul - PICT's The Pitman Painters - Jun 11, 2012

Based on a true story, The Pitmen Painters chronicles a group of English miners who hired an art teacher and within a few years became celebrated by contemporary artists and critics. Director Andrew Paul sent his actors to art class, and had them learn the most difficult working-class accent. So where can you see the art of the pitmen and the actors? Listen to the podcast.

Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival - May 16, 2012

The 2012 Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival (May 20 - June 3) features a song cycle by Osvaldo Golijov with soprano Lara Bruckman, clarinetist David Krakauer, and a MIDI accordion; as well as Kosher Gospel with Joshua Nelson, and jazz with the Ortner-Roberts Duo plus special guests. Director Aron Zelkowicz previews the Festival.

Matisse's 1001 Nights - Apr 19, 2012

Henri Matisse's “The Thousand and One Nights,” is on view for just 99 days at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The multi-panel paper cut-out's imagery is suggestive of the story of Scheherazade. Louise Lippincott, curator of Fine Arts at the Carnegie Museum of Art, tells the stories in and of this work.

Around the World in 80 Days - Apr 12, 2012

Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs Mark Brown's adaptation of Jules Verne's whimsical "Around the World in 80 Days" for Pittsburgh Public Theater. Dodge directed and choreographed the 2010 Tony-nominated revival of Ragtime, and has worked on numerous revivals and nostalgic dramatic works. She reveals a few Pittsburgh-related surprises in her PPT production.