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Maker Theater - MacBeth - Dec 17, 2015

An interview with cast members of Macbeth produced by the Maker Theater - Brett Sullivan Santry (Macbeth), Charles Beikert (Duncan) and Katelynn Reist (Lady Macduff). The Pittsburgh Classic Players and The Maker Theater present “The Feel Bad Play of the Holiday Season” at 5950 Ellsworth Avenue through the 19th of December. The podcast includes readings from the play.

Barbara Burstin - Dec 15, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Barbara Burstin about her books "Steel City Jews" and "Jewish Pittsburgh."

Edward Alan Moore - Dec 15, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Edward Alan Moore, Music Director and Organist at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, about their concerts scheduled for the holidays.

Lindsey Nova and Andrew Wickesberg - Dec 14, 2015

Jim Cunningham talks to Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra Executive Director Lyndsey Nova and Andrew Wickesberg. They talks about their concert on Sunday December 13th at Carnegie Music Hall at 7pm. The Orchestra was conducted by John Wilcox and the Symphonette conducted by Andrew Wickesberg.

Eric Dzugan - Dec 11, 2015

Pianist Eric Dzugan stopped by WQED-FM to talk about his upcoming recital with the music of Alexander Scriabin.

Alan Lewis - Dec 11, 2015

Organist Alan Lewis visited the QED Morning Show to talk about the Messiah performance taking place at Calvary Episcopal Church on December 11th, with Chatham Baroque.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's "The Nutcracker" - Dec 11, 2015

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Artisitic Director Terrance Orr and soloist Hannah Carter stopped by WQED-FM to talk about this year's Nutcracker performances.

Dorothy Andreas - Sewickly Spa - Dec 7, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Dorothy Andreas - Founder and President of Sewickly Spa - about their support of the station.

Noah Bendix-Balgley - Nov 25, 2015

Former PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley gives a performance on Monday November 30th at Carnegie Music Hall as part of the Chamber Music Pittsburgh concert series. Jim Cunningham talks to Noah about the concert.

Oscar Swan - Nov 18, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Oscar Swan, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh about his new book Kaleidoscope of Poland published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The book contains over 1000 entries on Polish cultural, historical and political figures. Polish cars, celebrities, film makers, and places all appear along with color photographs. Included are Chopin and his monument in Warsaw’s Lezienki Park, Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Szymanowski, Wanda Landowska, and Roman Polanski. There are cult films including Marek Koterski’s Day of the Wacko, Lech Walesa, Pope John Paul II, Jerzy Kosinski, Marie Curie, the Polish airline LOT, the immense Oliwa organ with moving figures and its own organ festival, zubrowka bison grass vodka, zurek the sour rye bread soup, bagels, pierogis, sausages, and street food. The book is not a list but a personal wise and witty tour of Poland with Oscar Swan’s opinions expressed throughout. Four respected historians vetted the book and it includes a timeline of Polish revolutions, Polish literary figures, rulers, a Polish Pronunciation guide and a foreword by Adam Zamoyski.

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