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William Bolcom - Dec 23, 2021

Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcom, now 83, has recently recorded a CD of Robert Schumann's "Album for the Young," which he began playing in the 1940's working with his pianist colleague Logan Skealton on the faculty of the University of Michigan. William Bolcom talks about the Schumann and his most famous piece - "Graceful Ghost," along with the song "Lime Jello Marshmallow Surprise," which was a popular concert favorite of the duo with his wife Joan Morris. Joan jumps in for a moment during the conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Edward Alan Moore - Christmas in East Liberty 2021 - Dec 16, 2021

Cathedral Concerts return with Christmas in East Liberty, on Friday, December 17, 7:30 pm. The concert will feature The Brass Roots and conductor Daniel Curtis, the ELPC Chancel Choir and conductor Dr. Edward Alan Moore, and organist Ethan LaPlaca. Hear holiday favorites and the premiere of two newly commissioned pieces: Carol Fantasia by Mary Beth Bennett and Spiritual Suite by Marcus Grant.  Edward Alan Moore stopped by the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham to tell us more about the concert.  

Maria Sensi Sellner and Ben Robinson - Dec 14, 2021

Resonance Works present a new film version of Engelbert Humperdinck’s beloved opera, Hansel & Gretel! In this modern reimagining of the 19th century original, the two siblings, lost in the woods, stumble upon the set of a celebrity pastry chef’s cooking show, where they are invited to be the guest stars (and main ingredients!).  The Premiere event on December 18th will feature live performances by members of the Resonance Chamber Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus preceding the film premiere.   Artistic and General Director Maria Sensi Sellner and opera director Ben Robinson chatted with WQED-FM's Anna Singer.  

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - December 2021 Concert - Dec 10, 2021

Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, Edward Leonard, as well as Executive Director Andrew Swenson, stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about their concert taking place on Saturday December 11th, 2021 at Levy Hall, 7pm.  The program features music of Caroline Shaw, Tchaikovsky and the Rolla Viola concerto featuring Devin Moore.  

Rachel Delphia - Carnegie Museum of Art - Dec 9, 2021

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, about the famous Presepio as well as the Carnegie Trees.   

Alyssa Velazquez - Carnegie Museum of Art - Dec 9, 2021

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Alyssa Velazquez, the Curatorial Assistant in Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie Museum of Art, about the exhibit "Extraordinary Ordinary Things."  The exhibit invites visitors to imagine themselves in the roles of problem-solvers, designers, and makers. As many people’s relationships to their homes and the objects within them take on increased relevance and deeper meaning, this timely and dynamic exhibition showcases all facets of material and product design, from traditional techniques to innovative technologies.

Richard Thomas - Pittsburgh CLO's "A Musical Christmas Carol" - Dec 6, 2021

Richard Thomas stars as Ebeneezer Scrooge in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production of "A Musical Christmas Carol," December 17th through 23rd at the Byham Theater. Richard talks about his return, the fine points of portraying Ebeneezer, whether Charles Dickens was writing about his own Father in creating the role, the singing and dancing in the production, and the message he is trying to get across. Richard also discusses his recent work in a new movie with Sandra Bullock, appearing as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mocking Bird," the success of FX's "The Americans" and his four seasons with the series until perishing in an accident the script writers evolved.  He also talks about growing up in a dance house in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Eric Crosby - Carnegie Museum of Art - Dec 1, 2021

Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Eric Crosby, speaks with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the holidays at the Museum, getting people interested in modern art, diversity at the museum and more.  

 

 

Confluence Ballet - Nov 30, 2021

Confluence Ballet presents the Nutcracker Sweet in three performances at the Mall at Robinson with Nutcracker art and cards for sale, plus photos with the Candy Canes and dancers. Ballet Mistress Lea Havas and artist dancer Sage Feldges have the plan for this all women production. The new company is working to dispel stereotypes of ballet types and celebrating diversity. Lea Havas from Sao Paulo has danced in Brazil, Germany,Switzerland, the US and many other countries around the globe. She worked with dance legends Rudolph Nureyev and Jiri Kyllian and has recently become a US Citizen along with her husband James Gourlay, the Director of River City Brass.  Sage began at age 3 in the Dietrich Dance Studio, spent a year in modern dance at the University of Missouri, Wisconsin and a year at the Ballet Met as well as being a fine visual artist with paint and pencil. In their conversation with Jim Cunningham, they share their hopes for Confluence Ballet. 

Susan Medley - Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Holiday Concert 2021 - Nov 30, 2021

Dr. Susan Medley introduces the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale "Sounds of the Season" Holiday Concert with three performances - two at Ingomar United Methodist Church (December 3rd and 5th) and one at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church (December 4th.) It's new arrangers, composers and the brightest holiday favorites in a joyful meeting - the first in 22 months. Also, what is happening at Washington and Jefferson College, where Dr. Medley teaches and also has a holiday concert; the happy holiday memories she shares; the latest on Mom who just turned 91 this fall; and much more in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

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