Voice of the Arts

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Dom Flemons - Hillman Performing Arts Series - Jun 4, 2021

Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons is returning to Pittsburgh for a performance on Saturday, June 12 at 3pm at the Shady Side Academy Senior School's Hillman Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Flemons combines his love for music and storytelling in his performances, helping us look at American history in a new way.

Beth Dolinar - "Future Jobs - Starting Over" - Jun 3, 2021

Multiple Emmy Award winning WQED Producer Beth Dolinar discusses her most recent program "Future Jobs: Starting Over," available for streaming on the wqed.org website and a follow-up virtual event - "Future Jobs: Reskilling" - which takes place July 7th at 7pm. The coronavirus pandemic is among many reasons that millions of American workers are looking to "reskill" or "upskill" as they prepare for different careers. This documentary follows several Western Pennsylvanians in various stages of identifying, training, and working in new jobs - all guided by emerging trends in the workforce. Those sharing their stories: an out-of-work DJ who is learning computer coding; a nursing student turned heavy equipment operator; formerly incarcerated men currently learning the trades; an anthropology student who became an airplane mechanic; a former steelworker now working as a nurse. 

Beth also fills us in on her column published weekly in the Washington Observer Reporter and her musical upbringing with a Dad who was a band director and a Mom who taught piano lessons. In her ten years at WTAE on camera, what was the one story thought brought tears to the eye? Beth Dolinar reveals it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Pavel Vinnitsky - Jun 2, 2021

Matthew Rygelski spoke with New York City clarinetist Pavel Vinnitsky about his life as a performer, learning classical and klezmer music, teaching during the pandemic, his opinion about Pittsburgh’s classical music scene, and gives some advice to aspiring musicians.

Pittsburgh Festival Opera - 2021-2022 season - May 28, 2021

WQED-FM's Anna Singer speaks with Marianne Cornetti and Chris Powell of Pittsburgh Festival Opera about their upcoming season, as well as their Memorial Day concert on the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Open Air stage.  



Sarah Aziz - Three Rivers Arts Festival - May 28, 2021

Sarah Aziz, Director of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and Director of Festival Management for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, tells WQED FM about the upcoming Three Rivers Arts Festival, which runs from June 4-13, 2021.

Osmo Vanska - Mahler Symphony No. 10 - May 19, 2021

Maestro Osmo Vanska talks about his new recording of the Mahler Symphony No. 10 and his plans to record all the Mahler Symphonies even though he wil step down as Music Director in 2022. He enjoys guest conducting, still has an orchestra in Korea and will return to Heinz Hall the season after next. About the Mahler 10, he points to the special viola writing, the tuba, Alma Mahler's wild and crazy time, the private messages Mahler wrote on his manuscript and much more. Osmo Vanska says he spent much of the pandemic practicing the clarinet, doing push ups and enjoying time with loved ones. He's had a home in Minnesota over the past two decades where he loves the cold weather and he describes the generous funding classical radio receives from the Finnish government.

Richard Danielpour - May 17, 2021

Richard Danielpour talks about his long association with Pittsburgh and the recording of his Concerto for Orchestra with the Pittsbugh Symphony and David Zinman, his newest cd "An American Mosaic" with Simone Dinnerstein and the 2021 Grammy winning Passion of Yeshua with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Joann Faletta.

Eva Tumiel Kozak - May 12, 2021

Eva Tumiel Kozak, Editor of the Polish Journal published by the Polish Cultural Council of Pittsburgh, board member of the Council, and former Executive Director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble was also the founding Managing Director of the Three Rivers Piano Compettion. She worked to bring composer Krzysztof Penderecki to Pittsburgh to receive an honorary degree at Duquesne University. She remembers his visit to Pittsburgh on the occasion of the one year anniversary of his death in March 2020 and describes the benefits of becoming a member of the Polish Cultural Council in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Tania and Jeff Grubbs - Concert for Crisis - May 7, 2021

Crisis Center North’s 14th Annual Cocktails & Cuisine returns as an exciting live virtual concert and auction. Streaming virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live on Friday, May 14, 2021, beginning at 6:00 pm EDT and includes two principal components: Concert for Crisis and Auction for Advocacy!  WQED-FM's  Anna Singer spoke with Tania and Jeff Grubbs, who will take part in the "Concert for Crisis" and perform favorites from the American songbook and classics you love.  

Kristine McIntyre - Pittsburgh Opera's "Semele" - May 5, 2021

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Stage Director Kristine McIntyre about Pittsburgh Opera's production of Handel's "Semele," the final show in their 2020-2021 season.  Kristine talks about setting the opera in Art Deco, favorite moments, and more.