Voice of the Arts

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Jasmina Halimic - Jun 13, 2014

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Bosnian-American soprano Jasmina Halimic about her "Slavic Songbook" recital on Saturday June 14th at First Baptist Church. She will sing works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak and Lysenko, as well as world premieres by Despic and Prebanda with Alaine Fink, piano.

Veronica Corpuz - Three Rivers Arts Festival - Jun 12, 2014

Veronica Corpuz speaks about the headline events of the 2014 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in downtown Pittsburgh, June 6-15, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Corpuz is the Trust's Director of Festival Management and Special Projects.

Resonance Works - Natural Frequency - Jun 6, 2014

"Natural Frequency" features Resonance Works' chamber orchestra and singers plus photographs by Chuck Beard that resonate with music by Debussy, Barber, Copland and Nancy Galbraith that evokes the natural world. Maria Sensi Sellner conducts at the New Hazlett Theater, June 7th & 8th.

Liam Bonner - May 29, 2014

Baritone Liam Bonner sings for the Pittsburgh Concert Society on June 1, after appearances with L. A. Opera and Houston Grand Opera. Bonner sang in musicals at Pittsburgh's Central Catholic High School before studying opera at CMU and creating the role of Lt. Audebert in the world premiere of Kevin Puts's 2012 Pulitzer-winning opera "Silent Night," inspired by the World War I Christmas truce.

Patricia Ward Kelly - May 19, 2014

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham chats with Patricia Ward Kelly about "Gene Kelly: A Legacy" - her compelling presentation combining rare and familiar film clips, previously unreleased audio recordings, personal memorabilia, and insights culled from her hours of interviews and conversations with her husband.

PICT Classic Theater - May 15, 2014

Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford and actress Mary Rawson talk about "Blythe Spirit" by Noel Coward and the rest of PICT's 2014 season.

Violinist Monique Mead - May 8, 2014

Violinist Monique Mead and conductor Walter Morales preview the May 10th Edgewood Symphony concert featuring Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and "Pathetique" Symphony. Monique is the wife of former PSO Concertmaster Andres Cardenes, and sister of PSO Associate Principal violist Tatjana Mead Chamis.

Christine Jordanoff - May 8, 2014

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Christine Jordanoff, as she retires after nearly 30 years as Artistic Director of the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh.

Andrew Swenson - May 8, 2014

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Pittsburgh Music Alliance Program Administrator Andrew Swenson about their upcoming "Festival of Bach." The Festival of Bach is a 12 hour continuous program of Bach's music on Saturday May 10th at Calvary Episcopal Church.

Betsy Burleigh - May 7, 2014

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh Music Director Betsy Burleigh about the upcoming concert in New York City, as part of the Spring for Music Festival with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.