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Arts Festival Update - Jun 12 2013 - Jun 12, 2013

Detroit artist Susan Goethel Campbell describes her project “Portraits of Air: Pittsburgh,” which began with the distribution last weekend of framed air filters to 100 Arts Festival visitors. Korean-born New York artist Chang-Jin Lee talks about "Floating Echo," her transparent inflatable Buddha sculpture floating in the pool under the bridge in Point State Park.

Patrick Sullivan of CLO's "42nd Street" - Jun 6, 2013

Hand-picked for the role of Julian Marsh by 42nd Street's co-writer Mark Bramble, Patrick Ryan Sullivan talks about the show he can't resist coming back to. He played Marsh on the Broadway tour and has directed the show which contains so many of the things audiences love about classic musical extravaganzas and shows that tap dance is still alive and kicking.

Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts - Jun 4, 2013

Headlined by Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck, the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts will bring US premieres by major international performing and visual artists to Pittsburgh starting September 27th. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Vice President of Programming, Paul Organisak, gives QED's Anna Singer a preview.

PICT's The Kreutzer Sonata - May 28, 2013

PICT Interim Producing Artistic Director Alan Stanford talk about Nancy Harris' "The Kreutzer Sonata," based on Tolstoy novella about love, loss, and betrayal, inspired by and featuring Beethoven's sonata for violin and piano. Stanford and Giles also look ahead to the rest of the 2013 Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre season.

River City Brass on Tour - May 10 2013 AM - May 10, 2013

River City Brass General Director and conductor James Gourlay talks about his souvenir of the band's visit to Rome this week -- a brand new tuba. Gourlay is better known outside Pittsburgh as one of Europe's top tuba players. He tells QED's Ted Sohier about the final concert of this tour, and a coaching session for a local band that wants to hear and learn from these Pittsburgh players.

River City Brass on Tour - May 10 2013 PM - May 10, 2013

Ted Sohier reports after the final concert of the tour to a standing-room only audience. Earlier in the day, General Director James Gourlay coached young Italian band students, much as he does on tours in the USA.

River City Brass on Tour - May 09 2013 AM - May 9, 2013

Ted Sohier reports on the morning after Pittsburgh's River City Brass inaugurated a new auditorium in a former slaughterhouse. Band members got a brief opportunity for sightseeing before boarding the bus to their Thursday night concert venue. Band member Sam Bucigrossi recounts his visit earlier this week to his family's ancestral home, an area that has a number of familiar Italian surnames to Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

River City Brass on Tour - May 09 2013 PM - May 9, 2013

Ted Sohier reflects on the visit to Rome, as the River City Brass heads for the final stop on its tour of Italy. He describes the daring way motorcycle and scooter riders weave through traffic, and lets us listen to a guest vocalist who sat in with the band from Pittsburgh. Some River City Brass players returned the favor by sitting in with her student band.

River City Brass on Tour - May 08 2013 AM - May 8, 2013

WQED-FM's Ted Sohier and the band have arrived in Rome for a concert in a new auditorium. Ted recorded last night's concert in Teramo, Italy and shares some hightlights.

River City Brass on Tour - May 08 2013 PM - May 8, 2013

WQED's Ted Sohier reports live after the River City Brass inaugurates a new auditorium at one of Rome's three public Universities as part of the band's first tour in Europe. Ted meets a Pittsburgher in Rome, Chuck Bogosta, President of UPMC's International and Commercial Services division.

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