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Julia Adam on "Ketubah" - Mar 13, 2014

Canadian-born Julia Adam celebrates her Jewish roots in "Ketubah" (The Wedding Contract), a ballet set to klezmer music. Pittsburgh Ballet Theater performs Ketubah as part of its "3x3" program at the August Wilson Center through March 16th.

Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary - Guy Russo Interview - Mar 3, 2014

Jim Cunningham interviews Guy Russo about the 75th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Savoyards, along with their upcoming production of "Utopia Limited."

Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary - Michael Greenstein Interview - Mar 3, 2014

Jim Cunningham interviews Michael Greenstein about the 75th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Savoyards and their upcoming production of "Utopia Limited."

Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary - Rob Hockenberry Interview - Mar 3, 2014

Jim Cunningham interviews Rob Hockenberry about the Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary and their upcoming production of "Utopia Limited."

Opera Director George Cederquist - Feb 26, 2014

George Cederquist directs "Paul's Case" for Pittsburgh Opera's Second Stage Project. The first-year Resident Artist, who also directed the recent "Dark Sisters", gives his view on design (minimalist) and identifies the key dramatic elements of Paul's Case. Cederquist also talks about the changes he was able to negotiate with composer Gregory Spears for what is only the second new production of this recent opera.

Attack Theatre - The Soldier's Tale - Feb 24, 2014

Attack Theatre joins with Pittsburgh Symphony musicians for The Soldiers Tale in a dance theater version of Stravinsky's 1918 Faustian fable, and invites Chatham Baroque to go electric in an original work scored by Dave Eggar. Co-Artistic Director Michele de la Reza shares details.

Gerard Schwarz - Feb 19, 2014

Conductor Gerard Schwarz leads the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs on Feb. 20. The Seattle Symphony Conductor Laureate talks about his audacious All-Star Orchestra in which top players, including PSO principals, come together for intense, unrehearsed performances before a large array of HD cameras for PBS. He also speaks about his commitments to American music, and music education for all.

Soprano Renee Fleming - Feb 18, 2014

Superstar soprano and Indiana, PA native Renee Fleming sings in Pittsburgh, fresh from her Super Bowl performance and the Met. Her recital on Feb. 18 at Carnegie Music Hall will feature some of the "Guilty Pleasures" from her CD of that title, ranging from Mozart & Handel to Rodgers & Hammerstein. In this interview recorded on Valentine's Day (her birthday) she talks about the opera "Bel Canto" based on the novel by her friend Ann Patchett, her PA roots, the Super Bowl, Chicago's Second City, her roles in the next Met Opera season, and more.

Beethoven on the Bluff - Feb 14, 2014

David Allen Wehr talks about Beethoven's Op. 30 violin sonatas and third cello sonata. Guests Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; and Anne Martindale Williams, cello, join pianist and series director David Allen Wehr in Beethoven on the Bluff's season one finale on Feb. 16 at Duquesne University's PNC Recital Hall.

Ballet Conductor Charles Barker - Feb 13, 2014

PBT Music Director Charles Barker talks about Swan Lake, performing and touring as Principal Conductor with American Ballet Theater, Olympic figure skating champion John Curry's role in his career, and the time they turned the Metropolitan Opera stage into a skating rink.