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Night of the Living Dead - Oct 17, 2013

Pittsburgh's Microscopic Opera Company brings George Romero's horror classic to the stage in a world premiere opening on Halloween. “Night of the Living Dead” has been adapted by composer Todd Goodman and librettist Stephen Catanzarite. Todd Goodman talked with QED's Stephen Baum during rehearsals for the opera.

Pittsburgh Art Places - Oct 15, 2013

Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art has launched a website to catalog public art, galleries, theaters and more throughout 13 western PA counties. Venues, artists, and the public can use the web site to discover art places, select favorites, and build shareable art tours. Office of Public Art director Renee Piechocki discusses PittsburghArtPlaces.org.

Our Town at the Public - Oct 14, 2013

For Thornton Wilder's classic “Our Town,” Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas assembled a cast of 24 -- all with personal ties to our town of Pittsburgh, including Tom Atkins as the Stage Manager. Pittsburgh natives Erin Lindsey Krom and Patrick Cannon talk about their roles as Emily Webb and George Gibbs, the young couple at the center of "Our Town."

Latonia Moore as "Aida" - Oct 11, 2013

Latonia Moore sings the title role in Pittsburgh Opera's Aida to open the company's 75th season. This was Ms. Moore's breakthrough role at the Metroplitan Opera in 2012. She tells the story of her Met debut and of Aida, the captured Ethopian princess caught in a love triangle with the Egyptian princess Amneris and the Egyptian general Radames.

Christopher Hahn - Oct 11, 2013

Pittsburgh Opera General Director discusses Verdi's Aida, which opens the company's 75th season. The occasion will see a reunion of past General Directors, and a production with sports heroes, a menagerie of exotic animals, and three leading singers from the Met to play the principal characters.

Soldier's Heart - Oct 10, 2013

Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan is known for such dramas as “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods,” winner of a 2012 American Theater Critics Award. Her latest play, Soldier's Heart, revolves around Casey, a mother who is deployed to Iraq and comes home scarred from her experience.

Renaissance & Baroque Season - Oct 9, 2013

Stile Antico returns to Calvary Episcopal Church to open Pittsburgh Renaissance & Baroque series. Director Gail Luley talks about the lineup of talent for R&B's 2013-2014 concerts.

Marilyn Maye - October 7, 2013 - Oct 8, 2013

WQED-FM's Anna Singer talks to Marilyn Maye about her upcoming performance in Pittsburgh (her first time!) to open this year's Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Cabaret Series.

Tom Roberts - Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra - Oct 4, 2013

Pianist, film arranger and musicologist Tom Roberts talks about forgotten Pittsburgh ragtime composers who will be featured as his newly-formed Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra gives a concert at Shady Side Academy's Hillman Center on Oct. 5, 2013.

Andrew Fouts on Corelli - Oct 3, 2013

Chatham Baroque begins its season with "Variations on Corelli," highlighting the Italian composer's influence on German, French and other composers of the Baroque. Violinist Andrew Fouts previews the concert, and lets Jim Cunningham play a "sneak peek" from Chatham Baroque's 10th CD, coming out in just a few weeks.