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David Allen Wehr - Beethoven on the Bluff - Sep 20, 2013

Duquesne University's David Allen Wehr talks about the launch of his two-year "Beethoven on the Bluff" concert series which will begin with the debut of the Duquesne Piano Trio. Wehr, a pianist, formed the trio with violinist Charles Stegeman and cellist Adam Liu. The first concert will include Beethoven's two Opus 70 trios and the popular Septet on September 22, 2013. An October 14th concert will feature the three Opus 1 trios, performed together as the composer intended.

Robert Page on Edith Sitwell & William Walton's "Facade" - Sep 19, 2013

Grammy-winning conductor Robert Page and actress Kate Young will join the Renaissance City Winds in a performance of "Facade," a work not performed in Pittsburgh in over two decades. British composer William Walton wrote the music to the poetry of Edith Sitwell, which is recited in precise rhythm against the instrumental music. The Winds will also perform quintets by Jacques Ibert and Gabriel Pierne -- plus a trio, The French Suite, by Robert Washburn.

Paul Jacobs - 9/22/13 - Sep 13, 2013

Washington, PA native Paul Jacobs performs a concert at the Stambaugh Auditorium on Sunday September 22nd at 3pm. Paul talked to WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar about the concert; how he got interested in classical music and the organ; what goes into making a recital program; and his plans for the upcoming performance season.

Robert Miller on Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" - Sep 5, 2013

Arthur Miller's son Robert Miller directs the great playwright's first Broadway success, "All My Sons." Robert Miller talks about the play's origin, themes and characters. He also talks about the upcoming film version of "The Umbrella Man," first developed as a play at Point Park's Pittsburgh Playhouse. He is a producer of the film which is based upon the 1963 Kennedy assassination.

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Opera Festival - Aug 27, 2013

Brooke Welsh (Executive Director), Dennis McNair (Board President) and Bill Locher (Opera Festival Co-Chair) of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra talk about the upcoming Opera Festival taking place September 21st, 7pm at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Johnstown, PA.

Julie Hanify, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Aug 22, 2013

Meet Julie Hanify, the new Head of the Music, Film & Audio Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main Branch in Oakland, She talks about the first concert in the library's new "Sounds Upstairs" concert series, and about wealth of resources available to the public at the library.

Bill McGlaughlin Interview - Aug 22, 2013

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Exploring Music host Bill McGlaughlin about the show's 10th anniversary, the program's new website, Bill's time as a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the current state of classical music.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks - Romeo & Juliet - Aug 21, 2013

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks opens its free, outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet on Aug. 31st. In her production, audience members must choose to side with either the Montagues or the Capulets, then follow that family as both families' scenes are staged simultaneously about 30 yards apart. QED's Stephen Baum met director Helen Meade and cast members during rehearsals in Frick Park, one of the three venues.

Sonja Sweterlich - Julia - Aug 18, 2013

CMU-trained Sonja Sweterlich is a visual arts coordinator for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and a portrait painter. She talks about her latest show, "Julia," featuring a series of 12 portraits of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal dancer and nutrition bar ("Barre") entrpreneur Julia Erickson. "Julia" is on view at Box Heart Gallery in Bloomfield, Aug. 20 through Sep. 14, 2013.

Clayton Days Revisited - Sarah Hall - Aug 12, 2013

Sarah Hall, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Frick Art Museum, takes you through "Clayton Days Revisited," a re-installation of the exhibition created by conceptual photographer Vik Muniz at Clayton in 1999 and 2000. With careful attention to period techniques and using the Frick Art & Historical Center's historical resources, Muniz staged and photographed scenes evoking the life of the Frick family at Clayton a century ago.