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Gift To America - May 4, 2011

Geoffrey Hitch, director of "Gift to America," talks about the play that literally illuminates Maxo Vanka's celebrated murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale that blend religious and political themes. Performances May 4th-7th will benefit the restoration and lighting of the work of the "Diego Rivera of Pittsburgh," as musician and artist David Byrne has called him.

The Alice Project - Marianne Weems - Apr 19, 2011

CMU's Marianne Weems directs The Alice Project at the Chosky Theater through April 23rd. She's best known as Artistic Director of Brooklyn's world-renowned performance and media company, The Builders Association. Her works combine media, text, sound, architecture and stage performance and have been staged at major venues in London, Rome, Melbourne and Singapore.

Composer Eugene Phillips - Mar 23, 2011

Orion Quartet violinists Todd and Daniel Phillips will premiere the Trio Concertante by their father, 91 year old retired Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Eugene Phillips. They'll be joined by cellist Marcy Rosen. Eugene talks about his new 12-tone work and the concert series at Chatham University that has featured his sons through the years. He also shares his memories from the PSO, where he began under Fritz Reiner in 1947.

Cello Fury - Mar 15, 2011

Pittsburgh's cello-rock quartet Cello Fury (formerly Cellofourte) has released its first CD since the personnel and name change. The award-winning acoustic group will play on March 18 at Duquesne University's Red Ring restaurant. Members Nicole Myers and Simon Cummings talk with Jim Cunningham about the group, their new CD, and their backgrounds.

Susan Medley - Mar 1, 2011

Susan Medley debuts as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale on March 5th & 6th, 2011 conducting Haydn's The Creation. Shortly after taking charge in January, she talked about Haydn's masterpiece and her extensive choral background, which includes work at Carnegie Hall, W & J, the Junior Mendelssohn, and as far away as Malaysia.

Elena Ulyanova, piano - Feb 23, 2011

Russian-born pianist Elena Ulyanova, now a Johnstown resident, performs Friday, Feb. 25th at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. She tells Jim Cunningham about her passion for Rachmaninoff's music, life in her Crimean hometown, life in Johnstown, her Russian training, her CDs and upcoming concerts.

Bodiography "108 Minutes" - Feb 17, 2011

Bodiography founder and director Maria Caruso is a "gutsy" choreographer. Instead of focusing on the body's exterior beauty, she explores cutting-edge internal medicine in 2010's "Heart," and in her new full-length ballet "108 Minutes" which she developed in collaboration with the McGowan Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Ted Pappas directs "Camelot" - Jan 18, 2011

Ted Pappas directs Lerner & Lowe's masterpiece "Camelot" to mark the musical's 50th anniversary with a youthful cast of 22, a live orchestra, and a cavalcade of memorable songs. Pittsburgh Public Theater begins previews on Jan. 20th.

First Night - Dan Kamin - Dec 30, 2010

Local mime artist Dan Kamin coached Johnny Depp and Robert Downey, Jr. for their title roles in Benny and Joon and Chaplin and now works with symphony orchestras. He'll provide a single-handed simulacrum of all the performing arts in Dan Kamin's Cheap Evening of Expensive Theater at the August Wilson Center for First Night 2011.

Auld Lang Syne II - Dec 28, 2010

Pittsburgh Opera's General Director, Christopher Hahn, talks about the company's New Year's Eve gala concert at Carnegie Music Hall, returning by popular demand.

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