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Willa Cather Seminar - Jun 8, 2017

The International Cather Seminar is scheduled for June 11-17, 2017, at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University. During Cather's ten years in Pittsburgh, she worked as an editor, teacher, reviewer, and freelance writer. As importantly, she collected friends and mixed with all sorts of Pittsburghers.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sat down with conductor Yudo Ikach, Seminar Co-Director James Japp, and English Professor Kim Vanderlaan to discuss the seminar.


Emerson String Quartet - Jun 2, 2017

Jim Cunningham interviews Emerson String Quartet's violinist Eugene Drucker and violist Lawrence Dutton, regarding the release of the quartet's newest album "Music of Britten and Purcel." Drucker and Dutton discuss Britten's influences of, and homages to Purcel throughout the album.

Jennifer Kloetzel - Cypress String Quartet - Jun 2, 2017

Jennifer Kloetzel of the Cypress String Quartet, is interviewed by WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham regarding the group's final album "Brahms: String Sextets." Kloetzel and Cunningham discuss a range of topics, including the current activities of former-group members, and the rich history of the quartet's 20 well-played years.

Rachel Barton Pine - May 31, 2017

Famed-violinist Rachel Barton Pine is interviewed by WQED-FM's Ethan Simmons, regarding the release of her 35th album "Bel Canto Paganini." The interview focuses on the mythicism of Niccolo Paganini; Pine's take on the athletic requirements of Paganini's challenging "24 caprices;" and the her views on the Classical-music world, as well as the Arts community as a whole.

Steel City Men's Chorale - May 31, 2017

Richard Teaster joins baritone Ryan Ricarte to discuss upcoming concerts, the Steel City Men’s Chorale and guest organist Nicholas Will  in Carnegie Pa on June 4th at 4pm with Chants et Prieres at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and on June 14th at Shadyside Presbyterian 7pm in the Music for Midsummer Nights series.  Music by Saint Saints and Gounod was recorded exclusively for this conversation. 

The Brass Roots - May 25, 2017

East Liberty Presbyterian Church, the Brass Roots, organist Dr. Edward Allan Moore and Pittsburgh Symphony trombone and arranger/conductor James Nova present "A Space Odyssey" at the church 116 S. Highland Avenue in a free concert Friday May 26 7pm. Hear all about John Williams music for Star Wars on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, with Also Sprach Zarathustra, music from Star Trek and more. French Horn Rana Jurgis of the Brass Roots joins Dr. Ed and James Nova for the discussion.

Undercroft Opera - La Rondine - May 25, 2017

May 25th through 28th, Undercroft Opera present's Puccini's "La Rondine" at the Antonian Theater on the campus of Carlow University.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer chats with the stage director, Undercroft Opera's founding Director and cast members about the production.