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Remake Learning - May 17, 2017

Dorie Taylor and Yu-Ling Cheng Behr stopped by WQED-FM to talk about Remake Learning Days.  Running May 15th through 26th, Remake Learning Days is a 12-day celebration of activities and events showcasing everything that makes the Pittsburgh region a recognized national leader in innovative teaching and learning.  

Robert Boudreau - May 17, 2017

Robert Boudreau founded the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in 1957.  In this wide-ranging interview with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham, Boudreau talks about his career in music and with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

Harpist Claire Jones - May 12, 2017

This Mother's Day, 4pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, Britain’s best selling classical harpist, Claire Jones presents her truly unique harp music in the percussion duo - C2, featuring West End percussionist and emerging composer, Chris Marshall. The performance will include the theme from Downton Abbey, Ladies in Lavender, Ritual Fire Dance by De Falla, themes from Carmen by Bizet, original compositions by Chris Marshall and a wide variety of exciting well known pieces from the world of film and classical music.   Ms. Jones and Mr. Marshall stopped by WQED-FM to talk abou the concert as well as play two pieces in our studio.

Pittsburgh Philharmonic - May 10, 2017

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic performs the final concerts of their 2016-2017 season on May 19th and 20th.   The concert features Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Violin Concerto, as well as "Three Arguments" by the Philharmonic's Young Composer Contest winner Chris Massa.

Pittsburgh Cello Quartet - May 5, 2017

The Pittsburgh Cello Quartet,all members of the Pittsburgh Symphony: Bronwyn Banerdt, Michael DeBruyn, Charlie Powers and Alexandra Allie Thompson appear at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont for the Pittsburgh Performs series of Chamber Music Pittsburgh Thrusday May 11 at 7pm in a family friendly concert with the concession stand open and BYOB in effect. The music is by Alexandre Tansman, Peter Schickele, Billy Joel, Wagner, Guns N Roses and Henry Mancini.  Pay what you wish with a suggested donation of $10.  412-624-4129 chambermusicpittsburgh.org and the QED cultural calendar for more.

Raggs to Riches - May 5, 2017

Angelo Ragghianti was a member of CMU's The Originals for 2.5 years as a tenor. Since then, Angelo has been actively pursuing a solo career in pop music. In anticipation of his upcoming EP release, he is putting on a concert at Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts on Sunday May 7th at 8pm.   WQED-FM intern Sophie Thompson talked to "AJ" about the concert and his new EP.

Resonance Works Pittsburgh - Falstaff - May 5, 2017

This Friday (May 12th) at 8pm and Sunday (May 14th) at 3pm, Resonance Works presents Verdi's "Falstaff" at the Charity Randall Theater in Oakland.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer chats with Maria Sensi Sellner, Stephanie Havey and Joseph Gaines about the production.