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Undercroft Opera - Eugene Onegin - Feb 15, 2017

Friday February 17th, 8pm at Bellefield Hall, Undercroft Opera presents Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin."  WQED-FM's Anna Singer talks to Undercroft Opera Founding Director Mary Beth Sederburg, Baritone Ian Greenlaw and Soprano Katie Manukyan about the production.


Lyn Starr - Alumni Theater Company - Feb 14, 2017

Lyn and James Perry (of ATC) are both performing in the Jazz Cafe event on CMU's campus in Alumni Concert Hall (CFA) at 7:30 on Feb 16th. The event is about women in jazz and overall diversity within music. All ticket sales will benefit ATC, a non-profit organization that gives urban youth a platform to express their art. Tickets are $12 at the door. 

Diamante Trio - Feb 14, 2017

The Diamante Trio with soprano Lilli Abreu give a free concert at the Campana Chapel Finoli Drive in Greensburg Pa for the University of Pittsburgh featuring music by Latin American composers Wednesday February 15 at 4pm. Devin Arrington violinist in the Westmoreland Symphony and composer and teacher joins Pittsburgh Opera Principal Clarinet May Beth Malek and Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra cellist Paula Tuttle to play Gade,Piazzola, Abreu and Gardel in the WQED-FM Studio.

Marina Lopez and Andrew Dewey - Feb 14, 2017

The CMU Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Daniel Nesta Curtis give premieres of music by  exciting young composers and a modern classic by Steve Reich March 8 with the CMU Philharmonic at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Composer Marina Lopez born in Mexico City, says she benefited greatly from knowing David Stock at Duquesne University and greatly enjoys her work with Leonardo Balada at CMU. Her new piece Fish will be heard along with Hedonism by Andrew Dewey who works with Nancy Galbraith. Both composers fill us in on why you should be there and how it might change your life. They will also lead a discussion during the intermission of the concert.

Matt Mehaffey - Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh - Feb 10, 2017

Mendelssohn Choir Music Director Matt Mehaffey tells us about the Pittsburgh premiere of "Annalies" by James Whitbourne at Rodef Shalom Temple February 25th with soprano  Amelia D’arcy. The music is a setting of words from Anne Frank’s diary with the choir and instrumentalists.

Thomas Douglas - Bach Choir of Pittsburgh - Feb 7, 2017

Thomas Douglas leads the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh in the rarely performed Randall Thompson "Requiem" this Saturday and Sunday February 11 and 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Pittsburgh. Maestro Douglas describes the special features of the Thompson composer for double chorus a-capella, the Bach Choir and his upcoming Ragtime production at CMU, plus a conversation about diversity in classical music and Black History Month.

Maria Sensi Sellner and Jason Hohn - Resonance Works - Feb 6, 2017

Maria Sensi Sellner and violist Jason Hohn fill us in on "In Excelsis," the concerts Thursday February 9th and Saturday February 11th at the Third Presbyterian Church with an American premiere of "Gloria" by James Macmillan along with his "Cecilia Virgo" and "Seraph," Neal Berntsen of the Pittsburgh Symphony playing the  "Prayer of St Gregory" by Allen Hovhaness, Verdi’s "Ave Maria" and "Flos Campi" by Vaughan Williams. Russell Weismann plays the organ, while the Festival Chorus and Pittsburgh  Youth Chorus sing. Topics include what it was like working with the composer at rehearsal.