Voice of the Arts

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Jonathan Eaton - Oct 28, 2016

Jonathan Eaton, General Director of the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, discusses the Mildred Miller Voice Competition October 29th and 30th, 2016 and plans for the upcoming season of Summerfest in July 2017.



Brian Ceponis - Oct 27, 2016

Brian Ceponis stars as Atticus Finch in Prime Stage Theater’s production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the New Hazlett Theater. Hear all about one of the greatest literary heroes of all time, the acting role that changed the practice of law in America, along with the special qualities of the Prime Stage production and cast.



Greg Lehane and Lindsey Chinn - Oct 27, 2016

Gregory Lehane, director and acting instructor for the school of music at Carnegie Mellon University directs Acis and Galatea by Handel. In the interview, Gregory talks about the inspiration for this modernized production set in Cuba, some history about the production and his collaboration with music director Christopher Larkin. Soprano Lindsey Chinn explains the technical challenges of the role Galatea, the rehearsal process and some of the themes in the show. Come to Purnell Center for the Arts this weekend to see Acis and Galatea this Wednesday through Saturday, Wed-Fri at 8pm and Sat at 2pm.

Marie-Louise Langlais - Oct 25, 2016

Jim Cunningham speaks with Marie-Louise Langlais, widow of French organist and composer Jean Langlais. She discusses Robert Sutherland Lord (1930-2014) and the Sainte- Clotilde Tradition in Paris along with Lord’s students and colleagues who will give a recital at Heinz Memorial Chapel on Sunday October 30th 2016 at 3pm. Mrs. Langlais remembers her husband’s friendship with composer Olivier Messiaen, discusses his personality and blindness, describes Langlais' most terrifying piece La Cinquieme trompette, “The Fifth Trumpet” from the CInq Meditations sur l’Apocalypse inspired by the Book Of Revelations, remembers their life together with daughter Caroline and dog Scherzo, speaks about the music Langlais wrote for her including when she performed at the same organ bench with her husband and the importance of Pittsburgh organists Anne Labounsky, Donald Wilkins, Douglas Himes and Robert Sutherland Lord in interpreting the music of Jean Langlais (1907-1991).



Organist Douglas Himes - Oct 24, 2016

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks with Dr. Douglas Himes, who will perform at the Heinz Chapel Organ Commemorative Concert for Dr. Robert Lord on Sunday October 30th at 3pm.

Ali Chain and Damond Garner - Oct 24, 2016

Adam Liu and Friends, which takes place Tuesday October 25th at Duquesne University in the PNC Recital Hall at the  Mary Pappert School of Music, brings together Bach and two dancers affiliated with Point Park University - Ali Chain and Damond Garner. They share their thoughts about the dance world and their teachers at Poin Park.

Adam Liu and Roy Sonne - Oct 24, 2016

PSO Cellist Adam Liu and violinist Roy Sonne  talk about their concert together at Duquesne University on October 25th at 7:30pm in the PNC Recital Hall, where they will be joined by guest pianists Daniel May, Pauline Rovkah, and Yeeha Chiu; cellist David Bennett; and dancers from Point Park.