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Cellist Inbal Segev Interview - Volume 2 - Oct 4, 2021

Cellist Inbal Segev is commissioning and recording 20 chamber music works to capture all that happened in the year 2020. The recordings are being released in four volumes, and in this conversation with Katie Brill she describes the five works on Volume 2:


1. Viet Cuong: Room to Move for cello octet

2. Avner Dorman: Elegy for the Victims of Indifference for cello and accordion

3. Vijay Iyer: The Window for cello and piano

4. Christopher Cerrone: The Pleasure at Being the Cause for cello and piano

5. Angélica Negrón: Ruta Panorámica for cello, bandoneón and electronics

Dave Rankin - Central Presbyterian Church of Tarentum - Oct 1, 2021

Dave Rankin is the organizer of the concert series at Central Prebyterian Church in Tarentum Pa. He speaks with Jim Cunningham about the return of the 6 program series after the year and a half break for the pandemic. Todo Tango features the Academy Chamber Ensemble led by Warren Davidson, violin at 7pm on October 10. The concerts are free with a goodwill offering plate near the entrance. Dave explains how the pandemic affected the community and the church, with some history of the historic structure, it's organ and stained glass windows as well as the work being done to help Tarentum grow and flourish.

Maria Sensi Sellner - Resonance Works - Oct 1, 2021

Maria Sensi Sellner talks about Decameron Opera Coalition's presentation of "Heroes", seven world premiere opera short films presented in three episodes, all framed by original art songs by Hilliard and Boresi, featuring renowned soprano Karen Slack, mezzo-soprano Tesia Kwarteng, tenor Javier Abreu, and baritone John Castillo.  Maria spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer.

RAD Interview - Rachel Saul Rearick - Contemporary Craft - Sep 29, 2021

On October 2, Contemporary Craft celebrates its 50th Anniversary as part of RADical Days. Katie Brill talks with Contemporary Craft's Executive Director, Rachel Saul Rearick, about the activities planned for their 50th Anniversary Party, their Food Justice exhibition and other upcoming events. Rachel also reflects on the organization's success over the past 50 years.

RAD Interview - Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather - The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh - Sep 29, 2021

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh presents the Generations Speaker Series with Dr. Rebecca Jacobson on October 6. In this conversation with Katie Brill, the Director of the Holocaust Center, Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather, talks about the virtual RADical Days event on the 6th, the Holocaust Center's programs and upcoming events, and how we might prevent something like the Holocaust from happening again.

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Edward Leonard and Andrew Swenson - Sep 29, 2021

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh opens their seson Saturday October 2 7pm in a new venue-- Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Temple with a premiere of a concerto by Marina Lopez played by Zoe Sorrell along with Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite and the Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel. Executive Director Andrew Swenson explains what the orchestra is trying to do and Maestro Edward Leonard describes the delights of the five concert season.

RAD Interview - Chris Cox - Pittsburgh Opera - Sep 29, 2021

Chris Cox, Director of Marketing and Communications at Pittsburgh Opera has the story for Jim Cunningham on the Rising Stars Concert at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters October 3 6pm at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters with the Resident Artists. It's free with support from the Regional Asset District but reservations are necessary. You'll hear opera hits and some discoveries presented in a high wire audition format. Chis explores the season with Magic Flute in November at the Benedum, Carmen and brand new operas sung by world clas singers. There are also concerts in Market Square and Brown Bag programs for free. Wear your mask and bring the vaccination card.

Paul Fireman - Sep 29, 2021

Paul Fireman talks with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the "What's the Point" 5K, which takes place at Westinghouse Park on Saturday October 9th at noon.

Ron Carnevali - Flood City Music Festival 2021 - Sep 23, 2021

The Johnstown Flood City Music Festival returns after having to take last year off due to the Covid pandemic.  The event takes place at People's Natural Gas Park on October 1st and 2nd, 2021.  WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar spoke with festival chairman Ron Carnevali about this year's festival, including headliners Bruce Hornsby & and the Noisemakers, and Uprooted.  For tickets and information on the festival, visit www.floodcitymusic.com.



Alice Culin Ellison & Liza Malamut - Incantare - Sep 23, 2021

The Baroque ensemble of strings and sackbuts Incantare join Chatham Baroque to form a baroque orchestra playing "The Glories of Venice," with music by Gabrieli and other 16th and early 17th century composers. Violinist Alice Culin Ellison joined Liza Malamut who plays sackbut to talk about their visit to Calvary Episcopal Church Saturday and Sunday September 25th and 26th. They talk about the sackbut and its similarity to the trombone; Gabrieli; Venice; getting the balance just right; women in the brass world; Liza taking on the job of Director at the Newbery Consort; a book on the way; and great houseplants that thrive while listening to Gabrieli in this conversation with Jim Cuningham.