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Jackie Dempsey & Steve O'Hearn - Squonk - Sep 1, 2021

The Pittsburgh-based performing arts troupe Squonk is touring to eight U.S. cities with a show called Hand to Hand, featuring progressive rock music, a multi-tiered stage and two giant hands. WQED-FM talks with Squonk's Co-Artistic Directors, Jackie Dempsey and Steve O'Hearn.

Nuria Frigola Torrent - The Song of the Butterflies - Sep 1, 2021

The Song of the Butterflies tells the story of Rember Yahuarcani, an indigenous painter who visits his parents in the Amazonian community of Pebas, Peru and learns about his family history. WQED-FM talks with the film director, Núria Frigola Torrent. The film is available to stream for free on pov.org until October 29, 2021.

Jennifer Tober - Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park's "Hamlet" - Aug 30, 2021

September 4th through the 26th, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park's presents "Hamlet" in an all female cast.  The performances take place at Frick Park, the North Park Boat House and Highland Park.  Founder and Artistic Director Jennifer Tober spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the production.  

Radical Days 2021 - Shannon Musgrave and Terri Bell - Aug 25, 2021

Shannon Musgrave, Communications Director of the Regional Asset District, and Terri Bell, Vice President Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, discuss Lights On in the Cultural District and Radical Days beginning Steptember 9th with the Ballet Theater's outdoor stage on Eighth Sreet and events in several locations including along Fort Duquesne Boulevard at Allegheny Overlook Park. The CLO, Pittsburgh Symphony, August Wilson Center, Pittsbugh Public Theater and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater join with a gallery crawl in the art galleries and restaurants to present free events followed by all the hapenings of Radical Days. They also share thoughts on the pandemic implictions for the fall season with Jim Cunningham.

UniSound - Lindsey Nova & Kendra Ross - Aug 25, 2021

Administered by the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras (TRYPO), UniSound is a collaborative project that provides music education and opportunities for children outside of school time. WQED-FM talks with two members of UniSound's steering committee, Lindsey Nova and Kendra Ross.

Gary Bukovnik - Aug 25, 2021

Water color artist Gary Bukovnik is featured in "Forever Spring," running through November 2021 in the Welcome Center at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Oakdale. On September 9th, he appears for an evening reception and dinner and will present a gift to the permanent collection. September 10th, he presents a Watercolor Masterclass from 9 till noon. Gary Bukovnik is from Cleveland and now lives in San Francisco. One of his early exhibitions was at the Carnegie Museum of Art and he's had a solo show at Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburgh as well as around the world in Europe and Asia as well as the US. He spent time as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Gary loves classical music and has donated work to the San Francisco Symphony and other orchestras. He is a huge fan of WQED-FM having donated prints to the fundraising effort and listens online in his gallery while working. Gary tells his story-- why he loves flowers and how to get started with painting in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

David Allen Wehr - Best of the Bluff Year Two - Aug 24, 2021

This Sunday, Year 2 of the "Best of the Bluff" concert series returns to in-person concerts with the Sonata No. 4 for Cello and Piano by Beethoven; Schumann's Fantasy-pieces for Cello and Piano; and the Schubert Trout Quintet.  The concert takes place at PNC Recital Hall at 3pm.  Artistic Director David Allen Wehr spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the series, how the music was chosen; and more.  



Sean Stipp and Jason Cato - Aug 13, 2021

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's documentary "Olympic Oak" tells the story of John Woodruff, who ran track at Pitt and then went on to win a gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Sean Stipp and Jason Cato collaborated with Chris Benson and The Funky Fly Project to put this film together.

The documentary is available to watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMWLbkeGHV4

Pianist Oscar Rossignoli - Aug 13, 2021

Honduran pianist Oscar Rossignoli, who is based in New Orleans, talks about his new CD "Inertia."  

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein - Aug 10, 2021

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is considered one of today’s most exceptional artists.  Fiterstein is a founder of the Zimro Project, a unique ensemble dedicated to incorporating Jewish art music into chamber music programs. He is currently Professor of Clarinet and Chair of Winds at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.  WQED-FM's Matthew Rygelski spoke to the clarinetist about his career.