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Noel Quintana - Aug 9, 2021

Noël Quintana, also known as “Mr. Conga” has been involved with Latin music for over 30 years as a percussionist, researcher, collector of Latin music photos and memorabilia and is the bandleader of Noel Quintana & The Latin Crew.  They perform on Tuesday August 10th, 7:30pm (raindate August 11th) at the Highline for a free outdoor concert by Chamber Music Pittsburgh and their "Just Summer" concert series.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Noel about the concert and more in this conversation. 



Mark Anderson, Gail Luley and Kathryn Barnard - Aug 5, 2021

Pittsburgh Camerata Artistic Director Mark Anderson joins Managing Director Gail Luley and Pittsburgh Girls Choir Artistic Director Kathryn Barnard to talk about their new administrative affiliation. They discuss the many reasons they hope to grow their audience and their creative programming with a special effort being made to represent music lovers from all walks of life.

Bach Beethoven and Brunch - Edward Leonard & Andrew Swensen - Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Aug 5, 2021

The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh makes their Bach, Beethoven and Brunch debut this Sunday at 10:30am. Katie Brill talks with the chamber orchestra's Artistic Director, Edward Leonard, and Executive Director Andrew Swensen about the upcoming concert as well as their upcoming concert season.

Agata Miklavc - Aug 3, 2021

Violinist Agata Miklavc was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia where she began studying violin at the age of 3. Her career took her from Ljubljana to Sarajevo and later to the United States, where she now studies with Andrés Cárdenes at Carnegie Mellon University. She talks with Jim Cunningham about her participation in the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami.

Andres Cardenes - Aug 3, 2021

Andrés Cárdenes has had an outstanding career as a solo violinist, conductor, chamber musician and former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Violin Studies and the Dorothy Richard Starling/Alexander Speyer Jr. Endowed Chair at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music, and he is the co-founder and Artistic and Music Director of the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami, a program geared towards educating young musicians in chamber music and solo repertoire. Maestro Cárdenes' conversation with Jim Cunningham focuses on the festival as well as Josef Gingold's legacy.

Pittsburgh Savoyards - Aug 3, 2021

The Pittsburgh Savoyards open their 84th season (and resume live performances!) this July with a touring production of Molière’s final theatrical work, "The Imaginary Invalid." Performances will be held on the outdoor stage at South Park Theatre in South Park, PA; outside the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA; and air-conditioned indoors at Pittsburgh Savoyards headquarters, 523 Lincoln Ave. in Bellevue, PA.  David Peebles spoke to the group about this production.  

Rick Smith - South Hills Chorale - Aug 2, 2021

Katie Brill talks with Rick Smith, Executive Director of the South Hills Chorale. The South Hills Chorale is performing a free concert on Sunday, August 8.

Justin Spenner - Jul 29, 2021

"I Enter as a Stranger" is a multi-discipline production of Franz Schubert’s song cycle Die Winterreise (1828) featuring Minnesota based singer Justin Anthony Spenner (Producer/Baritone) who speaks with Jim Cunningham. WQED's Emmy award winning editor and producer Ash Warren prepared the second section of the production. "I Enter as a Stranger" removes the romantic narrative from Die Winterreise, focusing instead on the poetic themes of mental illness. Music, dance, photography, and film merge to tell the story of four individuals searching for connection and recognition as they navigate their own neurodiversity. Their worlds intersect, and lines of reality blur together as they gain an understanding of each other. “This project comes as a response to a massive increase of people talking about their mental health over the last 15 months. The pandemic has created a time where many have found community in trauma- a topic that our society tends to ignore. This work reflects on the effort it takes to maintain that community and the idea that connection can be attainable through empathy.” -Justin Anthony Spenner, Producer This self-produced work was conceived to normalize conversations about mental health and advocate for individualized treatment. It utilizes film, music, and photography to explore themes of human connection, isolation, internal/external realities, and living with an invisible illness.

Bach Beethoven and Brunch - Alex Jones - Pgh Festival Winds - Jul 26, 2021

Alex Jones of the Pittsburgh Festival Winds spoke with WQED-FM about this weekend's Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert.  They'll perform at Mellon Park on Sunday August 1st from 10:30am to noon.  Alex talks about their program, performing in the great outdoors, the importance of classical music, and much more.



Laura Gordon & Robb Miller - Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company - Jul 23, 2021

The Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company performs Richard III, their first production for live audiences since the pandemic. Katie Brill talks about the upcoming production with Laura Gordon, co-founder of the Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company, and Robb Miller, who stars as Richard III. Opening night is July 29 at 7pm in Stackhouse Park.