Voice of the Arts
WQED’s Jimmy Cunningham sat down with the Verona Quartet (Jonathan Ong, Dorothy Ro, Abigail Rojansky, and Jonathan Dormand) to talk about their debut album, “Diffusion,” featuring Janáček’s “Intimate Letters,” Szymanowski’s Quartet No. 2, and Ravel’s String Quartet. Embracing worldwide cultural exchange and celebrating folk cultures through music, this diverse group of internationally acclaimed musicians has put together a phenomenal first album you won’t want to miss!
Lorraine Mszanski, Executive Director of South Park Theater, has the summer plan for outdoor productions of Jerry Mayer's 2 Across and Cinderella. Why you should go and how to get there using the T system or by car. You can order a meal too if you don't bring your picnic equipment. Lorraine tells us there's no business like show business especially after a pandemic.
Mark Fleischer, Executive Producer for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, discusses the 75th Anniversary of the company to be celebrated at Heinz Field in a partnerhsip with the Pittsburgh Steelers -- Summer Under the Stars, which includes "The Wizard of Oz" (July 8th throught 10th) and a Gala 75th Celebration (July 21st through 24th) with the CLO Orchestra. Why they've lasted 75 years and why Mark is looking forward to his expanded role talking on responsibilities from Van Kaplan who will retire but remain in a peaceful transition working on special efforts for CLO. The conversation with Jim Cunningham includes a few history personal favorites and a recap of the WQED partnership that presented A Christmas Carol with Richard Thomas in December 2020.
Rick Sebak joined Jim Cunningham on the QED Morning Show to talk abou this new documentary "A Very Quick History of an Unusual TV Station" which airs tonight on WQED TV at 7:30.
From June 7th to 27th, artist Stephen Towns is participating in the Fallingwater Institute's artist in residency program, where he is researching local chef Elsie Henderson and making artwork that will be exhibited in the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in 2022. WQED-FM talks about the partnership with Anne Kraybill, Director and CEO at the Westmoreland Museum, and Ashley Andrykovitch from the Fallingwater Institute.
Pianist Andrew von Oeyen is releasing a new album of works by J.S. Bach and Beethoven this Friday, June 11th on the Warner Classics label. He was inspired to record the album during the pandemic, when music by these two composers felt like the right music to be playing for this time.
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Education Director Camila Rivera-Tinsley has the details on the Juneteenth concert and celebration at the Frick Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill featuring several musicians and spoken word artists. Bring a picnic and find a spot on the lawn while taking a look at the exhibits including "From Slavery to Freedom," presented along with the Heinz History Center. Camila runs down the plan for a wide range of events including a Black Market on June 26th, a showcase for black owned businesses in Western Pennsylvania, a Mellon Park cookout the weekend of June 18th, and Heritage Day June 20th at the Frick. There are always birds to see at the Environmental Center and a full summer of learning and walking abroad on the great green earth while absorbing and learning in Pittsburgh Parks. Camila is a member of the WQED Community Advisory Board and has a lifelong commitment to teaching arriving from the Eastern half of Pa five years ago.
Harris Ferris, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, discusses the Open Air stage and it's biggest offering yet with a wide ranging series at Schenley Park. The portable stage rises again soon and where he thinks it might travel, how it works and what it cost in this conversation with Jim Cunnningham. The Ballet has added four new apprenticeships under Artistic Director Susan Jaffe with a college degree component. Dancing will resume August 22nd at Hartwod Acres and the fall season begins October 22nd at the Benedum Center with the orchestra in the pit. There's a return to the August Wilson Center with a cutting edge "Here and Now" program in March, Alice In Wonderland February 11th at the Bendum and Swan Lake in May with the orchestra. The electronic media presenations that began during the pandemic are still in the thinking but the focus now will be on having audiences feel safe in the opening events.
Jazz Legend Roger Humphries joins Dana Bishop-Root, Director of Education and Public Programs, to describe Carnegie Museum of Art's "Inside Out," running through September 4th on Thursdays and Saturdays noon to five in the Sculpture Courtyard with performances by regional artists, DJs, art activities, food trucks, local beers and kid friendly treats. Roger brings his RH Factor ensemble and he’ll play "Song for My Father," which he recorded with Horace Silver. He talks with Jim Cunningham about the legendary figures he has worked with. Roger provides memories of Silver and the 1965 session for Blue Note with label owner Alfred Lion in the studio. Of course you can get an autograph and a selfie on June 12 but the Kassia Ensemble, Jasmine Hearn, Staycee Pearl, Alumni Theater Company, Alia Musica, Dreams of Hope. Clara Kent, Afro Yaqui Ensemble and much more are part of the plan. The Museum is open with air conditioning and CDC guidelines in place.
Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons is returning to Pittsburgh for a performance on Saturday, June 12 at 3pm at the Shady Side Academy Senior School's Hillman Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Flemons combines his love for music and storytelling in his performances, helping us look at American history in a new way.