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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.

Bach Beethoven and Brunch - James Gourlay - River City Brass - Jul 22, 2021

The 2021 Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert series continues this Sunday (7/25) with the River City Brass.  David Peebles spoke with Artistic and General Director James Gourlay about performing at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch, what will be on their program, and more.  

Marianne Cornetti - Pittsburgh Festival Opera - Young Artists & Legends in the Limelight - Jul 21, 2021

Marianne Cornetti of Pittsburgh Festival Opera stopped by to chat with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about some of the exciting events they have coming up - including the Hans and Leslie Fleischer Young Artists Program, the Legends in the Limelight series, and more.  

Tenor Timothy Stoddard - Jul 20, 2021

Tenor Timothy Stoddard has recently joined pianist Ellen Fast to record the world premiere of Michael Markowsky's "Mortaly Wounded" with poetry from Federico Garcia Lorca. Timothy has made Pittsburgh his home after living in New York. He sang as soloist with Pittsburgh Camerata and the Shadyside Presbyterian Choir. He worked with Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, premiered the tenor role in Karson Kievman's opera "Tesla" about inventor Nikola Tesla, performed in Trondheim, Norway. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, he talks about his career and the wold premiere. He has sung as a young artist at the Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theater. He has performed outreach for the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Opera Idaho. He has served as resident tenor for the American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice Fellowship. Timothy has received artist awards from the NATS competitions of Chicago and Spokane, Arleen Auger Foundation, the American Scandinavian Society, and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. He holds degrees from the University of Idaho and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Mark Fleischer & James Cunningham - Pittsburgh CLO 75th Anniversary - Jul 16, 2021

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with the "other" James Cunningham, Music Director of Pittsburgh CLO, as well as CLO's Executive Producer Mark Fleischer to talk about their 75th Annivesary - their "Broadway Musical Celebration" taking place at Heinz Field July 21-24; their favorite selections from different CLO productions and much more.  

Charlie Grey - Pittsburgh CLO 75th Anniversary - Jul 16, 2021

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Pittsburgh CLO Executive Director Emeritus about the rich history of the CLO.  Charlie talks about some of his favorite productions; starting the Gene Kelly Awards; bringing Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber to Pittsburgh and much more.  

Bach Beethoven and Brunch - Shadyside Brass - Jul 15, 2021

Members of Shadyside Brass talk about this weekend's (7/18) performance at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch.  Stop by Mellon Park from 10:30am to noon.  



Bach Beethoven and Brunch - Peggy Greb - Aeolian Winds - Jul 8, 2021

Peggy Greb, flutist with the Aeolian Winds and Principal Flute of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra fills us in on the plan for the first free  Bach Beethoven and Brunch concert of 2021 July 11 at Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady in Shadyside. Peggy has story of the group and an update on the Edgewood Symphony plus her personal musical journey from elementary school in New York to music making in Pittsburgh plus the scene in real estate in Pittsburgh.  

John Brown - Mt. Lebanon Farmers Market - Jun 23, 2021

John Brown, Market Manager of the Mount Lebanon Farmers Market and President of the Mount Lebanon Lions Club, has the story on one of Western Pennsylvania's oldest markets which benefits 18 other non-profit organizations and supports a project with the Library. The market runs every Wednesday from 4 to 7pm at the Mount Lebanon United Lutheran Church at 975 Washington Road in Pittsbugh. Vendors include BBQ, Mediterra Bakehouse, Nellie's Sandwiches, Wu's Shaved Ice, Pleasant Lane Farmers Cheese, Joe's Nuts, Paul's Orchard, Colombino Coffee, Anthos Greek Foods, Sand Hill Berries, Wild Rivers kettle Korn, Fusion Chocolate, Costello Honey, Dillner Family Farm and Cherish Creamery. John fills us in on the deer population in Mount Lebanon and suggests restaurants for after the Market to make it a special trip. John Brown has served in several roles of civic planning in Steubenville and the South Hills after degrees from Thiel College and the University of Pittsburgh.

Kagey Parrish - The Honey Dewdrops - Jun 23, 2021

The Hillman Performing Arts Series presents The Honey Dewdrops this Saturday, June 26 at 3pm. The Honey Dewdrops are a singer/songwriter duo, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, who perform original songs in a contemporary folk style. Kagey Parrish talks about the upcoming concert, what the next year looks like, and his musical background in this conversation with WQED-FM.  For more information about the Honey Dewdrops, visit their website: https://www.thehoneydewdrops.com.