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Bruce Lazier - Jan 20, 2023

WQED-FM spoke with Bruce Lazier who has an event at the Carnegie Library this Saturday (21st) at 2pm. It is in the South Wing Reading Room. It is called "Sounds Upstairs: Trombasso."  It is a trio featuring him (Trombone), Phillip Van Ouse (Cimbasso) and Laura Lynn Crytzer (Trombone). 

Dr. Herbert Jones - Let Freedom Sing 2023 - Jan 11, 2023

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Dr. Herbert Jones, about the 2023 "Let Freedom Sing" concert taking place at the Rodman Street Baptist Church on Saturday January 14th.   It's the 16th annual Concert Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   

Annette Banks - Freedom House Ambulance - Jan 11, 2023

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Annette Banks, producer of the new WQED-TV documentary "Freedom House Ambulance: The First Responders." Airing on Thursday January 12th at 8pm on WQED, the documentary tells the story of the paramedics of Freedom House Ambulance which was initially conceived to respond to the needs of Pittsburgh’s African American community who often times, couldn’t rely on police and fire departments during an emergency. With rare archival images, the program features the story of inception from an original founder, compelling reflections of surviving paramedics, stories of the world-renowned doctors who trained them, and memories of lifelong Hill District residents.

Victoria Bond - Jan 5, 2023

Composer and Conductor Victoria Bond worked with the Pittsburgh Symphony as Composer in Residence with Music Director Andre Previn. Victoria speaks with Jim Cunningham about her warm memories of Pittsburgh making music with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony run by Marie Maazel and her Previn collaborations. She conducted numerous concerts as a trailblazer in the world of women and the arts. She has formed her own company in Chicago worked a lot New York with a home in Greenwich Village and several albums of her music have been released. The most recent from fall 2022 The centerpiece of her newest album is the world premiere recording of Blue and Green Music, commissioned by the Cassatt Quartet through a Chamber Music America commissioning grant. She is principal guest conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago, and has held conducting positions with Pittsburgh Symphony, New York City Opera, Roanoke Symphony, and Bel Canto and Harrisburg Operas. Ms. Bond is Artistic Director of Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in New York, which she founded in 1998, and is a frequent lecturer at the Metropolitan Opera Guild. 

VennDuo - Dec 22, 2022

Matthew Rygelski interviewed the VennDuo Clarinet Duo made up of clarinetists Hannah Weller and Alexandra Chea. The duo met at Messiah University in Harrisburg Pennsylvania and have become a popular collaboration posting new clarinet duets and have been invited to perform live at numerous events. Matthew Rygelski interviewed them about their success and their upcoming projects. 

Shadyside Brass - Dec 16, 2022

Celebrate Christmas with Shadyside Brass Sunday December 18 4:30pm at Heinz Chapel in a free will offering concert. It’s all holiday hits with Hark the herald Angels Sing, Carol of the Bells, Coventry Carol. I Saw Three Ships, White Christmas, Santa baby, The Christmas Song, O Christmas Tree and Silent Night. Jim Cunningham will have poetry from Maya Angelou and Anne Bronte plus Dr. Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The offering benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Trumpet Joseph Figliulo and the Foundation’s volunteer Justin Davis stopped by the QED Morning Show with the details.

Calvary United Methodist Church - Messiah Sing-Along - Dec 15, 2022

Conductor Brian Burns and mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell spoke with Anna Singer about the Messiah Sing-Along taking place at Calvary United Methodist Church December 17th and 18th.