Voice of the Arts

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Organist Paul Jacobs - Mar 12, 2020

The Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh present Washington, PA native Paul Jacobs - Sunday March 15th, 3pm, at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Jacobs is a Grammy Award winner and is chair of the Juilliard School's organ department.   He sat down with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham to talk about his concert.  

Pittsburgh Savoyards - The Mikado - Mar 12, 2020

WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham chats with Guy Russo and Lynette Garlan of the Pittsburgh Savoyards. They are music director and production manager respectively of the Savoyards’ production of The Mikado, an operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan. Performances will be held March 13-15 and 19-22 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA.

Miro Quartet - Beethoven String Quartets - Mar 11, 2020

Joshua Gindele and John Largess, cellist and violist respectively of the Miro Quartet, chat with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about what it’s like to spend 15 years recording the complete Beethoven string quartets. The full 8-CD boxset, recorded on the Pentatone label, is titled “Beethoven – Complete String Quartets.” A culmination of 15 years of work, the set has been released just in time for Beethoven’s 250th birthday and the 25th anniversary of the Miro Quartet itself. Joshua Gindele has a special relationship to Pittsburgh, having grown up here and played with the Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Pianist Jonathan Biss - Mar 10, 2020

Pianist Jonathan Biss chats with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about the recent finish of his nine-year, nine-disc long project recording all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Jonathan has played with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the past, and he’ll be back playing Mozart with the PSO in May 2021.

James Blachly - Romanticism Across Cultures - Mar 6, 2020

James Blachly, Music Director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, chats with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about the Symphony, a new album he has coming out, diversity in classical music, and more. James is conducting a concert on Saturday, March 14th called “Romanticism Across Cultures” at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Johnstown. 


Ola Gjeilo - "Night" CD - Mar 3, 2020

Anna Singer spoke with Ola Gjeilo about his brand new solo piano album on the Decca label called Night.  All of the pieces were created in the evening at several different recording studios.  The tracks are short, transparent and heartfelt expressions of his deep affection for the city he calls home - New York.

Organist Regina Kettering - Mar 3, 2020

Regina Kettering is playing an organ concert of all female composers at Heinz Chapel on Sunday the 8th at 3pm.  The concert is titled - "How many?  An organ concert of women's compositions."

Tuesday Musical Club - From the Salon to the Shtetl - Mar 3, 2020

The Tuesday Musical Club presents "From the Salon to the Shtetl: Works for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano" on Tuesday March 10th, 1pm at Rodef Shalom's Levy Hall.  Janice Coppola, clarinet; Roy Sonne, violin; and Nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano stopped by to talk about the concert and perform a piece in our studio.



Paul Merkelo - Mar 2, 2020

Paul Merkelo, principal trumpet of the Montreal Symphony, chats with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about his new album, The Enlightened Trumpet. Recorded on the Sony Classical label and featuring the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, the album includes compositions by Haydn, Telemann, Leopold Mozart, and Hummel. Paul is no stranger to Pittsburgh, having spent time as guest trumpet with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph Stuligross - VoiceGivers - Feb 28, 2020

Anna Singer spoke with Joseph Stuligross about the second VoiceGivers concert taking place on leap day at the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth.  The concert focuses on the theme of children who have been separated from their parents.