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Anqwenique - Sirens and Queens - May 24, 2019

Anqwenique presents "Sirens and Queens", May 30th, 7pm at Hotel Indigo celebrating the works and lives of black women composers presented by Chamber Music Pittsburgh.  Also helping out are Lisa Harris, Shanyse Strickland and there are visuals by Julie Mallis with a conversation at the close.  Florence Price is in the plan with refreshments and pay what you wish. Hear all about in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Kamraton - May 23, 2019

Emily Cook and Anna Elder of the all woman group Kamratōn, and their conductor Daniel Curtis stopped by WQED-FM to speak about their new opera: Her Holiness: The Winter Dog. The Opera was composed by Curtis Rumrill for the Kamratōn group, and it runs May 30th and 31st at 8 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, the unique joy of modern music, the importance of pushing yourself artistically, and the impact of plot driven musical choices are all discussed. 

Nicole Myers - Cello Fest - May 23, 2019

Nicole Myers of Cello Fury stopped by to talk about Cello Fest, which will be held on May 25 at Carnegie Mellon University. Featuring workshops, masterclasses, and performances from the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet, the day is filled with music for all music lovers. 

Corey Bourbonniere from Pittsburgh Ballet Theater - May 17, 2019

Corey Bourbonniere is one of the dancers of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater who will be seen at Chautauqua New York  when the PBT dances Sleeping Beauty with Tchaikovsky’s score played by the Chautauqua Symphony and Music Director Rossen Milanov. He tells us his story,why he loves to dance and  talks about the timeless qualities of the ballet classic with the  staging from Terrence Orr.

David Mahler - May 17, 2019

Composer David Mahler is included in a new collection of piano music from American composers recorded for New World by Rory Cowal . David lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife Julie Hanify, Head Librarian at the Carnegie Library music Division in the Main Branch. They stopped by with a singing friend to perform Stephen Foster’s Hard Times in the Bayer Broadcast Center. The Foster is the starting point for one of David’s pieces as he explained to Jim Cunningham.

Brian Worsdale - Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra - May 9, 2019

Conductor Brian Worsdale completes his first season in charge of with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra on Sunday evening, May 12th, 7pm at Carnegie Music Hall with a free concert including Mahler’s Fifth Symphony along with performances from the Wind Symphony and Symphonette plus a Vivaldi Concerto played by the Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Contrabassoon James Rodgers. The complete plan and observations on the state of music education in the world in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Lindsey Goodman and Daniel Nesta Curtis - May 8, 2019

Lindsey Goodman, flute and conductor Daniel Nesta Curtis stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about this weekend's Resonance Works Pittsburgh Concerts at Levy Hall.  Lindsey is playing a world premiere concerto by Nancy Galbraith.  

Maria Sensi Sellner & Nancy Galbraith - May 7, 2019

Resonance Works Pittsburgh present's "American Serenade" May 11th and 12th, 2019 at Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation.   The program features works by Bernstein, Copland, Joan Tower, and a piece by Pittsburgh based composer Nancy Galbraith.  Resonance Works Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner and composer Diana Galbraith stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the concerts.



Chuck Hudson - Pittsburgh Opera's "Don Pasquale" - May 3, 2019

Stage Director Chuck Hudson talks about Pittsburgh Opera's production of Don Pasquale - why he set it in 1950's Hollywood, and studying with Marcel Marceau.  



Gary Thor Wedow - Pittsburgh Opera's Don Pasquale - May 3, 2019

WQED-FM's Anna Singer interviews conductor Gary Thor Wedow about the music in Donizetti's "Don Pasquale."