Voice of the Arts
Stage Director Jonathan Moore talks about putting together the Pittsburgh Opera world premiere production of "Ashes and Snow."
Sasha Boldachev makes his Pittsburgh Debut in a concert for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American harp Society Sunday afternoon February 11 at 2:30 at City of Asylum on the North Side. He is playing a new harp from the Italian maker Salvi which has special electro acoustic properties. The harp world is more women than men but Sasha is loving it. Born in Leningrad and trained in Russia and Switzerland he is on an extensive US tour giving a master class at CAPA on Saturday afternoon and the concert Sunday. He has several cds on Itunes including his own arrangements tof classics and pop hits. He recently played on stage at the controversial debut of the ballet Nureyev at the Bolshoi Theater which upset some factions of the Russian government. The Director of the ballet is still in jail. Sasha talks it over with Jim Cunningham on his way to Pittsburgh.
Composer Federico Garcia-De Castro talks with Garrison McMullen of Carnegie Mellon University about the upcoming concert by Syracuse University faculty and touring guitarist Kenneth Meyer who will give the first recital in the Alia Musica Presents series for 2018, with a concert at the James Laughlin Music Hall at Chatham University, on Thursday, February 15, at 7:30pm.
The performance will feature works from Mr. Meyer's modern and new music repertory—including works from his 2016 album Draw the Strings Tight, released by Innova, the record label of the American Composer Forum. Mr. Meyer will be joined by Alia Musica's Matthew Gillespie and Federico Garcia-De Castro, playing Mr. Garcia-De Castro's two-piano work Livre pour deux pianos.
Mr. Meyer will perform landmark works Leo Brouwer, the Cuban composer most renowned for his seminal guitar output, Italian Carlo Domenicone, Hans Werner Henze, Pittsburgh-based Curtis Rumrill, and pieces written for Mr. Meyer himself by Jesse Jones and Eddie Hill.
Celeste Parrendo is the scenic charge artist at Pittsburgh Public Theater putting together the sets for all the productions at the O’Reilly Theater in the Cultural District. Working on the sets for A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum she describes the process of carpentry and painting for the set design by James Noone. Celeste has painted for the ceiling of the Austrian Cultural Room at the Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Civic Light Opera. She served as Head Usher at Heinz Hall and she works in the Hunt Stained Glass Studio founded by her father Nicholas ‘Nick’ Parrendo. The radio is always tuned to 89.3 in the design shop in Point Breeze on Penn Avenue.
WQED documentarian Rick Sebak presents his latest program Meat Pittsburgh February 1 at 8pm on WQED13. Hear all about it with a discussion of the music Tom Roberts wrote and recorded for the soundtrack, whether Oto von Bismarck the Prussian military genius really said there are two things you should never watch being made, laws and sausage, a visit to Ricci’s sausage, Shorty’s in Washinjgton Pa, Salem’s in the strip district, the Whitfield at the Ace Hotel and why vegetarians should watch in this conversation with Jim Cunningham from the Classical QED Morning Show.
The Times They Are a-Changin’ The Music of Bob Dylan will be heard in a world premiere with Steve Hackman conducting his arrangements of Bob Dylan and Matthew Mahaffey leading Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo and more with the Mendelssohn Choir at Mr. Smalls Theater January 25-28th in Millvale 400 Lincoln Avenue. Hear all about the program.
Violinist and Director of Orchestral Activities at CMU Andres Cardenes joins his colleagues in the Diaz Trio for Chamber Music Pittsburgh on February 5 at Carnegie Music Hall for Mozart Schubert and Penderecki. On January 28 at 7:30 he will be in the audience at Carnegie Music Hall for the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic with guest conductor and pianist Ian Hobson playing the Beethoven First Piano Concerto and conducting the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto. Ian Hobson talks about his multiple interests and vast recorded catalogue and friendship of many years with the former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Andres Cardenes. Tickets for the CMU Philharmonic are $10. Seniors $5. Students free.
Chamber Music Pittsburgh Executive Director Kristin Linfante discusses the Pittsburgh Performs concert at the Mattress Factory January 23 at 7pm presenting Appalasia formed by erhu virtuoso Mimi Jong with Jeff Berman and Sue Powers plus a film presentation: Music of Strangers YoY o Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. She describes what the series is all about and discusses her work as a violist member of Apollo’s Fire.
Blackwood Music Scholarship Board member Katerina Istomin joins founder Ben Robertson to explain how to enter and win a substantial cash prize for high school age musicians. Ben tells us about the theater organ and concert series in his Harrisville Home, the clock tower and guest quarters which he designed and built as a life time dream after 35 years running the Blackwood Gallery in the North Hills.
Pittsburgh Musical Theater presents a double bill Beginning February 1 2018 and running through the 11th – We Will Rock You and Evil Dead: The Musical – will be at PMT’s Gargaro Theater, 327 S. Main St., in the city’s West End. The Director, Principals from the cast introduce the music we’ll hear. Colleen Doyno Executive Director, David Toole Galileo in We Will Rock You and Alex Noble, Kashoggi in We Will Rock You with Nick Mitchell, Director of Evil Dead, the Musical.