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Cello Fury - New CD release - Sep 14, 2018

Simon Cummings and Nicole Myers from the progressive rock cello ensemble, Cello Fury, stopped by WQED-FM. They discussed topics from their yearly summer rock day camps for young string players as well as the release party for their third studio album, “X," celebrating the group’s 10th year together, at the Hard Rock Café in Station Square on September 21st.

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Sep 13, 2018

The founder and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, Edward Leonard joins composer Chris Massa  to discuss their Friday night September 14th concert at First Unitarian Church with the world premiere a symphony called Apologia, plus a  Haydn symphony known as the Hen and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.

Ben Locher and Paul Fireman - Sep 13, 2018

Ben Locher and Paul Fireman of Fireman Creative in Point Breeze encourages you to take part in the .5Krun/walk/hobble/ride/crawl on Sunday September 16th at noon at Westinghouse Park raising awareness for the park and community where the George Westinghouse mansion once stood. The Taylor Allderdice Marching Band will play, an accordion virtuoso and puppeteer will be there with prizes, and a victory party will take place at the Evergreen Lounge in Penn Avenue. A portion of the proceeds will go to purchase of park benches for Westinghouse Park. 

Chatham Baroque - 2018-2019 Season - Sep 11, 2018

Big things are happening with Chatham Baroque - they have an exciting 2018-2019 season; plus, they are now running Renaissance and Baroque.  The members of the group, along with Executive Director Donna Goyak stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the plans for the new season.



Dr. Susan Traverso - Thiel College - Sep 11, 2018

Dr. Susan Traverso, President of Thiel College, stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Thiel Alum Jim Cunningham.  Topics included the honorary degree Thiel gave to Fred Rogers to the Con Spirito Concert Series.  



Stephen Schultz - Sep 11, 2018

Conductor of the CMU Baroque Orchestra Stephen Schultz recorded the Bach Flute Sonatas with harpsichordist Jory Vinokur at the Skywalker Sound ranch in Marin County this year. He fills us in on he new disc and the plans for an upcoming concert with Chatham Baroque and his ensemble, his Beatles course at CMU and for Osher life long learning.

Marina Lopez - Sep 7, 2018

Composer and Operations Director for the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music Marina Lopez describes the many events taking place in September including pop up performances of Luciano Berio’s Sequenzas, Surround with multiple harps lead by Gretchen Van Hoesen, The Kamraton Ensemble, Kassia and guests from Minnesota and New York. Marina also tells Jim Cunningham about her path to becoming  composer through CMU and Leonardo Balada.   

Karla Boos - Quantum Theater - Sep 5, 2018

Quantum Theater kicks off their 2018-2019 season with "Chatterton" at Trinity Cathedral Pittsburgh.  Each performance includes a full intermezzo dinner.  Artistic Director Karla Boos tells us all about it.



Michael Cerveris - Aug 31, 2018

Pianist Michael Cerveris talks about the Debussy Preludes Book 2 and his Tony winning son plus his work with Leon Fleisher and Edward Steuerman in this conversation with Jim Cunningham in advance of the September 4th 1pm opener for the Tuesday Musical Club at Rodef Shalom Temple.

Maxwell King - "The Good Neighbor" - Aug 29, 2018

Pittsburgh Foundation CEO Maxwell King has written the first full biography of Fred Rogers , The Good Neighbor. He talks with Jim Cunningham about the book and the many facets of Fred Rogers philosophy and personality, details about the production of the programs at WQED, the music involved, Joanne Rogers friendship with conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi, the premiere of Amahl and the Night Visitors in 1951 with Fred at NBC as floor manager and much more. The book is available September 4 2018 with a launch party at the Heinz History Center.

**(apologies for the less than ideal sound quality)