Voice of the Arts
Cowden Associates President and CEO Elliot Dinkin has supported WQED-FM with a challenge grant for many years. Why? Elliot is a pianist studying with CMU’s Jeff Harris, his brother is a cantor, and he can figure out whether you are earning what you deserve!
It’s the grand finale of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic season with Edward Leonard conducting Rimsky Korsakoff’s Scheherazade and Pianist Rodrigo Ojeda playing the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto with a premiere by Brian Morales. Friday and Saturday May 11th and 12th, 7:30pm. Friday's concert takes place at Quaker Valley Middle School and Saturday's concert takes place in the Butler County Community College Succop Theater. Susan Claus, Librarian at Northland Public Library, explains the family friendly literary connection with Carolyn Carlins, Board Chair and violinist. Graeter’s has ice cream for everyone after the concert.
Cello Fury hosts "Cello Fest" all day Saturday May 5th starting at 9am at Alumni Concert Hall with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony giving recitals and master classes. Included are Principal Cello Anne Martindale Williams, Mikhail Istomin, and the members of the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet. Included in this podcast is the world radio premiere of Ania's Child by Ben Munoz.
Resonance Works closes it's 2017-2018 season with a work never performed in Pittsburgh before - Dvorak's "Rusalka." Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner and some cast members stopped by the QED Morning Show with Anna Singer to talk about the production, which takes place at the Charity Randall Theater on May 11th and 13th.
The Besozzi Trio plays at Duquesne University Sunday April 29 at 4:30. Two saxophones and a piano they’ve made it to the quarter finals of the Fischoff Competition at Notre Dame. Daniel Muller tells us about the group and birdwatching.
Rick Sebak has the latest on his new program airing Thursday April 26th at 8pm on WQED13 - People Who’ve Written Books Around Here. The program features Willa Cather, Stewart O’Nan, Cameron Barnett and more.
Shadyside Brass present Mad Mix at Heinz Chapel Sunday April 29th at 3pm with free admission and favorites from Pop, Broadway and Jazz inluding Alfred Reed's Laid Back Rag and Where is Love from the musical Oliver! David DeAngelo, trumpet, and Matt Tesh, trombone, share recordings made at the dress rehearsal at St Andrew's Luthran Church and have details on the concert.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theater present an all American program with Fancy Free + West Side Story + In the Night. Artistic Director Terrence Orr worked with Jerome Robbins closely and company 17 year veteral principal ballerina Julia Erickson will dance all three ballets in performances at the Benedum Center beginning May 4th. They are en pointe with Jim Cunningham.
Violinist Andres Cardenes, who serves as Director of Orchestral Activities at CMU, will play David's Stock's Philosopher's Stone with AliaMusica directed by Federico Garcia de Castro on Chatham University in the Music Center on May 4th, 2018 . Federico and Andres remember their colleague David Stockin this conversation and explain the goal of Aliamusica, where the name of the ensemble comes from, and much more. The program includes Varese, Lutoslawski, Erin Rogers, John Arrigo Nelson, and a new piece by Federico.
Central Presbyterian Church in Tarentum wraps up their concert season Sunday April 29th with Warren Davidson violin, Justin Wallace, harpsichord and The Academy Baroque Ensemble to present "Tutto Italiano!" - Baroque Music from Italy - at 7:00 P.M. Justin joins David Rankin from the church and Pastor Sara Wrona of Faith Community Partners to explain what the effort is doing for music lovers and the community.