Voice of the Arts
Flavio Chamis, Brazilian composer and conductor who worked with Leonard Bernstein studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, Israel fills us in on Not Alone: The Concert For Jack taking place Sunday September 30, 7pm at Campbell Memorial Chapel with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pauline Rovkah, piano and poets Philip Terman and Sheryl St. Germain, the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet and Shari Novelis from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It’s a celebratin of Jack’s life who is connected to the Pittsburgh Symphony family through Peter Altobelli, retired horn. Tchaikovsky, Reinecke, Lennon and McCartney, Ennio Morricone, Franz Strauss, Dvorak, Boccherini, Albeniz, Grieg, Bartok and more on the program. The concert hopes to raise awareness of how to help those who struggle with depression.
Alexander “Sasha” Pavlovsky, violinist of the Jerusalem Quartet talks about their concert for Chamber Music Pittsburgh at Carnegie Music Hall, the group’s history, their new cds, the genius of Franz Joseph Haydn and much more speaking with Jim Cunningham from his home in Jerusalem.
Dan Griffin, Chair of the Regional Asset District Board and a board member since 1998, describes the many events of Radical Days running through October 14th. He tells Jim Cunningham how to get a RAD grant and explains the history of the program. He also explains the top 3 changes you should make in your life to live longer and healthier. Dan is currently the President of Griffin-Spence, specializing in Energy and Development projects. He has worked in the health and fitness field since 1979 as the General Manager of the Oxford Athletic Club until its sale in 2017. Dan Griffin was also the founder and president of the Downtown Athletic Club of Pittsburgh from 1995 until mid 2009. He served as an instructor at the first Nautilus equipped club in the region in 1977 (Steel City Nautilus). From 1981 through 1995, he was employed by Club One as a fitness instructor, was promoted to fitness director and finally to Vice President and General Manager.
Toby Greenwalt, Director of Digital Strategy & Technology Integration at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, tells Jim Cunningham, who serves as a curator for the new Stacks program at the Carnegie Library, how the program works and how to enter a recording to be included in a digital library of area musicians. The Carnegie is looking for about ten minutes of music from each submission which will result in a $200 stipend and digital access to library users. Toby tells us about the selection process and discusses other digital initiatives of the library.
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.
Karla Boos, Artistic director of Quantum Theater takes Jim Cunningham on a tour of the set of “Chatterton” a production in which the audience movies through various spaces of Trinity Cathedral. Chatterton premieres on September 14th and runs through October 28th as part of the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts.
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 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.
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, 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.