Voice of the Arts
McKeesport born pianist Byron Janis discusses his new release of live concert recordings Byron Janis On Tour. It is Maestro Janis’ first release of new material in twenty years and celebrates the 70 th anniversary of hisvery first RCA LP recording in 1947 at the age of 19 Byron last visited Pittsburgh in 2016 to give a mastger class at CMU. Byron went to elementary school in Squirrel Hill. He turned up at a Pittsburgh Symphony concert at the Syria Mosque with Lorin Maazel and Vlaimir Horowitz as a teenager. His parents lived on Fifth Avenue later in their lives just a few blocks from WQED. He discusses his life long love affair with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the venues around the world including Cuba where the music in the first of a planned three part series was recorded.
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble clarinetist Eric Jacobs stopped by the WQED-FM studio to talk about his upcoming solo concert “Got Reeds?” Luke Campayno sat down with Jacobs to discuss his career, the importance of new music, and tacos. Lastly, Jacobs gave an in-studio performance of David Lang’s masterful bass clarinet work “Press Release.”
WQED-FM’s Luke Campayno sits down with Aeolian Winds oboist and colleague at Duquesne University Amelia Van Howe. The Aeolian Winds will be performing at the Sunday June, 23 Bach, Beethoven and Brunch Concert. Amelia discusses what the wind quintet will be playing, how the group was started, the necessity to play in multiple musical groups, and dealing with a hot summer day as a performer.
Johnny Mathis returns to Pittsburgh to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Saturday July 22nd at Heinz Hall. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Johnny about his illustrious career.
Swedish pianist Oscar Micaelsson stopped by the WQED-FM studio to perform piano improvisations in promotion of his July 12th concert at City Theater. Oscar sat down with Luke Campayno to discuss his career, background, first impressions of Pittsburgh, and more. His first improvisation turned out to be a gargantuan piano exploration of the opening to Gustav Mahler’s 5th symphony. He closed the session with a beautiful improvisation on a Swedish folk song that has been used as a hymn.
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews the Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, about the release of his musical album "Kullervo," based on the symphonic poem by John Sibellius, drawn from the Finnish epic poem the "Kalevala." Throughout the interview, the two speak about cultural authenticity, the importance of storytelling, and how to properly survive harsh winters--among many other topics.
WQED-FM's Anna Singer discusses her role as Mrs. Lovett, the pie maker and collaborator of Sweenie Todd, in Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 classic musical - on through the third week of July for Pittsburgh Festival Opera with Doug Levine providing musical direction at the Falk Auditorium at Winchester Thurston.
Tenor George Milosh sings the complete "Die Schoene Mullerin" by Franz Schubert Wednesday July 12th at Shadyside Presbyterian Church with pianist Francesca Tortorella. Favorite recordings, all about poet Wilhelm Muller, unrequited love, jumping in the river to end the pain, the long blond hair of the miller’s daughter, love from beyond the grave with withered flowers, lots of green, loving above your station in life, madness - it's all covered in the interview. George sings in the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Chorus, Resonance Works, Undercroft Opera, and Pittsburgh Camerata. He's a Boston Conservatory grad and singing mercenary.
Donald Fellows, organist and Director of Music at St Paul Cathedral, each summer invites colleagues from the organ world to prepare 50 minutes of their best for the Beckerath organ (favorite instrument of William F. Buckley Jr.) at the seat of the Pittsburgh Catholic diocese. Donald Fellows plays 50 funerals and 75 weddings this year. Don has a saxophone soloist for his recital and there’s a trumpet in the plan too. Here is the complete rundown of the Sunday 4pm series in air conditioned cool. The concerts are free with free parking, at the corner of Fifth and N. Craig in Oakland through August with three concerts in the fall planned too. There is an extraordinary wide range of music sure to bring a tingle while admiring the altar in the sanctuary. Don has all the inside play by play on the memorial service for Steelers legendary owner Dan Rooney which he played with Pittsburgh Symphony Principal piccolo Rhian Kenney playing Danny Boy.
WQED-FM's Ethan Simmons interviews Principal and Assistant Conductors Clem Rolin and Tom Snyder of the West Hills Symphonic Band, in preparation for the band's upcoming appearance at the Citiparks' "Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch" event, Sunday, July 16th at Mellon Park in Shadyside. The three discuss the importance of training young musicians alongside professionals and longstanding music-educators, as well as the beauty of classical music.