Voice of the Arts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Cast members of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks stopped by the QED Morning Show with Anna Singer to talk about their performance of "The Two Gentlemen in Verona." The productions take place in various parks around Pittsburgh throughout September.
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sits down with classical pianist Stephen Hough to discuss his new album, “Dream,” along with other topics.
Caren Glotfelty, the Executive Director of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their "Twilight Picnic in the Parks" event on August 25th. This year's guest is Lucie Arnaz. http://www.acparksfoundation.org/twilight-picnic-parks/
Pittsburgh Piano Day August 26 celebrates the piano and music with continuous performances starting at 11:45 at Katz Plaza, The Heinz Hall Garden Plaza and Market Square. Founder Peter Stumpf and organizer Gino Mollica tell Jim Cunningham the plan and who will play for this free event.