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River City Brass on Tour - May 07 2013 PM - May 7, 2013

WQED's Ted Sohier reports live during the River City Brass's first performance in Italy. You'll hear director James Gourlay's introduction in Italian to Gershwin's Strike Up the Band, and other concert excerpts. Ted gauges the audience reaction to what turned out to be the closing event of a concert series featuring some big names in classical music. Ted also anticipates Wednesday's concert in Rome to inaugurate a new auditorium at one of Rome's three public Universities.

River City Brass on Tour - May 06 2013 AM - May 6, 2013

Ted Sohier files his first report from the River City Brass's first tour in Europe, which takes the band across Italy. Ted and the band have checked into their lodgings in the town of Teramo, on Italy's eastern coast.

River City Brass on Tour - May 06 2013 PM - May 6, 2013

WQED-FM's Ted Sohier talks with band members about what the band hopes to achieve on its tour of Italy, and talks about some of the venues where the band will perform.

David Hill - May 3, 2013

David Hill, director of the BBC Singers and Bach Choir of London will conduct and play organ solos at this Sunday's East End Choral Festival featuring four Pittsburgh Choirs at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Hill has also served as music director at Westminster and Winchester cathedrals. He talks about his choral career, the program for the East End Choral Festival, and his previous work with Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony at the BBC Proms.

Christopher Hahn - Apr 30, 2013

Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn talks about his company's season finale, Rossini's "La Cenerentola," starring Pittsburgh favorite Vivica Genaux in the title role.

PJMF's Aron Zelkowicz, director of "The Dybbuk" - Apr 25, 2013

The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival & Pittsburgh Symphony Music for the Spirit Festival co-present "The Dybbuk," a chamber opera by Ofer Ben-Amots based on S. Ansky's play of love and demonic possession based on a Jewish folk lore. Aron Zelkowicz, PJMF's founding director, talks about combining many disicplines to stage this event at the New Hazlett Theater, Apr. 25 & 28, 2013.

Joe Negri - Apr 25, 2013

Jazz guitarist Joe Negri talks with Jim Cunningham about a fundraising tribute to endow a jazz guitar scholarship at Duquesne University, Negri talks about his life in jazz, some fellow jazz masters, and his work in broadcasting including as Handyman Negri on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

James Gourlay - Apr 24, 2013

River City Brass director James Gourlay talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about the band's May concerts and its imminent tour of Italy. (QED's Ted Sohier will report on air and online during the tour.)

PBT's Terrence Orr on "Cinderella" - Apr 18, 2013

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dances to Prokofiev's score with the PBT Orchestra. Artistic Director Terrence Orr talks about the contributions of secondary roles in Septime Webre's (Peter Pan) choreographic telling of "Cinderella," April 19-21 at the Benedum Center.

Ebene Quartet's Mathieu Herzog - Apr 15, 2013

Violist Mathieu Herzog explains the name of the Ebene Quartet, talks about their signature jazz encores, and their Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society program of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.