Voice of the Arts

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Kevin Noe of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - Jul 6, 2007

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble's opening weekend of concerts riff on the theme of applause, with a reprise of a PNME-commissioned audience favorite, Steve Reich's "Clapping Music" and more. Conductor Kevin Noe previews the week's music and the PNME's impending CD releases.

Shirley Jones in "Oklahoma!" - Jun 18, 2007

Pittsburgh-area native Shirley Jones returns to CLO in the show that made her famous, "Oklahoma!" The Oscar and Emmy-winning stage, screen, and television actress talks about her impromptu audition for the 1955 film of "Oklahoma!" The granddaughter of a local beer baron, Jones aspired to become a veterinarian -- until Rogers & Hammerstein discovered her.

Andrew Swenson on U-Carmen - May 25, 2007

Andrew Swenson, Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, tells Jim Cunningham about two extraordinary films: U-Carmen, a comtemporary South African adaptation of the opera Carmen, with the words translated into Xhosa, a South African dialect, but otherwise unaltered, and Into Great Silence, a transcendent documentary without narration revealing the daily experience of life inside a monastery deep in the French Alps.

Ricki Wertz - May 16, 2007

Ricki Wertz, host of the classic Pittsburgh children's television program Ricki & Copper and husband Tom Borden (her director at WTAE) talk about their foray into painting, their shared connections to the Hindenburg disaster, his passion for aviation and, of course, Ricki's four-legged TV co-star, Copper.

Antony Walker discusses Billy Budd - May 11, 2007

Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker talks about Benjamin Britten's opera Billy Budd, which is based on a novella by Herman Melville.

Diana Jannetta reviews "Paris on the Seine" - Apr 10, 2007

Art Critic Diana Jannetta reviews "Paris on the Seine," photographer Bruno Réquillart's exhibition on view at the Silver Eye on the South Side through May 26th.

Video: Diana Jannetta reviews "Paris on the Seine" - Apr 10, 2007

Art Critic Diana Jannetta reviews "Paris on the Seine," photographer Bruno Réquillart's exhibition on view at the Silver Eye on the South Side through May 26th. QuickTime video.

Cherry Jones discusses "Doubt" - Mar 8, 2007

Cherry Jones discusses her Tony-winning role as Sister Aloysius in the national tour of John Patrick Shanley's 2005 Pulitzer-winning play, "Doubt."

Guitarist Manuel Barrueco - Jan 16, 2007

Guitarist Manuel Barrueco joined CMU's Cuarteto Latinoamericano in January, 2007, to make a CD including pieces by Astor Piazzolla and contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty. The Cuban-born Barrueco comments on Daugherty's provocatively-titled Bay of Pigs.

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