Voice of the Arts
The Flood City Music Festival takes place this weekend in Johnstown, PA. Richard Burkert, President and CEO of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, stopped by WQED-FM to talk about this year's Festival, along with many other exciting things taking place in the Johnstown area, including a planned renovation of the Johnstown Flood Museum.
This Sunday (7/30), the Mon Valley Community Band conducted by Max Ganano will perform at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch - 10:30am at Mellon Park. Max stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the band, what they'll play and living in Washington, PA.
Dance superstar Lucinda Childs joins the new Blanket Dance Company to present three free performances this weekend - July 28th, 29th and 30th in Point State Park close to the Block House downtown. Matt Pardo and Caitlin Scranton, the Co Directors and Founders of the company, stopped by to share the plans. Lucinda recalls her work in the premiere of Philip Glass' "Einstein on the Beach" and her own dance company and post modern classics with architect Frank Gehry, John Cage and Merce Cunningham as well as her dance collaborations with the premiere of John Adams' "Dr. Atomic" and many others.
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 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.