Voice of the Arts

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Whistler Sean Lomax - May 7, 2009

International Whistling Conference champion, featured performer with Cirque du Soleil, and Braddock native Sean Lomax made his Edgewood Symphony debut outdoors in June, 2007. He returns to the ESO Saturday, May 9th at 7:30 at Woodland Hills West Junior High School.

Pgh Ballet Theatre's Cinderella - Apr 23, 2009

Choreographer Septime Webre speaks about his Cinderella, and PBT's redesigned production. PBT Artistic Director Terrence Orr describes Webre's style, and retiring dancers look ahead and reflect on their dance careers.

Handel's Brockes Passion - Apr 9, 2009

Handel's early and little-known oratorio passion will be performed at Calvary Episcopal Church, where Alan Lewis first conducted it three years ago. Predating Bach's passions, this interesting work uses a popular text by Barthold Heinrich Brockes. Alan Lewis explains.

Carnegie Mellon Baroque - Apr 3, 2009

Carnegie Mellon Baroque is the only ensemble that students play in strictly by choice. Director Stephen Schultz previews their April 4th concert, talks about teaching period style for modern instruments, and about his work with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

CMU's "Collage" Concert - Apr 3, 2009

It's a 90-minute, non-stop extravaganza on April 3rd, produced by Carnegie Mellon's School of Music. Over 300 faculty and student performers will fill Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall with a kaleidoscopic variety of short jazz and classical works staged by Karla Boos and produced by CMU's Noel Zahler.

Bird Blogger Kate St. John - Mar 23, 2009

WQED's Director of Information Technology Kate St. John keeps an eagle eye on birds in general and falcons in particular through her oft-updated blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog/

Forum: Arts in Tough Economic Times - Mar 4, 2009

Pittsburgh Arts funders, organizations and individuals gathered at a public forum organized by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to discuss their financial outlook and future strategies. Date: March 3, 2009.

Ion Sound Project - Mar 2, 2009

Keep your eye on Ion Sound Project, melding contemporary and 20th century music with a variety of artistic disciplines. Ion Sound members tell Jim Cunningham about their work with Pittsburgh' KnotDance.

Imani Winds - Feb 16, 2009

Known for their virtuosity, eclectic programming and original arrangements, the Imani Winds return to Pittsburgh, hometown of bassoonist Monica Ellis. This Grammy-nominated wind quintet gives a career update to Jim Cunningham.

Jane Alexander - Feb 10, 2009

Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner Jane Alexander stars at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in A Moon to Dance By, by Thom Thomas. Alexander, a former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, talks with QED's Jim Cunningham.

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