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Yan Pascal Tortelier - Mar 20, 2017

Yan Pascal Tortelier talks about Ravel’s Bolero, Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Gaite Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach and describes his joy in working with the Pittsburgh Symphony along with news of his latest recording plans with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Virginia Johnson and Terrance Orr - Mar 20, 2017

Virginia Johnson is the Artistic Director of Dance Theater of Harlem. She joins Pittsburgh Ballet Artistic Director Terrence Orr to talk about their two week residency at the August Wilson Center and the many events relating to the stay. She describes the special mood of Harlem and the company with its history and financial challenges. The two talk about their many collaborations including the premiere of Fall River Legend with Agnes Demille and Morton Gould. They talk about their efforts to bring the dance world a more colorful diverse feel, the music they will be dancing to, the premiere event at the August Wilson Center, the filmed ballets Virginia has starred in and much more.

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio - 2016-2017 Season - Program 22 - Part 1 - Mar 15, 2017

Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony No. 1 – and the Suite from Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky.  Percussionist Colin Currie performs Veni, Veni Emmanuel by Composer of the Year Sir James MacMillan. 

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio - 2016-2017 Season - Program 22 - Part 2 - Mar 15, 2017

Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony No. 1 – and the Suite from Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky.  Percussionist Colin Currie performs Veni, Veni Emmanuel by Composer of the Year Sir James MacMillan. 

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio - 2016-2017 Season - Program 23 - Part 1 - Mar 15, 2017

This week's program features two powerful Beethoven favorites.  Christian Tetzlaff plays the Violin Concerto.  Then Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony, soloists and Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in the joyful Symphony No. 9.

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio - 2016-2017 Season - Program 23 - Part 2 - Mar 15, 2017

This week's program features two powerful Beethoven favorites.  Christian Tetzlaff plays the Violin Concerto.  Then Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony, soloists and Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in the joyful Symphony No. 9.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater - Harris Ferris and Christina Salgado - Mar 10, 2017

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre joins forces with Dance Theatre of Harlem for an exciting collaboration at the August Wilson Center including seven performances and numerous community events including a panel discussion on March 16 moderated by WQED’s Darryl Ford-Williams. CEO Harris Ferris explains the plan with Christina Salgado,  Director of Education and Community Engagement to talk about the variety of community events taking place. BNY Mellon sponsors the premiere party where you can meet a dancer and there is a screening of a film on the long list of happenings.

Renaissance City Winds - Jim Whipple and Nathan Carterette - Mar 10, 2017

The Renaissance City Winds perform music from WQED-FM's Collaborative Commision project with Efrain Amaya and Nathan Carterette plays Roussel and Saint Saens  at CMU in the Kresge Theater  Sunday March 12 at 7pm. Nathan Carterette and James Whipple fouding bassoonist for the ensemble discuss and introduce Whipple's transcription of Wiliam Byrd and Amaya's Sidewalk Divertimenti, discuss the history of the ensemble and more.

Pittsburgh Philharmonic - Edward Leonard and Carolyn Carlins - Mar 10, 2017

Edward Leonard directs the Pittsburgh Philharmonic in Sibelius Finlandia with the Warlock Capriol Suite involving dancers from Laroche College plus Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds and Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner- Enoch Hsiao plays the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2. March 24th and 25th.  Board Chair Carolyn Carlins plays violin in the Philharmonic and provides commentary on the plan from the players view.

Francesco Piemontesi - Mar 10, 2017

Locarno Switzerland born pianist Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He shares his first impressions of the orchestra and the city, talks about the Dvorak Piano Concerto which is rarely played because of it’s difficulty, reveals what he is reading (Baudelaire!), whether he hears Swiss cowbells at dawn, playing the alphorn, suggests that Swiss cheese is a national treasure, describes working with Manfred Honeck, Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia and much more.

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