Syndicated Columnist and Political Commentator on the PBS NewsHour, Mark Shields has worked in Washington through nine administrations. He's been described by the Washington Post as "a walking almanac of American politics" and by the Wall Street Journal as "the wittiest political journalist around." He'll speak at Heinz Hall on March 16th.
Scottish violinist talks with Jim Cunningham on the occasion of her Pittsburgh Symphony debut in showpieces by Chausson and Ravel. She talks about the high-profile events that launched her career, her music education efforts including El Sistema projects in Scotland, and her work with composers James MacMillan and John Tavener.
Susan Medley debuts as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale on March 5th & 6th, 2011 conducting Haydn's The Creation. Shortly after taking charge in January, she talked about Haydn's masterpiece and her extensive choral background, which includes work at Carnegie Hall, W & J, the Junior Mendelssohn, and as far away as Malaysia.
On his fourth appearance at Heinz Hall, German pianist Lars Vogt talks with QED's Jim Cunningham at a Friends of the PSO event. Subjects include Beethoven's Piano Concerto #1, the Spannungen Festival, soccer, and teaching music to young players including Vogt's own daughter.
Russian-born pianist Elena Ulyanova, now a Johnstown resident, performs Friday, Feb. 25th at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. She tells Jim Cunningham about her passion for Rachmaninoff's music, life in her Crimean hometown, life in Johnstown, her Russian training, her CDs and upcoming concerts.
Filling in for the traveling Dr. Connie Ruzich, Assistant History Professor John McCarthy from Robert Morris University recaps the remarks of Nobel Peace Prize winner F. W. de Klerk, the last apartheid-era President of South Africa, at the Pittsburgh Speakers Series.