To mark the centennial of Gene Kelly, the dancer, actor, singer, film director and producer, and choreographer born Aug 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Patricia Ward Kelly talks with QED's Ted Sohier about her late husband's work, and her involvement in Pittsburgh CLO's annual Gene Kelly Awards. Kelly met his third wife in 1985, when he was hired to read a script Ward had written for the National Air & Space Museum. Recorded May 25, 2012.
Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) chats with Jim Cunningham at QED's Carolyn Byham Studio at Theater Square during RADical Days on Oct. 6, 2007.
Franz Mohr, Steinway's Chief Piano Technician since 1965, shares stories of working with such great artists as Cliburn, Rubinstein, and most of all, Horowitz in his memior "My Life with the Great Pianists. Mohr gave Horowitz's Steinway its brilliant tone and lightning-quick action. Still lively at 85, Mohr talks about his craft, recounts anecdotes of his partnerships with musicians, and is ever the salesman for the world's most famous piano brand. Mohr accompanies the Horowitz Steinway to the Steinway Gallery of Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh actor and editorial cartoonist Tim Hartman talks about his role as the Constable in CLO's "Fiddler on the Roof." He's appeared on Broadway, in regional theater, and despite his six-foot, six-inch frame had small roles in such films as "Silence of the Lambs," "The Piano Lesson," and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh." As a cartoonist, Hartman is syndicated in 30 newspapers.
David Allen Wehr talks about his June 24 duo piano recital with musical partner Cynthia Raim at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, PA, to include Rachmaninoff's Suite #1, Bach's 2-piano concerto, jazz pieces composed for the duo by Joe Utterback, Brahms Hungarian Dances, and Milhaud's Scaramouche suite.
Manfred Honeck talks in depth about Mahler's "Tragic" Symphony #6, including powerful hammer blows, and delicate, distant cowbells such as Honeck heard in his hometown of Nenzing, Austria. Also, a work by Eugene Goosens that will feature the PSO's Gorton family: retiring Co-Principal Oboist James Gorton; his wife, Principal Harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen Gorton; and their daughter, Toronto Symphony Principal Harpist Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton.