Composer Derek Bermel and librettist Wendy S. Walters created "The Good Life," to celebrate Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. They also advised student composers Scott Wasserman and Matthew Heap who join in the conversation with QED's Jim Cunningham.
Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker comments on the company's 2008-2009 season opener, "Samson and Delila."
PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin premieres "The Good Life," a choral work by Derek Bermel. Slatkin describes the new piece and talks about working with two living composers; John Adams is present for his "Slonimsky's Earbox." Other topics: Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, Slatkin's Detroit orchestra.
Guests on the show for this evening will include in order of appearance: Cathy Lewis Long, Executive Director, The Sprout Fund; Richard Butler, Three Rivers Rowing; Dan Holland, President, Young Preservationists; Yu Ling Cheng, Marketing Director Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Justin Strong, The Shadow Lounge; Razi Imam, President Pittsburgh Technology Council.
Today's show features Sala Udin, President and CEO, CORO Center for Civic Leadership and Member of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture; Stephen Patchan, Pittsburgh Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator; Simin Curtis, Pittsburgh Middle East Institute; Dave DeSimone, Senior Vice President for Operations and General Counsel, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; Jessica Trybus, Founder and CEO, Etcetera Edutainment; and Bill Gatti, President, Trek Development.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers Director Andrew Swensen talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about several projects in October: the Global Lens series, Pittsburgh Narratives, Pittsburgh Reframed, and a series highlighting the cigarette in cinema.