PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin talks about a colorful program of Steven Stucky's Son et Lumiere, Saint-Saens' "Egyptian" concerto featuring pianist Stephen Hough, and Slatkin's own suite of favorites from Prokofiev's Cinderella. Slatkin also talks about his forthcoming book, his travels in Japan, and the work of his father, mother, and brother in the arts.
CMU's Robert Page details the alumni who will gather at the Benedum Center for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music's Centennial Celebration on March 31, 2012 and a repeat performance at New York's Carnegie Hall on April 2nd.
As Opera Theater of Pittsburgh staged Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land" in 1990, Jim Cunningham held a panel discussion about Copland's music with Ethan Stang, former Pittsburgh Symphony Princpal Piccolo; Mildred Miller Posvar, Opera Theater founder and former Met Opera star; Murray Sidlin, conductor; and Vivian Perlis, Copland biographer. Recorded Nov. 15, 1990 at WQED.
Violinist Sarah Chang returns to Heinz Hall with a 2011 arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" by Hollywood's David Newman. Sarah talks with WQED's Jim Cunningham about Bernstein, her favorite films, tweeting, Phantom of the Opera, Vivaldi's Four Seasons and much more.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called McChrystal, the retired four-star general & former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, "one of America's greatest warriors." Known for his candor and innovative leadership, he is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. He commanded U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan until his retirement in 2010.
Tortelier, the PSO's former Principal Guest Conductor, returns with Bernstein's West Side Story Suite played by violinist Sarah Chang as arranged by Thomas Newman, Morton Gould's Spirituals for Orchestra, and Jean Sibelius' Symphony #1.