New York-based tenor Joseph Gaines sings "Silent Noon" by Ralph Vaughan Williams with text by Dante Gabriel Rossetti at Classicial QED 89.3 in a preview of the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative's event "Illuminations: Music, Poetry, and Art" at Carnegie Lecture Hall on May 12 at 7:30. Info at pghsong.org.
Pittsburgh-based soprano Sari Gruber sings "Clair de lune" by Gabriel Fauré with text by Paul Verlaine at Classicial QED 89.3 in a preview of the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative's event "Illuminations: Music, Poetry, and Art" at Carnegie Lecture Hall on May 12 at 7:30. Info at pghsong.org.
PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin has championed David del Tredici's "Final Alice" since he witnessed the premiere. Slatkin describes unusual aspects: the enormous orchestra, Theremin, and soprano with megaphone. He also discusses Peter and the Wolf with text revised by Pittsburgh humorist Peter Leo, and the Detroit Symphony's new direction after a long and bitter strike.
Soprano Hila Plitmann talks about the unusual soprano part in David del Tredici's "Final Alice," based on "Alice in Wonderland," which reflects some aspects of the composer's personality. She talks about her work with film composer Hans Zimmer on "The DaVinci Code" and the upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." And her husband, choral composer Eric Whitacre comes up for discussion.
Geoffrey Hitch, director of "Gift to America," talks about the play that literally illuminates Maxo Vanka's celebrated murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale that blend religious and political themes. Performances May 4th-7th will benefit the restoration and lighting of the work of the "Diego Rivera of Pittsburgh," as musician and artist David Byrne has called him.
Robert Morris University's Connie Ruzich summarizes the personal histories recounted by Karl Rove and Howard Dean as well as their opposing responses to audience questions at the Pittsburgh Speakers Series.