Podcasts

Alexandra Kochis in "Swan Lake" - Apr 16, 2010

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis makes her role debut this month as Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake." She talks about how she prepares this famous dual role, other favorite roles, and about life on and offstage with her husband, PBT Principal Christopher Budzynski.

Yefim Bronfman - Apr 16, 2010

Pianist Yefim Bronfman talks about his hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3, the composer as futurist, how he might have played his concertos, Mozart's influence on Beethoven, Bronfman's appearance on "Iron Chef," his teachers, favorite recent movies, stage fright, and more.

Juraj Valcuha - Apr 15, 2010

Guest Conductor Juraj Valcuha leads the PSO's first performances of Zemlinsky's The Mermaid. Valcuha talks about aspects of the music relating to Zemlinsky's love life. The Slovakian maestro also talks about his fondness for the cimbalom and early 20th century music, gives an update on his career, and compares Beethoven's Piano Concertos.

Starting from Scrap - Stephen Greer - Apr 15, 2010

Pittsburgh-born entrepreneur Stephen Greer (son of Eden Hall Foundation president George Greer) talks about his business memoir "Starting from Scrap: An Entrepreneurial Success Story," which includes personal and business insights gained while building his Hong Kong-based scrap metal company, Hartwell Pacific.

Betsy Burleigh on Bach - Apr 13, 2010

Betsy Burleigh, Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, will conduct her "desert island" favorite, Bach's B Minor Mass, on April 18, 3 pm, at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. She talks about why Bach wrote a Mass that couldn't be used for a service, and that no one asked for, and why it's so rewarding to conduct and hear.

Stephen Hough - Apr 9, 2010

The English pianist makes his long-overdue debut with the PSO in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #2. He talks about the composer's concertos, and his understanding of the latest evidence surrounding Tchaikovsky's death. He also talks about his blog, and topics from Catholicism to practice tips.

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