Flutist, vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the '70s British rock band Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is not your typical rock star. The creator of some of the best-selling concept albums of the progressive rock era, Scottish-born Ian Anderson counts flutist James Galway among his ardent fans. Anderson's latest CD is "Thick as a Brick II," a sequel to the Jethro Tull classic released 40 years earlier in 1972.
The 2012 Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival (May 20 - June 3) features a song cycle by Osvaldo Golijov with soprano Lara Bruckman, clarinetist David Krakauer, and a MIDI accordion; as well as Kosher Gospel with Joshua Nelson, and jazz with the Ortner-Roberts Duo plus special guests. Director Aron Zelkowicz previews the Festival.
Dr. Connie Ruzich of Robert Morris University summarizes remarks and Q&A after Tom Brokaw closes the Pittsburgh Speakers Series for 2011-2012 at Heinz Hall.
Carnegie Mellon flutists Catherine Gregory and Jessie Nucho preview their featured performance of the Sonata #2 for 2 Flutes by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, J. S. Bach's oldest son. Carnegie Mellon Baroque director Stephen Schultz says this is to the flute repertoire as Beethoven's late quartets are to that genre. Carnegie Mellon Baroque's free concert is Sunday, Apr. 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm. For details, see the QED Cultural Calendar.
Gianandrea Noseda discusses the opening program of the PSO's three-week Paris Festival which includes Respighi's La Boutique Fantasque, Debussy's Iberia, and de Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat. Noseda talks about his recording projects and is reluctant to praise French films out of deference to Italian cinema.
The PSO's Gianandrea Noseda leads Romantic-era pieces by Hector Berlioz (excerpts from Romeo & Juliet) and Johannes Brahms (Piano Concerto #2) with soloist Nicholas Angelich. Noseda addresses the possible origins of the Capulet & Montague feud, and talks about his work as guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.