Texas composer Pierre LaPlante talks about his "Pittsburgh Suite," commissioned for the 2011 Three Rivers Community Band Festival on April 9.
American pianist Garrick Ohlsson talks about his work with Herbert Blomstedt, the Brahms Piano Concerto #2, new recording projects, his recent and future concerts, life in San Francisco, and more.
Orion Quartet violinists Todd and Daniel Phillips will premiere the Trio Concertante by their father, 91 year old retired Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Eugene Phillips. They'll be joined by cellist Marcy Rosen. Eugene talks about his new 12-tone work and the concert series at Chatham University that has featured his sons through the years. He also shares his memories from the PSO, where he began under Fritz Reiner in 1947.
Dr. Connie Ruzich recaps the remarks of Syndicated Columnist and PBS NewsHour Political Commentator Mark Shields at the Pittsburgh Speakers Series, presented by Robert Morris University, and reveals the speakers for next season.
Pittsburgh's cello-rock quartet Cello Fury (formerly Cellofourte) has released its first CD since the personnel and name change. The award-winning acoustic group will play on March 18 at Duquesne University's Red Ring restaurant. Members Nicole Myers and Simon Cummings talk with Jim Cunningham about the group, their new CD, and their backgrounds.
Syndicated Columnist and Political Commentator on the PBS NewsHour, Mark Shields has worked in Washington through nine administrations. He's been described by the Washington Post as "a walking almanac of American politics" and by the Wall Street Journal as "the wittiest political journalist around." He'll speak at Heinz Hall on March 16th.