As Rwanda descended into genocidal chaos, a fearless hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina, risked his life to protect his family and more than 1,200 strangers against certain death. His story was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda. He speaks Nov. 5, 2008 at Heinz Hall.
Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Year John Adams talks with Jim Cunningham about his operas "Doctor Atomic" and "Nixon in China," his orchestral work "Slonimsky's Earbox" and more.
Composer Derek Bermel and librettist Wendy S. Walters created "The Good Life," to celebrate Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. They also advised student composers Scott Wasserman and Matthew Heap who join in the conversation with QED's Jim Cunningham.
Guests on the show for this evening will include in order of appearance: Vivian Loftness, Architect, Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Author, Researcher; Harish Salujah, Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival, Artist, Filmmaker and Engineer (will also talk a little about the Indian community and culture, the temples and their significance); Erik Lingren and Sean Brady, Venture Outdoors; Lynda Waggoner, Vice President of Western PA Conservancy, Director of Fallingwater and Author; Bob Sendall, All in Good Taste Productions & co-author of newly released “The Fallingwater Cookbook”; Illah Nourbakhsh, Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Professor of Robotics.
Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker comments on the company's 2008-2009 season opener, "Samson and Delila."
PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin premieres "The Good Life," a choral work by Derek Bermel. Slatkin describes the new piece and talks about working with two living composers; John Adams is present for his "Slonimsky's Earbox." Other topics: Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, Slatkin's Detroit orchestra.