Andrew Swenson, Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, tells Jim Cunningham about two extraordinary films: U-Carmen, a comtemporary South African adaptation of the opera Carmen, with the words translated into Xhosa, a South African dialect, but otherwise unaltered, and Into Great Silence, a transcendent documentary without narration revealing the daily experience of life inside a monastery deep in the French Alps.
Philadelphia native James DePreist remembers his aunt, Marian Anderson, the legendary contralto and civil rights icon. DePreist is Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Julliard School. Interviewer: Jim Cunningham.
Ricki Wertz, host of the classic Pittsburgh children's television program Ricki & Copper and husband Tom Borden (her director at WTAE) talk about their foray into painting, their shared connections to the Hindenburg disaster, his passion for aviation and, of course, Ricki's four-legged TV co-star, Copper.
Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker talks about Benjamin Britten's opera Billy Budd, which is based on a novella by Herman Melville.
He played "It" at his previous Heinz Hall appearance. Garrick Ohlsson tells Jim Cunningham what "It" is, and talks about Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3, the 1996 movie "Shine," and the composer's own recordings.
The renowned cellist explains why he jokes around with Haydn's Concerto in C. Harrell also talks about legendary musicians such as Mstislav Rostropovich and George Szell.