WQED’s Guitar legend Joe Negri at age 92 in 2018 tells the story of his years with Fred Rogers as Handyman Negri on Mr Rogers Neighborhood and as the proprietor of Negri’s Music Shop. He has taught at Duquesne University for 45 years and been recognized for his service to the city of Pittsburgh on Joe Negri Day at Duquesne where he gave a recent master class. Joe remembers playing Tree Tree Tree with YoY o Ma, the visit of Mabel Mercer, Tony Bennet and many other musical favorites including his colleagues Carl McVicker and Bobby Rawsthorne. He runs down his first radio broadcasts at age 3, his experience at WTAE, appearing on ken Griffin’s 67 Melody Lane with Sterling Yates, touring with Shep Fields, the day that Gene Kelly knocked on the front door, memories of Fred and at the end guitar talk about his instruments and their builders. His guitar heroes are explored Wes Montgomery, Count Basie’s guitarist Freddie Green and Charlie Christian to name a few. Plus the secret of his longevity.
Imani Winds bassoon and Juilliard grad Monica Ellis has returned to the city where she was born to play the Mozart Bassoon Concerto in "Sounds of Summer on Centre" - tonight, July 31st, 7pm, at the Elsie Hillman Auditorium of the Kaufmann Center at the Hill House. She tells us about her Pittsburgh work with Pittsburgh Symphony Bassoon Mark Pancerev, her work at CAPA, and elsewhere around the city. She will return with her colleagues this fall to play for Chamber Music Pittsburgh. At the end of the conversation she demonstrates her instrument with a little Mozart.
Pittsburgh Symphony cellist Bronwyn Banderdt joined Coordinator of Learning and Community Engagement Adriel Lyles to describe the “Sounds of Summer on Centre” , the concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Tuesday July 31, at 7pm in the Elsie Hillman Auditorium, Kaufman Center at the Hill House with Monica Ellis playing the Mpozart Bassoon Concerto, Anqwenique singing and the Florence Price String Quartet played by members of the orchestra with poetry and African drumming, Kenny Black has jazz afterward and Andres Franco conducts.
Mr. McFeely Speedy Delivery David Newell dropped in to encourage listeners to join in for screenings of "Won’t You Be My Neighbor" at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville and at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. David tells us about Lincoln Maazel who coached Mary Martin, and the delights of the film which has received a 99% positive rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. David talks about Fred Rogers and his part in the movie.
WQED-FM’s Gary Lenigan met with Emily Ruby, a curator from the Heinz History Center in the Strip District to discuss the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood exhibit. Since 2015, The Heinz History Center’s 4th floor Special Collections Gallery has been home to many original set pieces from WQED’s studios. For the 50th anniversary of the show’s premier this year, they have chosen to set out two special items belonging to Fred Rogers himself that are usually kept in storage.
This Friday (July 27th) at 7:30pm, the Bell'Art Ensemble presents a concert by Laura Knoop Very at Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside. Laura and some members of the Ensemble stopped by Afternoon Classics with Anna Singer to talk about the concert.