Robert Page - Pittsburgh Symphony staff conductor, Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir and former Head of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University in addition to leading the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and the Temple Choirs for dozens of recordings with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra winning multiple Grammy awards and prizes including the Grand Prix de Disque - will be remembered at "Our Love is Here to Stay," a celebration and tribute at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Mendelssohn Choir on May 7th 7:30pm in a free concert ending with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from the Ninth Symphony. Robert’s daughter Carolann Page remembers her Dad and his thoughts about her role as pat Nixon in John Adams Nixon in China in this wide ranging conversation with Jim Cunningham.
Guest Conductor Lionel Bringuier conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestera in Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhbition this weekend at Heinz Hall.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign Pianist James Iman has recorded a new cd of Boulez, Schoenberg and Gilbert Amy on the Zed label in Brussels. His release party is Saturday April 1 5 to 8 pm at the Irma Freeman Center 5006 Penn Avenue. Hear all about it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham
New Music ensemble Nat 28 will present a concert for Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Performs series working with Conflict Kitchen to provide cuisine that complements the music played. Flutist and founder Zoe Sorrell and guitarist and music librarian Devin Sherman joined PCM Executive Director Kristin Linfante to fill us in on the plan for the West End Tuesday April 4 7pm concert at the James Gallery
WQED documentarian extraordinaire Rick Sebak shares his thoughts on the 6 Nebby programs he will produce following a successful kickstarter campaign, the #rickstarter plan to raise $113,000 – the money for the production costs which launched March 27 at midnight.
Monique Mead, violinist and Director of Music Entrepreeurship at CMU will preside over the "Playing with Food" Dinner on Wednesday, March 22nd at the Smallman Galley on Smallman Street. Four courses from each virtuoso chef will meet musical performances by the talented students of Carnegie Mellon School of Music. In addition to our chefs' stellar dishes, the showcase of each course will be four original compositions by Evan Neely--created to match their culinary stylings. There will be music by Mozart and Kuhlau, Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles and Haydn. Jana Lange, flutist and Masters student working with Lorna McGhee will be in the ensemble. They joined Geoff Zak General Maanger of the Smallman Galley to run down the menu and explain what they are cooking up.
Andres Franco, Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Conductor, will lead the 14th annual Music for Wilkinsburg concert at the High School in Wilkinsburg on Thursday March 23 at 7pm. Maestro Franco invites you to enjoy an all hits concert with soloists including Jeremy Black in the Vivaldi Spring Concerto and Spring by Piazzola. Copland’s Appalachian Spring adds to the theme of the new season. Anne Martindale Williams plays the Swan from Carnival of the Animals accompanied by Gretchen van Hoesen. Tickets are $10, $5 for Students.
Yan Pascal Tortelier talks about Ravel’s Bolero, Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Gaite Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach and describes his joy in working with the Pittsburgh Symphony along with news of his latest recording plans with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Virginia Johnson is the Artistic Director of Dance Theater of Harlem. She joins Pittsburgh Ballet Artistic Director Terrence Orr to talk about their two week residency at the August Wilson Center and the many events relating to the stay. She describes the special mood of Harlem and the company with its history and financial challenges. The two talk about their many collaborations including the premiere of Fall River Legend with Agnes Demille and Morton Gould. They talk about their efforts to bring the dance world a more colorful diverse feel, the music they will be dancing to, the premiere event at the August Wilson Center, the filmed ballets Virginia has starred in and much more.
Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony No. 1 – and the Suite from Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky. Percussionist Colin Currie performs Veni, Veni Emmanuel by Composer of the Year Sir James MacMillan.