John Moore, Pittsburgh Symphony double bass, presents "It’s All About the Bass" for Music 101 at Heinz Hall on February 22nd at 12:30. Less about Meghan Trainor’s worldwide pop hit with that title and more about Dittersdorf and Vanhal. John joins Rodrigo Ojeda for some musical examples. In this discussion, he traces his career from Buffalo to Curtis Institute, San Diego, Honolulu and Columbus before being hired as one the last official acts of Lorin Maazel as Music Director.
The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University presents another "Schubert on the Bluff" concert this Sunday afternoon, 3pm at PNC Recital Hall. Cynthia Raim and David Allen Wehr continue their exploration of this valuable corner of the repertoire in this program with three works: the symphonic Grand Duo, the graceful Rondo in A Major and the stormy Allegro in A Minor (Life's Torments). They also perform Copland's witty Danzon Cubano for two pianos, and the program is filled out with Schubert's lovely "By the Stream", a song with French horn and piano. David Allen Wehr and Cynthia Raim stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the concert.
Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the "Whiffs" began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory's Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale's most celebrated traditions. Saturday night at 8, the Yale Whiffenpoofs perform at Heinz Chapel. The group stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about their Pittsburgh concert, as well as sing a few tunes.
Brian Vu plays "Hannah before" in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "As One." He talks to WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the role.
Frances Rabalais is the stage director of Pittsburgh Opera's production of "As One." Frances explains the challenges of directing this opera, which only has 2 singers.
James Lesniak is the conductor for Pittsburgh Opera's production of "As One." James talks about the musical challenges in the opera, as well as his favorite moments.
Taylor Raven sings the role of "Hannah after" in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "As One." Taylor talks about her role, and says that this is her 2nd time performing "As One."
Friday February 17th, 8pm at Bellefield Hall, Undercroft Opera presents Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin." WQED-FM's Anna Singer talks to Undercroft Opera Founding Director Mary Beth Sederburg, Baritone Ian Greenlaw and Soprano Katie Manukyan about the production.
The Diamante Trio with soprano Lilli Abreu give a free concert at the Campana Chapel Finoli Drive in Greensburg Pa for the University of Pittsburgh featuring music by Latin American composers Wednesday February 15 at 4pm. Devin Arrington violinist in the Westmoreland Symphony and composer and teacher joins Pittsburgh Opera Principal Clarinet May Beth Malek and Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra cellist Paula Tuttle to play Gade,Piazzola, Abreu and Gardel in the WQED-FM Studio.
The CMU Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Daniel Nesta Curtis give premieres of music by exciting young composers and a modern classic by Steve Reich March 8 with the CMU Philharmonic at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Composer Marina Lopez born in Mexico City, says she benefited greatly from knowing David Stock at Duquesne University and greatly enjoys her work with Leonardo Balada at CMU. Her new piece Fish will be heard along with Hedonism by Andrew Dewey who works with Nancy Galbraith. Both composers fill us in on why you should be there and how it might change your life. They will also lead a discussion during the intermission of the concert.