WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Harpist Gretchen van Hoesen about how she is dealing with the coronavirus lockdown; the orchestra's Extraordinary Measures program; how her family is doing, and much more.
Pianist Frederic Chiu joined the CMU Music Faculty last fall. Now he’s sheltering in place in Westport, Connecticut where he and his wife run Beechwood Arts and Innovation. On April 15th, Frederic joined his Chicago Symphony violinist brother, Cornelius Chiu, to give the world premiere of "Bitter Cold Night" by Gao Ping - written in honor of Li Wen Liang. the Chinese physician who first reported the coronavirus in China but was then forced to retract his statement as a rumor and is now considered a martyr having died of the virus.
Artistic Director and General Manager James Gourlay updates us on the River City Brass band, the plan for the future, his social distancing, observations on the world wide music shut down, and a remembrance of friends who spent time in London during the blitz of WWII. They said at least they knew when the bombs were coming - now we’re never sure what’s next! But every missed Pittsburgh Pirate game he is entering as a win being a season ticket holder!
Stephen Schulz, Teaching Professor of Music History & Flute, as well as the Director of the CMU Baroque Ensemble, speaks with JIm Cunningham on the phone from his home in Alameda, California. He fills us in on the status of his Pittsburgh group and the pandemic effects in California. He’s editing a new cd of Couperin recorded just before the world changed. Stephen runs down the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the west coast music scene and how he’s coping with the extra time at home sharing his thoughts on the music scene around the globe and for his students in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Flute Lorna McGhee appears by phone live on the QED Morning show with Jim Cunningham talking about her pandemic plans and suggesting some Bach to bring comfort from the B minor Mass with John Eliot Gardiner. She listens in on the Beethoven Pastorale Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck which will be heard in an Extraordinary Measures website sharing on Friday night.
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham checks in with Chatham Baroque member Patricia Halverson. She talks about how the coronavirus has affected Chatham Baroque's spring; how the members are dealing with the virus and upcoming plans for the group.