Antonia Botti-Lodovico - Pittsburgh Opera - Jan 28, 2019

Antonia Botti-Lodovico talks about her role as Idamante in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds."



Author Cal Thomas - Jan 25, 2019

The author of Decoy and A Stradivari Affair , Cal Thomas, will read from his thrillers and sign them at Mystery Lovers Bookshop on February 6, 2019 at 7:00pm. Cal was a native of Oakmont for twenty years and the Vice President of International Production at WQED. His work in military intelligence and love of travel figure into his writing, as well as his experience as the Manager of the Bangor Maine Symphony Orchestra. In Decoy, a Harvard grad studying at Cambridge winds up in a jihadist plot starting with an attempt to blow up a London bus. Alan Durant befriends an American opera star (inspired by Grace Bumbry) and through many twists and turns Kyle McBride, the central figure of Thomas’ writing, saves the day.  A Stradivari Affair is based on events surrounding the Huberman Stradivarius which is played today by Joshua Bell.  European atmosphere, action, explosions, television industry insider detail and lots of good meals in interesting places give considerable color to both novels.

Inon Barnatan - Jan 24, 2019

Pianist Inon Barnatan makes his Heinz Hall debut playing Rachmaninoff’s First Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Maestro Long Yu.  He tells Jim Cunningham what sort of a guy Sergei Rachmaninoff was.  He shares why he loves living composers like Alan Fletcher, the former head of CMU Music, and how how he started with music in Tel Aviv. You will hear about his work in La Jolla with the Chamber Music Festival he now runs.  Other things of note - he took an Uber to get to Pittsburgh from Akron and enjoyed the ride, and he knows very few people named Inon!

Long Yu - Jan 23, 2019

Long Yu makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony the weekend of January 25 2019, Listen to his conversation with Jim Cunningham where he remembers his admiration for the Pittsburgh Symphony as a student in China, discusses the beauty of music by Qigang Chen and whether it fits with feng shui principles. Long Yu expresses his love of Rachmaninoff and Dvorak and what they reveal about their nationalities.  Maestro Long shares his thoughts on the Cultural Revolution in China, his grand concert in Beijing at the Forbidden Palace in October 2018 with Carmina Burana to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the DG company with the Shanghai Symphony, talks about his world premiere this Spring in New York with YoY o Ma and Wu Man, and suggests ways we can bring together people from the East and West.   

Kassia Ensemble - Resonance Works Chamber Series - Jan 18, 2019

Some members of the Kassia Ensemble, along with Maria Sensi Sellner of Resonance Works, stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about their January 29th concert at Bar Marco.


Gretchen van Hoesen - Jan 18, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal harp Gretchen van Hoesen plays Bright Sheng’s "Never Far Away." Hear all about it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham. It’s  a Concert for Inclusivity with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic conducted by Guillermo Figueroa on Friday January 25th, 2019, 8pm, at Carnegie Music Hall.  The concert also features Anthony Davis’ "Notes From the Underground," Aaron Copland’s "Lincoln Portrait," Joan Tower’s "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman," John Corigliano’s Promenade Overture, and Miguel del Aguila’s "Conga."  Tickets are $10, and $5 for Students and seniors.