New Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Music Critic Jeremy Reynolds is from Texas with a degree from Oberlin playing the clarinet. Jim Cunningham asks the questions of how to fill seats at the Symphony, is classical music dying, how to attract young people, and why the New York Philharmonic chose Jaap van Zweden over Manfred Honeck as Music Director? It’s all here! Or as close as you can get.
The 47th Annual University of Pittsburgh Jazz Concert and Seminar begins Monday October 30 and runs through Saturday Nov 4 with the grand finale concert at Carnegie Music Hall. Each year some of the most significant names in the jazz world gather in Pittsburgh for this event. John Coltrane’s son Ravi Coltrane will be here with Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tia Fuller, Victor Lewis, Kenny Davis, Maurice Chestnut,Nicholas Payton, Kassa Overall, and S. Epatha Merkerson. This year the late Director of Jazz Studies at Pitt Geri Allen will be remembered by students and colleagues. Most events are free. Pitt Jazz faculty members Dr. Aaron J Johnson and Dr. Michael Heller remember their colleague and run down some highlights of the festival and seminar. Dr. Johnson is a trombonist who played in last year’s event with funk superstar Fred Wesley. He recorded Songs of Our Fathers not long ago. He wrote the book on jazz radio publishing Jazz and Radio in the United State: Mediation, Genre and Patronage. He shares some secrets of Duke Ellington’s radio show too. Dr. Michael Heller is a Harvard grad specializing in ethnomusicology who recently published The Loft Scene: Improvising New York in the 1970’s.
Manfred Honeck stops by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts with "Larghetto for Orchestra" by James MacMillan, the Beethoven Symphony No. 3, and the Schumann Cello Concerto with soloist Alisa Weilerstein.
The Director of PICT Classic Theater, Alan Stanford, speaks with Jim Cunningham filling us in on the production of Romeo and Juliet onstage through November 4 at WQED in Oakland. How do you keep it fresh? Is it the most well-known play in the western world? What’s it about really? Did Leonard Bernstein have it right in West Side Story? How sexy is this production? All about the cast. Where to park and are the seats comfy. It’s all here!
Maria Sensi Sellner and Kara Cornell join WQED-FM's Anna Singer to talk about their season opening concert titled "Into the Fire/A Poet's Life."
James Iman has a passion for music of our time. He is a graduate of Indiana University having traveled far and wide to share his interest in the modern . He recently released a new cd recorded in Belgium and gave a recital at Chatham University with entirely women composers of the 20th and 21st century. He stopped by the studio to play music by Indiana University of Pa composer Jenny Beck on the Gibson Capital Management Steinway. Jenny was inspired to write Stand Still Here when she read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.