Long time Boston Symphony librarian John Perkel tells Jim Cunningham about his presentation in concert of a new piece of music for strings written by Leonard Bernstein as a student at Harvard at age 18. It was recorded for broadcast on Boston's WCRB in April of 2022 and will be heard in streaming audio on May 22. John Perkel retired in 2017 after more than two decades with the orchestra. John has many ties to Pittsburgh including the Pittsburgh Symphony's former CEO Gideon Toeplitz and Michael Bielski COO and Senior Vice President who he has known since childhood. Michael now serves as chair of the Community Advisory Board for WQED. John remembers visits by Mariss Jansons and Lorin Maazel to Tanglewood and Symphony Hall with great pleasure. He also recalls the work of Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director William Steinberg in Boston and the contribution of former Pittsburgh cellist Owen Young.
The Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Marianne Cornetti, has the details on the "Legends in the Limelight" Concert at Carnegie Music Hall on May 22nd at 4pm with Metropolitan Opera soprano Marjorie Owens and pianist Ellen Rissinger. Marianne describes the pleasures of an up close and personal song recital and the masterpieces that Marjorie will sing by Wagner and more. There's a reception after where you can meet the artist.
Emmy Award winning WQED producer Beth Dolinar who also publishes a regular column in the Washington Observer discusses the free public screening of "A Season to Remember: The Baseball Boys of Mon City" at Ringgold Middle School on May 25th, 2022.
Beth is joined by Laura Magone, President of the Monongahela Area Historical Society, and Founder and Administrator of the Facebook Wedding Cookie Table Community. She holds the Guinness Book of World Records award for the largest cookie table. Laura will join in presenting baseball themed cookies as part of the evening. Laura discusses her work that has resulted in a Facebook community of nearly 100,000 friends and an article in the New York Times. Did the tradition of the cookie table start with Italians in Pittsburgh or with central European immigrants in Youngstown, Ohio? Laura has the answer. Ringgold graduate David Solomon, Vice President of Production at WQED, serves as Master of Ceremonies and a panel discussion which includes local historian Scott Frederick will consider the director's cut with never-before-seen additional footage from the film.
"A Season to Remember" tells the story of the 1952 team from Monongahela in Washington County that would make it to the final game of the Little League World series. It was the first and only time a Pittsburgh area team would do so.
Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Oboe and CMU Faculty member Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida has organized a benefit for the victims of the war in Ukraine taking place Tuesday May 17th with 17 musicians from the faculty. The concert takes place in the Kresge Theater with guest Don Marinelli and more. Cynthia tells Jim Cunningham how to help and the complete rundown of music and musicians for the event.
Jan Kraybill makes her Organ Artists Series debut Sunday May 15th, 3pm at East liberty Presbyterian Church. The Director of Music at East Liberty, Edward Alan Moore, joins his guest to talk with Jim Cunningham about the program. The Funeral march of a marionetts by Gounod in a transcription is part of the plan having been nominated for a Grammy Award. Jan Kraybill will utilize the special features of the instrument as she explains. She also tells us about riding her Harley Davidson, her passion for antiqueing, the arts scene in Kansas City, and the Audiorium Organ.
At the conclusion of our live broadcast of the Heinz Chapel Choir Spring concert on April 24, 2022, WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke to the Director of Heinz Chapel Choir, Dr. Susan Rice, and Emily Sweat, a member of the Choir and the announced recipient of the John Goldsmith Award for Choral Excellence.