Dr. John Walker, organist and choir director at Shadyside Presbyterian Church will bring the Organ Artists of Pittsburgh 40th Anniversary Season to a close with a free concert April 26 2019 at 7:30 at his former sanctuary. John is the past president of the American Guild of Organists and is now teaching at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore. He will be honored at a special fundraising event for the AGO Endowment Fund at the mansions on Fifth immediately after his recital. He spoke with Jim Cunningham about his wide ranging career, his work with Michael Tilson Thomas, Raymond Ocock, Virgil Fox, Leo Sowerby and many others. Introducing John Walker is Edward Alan Moore of East Liberty Presbyterian Church in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.
Pianist Gerald Robbins is in town for two maser classes at CMU. He teaches at the Manhattan School of Music today with a large catalog of recordings including some unusual repertoire by Carl Reinecke and Henri Litolf, plus the Schumann Concerto recorded in Moscow with Kenneth Klein, recordings with the New York Philharmonics’ concertmaster Glen Dicterow and Principal Clarinet Stanley Drucker. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham he remembers working with Nathan Milstein and William Primrose and runs down his Pittsburgh relatives including Flavio and Tatjana Mead Chamis.
The annual Three Rivers Community Band Festival, founded in 2004, takes place March 30th, 2019 at the Upper Saint Clair High School Theater hosted by the East Winds Symphonic Band conducted by Susan Sands. The founder, Roger Schneider. who plays euphonium. and the Maestra joined Jim Cunningham in the Bayer Broadcast Center to discuss this year’s event starting at 2pm. There will be a Festival band and four participating bands along with a lively reception with giveaways to wrap the afternoon. The Festival band will be prepared by Christopher Nichter, currently the 14th Director of Bearcat Bands at the University of Cincinnati. Previously, he held for 10 years the position of Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. He served the WVU School of Music as the Founder and Director of the Mountaineer Music Academy, Director of the Concert Band.
Music For Food is a national effort started by violist Kim Kashkashian helping to feed hungry Americans. Sunday evening, March 24th, in the James Laughlin Music Center at Chatham University, four members of the Pittsburgh Symphony will be joined by pianist Francesca Tortorello in music by Charles Martin Loeffler and Benjamin Britten. Free will donations with a suggested donation of $20 will be given to the Greated Pittsburgh Community Foodbank. The musicians include Kelsey Blumenthal, violin; Deanna Badizadegan, viola; Will Chow, cello; Max Blair, oboe and Francesca Tortorello, piano. They play an excerpt from the Brittten Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings live in the WQED-FM Studio.
Members of the Resonance Works production of Bach's St. John Passion stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer.
Ingrid Schaffner, Curator of the 57th Carnegie International joins Warhol Museum Curator of Performing Arts Ben Harrison to discuss A Night of Deep Listening featuring Joe McPhee, flutist and McArthur Foundation fellow Claire Chase and Peter Evans for an evening at Carnegie Music Hall Saturday March 23rd as part of the final weekend of the International. They review greatest hits of the International and describe the Dusty Groove exhibit within an exhibit which features art inspired by music and sound with reference to John Cage, Pauline Oliveros and Sun Ra. The concert will include Claire Chase playing Edgard Varese Density 21.5 , improvisation, poetry and music by Paulne Oliveros with her Sounds From Childhood and 13 Changes. Also on the program Lucia Dlugoszewski’s Space is A Diamond. In conversation with Jim Cunningham at WQED-FM.