Brian Gurley is the Director of Music and organist at St Paul Cathedral where he oversees the recital series which features Ahreum Han on Friday evening May 6 at St Paul playing the Beckerath organ. She and Brian joined Jim Cunningham to preview the event and the series. They both offer suggestions for how the organ can remain relevant in the world of flashing screens and electronics that compete for attention with Bach and Widor. Brian is back at home in Western pa having started his organ training at Grove City College then on to Notre Dame and University of Wisconsin and Ahreum relates her path from Korea to Curtis in Philadelphia, Westminster Choir College, Yale and now serving at First Presbyterian of Fort Worth Texas as Director of Music and Organist.
Swan Lake wraps up the season for Pittsburgh Ballet Theater with eight performances at the Benedum with orchestra. Debuting in this new production is original choreography from Artistic Director Susan Jaffe, a seasoned and celebrated Swan Queen herself. Ms. Jaffe first danced the role of Odette-Odile for American Ballet Theatre at the age of 19 and gave a performance that The New York Times called, “a beautiful triumph.” She danced the role every year of her 22-year illustrious career, including international performances.
Pianist Nanette Kaplan has devised a grand finale for the Tuesday Musical Club season with Poulenc’s Aubade, a Beethoven Serenade and some true rarities Tuesday May 10 at 1` pm in Rodef Shalom Temple’s Levy Hakk. The concert is free. Nannette tells Jim Cunningham what to check out from some of her cds and has the details on the program and the musicians who will play.
Producer Dorie Taylor and Yu Ling Cheng Behr, Co Producer and Kidsburgh Ambassador, are the power behind Remake Learning Days with a wide range of events for parents, caregivers and young people now through May 23. They focus on arts events that are free and personal favorites they would love to see you enjoy complete with the WQED Writers Contest and Puppet Show on May 14th. How did they wind up as advocates for kids having studied at an advanced level in the business world. They reveal the journey to Jim Cunningham.
Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Pittsburgh Symphony debut May 6th, 7th, and 8th 2022 with Dvorak’s New World Symphony and the Brahms Violin Concerto played by Daniel Lozakovich, along with a Heinz Hall first of Missy Mazzoli. Maestra Stutzmann makes her Met debut in two Mozart operas in 2021 and her debut at Bayreuth as well as the new Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony. Then there’s the Kristiansand Orchestra in Norway and the recording career as a contralto. What’s next? Hear all about it in the interview with Jim Cunningham complete with an assessment of women in the composing and conducting world and a little light shopping in Market Square.
Daniel Lozakovich was born in Sweden just 18 years ago. He became the youngest artist ever signed to Deutsche Gramophone at 15 and he discusses his prior collaboration with Nathalie Stutzmann who he joins for a Pittsburgh debut playing the Brahms Concerto May 6th, 7th and 8th, 2022. He tells Jim Cunningham about his instrument too.