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Anqwenique Wingfield - Opera Theater of Pittsburgh - Jan 25, 2017

Education Director for Opera Theater Pittsburgh Anqwenique Wingfield talks about the series of workshops leading up to a June performance of a world premiere opera "A Gathering of Sons."  Opera Theater is creating a new work on racial conflict in America seen through the lens of police brutality. The score combines classical, jazz and gospel elements with operatic voice. Two top regional Black artists are collaborating - composer Dwayne Fulton (in his third project with OTP) and poet Tameka Cage-Conley, a recently appointed fellow to Iowa Writers Workshop.  Mark Clayton Southers, the acclaimed artistic director of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company, is staging the piece. 

Workshops take place at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater on January 26th; February 12th at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks; February18th at Judah Fellowship in the Hill District; March 10th at First United Methodist Church on Center Avenue; and March 15th at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council before shows in June at the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Rodef Shalom Temple, the Hill House and  the final performances this summer at Winchester Thurston School.  Anqwenique discusses bringing opera to new parts of the community and how the classical music world can become a more colorful scene.

CMU Opera presents "Die Fledermaus" - Jan 24, 2017

CMU Opera presents Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" January 26th through the 29th in the Chosky Theater at the Purcell Center for the Arts.  Sophie Thompson interviews the opera's Director and the opera's "Eisenstein."  

Violinist Simone Porter - Jan 20, 2017

Simone Porter violinist talks about the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto she’s playing in her Pittsburgh premiere. Topics include appearing on "From the Top" three times, practicing in Jascha Heifetz studio, coffee in Seattle, her passion for books, and her love of music plus the story of her life so far.

Composer Jame MacMillan - Jan 20, 2017

Sir James Macmillan, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Composer of the Year, talks about his Symphony No 4 in the East Coast Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra premiere and the other music the Orchestra and Resonance Works will perform this season. Topics included his composing philosophy, his Scottish dancing, visiting Andrew Carnegie’s home in Dunfermline, the Queen, and whether Scotland should go it alone from the UK.

 

 

Pittsburgh Opera - Richard the Lionheart - Michael Beattie - Jan 19, 2017

Conductor Michael Beattie talks about the music in Handel's opera, Richard the Lionheart, being presented by Pittsburgh Opera January 21-29, 2017 at the Capa Theater.

Pittsburgh - Richard the Lionheart - Leah de Gruyl - Jan 19, 2017

Leah de Gruyl plays the role of Richard in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Handel's Richard the Lionheart - January 21-29, 2017 at the Capa Theater.  Ms. de Gruhl talks about the challenges of playing a 'pants' role.

Pittsburgh Opera - Richard the Lionheart - Crystal Manich - Jan 19, 2017

Stage Director Crystal Manich talks about the look of Pittsburgh Opera's production of Handel's Richard the Lionheart - January 21-29, 2017 at the Capa Theater.

Pittsburgh Opera - Richard the Lionheart - Claudia Rosenthal - Jan 19, 2017

Claudia Rosenthal sings the role of Pulcheria in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Handel's Richard the Lionheart - January 21-29, 2017 at the Capa Theater.  Ms. Rosenthal talks about her role and some of the challenges with this opera.

Pittsburgh Opera - Richard the Lionheart - Claudia Rosenthal - Jan 19, 2017

Claudia Rosenthal sings the role of Pulcheria in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Handel's Richard the Lionheart - January 21-29, 2017 at the Capa Theater.  Ms. Rosenthal talks about her role and some of the challenges with this opera.

PSO Guest Conductor Matthew Halls - Jan 19, 2017

British born conductor and Music Director of the Oregon Bach Festival Matthew Halls makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut in a special subscriber concert with the East Coast premiere of the Symphony No. 4 by James Macmillan, the Samuel  Barber Violin Concerto with Simone Porter in her Heinz Hall debut, and the Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, "Scottish." Matthew reveals his favorite English tea and how to enjoy it in the final minutes of the conversation with Jim Cunningham.

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