Artist Wayne Brezinka - Sep 27, 2019

Nashville based artist Wayne Brezinka talks about his painting "Mr. Rogers: Just the Way You Are," on display at WQED through the end of 2019 and the national tour for the work which was seen recently at PBS headquarters in Washington D.C. and at an opening at the home of commentator David Brooks. Wayne talks about his work for the New York Times and the Washington Post as an editorial cartoonist and his designs for album covers by bestselling Warner Brothers and Universal artists including George Strait.

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - September 27, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019

The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh opens their season at the First Unitarian Church Friday September 27, 2019 with a reworking of music by Chris Massa sung by Voces Solis with Ryan Keeling directing along with Gerald Finzi, Sibelius and John Corigliano. Conductor Edward Leonard joins Chis and Ryan in the Classical QED Morning show studio with Jim Cunningham

Joanne Rogers Interview - Sep 27, 2019

Mrs. Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, speaks with Jim Cunningham in the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED about the movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" made by Tom Hanks in the studio where 500 episodes of Mr Rogers neighborhood was produced for PBS. Joanne remembers her late husband and his work dating back to 1954 at WQED.  She talks about the 10 year period of script development and production details - including the number of takes it took to get the tossing of a sneaker from one hand to the other, coaching Tom Hanks on Mr Rogers voice inflection and famous phrases, where the film differs from actual events, the plans for the premiere, and much more. Introduction by WQED CEO Deborah Acklin. Recorded September 26, 2019.

Manfred Honeck - 2019-2020 Opening Weekend - Sep 20, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 Mellon Grand Classics season begins this weekend.  Jim Cunningham sat down with Music Director Manfred Honeck to talk about the music on this weekend's program.



Composer Julia Wolfe - Sep 20, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra begins it's 2019-2020 Mellon Grand Classics Season Friday September 19th at Heinz Hall.  The first piece on the program is a PSO co-commission of "Fountain of Youth" by composer Julia Wolfe.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham caught up with her at the Hall where she talks about the piece, the influx of women composer's and much more.



James Ehnes - Sep 20, 2019

Violinist James Ehnes is the guest soloist for this weekend's Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra season opening concerts.  In this wide ranging interview with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham, Mr. Ehnes talks abou tthe pieces he'll perform this weekend, his thoughts on Pittsburgh and much more.