Illusionist Jason Bishop opens the season for the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on October 21st. He uses more technology and a dry sense of humor than many entertainers in his field. Jason reveals his admiration for Harry Houdini and one of the most successful living entertainers, David Copperfield. Jason likes the Primanti sandwich and looks forward to a return to the area when he will present his most elaborate stage production in a new setting. Jason Bishop grew up in Pennsylvania. He doesn’t make a big deal of it but he was placed in an orphanage as a young person and inspires the people he meets with his creativity and ingenuity. He laughs about being upstaged by a poodle but has the last laugh since he makes the poodle disappears. How does he do it?
Violinist Ray Chen with Taiwanese ancestry grew up in Australia and now makes his debut playing the Bruch G minor Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Here is everything you need to know about Bruch’s greatest hit and what Ray is up to with You tube and social media where he has done comedy and profiled his heroes in addition to playing at the Nobel Prize ceremonies.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette Music Critic Elizabeth Bloom came by to discuss her switch from Beethoven to the pitcher’s mound and writing for the sports pages. She discusses the health of classical music, the financial affairs of the Pittsburgh Symphony plus what the Pirates need to be a contender and much more.
Krzystof Urbanski, the Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Guest of the NDR Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg Germany conducts the Shostakovich Symphony No 5 , Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and the Bruch g minor Violin Concerto with Ray Chen in his Heinz Hall debut. He agrees that Shostakovich was rejoicing under pressure in the 5th and haunted by terror from his own government.
Pittsburgh Sympony Utility Trombone James Nova presents Novadub for Music 101 October 11 at 12:30 in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms at Heinz Hall. He gives us a preview discussing his new recording which started with his dubbing of multiple parts creating a cathedral of trombone sound in scores by John Williams. Those arrangements including the Star Wars love theme have now been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times from Soundcloud. Jim also reveals his favorite trombone players of all time from the orchestral and jazz world.
Musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony fanned out all over the city to present a Day of Music on Tuesday October 10, 2017. It started at WQED-FM with the Clarion Quartet. They played live in the studio with Aria and Capriccio by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Marta Krechkovsky and Jennifer Orcahrd violins with Bronwyn Banerdt, cello and Tatjana Mead Chamis viola.