Daniel Lozakovich - May 6, 2022

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.

Cocktails & Cuisine - May 6, 2022

Foodies who care will gather again under the stars to support Crisis Center North (CCN) at its signature fundraiser, Cocktails & Cuisine. The outdoor sipping and grazing event marks its 15th year on Friday, May 13, at The Woodlands.  I spoke with Jessica Lee who will be performing throughout the evening with guitarist Mark Strickland.  There is also a Chef Showdown with Chef Emily Larsen from Spilling the Soup and Chef Christopher Galarza from Forward Dining Solutions.  Go to CrisisCenterNorth.com/events for tickets.

Takesha Meshe Kizart-Thomas - Resonance Works Pittsburgh - Apr 28, 2022

Anna Singer spoke with International soprano Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas, who makes her Pittsburgh debut in a one-night-only concert of opera, art song, jazz, and more. Praised by critics worldwide for her vocally compelling performances, Kizart-Thomas brings her versatility as a classical, jazz, soul, and pop vocal soloist to this program celebrating the significant contributions of women artists.

Resonance Works' "The Phenomenal Woman" will feature arias honoring the dramatic heroines of the opera stage portrayed by such artists as Shirley Verrett, Leontyne Price, and Jessye Norman, jazz standards popularized by the “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald, art songs by contemporary Black women composers, and new pieces commissioned and created by Kizart-Thomas. Presented in the intimate setting of Oakland’s Mellon Institute Auditorium, this concert is a powerful testament to the women who shaped music during the 20th century.

Pittsburgh Festival of Books - Apr 28, 2022

Laurie Moser, Co-Chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books, joins Shelly Schmidt of WQED Education who directs the Writers Contest and Jim Cunningham. They'll be together May 14th in East Liberty for the event. It's a free featuring over thirty authors with a tie to Pittsburgh. There's a puppet play created for the occasion, events at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater including Deanna Witkowski, author of a book about Mary Lou Williams, plus Creative Non Fiction mainstay Lee Gutkind discusses his work and career summary book.  You'll find Pittsburgh history and fiction, events for kids, and investigate multiple venues Duolingo and the Maverick, Carnegie Library, East Liberty Presbyterian and Bakery Square among them.

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Dan Kamin - Apr 27, 2022

Author of The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion, Dan Kamin trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in CHAPLIN.  On April 16th, Charlie Chaplin’s birthday, there was a special screening and live presentation celebrating one of his most beloved films - "The Kid."  

 In THE KID at 100, renowned mime and comedy choreographer Dan Kamin reveals what keeps this film fresh, funny and incredibly moving to this day.  Dan stopped by WQED-FM to talk with Anna Singer about the event.  

East of the River- Daphna Mor - Apr 27, 2022

This Saturday, in Hicks Memorial Chapel, Chatham Baroque and Renaissance and Baroque present East of the River who will give two performances - 5pm and 8pm.  East of the River performs music from Jewish and Ottoman traditions of the 13th through 18th centuries. Listeners will hear Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino (Medieval Judaeo-Spanish) in this program consisting of songs and dances from liturgical and folk traditions, and will hear examples of classical instrumental music from the Ottoman court as well. 

East of the River member Daphna Mor spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the concert.