Walter Morales - Bach Beethoven and Brunch - Jun 7, 2019

The 2019 Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert series kicks on Sunday June 16th with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra.  Music Director Walter Morales stopped by to talk about their program and what's special about performing in the outdoors! 



Sarah Aziz - Three Rivers Arts Festival - Jun 6, 2019

The Three Rivers Arts Festival begins this weekend.  The Director of the Arts Festival, Sarah Aziz, stopped by WQED-FM to talk about this year's events.  



Nat 28 - Jun 6, 2019

New Music ensemble Nat 28 with flutist and Artistic Director Zoe Sorrell plus  Allysun Huneycutt , clarinet and Executive Director and colleagues visited the WQED-FM studio to preview their concert Saturday June 8th in Mount Lebanon at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church at 8pm. The played Kati Agoc's "Immutable Dreams" and explained how it fit into the theme "In Spite of All This."  

Manfred Honeck - Beethoven's 9th - Jun 5, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck visited the QED morning show with Jim Cunningham to talk about the four performances and recording session of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beginning June 6th at Heinz Hall and the live broadcast on Friday night at 8pm. He discusses the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Double Concerto with Michael Rusinek and Nancy Goeres Principal Clarinet and Bassoon. There is a family update and talk of how the concerts he gave in the Netherlands went last week.

Composer Jonathan Leshnoff - Jun 5, 2019

Composer Jonathan Leshnoff has the world premiere of the Concerto he’s written for Pittsburgh Symphony Principals Michael Rusinek, clarinet and Nancy Goeres, bassoon. Can you tap your foot to it?  He thinks you can and tells Jim Cunningham  his composing story so far from Brunswick, New jersey to Towson State in Baltimore. Why is he third only to John Williams and John Adams on the list of most often performed American composers? Some ideas are discussed.  There is also an edited version of this interview with video on Youtube and Vimeo.

Pietari Inkinen - May 31, 2019

Pietari Inkinen makes his Heinz Hall debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducting the Pittsburgh premiere of the Sibelius "Pohjola’s Daughter," the Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony and the Third Concerto by Prokofiev with pianist Beatrice Rana. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham recorded in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms with the Friends of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Maestro Inkinen talks about the program and Finnish musical life and culture including making small talk and the perfect sauna.