Don Franklin celebrates the 333rd birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach Sunday March 25 at 3 pm at Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill with the Cantata 106 in honor of John Goldsmith the late conductor of the Heinz Chapel Choir and the Fourth Brandenburg Concerto. Internationally celebrated Bach scholar Don has the latest from the American Bach Society.
The Beo Quartet makes their debut at Rodef Shalom Temple Monday March 26 at 8:00pm in a Free concert with the Beethoven "Harp" Quartet and Shostakovich Quartet No 10. The quartet of Jason Neukom, Sean Neukom, Sandro Leal-Santiesteban and Ryan Ash join with Roy Sonne to roll out the plans.
Jim Cunningham speaks with the host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Fred Rogers in October of 1994 when Fred published his book You Are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor. They discussed his thinking that guided the programs and WQED history. At the end Fred recorded a radio spot and a series of station identification announcements with the neighborhood regulars.
Jennifer Higdon, former composer in residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony, talks about her work time in Pittsburgh, her Grammy win with the Viola Concerto, why her opera "Cold Mountain" has been a sold out instant hit, what she is writing now, and how Fred Rogers shaped her world view and composing philosophy.
The Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Spano, talks about his 17 years there and his work as Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival, along with a discussion of the role of the conductor. He also talks about his program for the Pittsburgh concert with Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and the world premiere of the Tuba Concerto by Jennifer Higdon.
Pittsburgh Musical Theater presents The Little Mermaid with Larissa Overholt, who plays Ariel, and Brady Patsy, who plays her father, King Triton. With music director Francesca Tortorello, who is the wife of PSO cellist Michael de Bruyn. Larissa and Francesca perform live in the studio.