WQED celebrates the Allegheny Regional Asset District’s 25th Anniversary by bringing listeners interviews with the civic, cultural and recreational treasures that are funded by RAD and that we as a community value so much.
The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh presents the Generations Speaker Series with Dr. Rebecca Jacobson on October 6. In this conversation with Katie Brill, the Director of the Holocaust Center, Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather, talks about the virtual RADical Days event on the 6th, the Holocaust Center's programs and upcoming events, and how we might prevent something like the Holocaust from happening again.
On October 2, Contemporary Craft celebrates its 50th Anniversary as part of RADical Days. Katie Brill talks with Contemporary Craft's Executive Director, Rachel Saul Rearick, about the activities planned for their 50th Anniversary Party, their Food Justice exhibition and other upcoming events. Rachel also reflects on the organization's success over the past 50 years.
Chris Cox, Director of Marketing and Communications at Pittsburgh Opera has the story for Jim Cunningham on the Rising Stars Concert at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters October 3 6pm at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters with the Resident Artists. It's free with support from the Regional Asset District but reservations are necessary. You'll hear opera hits and some discoveries presented in a high wire audition format. Chis explores the season with Magic Flute in November at the Benedum, Carmen and brand new operas sung by world clas singers. There are also concerts in Market Square and Brown Bag programs for free. Wear your mask and bring the vaccination card.
WQED-FM talks with Richard Piacentini, President & CEO of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Mr. Piacentini explains the conservatory's efforts to make their facilities water efficient, energy efficient, and otherwise environmentally sustainable. Support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) made it possible for Phipps to grow into the nonprofit it is today.
The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is the oldest continually running new music ensemble in the country and has premiered over 300 works. WQED-FM talks with the ensemble's Executive Artistic Director, Kevin Noe, about how members are selected, PNME's support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District, and what is most rewarding for him about being part of the ensemble.
The Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras' (TRYPO's) Executive Director Lindsey Nova updates us on the organization's recent activities--and they've been busy! Mrs. Nova believes strongly in making a difference in the lives of TRYPO students, and support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District has been an important part of fulfilling that mission.
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall is located on 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie, PA. WQED-FM talks with Music Hall Director Melanie Paglia about the importance of RAD funding for the hall as well as the professional path that brought her to managing the 425-seat theater.
The Pittsburgh Philharmonic's Music Director Daniel Curtis talks about the Zoom sessions he is doing with the orchestra to stay connected and to prepare for their 2021-22 season. Next season, the Philharmonic is also launching a multi-year initiative to feature the music of Black American composers.
Jim Bonner, Executive Director of the Audubon Society of Western PA, describes trends in the Audubon Society's bird counts over recent years. In addition to updating WQED-FM on how the bald eagles are doing, he explains which bird species is currently the most under threat and how we can help to ensure that all local bird species continue to live in a healthy ecosystem. Funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) has helped the Audubon Society with a number of projects, such as maintenance on Beechwood Farms and conservation of large, old oak trees.
The Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media's Executive Director Kyle Houser gives WQED-FM a glimpse at the dozens of classes and workshops they currently offer. He also describes the variety of ways that funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) supports the organization's programming and operations.