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Chris Fennimore - Dec 15, 2017

Chris Fennimore the host of QED Cooks on Saturday mornings for WQED13 has a new hard bound cookbook out, Simple Pleasures:Memories of Real Food. He discusses the book and the memories and the photography that go with it with Jim Cunningham. There are 80 recipes published by St. Lynn’s Press. Chris also talks about his career in public broadcasting working with Bill Moyers and others at WNET where he worked before joining WQED as Program Director.

Resonance Works - Amahl and the Night Visitors - Dec 15, 2017

WQED-FM's Anna Singer chats with cast members of Resonance Works' Amahl and the Night Visitors.  



Chatham Baroque - Dec 14, 2017

Violinist Andrew Fouts reveals the plan for the Jubilant Season the concerts to be given by Chatham baroque December 15,16,17 in Millvale, Shadyside and at Chatham University with special guest artists.

Thierry Fisher - Dec 14, 2017

Thierry Fisher has been Music Director of the Utah Symphony since 2009. He was born in Rhodesia to Swiss parents and has conducted around the globe and served as principal Flute for the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He’s made a wide ranging catalog of recordings but has not yet made it to Heinz Hall. That may change as he suggested in his conversation about the new recording of Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony on the Reference label with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Byron Janis - Dec 14, 2017

Mckeesport born pianist Byron Janis has a new cd out with a recital recorded in Leningrad in 1960 without his knowledge. Byron remembers the cold war tension that surrounded his visit and working with Aaron Copland to prepare the Sonata he played  in Russia. Byron, now almost 90, remembers his Pittsburgh connections, playing the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1964 in the middle east, Colfax School in Squirrel Hill, the Syria Mosque with Lorin Maazel and Vladimir Horowitz and much more.

John Mauceri - Dec 14, 2017

Former Pittsburgh Opera Music Director John Mauceri has a new book out Maestros and Their Music the Art and Alchemy of Conducting. He mentions Pittsburgh Opera several times in the book with his experiences there including a memory of a director who told him how the glass harmonica should go in the mad scene of Lucia di Lammermoor. John recalls his teen age visit to Birgit Nilsson’s dressing room where she was watching Truth or Consequences, the meeting of Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein in Salzburg, his flight on the Concorde with Paul McCartney, conducting for lady Diana and Prince Charles and much more.