Lindsay Goranson – APIS New Hazlett Theater

Costume designer, production designer, performer, writer and now director, Lindsay Goranson, spoke with WQED-FM about their newest play, APIS, at the New Hazlett Theater on Thursday, April 18th, and Saturday, April 19th. A time-travelling bee comes to visit Apis, a female worker at an underground food store, and what happens next changes everything. Lindsay describes this theater experience that includes puppets, miniatures, original composition, time travel, and a look at the future of our food supply. Lindsay talks about how she created the story, what it is like to direct versus act in a show, and how we can minimize our environmental impact. Visit https://newhazletttheater.org/events/apis/ to learn more and find tickets.

Norma Alrutz and Amber Fantini – Saltworks Theater Company

Executive Director of Saltworks Theater Company, Norma Alrutz, and Board Chair, Amber Fantini, spoke with WQED-FM about their organization and their production of Around the World in 80 Days on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, at the Greenstone UM Church in Bellevue. Norma and Amber highlight Saltworks bread and butter, their school assembly live educational theater shows that showcase the consequences of substance abuse, bullying, and also the hope that comes from making life-affirming choices. Norma talks about the 6 different shows they offer to schools from elementary to high school education, and how one of those shows was inspired by a Mister Fred Rogers quote. They also talk about their Young Actors Studio classes that run year round. Visit https://www.saltworks.org/ to learn more about Saltworks.

Jim Cunningham – Butler County Symphony Orchestra

Jim Cunningham interviews…..Jim Cunningham!! The Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents “The Music of John Williams” on Saturday April 13th, 7:30pm at the Butler Intermediate High School. WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham spoke with Butler County Symphony Orchestra trumpet Jim Cunningham about the concert as well as the “Dinner, Dancing, and Diamonds” Gala on Sunday April 21st.

Ayisha Morgan-Lee – Hill Dance Academy Theatre

Hill Dance Academy Theatre’s Annual Spring Dance Concert is back on April 19-21, 2024, at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. This year’s theme is Sustaining the Legacy & Creating Expressions Of Black History, Culture, and Tradition through Movement…Gospel Style. Founder and CEO Ayisha Morgan-Lee spoke with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about the concert.

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Organist Anna Lapwood

The Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh presents Anna Lapwood on Friday, April 12th, 7:30pm at St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Mt. Lebanon. Anna Lapwood MBE is an organist, conductor and broadcaster, and holds the position of Director of Music at Pembroke College (Cambridge), Associate Artist of the Royal Albert Hall (London) and Artist in Association with the BBC Singers. In 2023 she was awarded the prestigious ‘Gamechanger’ Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society, and signed to SONY Classical as an exclusive recording artist. She reaches a huge audience through her concerts and via social media with over 1 million followers across all platforms. She spoke with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about her concert, getting people interested in organ recitals, her incredible success on social media and more.

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Garrod Pagenkopf – Chanticleer

Assistant Conductor of Chanticleer, Garrod Pagenkopf, details the program on Sunday April 14th, 3pm, at Shadyside Presbyterian Church – their sixth trip to Pittsburgh. Garrod spoke with Jim Cunningham about their new cd “On a Clear Day,” the special qualities of the all male ensemble, the repertoire of the singers, having diversity, singing music by women, why they are only men, what to see when visiting the choir’s home base of San Francisco, and using Duolingo at a high level.

Phillip Ying – The Ying Quartet

Founding member and violist of the Ying Quartet, Phillip Ying, was on the phone live with Jim Cunningham, to speak about the Ying Quartet’s concert on April 8th, at 7:30 pm at the PNC Theatre, as a part of the Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s mainstage live series. The Quartet will be performing with double bassist, Xavier Foley, who will premiere a new work for bass quintet that was commissioned by Chamber Music Pittsburgh. The Quartet will also play Haydn’s String Quartet in B Flat Major, and Dvorak’s String Quintet in G Major. Phillip highlights how the Quartet first formed and how the past 30 years have gone. Visit https://www.chambermusicpittsburgh.org/ to learn more about the concert and find tickets.

Amanda Gillen – The Frick Pittsburgh

Director of Learning and Visitor Experience, Amanda Gillen, spoke with WQED-FM at the Frick Art Museum about the programming around the new exhibition Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt: Forging the Frick Collections in Pittsburgh and New York. Amanda highlights two concerts and their Full Day Programs. The first concert is on Sunday, April 14th with the Trio Granato as they play French impressionist and Dutch Baroque music to compliment the exhibition. The second is on Sunday, May 5th with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to present pieces of music chosen to compliment several pieces in the exhibit. The Full Day programs on Saturday, April 20th and Saturday, June 1st, pair the Frick complex including the Clayton house and art museum, with the Carrie Blast Furnace or the West Overton Village. Programs run until July 12th, and the exhibition runs April 6th to July 14th. Visit https://www.thefrickpittsburgh.org to learn more about the programs and the exhibition.

Dawn Brean – The Frick Pittsburgh

Chief Curator and Director of Collections at the Frick Pittsburgh, Dawn Brean, spoke with WQED-FM at the Frick Art Museum about the opening of Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt: Forging the Frick Collections in Pittsburgh and New York. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit features works by masters including one of 36 known works by Vermeer, as well as pieces from Helen Clay Frick’s Italian Renaissance collection. Dawn highlights her favorite piece in this exhibit, how the exhibit came to be, and what goes into the process of curating a collection as unique as this. Visit https://www.thefrickpittsburgh.org/ to learn more and find tickets.

Marie Watt and Liz Park – Carnegie Museum of Art

Visual Artist Marie Watt and Curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Liz Park, spoke with Jim Cunningham about the museum’s upcoming exhibit, Marie Watt: LAND STITCHES WATER SKY, opening on April 13th. This exhibit explores two materials tied to the industrial history of Western Pennsylvania, steel and glass, from Marie’s Indigenous perspective. Marie describes the exhibit that includes very large steel I-Beams and stitched blankets. Liz highlights the museums collaboration with Marie and how this project began. The exhibit will be open until September 22nd. Visit https://carnegieart.org/exhibition/marie-watt/ to learn more.

Norm Lewis – TRYPO Spring Concert

Broadway singer and Emmy, Tony, and SAG Award nominee, Norm Lewis, spoke with WQED-FM’s Anna Singer by phone about his upcoming concert with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra (TRYPO) on May 5th at 6 pm at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Norm discusses his storied career on stage and screen, including being the first African American Phantom in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and his most recent work in Da 5 Bloods by Spike Lee. Norm highlights his beginnings as a business major in Orlando, Florida, and how a job on a cruise ship changed his life. Norm also spoke about his work with the Black Theatre United, an organization which hopes to bring more Black people, stories, and voices in theatre communities across the country. Anna and Norm also bond over their shared interest in tennis in school. Visit https://trypo.org/events/ to find tickets for TRYPO’s upcoming concert in May.

Rebekah Diaz – Gospel and the Pittsburgh Opera

Director of IDEA Initiatives and Community Engagement with the Pittsburgh Opera, Rebekah Diaz, spoke with Jim Cunningham in this Voice of the Arts Gospel podcast about two upcoming events at the Pittsburgh Opera. The first event is a collaboration with the Afro-American Music Institute. Opera Meets Jazz, is Friday, April 5th at 7 pm at the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Homewood. Diaz highlights the Pittsburgh Resident Artists that will be performing, and members from the AAMI that will combine opera arias with jazz. Rebekah also discusses a second event, Sharing Experiences of Black Creatives, Sunday, April 14th at 2 pm at the Bitz Opera Factory. This free panel discussion of Black creatives in Pittsburgh will share their own experiences working in the arts. Rebekah highlights how both events tie into the last opera of the season, The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson, an opera about the pioneering African American woman who created the National Negro Opera Company in Pittsburgh during the 1940s. Jim also asks Rebekah about her work at the Opera and how diversity and inclusion efforts are central to uplifting and sharing stories. Visit https://www.pittsburghopera.org/ to learn more.

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