Edward Alan Moore – Singing Our History

Organist and Music Director at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Dr. Edward Alan Moore, discusses with Jim Cunningham the church’s upcoming concert celebrating Black History Month and Women’s History Month. “Singing Our History” will be presented on February 25th at 3pm at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Moore highlights the program that contains Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Amy Beach, Sarah Class, and Rebecca Clark. Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass features the English translation of the Mass text, as well as more rhythmic sections throughout the piece. This concert is part of WQED’s Gospel programming that highlights local concerts in the Western Pennsylvania area. Visit wqed.org/gospel to see the full list of events and watch Henry Louis Gate Jr’s Gospel series on WQED. Visit https://cathedralofhope.org/worship/cathedral-concerts/ to learn more.

Band of Brothers – The Lion in Winter

“I hardly think of you at all’, so says King Henry II to his middle son, Geoffrey in Band of Brother’s Shakespeare’s upcoming play, “The Lion in Winter.” Director Don Evanisko, and actor Paul Mastovich discuss this James Goldman play about the personal and political conflicts of King Henry II of England during Christmas time in 1183. Paul highlights his own experience as a middle child when channeling the character of Geoffrey. This production will mark Don’s directorial debut with Band of Brothers, which is another item in his long list of theater credits. “The Lion in Winter” will run February 28th to March 2nd at the St. Columba Church in Cambria City. Visit https://www.bandofbrothersshakespeareco.org/ to learn more.

Beo String Quartet

The Beo String Quartet are back in Pittsburgh! Brothers Sean Neukom and Jason Neukom of the quartet, discuss with WQED-FM their upcoming concert at City of Asylum on Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm. They highlight their genre-bending program that includes a new work by Sean that describes a story his mother once told him. Also included in the program is Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, which they played live in WQED-FM’s studios and is featured on this podcast. Jason and Sean also tackle what it means to be genre-bending, and what is next on the horizon for the group. Visit https://cityofasylum.org/program/beo-string-quartet-genre-bending-harmony/ to reserve free in-person or livestream tickets.

Roman Rindberger – Mnozil Brass

The Mnozil Brass will perform at West Allegheny High School on Monday February 26th at 7pm. WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham spoke with the ensemble’s trumpet player, Roman Rindberger, from Austria. Roman talks about the ensemble, how they got their name and much more.

Nanette Kaplan Solomon and Luz Manriquez

Pianists Nanette Kaplan Solomon and Luz Manriquez discuss their upcoming recital together on Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm at the Kresge Theatre on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus. Their recital is a celebration of two CMU icons: Nancy Galbraith and Nikolai Lopatnikoff. Nanette talks about her dissertation paper that was on the life and work of Nikolai Lopatnikoff, and highlight how his work is largely unknown. Luz discusses the program and how they will use two pianos for Nancy Galbraith’s Effervescent Air for Piano, Four Hands. Both Nanette and Luz play that piece together in our studio. Visit cmu.edu/cfa/music to learn more about the program. The event is free.

John Moon – Freedom House

John Moon, one of the original Freedom House trail blazers visited with Jim Cunningham to talk about the exhibit in the City County Building lobby celebrating the work of the pioneers in providing lifesaving medical services when few others were willing to venture in to Pittsburgh’s Hill District in the sixties and seventies. The life savers set a world wide model for how to provide care on the scene. Hear all about it and watch the program on demand from the WQED website and the PBS App. It took 300 hours of medical training for the initial team of 24 amid racial tension. They were the only trained EMTs in the country and provided a lesson for the world.

Now, the Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS is launching a new pilot program called Freedom House EMT Training, in honor of the original Freedom House Ambulance Service. This program will allow residents to obtain their EMT certifications which allow them to transition to the bureau as full-time employees. Anyone interested in applying should visit PGHJOBS.NET or pittsburghpa.gov/ems for more information. “In the 1960s, there was absolutely no EMS service in this country, no one trained to the extent we were. Here in Pittsburgh we wrote and developed the paramedic training program that paramedics began using throughout the United States,” said Moon. Today John Moon travels extensively to tell the Pittsburgh story.

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Sam Black – Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center is offering its 10th annual Black History Month Lecture. Director of the African American Program at the Center, Samuel Black, discusses the exciting guest speaker that will be coming to Pittsburgh on February 21st for the 5:30 pm event. Dr. Nicole Fleetwood will be presenting her book, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, and lead a talk about how art can heal and humanize people in the age of mass incarceration. Fleetwood is a MacArthur Genius Fellow, curator, art critic, and NYU professor, giving her a unique perspective as both an academic and museum educator. Sam Black highlights Fleetwood’s achievements, as well as how this lecture will tie into the an upcoming exhibit at the Heinz History Center that sheds light on how women shaped Pittsburgh. Visit https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/whats-on/history-center/black-history-month-at-the-history-center/ to learn more about the lecture and get $10 tickets. Dr. Nicole Fleetwood will also be signing copies of her book at the event.