Mark Clayton Southers – Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre

Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, Mark Clayton Southers, shares the company’s exciting plans for their upcoming 2024 season. The season starts off with a cabaret production of Dinah in April, followed by a new play written by Monteze Freeland in June, Radio Golf at the August Wilson House in August, and ending with their signature Theatre Festival in Black and White in October. Mark shares how he secured local jazz legends, including Roger Humphries, to play in the production of Dinah, and his continuing artistic collaboration with Monteze. His daughter, Ashley Renee Southers, also joined to talk about her role in coordinating the Black and White Theatre Festival that highlights eight one-act plays in two programs. Visit https://www.pghplaywrights.org/ to learn more and learn about their subscriptions and tickets.

Wayne Brinda – Prime Stage Theatre

Artistic Director of Prime Stage Theatre, Wayne Brinda, discusses their upcoming production of “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” running March 1st to the 10th at the New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts. This production immerses the audience in the true-life story of Anne’s childhood friends, Eva Geiringer Schloss and Ed Silverberg. Wayne highlights a special post show discussion on opening night (March 2nd) with Father John Nieman who will share stories about his personal friendship with Otto Frank and Miep Gies in the 1970’s as well as a special video showing of last year’s powerful play, Perseverance on Monday, March 4th. To learn more and get tickets, visit https://primestage.com/events/.

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.