WQED mini docs: Musical Mentors

Two award-winning mini documentaries from the WQED archives are compiled into this half-hour program. Madame Dawson’s Opera Company tells the story of Mary Cardwell Dawson who formed the National Negro Opera Company in 1941, opening doors and launching careers for African-Americans who had little access to classical music training. The feature also highlights efforts to restore the grand Victorian-style house in Pittsburgh where the opera company was founded. Prattis & The Piano recounts the career of Pittsburgh Symphony principal keyboardist Patricia Prattis Jennings, who in 1966 became the first African American woman to be awarded a full contract by a major American symphony orchestra, breaking decades of discrimination in the world of classical music.

WQED mini docs: Musical Mentors aired on Feb 18, 2016.


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Series: Specials

This episode continues a series that reports on African American men and boys in positive and mentoring roles. “Media Men” focuses on communications careers. Featured profiles include Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman, WQED/PCNC/KDKA Radio host Chris Moore, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photographer Sidney Davis, and social media networker Alex Simmons.

Original airdate: Feb 25, 2013


Original airdate: Feb 07, 2013


Join WQED-FM radio personalities Jim Cunningham, Anna Singer and Ted Sohier as they commemorate 40 years of classical music and the arts in Pittsburgh. In this celebratory program, local arts leaders reminisce about WQED-FM and there will be performances from nearly 30 local musicians, singers and dancers.

Original airdate: Jan 26, 2013


Join WQED-FM radio personalities Jim Cunningham, Anna Singer and Ted Sohier as they commemorate 40 years of classical music and the arts in Pittsburgh. In this celebratory program, local arts leaders reminisce about WQED-FM and there will be performances from nearly 30 local musicians, singers and dancers.

Original airdate: Jan 26, 2013


Join WQED-FM radio personalities Jim Cunningham, Anna Singer and Ted Sohier as they commemorate 40 years of classical music and the arts in Pittsburgh. In this celebratory program, local arts leaders reminisce about WQED-FM and there will be performances from nearly 30 local musicians, singers and dancers.

Original airdate: Jan 26, 2013


The issues that plague our planet, our global community, are vast and can seem daunting. This means that the next generation of world leaders will have the daunting task of trying to find solutions to these issues. And there are many young, bright movers and shakers who are already doing their part to effect change in our world, and in a big way. Meet these young people and find out how their efforts to effect positive change today are turning them into tomorrow's global leaders.

Original airdate: Jan 03, 2013


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