Voice of the Arts

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Shori Sims - Aug 5, 2022

On today's episode, Flora Kelly talks with Pittsburgh-based, multi-skilled artist Shori Sims. A recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Shori discusses their plans for the future, the intention behind their work, and what it's like having their first solo show in a gallery.

You can see Shori's exhibit "Dream of a Black Planet" at Pittsburgh Creative Corps Gallery at 8th Street and Penn Avenue Downtown until August 6th. You can also catch their exhibit "Little Girl Urn" at the 707 Gallery on Penn Avenue until August 7th. 

You can find Shori online at the links below!

Website: https://shorisims.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shorisms/?hl=en

Organist Brian Gurley - Aug 4, 2022

St. Paul Cathedral Oakland organist and Choir Director Brian Gurley provides details on his program for the free recital Sunday August 7th at 3:30 pm including Buxtehude and finishing with JS Bach. He has some insight into the role the Cathedral plays in religious life in Western Pennsylvania and has some details on the final concert in the current series.  

Alejandro Pinzon - Aug 2, 2022

Alejandro Pinzón sat down with Avery Barrera to discuss his upcoming performance at the Highline on August 9th. The two also discuss the uncommon instrument that Alejandro performs with, the bandoneon.

Organist Richard Konzen - Jul 29, 2022

Dr, Richard Konzen, organist and choir director of St John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown Ohio and also the Mayor of Mercer Pa. plays for the summer series of organ recitals at St Paul Cathedral in Oakland on Sunday July 31 at 3:30pm in a free recital which includes music by Bach and his contemporaries and Florence Price as well as Cesar Franck to celebrate the Franck Bicentennial year.  Dr. Konzen joins Jim Cunningham and Organist Choir Director at St Paul Cathedral Brian Gurley in a conversation about their work together as teacher and student. Dr. Konzen provides suggestions regarding what to do on a visit to Mercer Pa and how he became mayor. He talks about his study at Depauw University and Yale and the special history of his church which includes as one its founders the sister of Stephen Foster who taught Sunday school there.

Jonathan Brader - Pittsburgh Speaker Series - Jul 29, 2022

Jonathan Brader, the Vice President of Operations for the Pittsburgh Speakers Series, speaks with Jim Cunningham about the upcoming season at Heinz Hall presented with the support of the University of Pittsburgh. Appearing  this year will be Loretta Lynch, John Brennan, Scott Kelly, Maria Ressa, Erik Larson and the single most requested speaker Tom Friedman with the final event Anthony Ray Hinton. Jonathan remembers great moments from the two decades of visits at Heinz Hall by prominent speakers and explains why you should subscribe. Jonathan also fills us in on the plans for the renovation of St Louis Symphony home Powell Hall in Saint Louis his hometown and his work in the box office there before joining the speakers series.

Gena - Jul 28, 2022

Geña, a local singer and percussionist, sat down with Avery Barrera to discuss her upcoming performance at the Thunderbird Cafe on Saturday July 30th as well as her event series with Rumbón de la Calle on August 28th and September 25th.

Ed Dzenis - East Winds Saxophones - Jul 25, 2022

The saxophones of the East Winds Symphonic Band conclude the 2022 City of Pittsburgh Office and Special Events Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert series this Sunday, 10:30am at Mellon Park. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with East Winds band member Ed Dzenis about what people can expect at the concert.

LoRen - Jul 25, 2022

For the third year, Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter, LoRen is bringing diverse musicians from across the city together to play their original works on one stage. She took time out of her busy schedule to chat with Kamera Dorsey about the hardships of being a musician, the importance of embracing diversity in your craft and why she believes performing your own music is the key to originality. 

On Friday August 5th LoRen will be hosting NO COVERS, which is a live music experience unlike any other that showcases the original music and stories of a variety of Pittsburgh-based artists. 

For more information: https://www.nocoverspgh.com

Noel Quintana - Jul 22, 2022

On this episode, Avery Barrera sits down with salsa musician Noel Quintana. The two sit down and discuss love of the conga, musical inspirations, and what it means to be a salsa artist in Pittsburgh.

Brian Gurley and Daniel Ficarri - Jul 21, 2022

Brian Gurley Organist and Choir Director at St Paul Cathedral in Oakland joins Jim Cunningham and the Associate Organist at St John the Divine in New York Daniel Ficarri to talk about his two recitals in Pittsburgh. July 20th on Youtube from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St Clair and Sunday July 23 3:30pm at St Paul Cathedral. Bach is on the program and Daniel’s own transcription of the Grieg Holberg Suite, Leon Boellman and more. What it’s like working with the head of the Juilliard Organ Department Paul Jacobs. best place to find a bite to eat in Morningside, one of the world’s largest cathedrals designed by Ralph Adams Cram and why it remains unfinished ,growing up in Franklin Park, how the church is working to diversify its reach and much more in this conversation.