Voice of the Arts

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Rick Smith - South Hills Chorale - Dec 7, 2022

The South Hills Chorale presents their holiday concert "Tis the Season To Be Singing" December 16th at 7 and 17th at 2pm at the Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park PA. Rick Smith, the Executive Director, has the details on the program and the spirit of the group. He tells Jim Cunningham about the 62 years of history and why the singers participate. Phil Aley is the conductor. After a half century with Hank Monch, Phil upholds the traditions. A retired certified financial planner Rick suggests stay the course, what goes down must come up. Tickets are $20. 

Daniel Nesta Curtis - Dec 7, 2022

Daniel Nesta Curtis talks about the CMU Philharmonic and Chorus December concert taking place at Carnegie Music Hall on Thursday December 8th, as well as the Pittsburgh Philharmonic concert taking place on Sunday December 18th at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center.

Gina Catanzarite - Dec 2, 2022

WQED colleague and award winning television producer, Gina Catanzarite, spoke with Jim Cunningham about WQED's upcoming 30 minute documentary "Autism: Aging Out," premiering Thursday, December 8th at 8pm.

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Dec 2, 2022

An Evening with Joy Ike happens twice this weekend December 3 2022 at Rodef Shalom Temple 7:30pm and December 4 3:30pm at Sixth Presbyterian Church. The Gershwin Lullaby, Grieg Holberg Suite and arrangements made just for the songs of Joy Ike. Conductor Edward Leonard joins Joy Ike and Executive Director Andrew Swenson to dig in to the joys of the event. Joy, born in Pittsburgh but more recently living in Philadelphia tells Jim Cunningham her philosophy and inspiration with the journey so far.

Brian Worsdale - Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra - Dec 1, 2022

TRYPO Music Director Brian Worsdale visited the WQED-FM studio to tell Jim Cunningham all about the December 5 Carnegie Music Hall concert “Music of the Americas” of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra with thoughts about founders Bernard Goldberg and Phyliss Susan, the strength of the coaching staff. getting through he pandemic, Bryan’s work at Duquesne University teaching conductors the TRYPO visit to Carnegie Hall in New York last summer and more.

T.J. Fairchild - Commonplace Coffee - Dec 1, 2022

T J Fairchild is the Founder with his wife of Commonplace Coffee which started with a love of coffee house culture in Raleigh North Carolina then traveled to Indiana University of Pa and has expanded to eight locations in western Pennsylvania. Commonplace has created the 50th Anniversary blend for contributors to WQED-FM. TJ tells Jim Cunningham it tastes delicious and relates the flavors involved. The coffee business, Walt Whitman and what makes the business perk can be found in this Voice of the Arts conversation.

Moon Doh - Butler County Symphony Orchestra - Nov 30, 2022

Assistant Conductor at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Moon Doh, takes on a new role as a guest conductor at Butler Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, December 3rd for their Holiday Traditions Concert. This concert features opera singer Kevin Glavin reprising his beloved Santa role from the PSO years ago, and Butler local singer Sarah Bishop. Moon discusses the upcoming concert and his first Christmas in Pittsburgh.