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RAD Interview - Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather - The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh - Sep 29, 2021

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh presents the Generations Speaker Series with Dr. Rebecca Jacobson on October 6. In this conversation with Katie Brill, the Director of the Holocaust Center, Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather, talks about the virtual RADical Days event on the 6th, the Holocaust Center's programs and upcoming events, and how we might prevent something like the Holocaust from happening again.

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Edward Leonard and Andrew Swenson - Sep 29, 2021

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh opens their seson Saturday October 2 7pm in a new venue-- Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Temple with a premiere of a concerto by Marina Lopez played by Zoe Sorrell along with Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite and the Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel. Executive Director Andrew Swenson explains what the orchestra is trying to do and Maestro Edward Leonard describes the delights of the five concert season.

RAD Interview - Chris Cox - Pittsburgh Opera - Sep 29, 2021

Chris Cox, Director of Marketing and Communications at Pittsburgh Opera has the story for Jim Cunningham on the Rising Stars Concert at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters October 3 6pm at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters with the Resident Artists. It's free with support from the Regional Asset District but reservations are necessary. You'll hear opera hits and some discoveries presented in a high wire audition format. Chis explores the season with Magic Flute in November at the Benedum, Carmen and brand new operas sung by world clas singers. There are also concerts in Market Square and Brown Bag programs for free. Wear your mask and bring the vaccination card.

Paul Fireman - Sep 29, 2021

Paul Fireman talks with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the "What's the Point" 5K, which takes place at Westinghouse Park on Saturday October 9th at noon.

Alice Culin Ellison & Liza Malamut - Incantare - Sep 23, 2021

The Baroque ensemble of strings and sackbuts Incantare join Chatham Baroque to form a baroque orchestra playing "The Glories of Venice," with music by Gabrieli and other 16th and early 17th century composers. Violinist Alice Culin Ellison joined Liza Malamut who plays sackbut to talk about their visit to Calvary Episcopal Church Saturday and Sunday September 25th and 26th. They talk about the sackbut and its similarity to the trombone; Gabrieli; Venice; getting the balance just right; women in the brass world; Liza taking on the job of Director at the Newbery Consort; a book on the way; and great houseplants that thrive while listening to Gabrieli in this conversation with Jim Cuningham.  

Ron Carnevali - Flood City Music Festival 2021 - Sep 23, 2021

The Johnstown Flood City Music Festival returns after having to take last year off due to the Covid pandemic.  The event takes place at People's Natural Gas Park on October 1st and 2nd, 2021.  WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar spoke with festival chairman Ron Carnevali about this year's festival, including headliners Bruce Hornsby & and the Noisemakers, and Uprooted.  For tickets and information on the festival, visit www.floodcitymusic.com.



Christiane Dolores - Westmoreland Museum of American Art - Sep 22, 2021

WQED-FM talks with Christiane Dolores, who is currently artist-in-residence at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art as part of an ongoing partnership with BOOM Concepts. She works across many different art forms, including music, poetry, and visual art, and her art explores social issues such as the challenges of coexisting in a diverse country

Meg Cheever - Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy - Sep 17, 2021

Meg Cheever, Senior Executive Advisor to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy after having served as CEO for many years, is joining the celebration of 25 years for the organization and the creation of a new podcast. Meg discusses a few of the 22 projects in the works and remembers some great successes under her watch including the Gatehouse at Frick Park, the redo of Mellon Square downtown,the Frick Environmental Center, Schenley Park and Plaza, the Westinghouse Park, the creation of a cd with WQED-FM and the Dear Friends Strolling Through the Park, plus the challenge of finding grants, Rad funds, donors, a dedicated tax, and contemplating the need for $400 million  to do what needs to be done. Meg Cheever served as Publisher for Pittsburgh Magazine in the WQED family before joining the Conservancy, she has worked on numerous Pittsburgh volunteer boards and played the viola under the baton of the Boston Pops Harry Ellis Dickson.

Chatham Baroque - 2021-2022 Season Preview - Sep 16, 2021

Chatham Baroque members Patricia Halverson and Scott Pauley stopped by to chat with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about their upcoming season, which will include live audiences for the first time in a year and a half. 



Stephen Schultz - Sep 15, 2021

Carnegie Mellon University's baroque flutist who also teaches one of CMU's most popular courses on the Beatles, Stephen Schultz has a new cd out with an hour of the Francois Couperin Royal Concerts or Concerts Royaux recorded at the George Lucas Skywalker studios in Marin County, California. Stephen walks us through the four suites of dance music once danced by Louis XIV explaining the special features, the cover art which consists of a lively representation of Marie Antoinette eating a meringue confection. Stephen loves all the dances but especially the musette and notes that Apple music found a hit with the menuet. Flute talk is included with the details of the "wooden sticks" making exqusite sounds and the harpsichord played by Jory Vinokour joined by Alexa Haynes-Pilon and second baroque flute Mindy Rosenfeld.