Voice of the Arts

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Walter Morales - Edgewood Symphony Orchestra - Jun 16, 2022

Walter Morales of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their Bach, Beethoven and Brunch performance on Sunday June 19th from 10:30am until noon at Mellon Park in Shadyside. Walter talks about the program, playing outside, and the concerts they're giving this summer. 

Kristen Linfante - Chamber Music Pittsburgh - Jun 15, 2022

Kristen Linfante, Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh, discusses the 60th anniversary celebration with the Dover Quartet June 26 playing Amy Beach and Beethoven in a new venue This Is Red with a focus on the young people who are helped by Chamber Music Pittsburgh enjoying use of an instrument lending library and instruction from Hope Academy. Also cause for happiness is a move to a new concert hall, the PNC Theater at Point Park University downtown, three Just Summer concerts, Pittsburgh Performs and much more. The tickets for the gala are somewhat pricey given that so many Chamber Music Pittsburgh events are free or very inexpensive but the 60th anniversary is once in a lifetime and you are helping the next generation become turned on to the power of music.  Kristen tells Jim Cunningham she hopes you will stretch the budget and join her June 26.

Sarah Aziz - Three Rivers Arts Festival - Jun 9, 2022

Sarah Aziz, Director of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, speaks with WQED-FM intern Flora Kelly about this year's arts festival, and what she loves most about the work that she does. The Three Rivers Arts Festival is taking place from Friday, June 3rd, through Sunday, June 12th in the cultural district of downtown Pittsburgh. 

James Gourlay - River City Brass - Bach, Beethoven and Brunch - Jun 9, 2022

James Gourlay, Music Director and CEO of the River City Brass, joins Flora Kelly to discuss the upcoming performance by the River City Brass at Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch on Sunday, June 12th 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Further plans for the year with the band, as well as Mr. Gourlay's work with Duquesne University are also discussed.  

Wayne Brinda - Prime Stage Theatre - Jun 6, 2022

Wayne Brinda of Prime Stage Theatre, and formerly Pittsburgh Playhouse Jr. sits down with John Robbins, WQED Intern, to discuss their new program, Prime Stage Sprouts. The new program opens with a production of The Amazing Lemonade Girl. This production is based on the real story of Alexandra Scott. She suffered from a rare disease but decided to not let that bring her down and she was able to help many kids just like her. The running of this show is June 16th-19th at the New Hazlett Theater.

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Colin Aikins - Jun 6, 2022

Colin Aikins , tenor, presents his Senior Recital June 8 at 7pm in a free concert at Carnegie Hall in Oakland which he previews with Jim Cunningham. Colin is on to Juilliard in New York next year after completing his degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has invited soprano Sarah Fleiss to sing Monteverdi with him. She is also a singer from the vocal department at Curtis and also studies with Julia Faulkner of Chicago Lyric Opera.. Mezzo Soprano Alexandria Zallo will join in the program and the accompanist is Djordje Nesic pianist. Colin is a Central Catholic graduate who has won fans in western Pennsylvania including soprano Marianne Cornetti. He has performed at the Aspen Music Festival and in Europe at Salzburg, at Chautauqua, Las Vegas and other cities along the  way winning multiple awards at prestigious competitions..The plan for the program is operatic dazzlers, favorite Italian songs by Tosti and Cole Porter at the end of the evening.

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Jun 2, 2022

Edward Leonard conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh with Jennifer Roig Francoli playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons plus Grieg and Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade at Rodef Shalom’s Levy Hall Saturday June 4th at 7pm. Executive Director Andrew Swenson joins Jennifer and Maestro Leonard to talk with Jim Cunningham about her teachers Josef Gingold and Nathan Milstein and introduce her new cd with music by Bach, Enesco, and Fritz Kreisler.

Beth Dolinar and Bryan Perry - Jun 2, 2022

Emmy Award winning producer Beth Dolinar joins Bryan Perry, Executive Director of the Great Allegheny Passage and Jim Cunningham to discuss events relating to the screenings of the new documentary "The Great Ride Landmarks Along the Trail," which airs on WQED June 16th at 8pm. Recently praised by the New York Times and other national media, the trail continues to generate tourism in the bicycle route from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. Three screenings with questions and answers from the principals will celebrate the film closing with Confluence, PA and Frostburg, Maryland.

Elizabeth Huffman - May 25, 2022

June 17th through July 2nd at the Carnegie Stage in Carnegie, PA, "Not My Revolution" is a one woman play created by Elizabeth Huffman and directed by Louanne Moldovan. The play was inspired by the 1967 Josef Bush play "French Gray."  "Not My Revolution" travels back and forth in time between Marie Antoinette’s imprisonment during the French Revolution in 1793 and a ghetto in Istanbul in 2011 where a once wealthy Syrian art dealer is struggling to survive catastrophic losses due to the civil war in her country. Elizabeth tells her story to Jim Cunningham with her work around the globe and concentration in creating companies in Los Angeles and New York. In LA, she acted and directed with the Classical Theatre Lab. In 2005, she former her own company ICAP, with over 40 classically trained actors from around the world. In 2009, Elizabeth began working for two years as Interim Artistic Director for Classic Greek Theater of Oregon in Portland.  Elizabeth has family ties to the Mon Valley and has returned home recently with hopes of contributing to the local scene.

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Lindsey Nova - Pittsburgh Young People's Orchestra - May 25, 2022

"Brand New Way" is the Spring concert at Heinz Hall of the Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra conducted by Brian Worsdale and Pierce Cook who leads the Symphonette. The free concert May 28 5pm at Heinz Hall brings Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Irene Cheng to play the Sibelius Suite and the orchestra will present the Pines of the Appian Way from Pines of Rome by Respighi. Paul Evans has the percussion ensemble, Rebecca May is featured, Rebecca Mack is the Concerto Competition winner with Richard Strauss, Dr Zuly Inirio from Unisound and the Black Teaching Artist in Residence program sings Lift Every Voice, Hannah Ishizaki returns to conduct a new favorite she has written-- Miniatures. Jim Cunningham speaks with Executive Director Lindsey Nova and Pierce Cook who also teaches at Mount Lebanon High School and is giving Beethoven talks for the Beethoven String Quartets in the Carnegie Library project of the Pittsburgh Symphony.