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Inbal Segev - Sep 13, 2021

Cellist Inbal Segev is commissioning and recording 20 chamber music works to capture the year 2020. The recordings are being released in four volumes, and in this conversation with WQED-FM she describes the five works on Volume 1:

1 Fernando Otero - Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra
2 James Lee III - Ekah for cello and piano
3 Timo Andres - Agita for cello and piano
4 Sophia Bass - Taal-Naad Naman for cello, table and tanpura
5 Bruce Wolosoff - Lacrymae for cello choir



Marianne Cornetti - Pittsburgh Festival Opera - Michael Chioldi - Sep 9, 2021

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Pittsburgh Festival Opera Artistic Director Marianne Cornetti about their next "Legends in the Limelight" concert featuring baritone Michael Chioldi.  The concert is at Carnegie Music Hall on Tuesday September 14th at 7:30pm.  



Deanna Witkowski - Sep 8, 2021

Pianist and Composer Deanna Witkowski, who appeared just before the pandemic with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall, has just published "Mary Lou Williams: Music For the Soul," a new biography of the jazz legend who still has family in the city, spent a large portion of her life in Pittsburgh and is buried in Calvary Cemetary. There's a book launch and a signing at Con Alma downtown on September 16th with many other book and concert events in the near future now that Deanna has moved to Pittsbugh after 23 years in New York. Check her website for an updated itinerary. Deanna Witkowski's meticulous research on the Williams Pittsburgh years and the spiritual side of Mary Lou is explored in depth from the writer who joined the Catholic Church as an adult. Deanna lets Mary Lou do the ministering to your soul with her new CD recorded on the MCG Jazz label. Deanna's spiritual journey began in Brazil. She recognizes the problems faced by the church, its believers and she is ready to rumble on church controversy while lifting you at the keyboard. Deanna spoke with Jim Cunningham.

Mitch Swain - Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council - Sep 8, 2021

The Artsmobile is on the move complete with its own ice cream truck style chime and artists from Pittsbugh Opera, Local 412, Libertoca, The Hill Dance Academy, Nandanik Dance Troupe, DJ set HUNY and more. The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council will roll from downtown Pittsburgh when the lights turn on to the Penn Hills Boys and Girls Club, the Sweetwater Arts Center, follow along with Shakespeare in the Parks and more. The GPAC is helping to restart the arts in the post pandemic era welcoming audiences back to the arts world.  Mitch Swain, CEO of GPAC, explains how to find information on the GPAC website and whether the Steelers or the arts bring more people to seats in Western Pa in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Jon Tyillian and Stephen Shandor - Britsburgh 2021 - Sep 2, 2021

Britsburgh 2021 returns September 6-12 2021 with events throughout Pittsburgh.  It kicks off with an event on September 6th called "Remembering HRH The Prince Philip In Words, Pictures & Music" at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church from 3-5pm.  Organist Jon Tyillian will feature music associated with Prince Philip, including hymns sung at his wedding to Princess Elizabeth, music heard at his funeral and great soul-stirring British favorites, including Pomp and Circumstance.  Jon and Britsburgh Board Member Stephen Shandor spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the September 6th event, as well as other events taking place during the Festival.  

Author Charles A. Taormina - Sep 1, 2021

WQED-FM talks with playwright and author Charles A. Taormina, who has most recently written historical dramas about U.S. presidents such as Thomas Jefferson, Richard Nixon and Barack Obama. Material from his extensive portfolio is available on his blog: https://charlesataormina.wordpress.com, and in this interview he reads a soliloquy from one of his plays.

Jackie Dempsey & Steve O'Hearn - Squonk - Sep 1, 2021

The Pittsburgh-based performing arts troupe Squonk is touring to eight U.S. cities with a show called Hand to Hand, featuring progressive rock music, a multi-tiered stage and two giant hands. WQED-FM talks with Squonk's Co-Artistic Directors, Jackie Dempsey and Steve O'Hearn.

Nuria Frigola Torrent - The Song of the Butterflies - Sep 1, 2021

The Song of the Butterflies tells the story of Rember Yahuarcani, an indigenous painter who visits his parents in the Amazonian community of Pebas, Peru and learns about his family history. WQED-FM talks with the film director, Núria Frigola Torrent. The film is available to stream for free on pov.org until October 29, 2021.

Jennifer Tober - Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park's "Hamlet" - Aug 30, 2021

September 4th through the 26th, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park's presents "Hamlet" in an all female cast.  The performances take place at Frick Park, the North Park Boat House and Highland Park.  Founder and Artistic Director Jennifer Tober spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the production.  

Radical Days 2021 - Shannon Musgrave and Terri Bell - Aug 25, 2021

Shannon Musgrave, Communications Director of the Regional Asset District, and Terri Bell, Vice President Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, discuss Lights On in the Cultural District and Radical Days beginning Steptember 9th with the Ballet Theater's outdoor stage on Eighth Sreet and events in several locations including along Fort Duquesne Boulevard at Allegheny Overlook Park. The CLO, Pittsburgh Symphony, August Wilson Center, Pittsbugh Public Theater and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater join with a gallery crawl in the art galleries and restaurants to present free events followed by all the hapenings of Radical Days. They also share thoughts on the pandemic implictions for the fall season with Jim Cunningham.