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UniSound - Lindsey Nova & Kendra Ross - Aug 25, 2021

Administered by the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras (TRYPO), UniSound is a collaborative project that provides music education and opportunities for children outside of school time. WQED-FM talks with two members of UniSound's steering committee, Lindsey Nova and Kendra Ross.

Gary Bukovnik - Aug 25, 2021

Water color artist Gary Bukovnik is featured in "Forever Spring," running through November 2021 in the Welcome Center at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Oakdale. On September 9th, he appears for an evening reception and dinner and will present a gift to the permanent collection. September 10th, he presents a Watercolor Masterclass from 9 till noon. Gary Bukovnik is from Cleveland and now lives in San Francisco. One of his early exhibitions was at the Carnegie Museum of Art and he's had a solo show at Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburgh as well as around the world in Europe and Asia as well as the US. He spent time as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Gary loves classical music and has donated work to the San Francisco Symphony and other orchestras. He is a huge fan of WQED-FM having donated prints to the fundraising effort and listens online in his gallery while working. Gary tells his story-- why he loves flowers and how to get started with painting in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

David Allen Wehr - Best of the Bluff Year Two - Aug 24, 2021

This Sunday, Year 2 of the "Best of the Bluff" concert series returns to in-person concerts with the Sonata No. 4 for Cello and Piano by Beethoven; Schumann's Fantasy-pieces for Cello and Piano; and the Schubert Trout Quintet.  The concert takes place at PNC Recital Hall at 3pm.  Artistic Director David Allen Wehr spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the series, how the music was chosen; and more.  



Sean Stipp and Jason Cato - Aug 13, 2021

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's documentary "Olympic Oak" tells the story of John Woodruff, who ran track at Pitt and then went on to win a gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Sean Stipp and Jason Cato collaborated with Chris Benson and The Funky Fly Project to put this film together.

The documentary is available to watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMWLbkeGHV4

Pianist Oscar Rossignoli - Aug 13, 2021

Honduran pianist Oscar Rossignoli, who is based in New Orleans, talks about his new CD "Inertia."  

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein - Aug 10, 2021

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is considered one of today’s most exceptional artists.  Fiterstein is a founder of the Zimro Project, a unique ensemble dedicated to incorporating Jewish art music into chamber music programs. He is currently Professor of Clarinet and Chair of Winds at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.  WQED-FM's Matthew Rygelski spoke to the clarinetist about his career.

Noel Quintana - Aug 9, 2021

Noël Quintana, also known as “Mr. Conga” has been involved with Latin music for over 30 years as a percussionist, researcher, collector of Latin music photos and memorabilia and is the bandleader of Noel Quintana & The Latin Crew.  They perform on Tuesday August 10th, 7:30pm (raindate August 11th) at the Highline for a free outdoor concert by Chamber Music Pittsburgh and their "Just Summer" concert series.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Noel about the concert and more in this conversation. 



Mark Anderson, Gail Luley and Kathryn Barnard - Aug 5, 2021

Pittsburgh Camerata Artistic Director Mark Anderson joins Managing Director Gail Luley and Pittsburgh Girls Choir Artistic Director Kathryn Barnard to talk about their new administrative affiliation. They discuss the many reasons they hope to grow their audience and their creative programming with a special effort being made to represent music lovers from all walks of life.

Bach Beethoven and Brunch - Edward Leonard & Andrew Swensen - Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Aug 5, 2021

The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh makes their Bach, Beethoven and Brunch debut this Sunday at 10:30am. Katie Brill talks with the chamber orchestra's Artistic Director, Edward Leonard, and Executive Director Andrew Swensen about the upcoming concert as well as their upcoming concert season.

Agata Miklavc - Aug 3, 2021

Violinist Agata Miklavc was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia where she began studying violin at the age of 3. Her career took her from Ljubljana to Sarajevo and later to the United States, where she now studies with Andrés Cárdenes at Carnegie Mellon University. She talks with Jim Cunningham about her participation in the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami.