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Lynn Emberg Purse - Apr 29, 2021

Composer Lynn Emberg Purse has released "Watershed" on the Three Oranges label consisting entirely of her music. She discusses her compositions and how they are inspired by her interest in the great outdoors and influenced by the three rivers of Pittsburgh. She talks about her work at Duquesne University where she served on the faculty for thirty years until her recent retirement. Lynn shares her thoughts about her collabortors including Pittsburgh Symphony cellist Adam Liu and conductor Sydney Harth who recorded one of her works, as did Daniel Meyer who leads the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra.

Kassia Ensemble - Apr 28, 2021

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Dawn Posey, violin, and Katya Janpoladyan, cello - members of the Kassia Ensemble.  They are thrilled to be presenting a program through the Cathedral Concerts at East Liberty Presbyterian Church under the direction of Dr. Edward Alan Moore, organist and Music Director.  This program presents an offering of living female African-American composers.  Joining the ensemble for the performance is vocalist Anqwenique.  

Gil Shaham - Apr 22, 2021

Violinist Gil Shaham has just released his cd of the Beethoven and Brahms concertos with the Knights and Eric Jacobsen. Gil describes the relationship of Joseph Joachim to Brahms and Beethoven, talks about the tempo and the metronome that heps in getting a fresh spirit into the Beethoven, working with the Knights, the cover art and notes, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mariss Jansons, the pandemic, being quarantined in London and much more even getting the instrument out of the case to play some examples.

Malaika Uwamahoro - Apr 9, 2021

Miracle in Rwanda for Prime Stage Theater Malaika Uwamahoro one woman play based on the bestselling New York Times novel Left To Tell. Directed by Steven Wilson with music by Teta Diana. Malaika was born in Rwanda and studied theater at Fordham University graduating witha Rwandan Presidential Scholarship. Opening night is April 10 2021 at 8pm The production will be available after the 16th for viewing as well April 16-26. Malaika explains the events in Rwanda in 1994 and explains how the play uplifts with a true story of forgiveness and compassion and the author of Left to Tell Immaculee Ilbagiza. Presented during Genocide Awareness Month.

Pittsburgh Opera - Yardbird - Jasmine Muhammad - Apr 7, 2021

Pittsburgh Opera presents Charlie Parker's Yardbird - April 10-22 at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.  Jasmine Muhammad spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about her role as Addie Parker.  

Pittsburgh Opera - Yardbird - Martin Bakari - Apr 7, 2021

Pittsburgh Opera presents Charlie Parker's Yardbird - April 10-22 at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.  Martin Bakari talks about his role as Charlie Parker.   

Pittsburgh Opera - Yardbird - Tome Cousin - Apr 7, 2021

Pittsburgh Opera presents Charlie Parker's Yardbird - April 10-22 at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.  Stage Director Tome Cousin spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about how he went about putting this production together.  

Pittsburgh Opera - Yardbird - Antony Walker - Apr 7, 2021

Pittsburgh Opera presents Charlie Parker's Yardbird - April 10-22 at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.  Music Director Antony Walker spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the music for the opera.  

Dr. Stephen Neely - Apr 2, 2021

Dr. Stephen Neely, Eurhythmics Professor at Carnegie Mellon School of Music, spoke with Matthew Rygelski about his teaching experience during the pandemic. 

Denyce Graves - Apr 1, 2021

Known for her spice-filled performances in Georges Bizet's, Carmen, Denyce Graves has brought her passion for music and food to a new stage--her kitchen! The 2020 global pandemic inspired the commencement of "Cooking with Denyce." As opera houses and concert venues around the world were closed to most musicians, Graves would bring her industry friends together-virtually to cook a variety of recipes with a twist of opera. April 1-4, 2021, Graves will bring "Cooking with Denyce" to the home of Marc & Diana Reid Chazaud of Pittsburgh for her first off-site taping and introduce The Denyce Graves Foundation and its first philanthropic project with the National Opera House.   WQED-FM's Anna Singer had a chance to talk with Denyce about her "Cooking with Denyce" project, as well as the Denyce Graves Foundation.   

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