Voice of the Arts

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Charlie Grey - Pittsburgh CLO 75th Anniversary - Jul 16, 2021

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Pittsburgh CLO Executive Director Emeritus about the rich history of the CLO.  Charlie talks about some of his favorite productions; starting the Gene Kelly Awards; bringing Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber to Pittsburgh and much more.  

Bach Beethoven and Brunch - Shadyside Brass - Jul 15, 2021

Members of Shadyside Brass talk about this weekend's (7/18) performance at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch.  Stop by Mellon Park from 10:30am to noon.  



Bach Beethoven and Brunch - Peggy Greb - Aeolian Winds - Jul 8, 2021

Peggy Greb, flutist with the Aeolian Winds and Principal Flute of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra fills us in on the plan for the first free  Bach Beethoven and Brunch concert of 2021 July 11 at Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady in Shadyside. Peggy has story of the group and an update on the Edgewood Symphony plus her personal musical journey from elementary school in New York to music making in Pittsburgh plus the scene in real estate in Pittsburgh.  

Kagey Parrish - The Honey Dewdrops - Jun 23, 2021

The Hillman Performing Arts Series presents The Honey Dewdrops this Saturday, June 26 at 3pm. The Honey Dewdrops are a singer/songwriter duo, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, who perform original songs in a contemporary folk style. Kagey Parrish talks about the upcoming concert, what the next year looks like, and his musical background in this conversation with WQED-FM.  For more information about the Honey Dewdrops, visit their website: https://www.thehoneydewdrops.com.



John Brown - Mt. Lebanon Farmers Market - Jun 23, 2021

John Brown, Market Manager of the Mount Lebanon Farmers Market and President of the Mount Lebanon Lions Club, has the story on one of Western Pennsylvania's oldest markets which benefits 18 other non-profit organizations and supports a project with the Library. The market runs every Wednesday from 4 to 7pm at the Mount Lebanon United Lutheran Church at 975 Washington Road in Pittsbugh. Vendors include BBQ, Mediterra Bakehouse, Nellie's Sandwiches, Wu's Shaved Ice, Pleasant Lane Farmers Cheese, Joe's Nuts, Paul's Orchard, Colombino Coffee, Anthos Greek Foods, Sand Hill Berries, Wild Rivers kettle Korn, Fusion Chocolate, Costello Honey, Dillner Family Farm and Cherish Creamery. John fills us in on the deer population in Mount Lebanon and suggests restaurants for after the Market to make it a special trip. John Brown has served in several roles of civic planning in Steubenville and the South Hills after degrees from Thiel College and the University of Pittsburgh.

Stephen Towns & Kilolo Luckett - Jun 17, 2021

From June 7th to 27th, visual artist Stephen Towns is in residency at the Fallingwater Institute, where he is researching local chef Elsie Henderson and making artwork that will be exhibited in the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in 2022. WQED-FM talks with Stephen and Pittsburgh-based art historian Kilolo Luckett, who is guest curator for Stephen’s upcoming exhibition at the Westmoreland. They will also be speaking at a webinar open to the public on June 23 called Live from Fallingwater: Stephen Towns and Kilolo Luckett in Conversation.

Verona Quartet - Jun 17, 2021

WQED’s Jimmy Cunningham sat down with the Verona Quartet (Jonathan Ong, Dorothy Ro, Abigail Rojansky, and Jonathan Dormand) to talk about their debut album, “Diffusion,” featuring Janáček’s “Intimate Letters,” Szymanowski’s Quartet No. 2, and Ravel’s String Quartet. Embracing worldwide cultural exchange and celebrating folk cultures through music, this diverse group of internationally acclaimed musicians has put together a phenomenal first album you won’t want to miss!

Lorraine Mszanski - South Park Theater - Jun 16, 2021

Lorraine Mszanski, Executive Director of South Park Theater, has the summer plan for outdoor productions of Jerry Mayer's 2 Across and Cinderella. Why you should go and how to get there using the T system or by car. You can order a meal too if you don't bring your picnic equipment. Lorraine tells us there's no business like show business especially after a pandemic.



Mark Fleischer - CLO's 75th Anniversary - Jun 16, 2021

Mark Fleischer, Executive Producer for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, discusses the 75th Anniversary of the company to be celebrated at Heinz Field in a partnerhsip with the Pittsburgh Steelers -- Summer Under the Stars, which includes "The Wizard of Oz" (July 8th throught 10th) and a Gala 75th Celebration (July 21st through 24th) with the CLO Orchestra. Why they've lasted 75 years and why Mark is looking forward to his expanded role talking on responsibilities from Van Kaplan who will retire but remain in a peaceful transition working on special efforts for CLO. The conversation with Jim Cunningham includes a few history personal favorites and a recap of the WQED partnership that presented A Christmas Carol with Richard Thomas in December 2020.

Rick Sebak - "A Very Quick History of an Unusual TV Station" - Jun 14, 2021

Rick Sebak joined Jim Cunningham on the QED Morning Show to talk abou this new documentary "A Very Quick History of an Unusual TV Station" which airs tonight on WQED TV at 7:30.