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Brian Gilling - Nat 28 - Apr 7, 2022

Brian Gilling, pianist and Co-Director of the new music ensemble Nat28 with Daniel Nesta Curtis, tells Jim Cunningham about the concert bringing the group back to the stage at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater on Saturday April 16th, 7pm with the Pittsburgh Composers Project. Who plays in the group, what composers will be heard, why you should visit, what the name means. It's all in this podcast. 

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Michelle Cann - Johnstown Symphony Orchestra - Apr 5, 2022

James Blachly conducts the Johnstown Symphony and pianist Michelle Cann in the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 on Saturday April 9th, 7:30pm in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. Michelle teaches at Curtis as the Eleanor Sokoloff Chair and is one of the musicians most knowledgeable regarding composer and pianist Florence Price. She talks about Rachmaninoff, Price, getting more people of color in to the classical music world, and much more in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Karla Boos - Quantum Theater - Apr 5, 2022

Quantum Theatre presents "Plano" at Bakery Square. Company founder Karla Boos has the backstory of happening playwright  Will Arbery’s provocative writing about three sisters and their relationships. Funny and darkly ironic, in step with current events with a terrific cast and Quantum magic touches. Where to park, where to eat, and what to wear - Karla has the details. Karla Boos also provides the scoop on the opera production at the Byham next October and the collaboration with a world class cast of singers and Chatham Baroque.

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Jennifer Kloetzel - Apr 4, 2022

Jennifer Kloetzel, long time cellist in the Cypress Quartet, has recorded a 3-cd set of the complete music for cello by Beethoven at the Skywalker Sound Studio in Marin County with pianist Robert Koenig on the Avie label. She has studied the original manuscripts and the existing recordings while teaching in Santa Barbara. She loved her trips to Pittsburgh as she explained to Jim Cunningham why the ensemble decided to call it quits. Jennifer also has some coffee suggestions for visitors to the city by the bay.

Chatham Baroque - Stabat Mater - Mar 31, 2022

This Saturday (4/2) at 8pm and Sunday (4/3) at 2:30pm, Chatham Baroque presents Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" with guest artists Pascale Beaudin, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Cynthia Black, violin; Kristen Linfante, viola; and  Adam Pearl, chamber organ.  The concerts take place at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.   Chatham Baroque violinist Andrew Fouts and soprano Pascale Beaudin stopped by WQED-FM to talk with Anna Singer about the concerts.  

Organist Adam Brakel - Mar 29, 2022

On March 27th, 2022, organist Adam Brakel played a recital at Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church.  Adam spoke with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the recital, his background and more.



Pianist Fanya Lin - Mar 29, 2022

Fanya Lin makes her Pittsburgh debut for the Steinway Society of Western Pa Sunday in Kresge Theater at CMU 3pm April 3. Fanya Lin was born in Taipei Taiwan and studied in the US at Juilliard, Weber University and at the University of Minnesota. She worked with Lydia Artimiw and Jerome Lowenthal, was a top prize winner at the Hastings Piano Competition and recently performed with former Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Noah Bendix Balgley. She has suggestions for what you should see on Youtube with her Barber, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Chopin and Schumann performances. She teaches at the University of Arizona in Tucson. On her concert schedule is a date for a concert at the stadium in Kaosiung Taiwan which the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck opened in 2009. For Pittsburgh, she plays the Schumann Carnaval, Rachmaninoff Corelli Varations and she explains to Jim Cunningham that she met the composer of her opener the Nostalgia Waltz by Wim Statius Muller who was also a spy for NATO. Will China take over Taiwan amid the upheaval and alliance of Russia and China? She shares the concern of the students of history in the conflict of world events but shares music as a means of bringing peace.

Pittsburgh Savoyards - Pirates of Penzance - Mar 25, 2022

The Pittsburgh Savoyards close their 84th season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. Performances will be held March 25-27, April 1-3, and April 8-10 2022 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA.   WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Production Manager Lynette Garlan and Stage Director Robert Hockenberry about the production.  

Marianne Cornetti and Friends - Mar 25, 2022

Opera superstar Marianne Cornetti will return to her alma mater for a special performance to benefit the City Music Center of Duquesne University. "Marianne Cornetti and Friends: A United Way Concert for City Music Center" will be held in PNC Recital Hall on Sunday March 27th at 4pm. During the concert, Cornetti will be joined by pianist David Allen Wehr, dean of music and the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair, alongside students from the Mary Pappert School of Music and the City Music Center. Together, they will perform selections form opera and musical theater.  David Allen Wehr and Marianne Cornetti joined WQED-FM's Anna Singer to tell us more about the concert.   

Matthew Mehaffey - Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh - Mar 25, 2022

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh presents "Toward the Unknown Region" Saturday April 2, 7:30pm at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts, and Sunday April 3rd, 2:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  This concert will feature two dynamic works for chorus: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region and Jonathan Dove’s blistering song cycle "The Passing of the Year."  Music Director Matthew Mehaffey stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about the concert.