Voice of the Arts
From June 7th to 27th, artist Stephen Towns is participating in the Fallingwater Institute's artist in residency program, 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 about the partnership with Anne Kraybill, Director and CEO at the Westmoreland Museum, and Ashley Andrykovitch from the Fallingwater Institute.
Pianist Andrew von Oeyen is releasing a new album of works by J.S. Bach and Beethoven this Friday, June 11th on the Warner Classics label. He was inspired to record the album during the pandemic, when music by these two composers felt like the right music to be playing for this time.
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Education Director Camila Rivera-Tinsley has the details on the Juneteenth concert and celebration at the Frick Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill featuring several musicians and spoken word artists. Bring a picnic and find a spot on the lawn while taking a look at the exhibits including "From Slavery to Freedom," presented along with the Heinz History Center. Camila runs down the plan for a wide range of events including a Black Market on June 26th, a showcase for black owned businesses in Western Pennsylvania, a Mellon Park cookout the weekend of June 18th, and Heritage Day June 20th at the Frick. There are always birds to see at the Environmental Center and a full summer of learning and walking abroad on the great green earth while absorbing and learning in Pittsburgh Parks. Camila is a member of the WQED Community Advisory Board and has a lifelong commitment to teaching arriving from the Eastern half of Pa five years ago.
Harris Ferris, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, discusses the Open Air stage and it's biggest offering yet with a wide ranging series at Schenley Park. The portable stage rises again soon and where he thinks it might travel, how it works and what it cost in this conversation with Jim Cunnningham. The Ballet has added four new apprenticeships under Artistic Director Susan Jaffe with a college degree component. Dancing will resume August 22nd at Hartwod Acres and the fall season begins October 22nd at the Benedum Center with the orchestra in the pit. There's a return to the August Wilson Center with a cutting edge "Here and Now" program in March, Alice In Wonderland February 11th at the Bendum and Swan Lake in May with the orchestra. The electronic media presenations that began during the pandemic are still in the thinking but the focus now will be on having audiences feel safe in the opening events.
Jazz Legend Roger Humphries joins Dana Bishop-Root, Director of Education and Public Programs, to describe Carnegie Museum of Art's "Inside Out," running through September 4th on Thursdays and Saturdays noon to five in the Sculpture Courtyard with performances by regional artists, DJs, art activities, food trucks, local beers and kid friendly treats. Roger brings his RH Factor ensemble and he’ll play "Song for My Father," which he recorded with Horace Silver. He talks with Jim Cunningham about the legendary figures he has worked with. Roger provides memories of Silver and the 1965 session for Blue Note with label owner Alfred Lion in the studio. Of course you can get an autograph and a selfie on June 12 but the Kassia Ensemble, Jasmine Hearn, Staycee Pearl, Alumni Theater Company, Alia Musica, Dreams of Hope. Clara Kent, Afro Yaqui Ensemble and much more are part of the plan. The Museum is open with air conditioning and CDC guidelines in place.
Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons is returning to Pittsburgh for a performance on Saturday, June 12 at 3pm at the Shady Side Academy Senior School's Hillman Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Flemons combines his love for music and storytelling in his performances, helping us look at American history in a new way.
Multiple Emmy Award winning WQED Producer Beth Dolinar discusses her most recent program "Future Jobs: Starting Over," available for streaming on the wqed.org website and a follow-up virtual event - "Future Jobs: Reskilling" - which takes place July 7th at 7pm. The coronavirus pandemic is among many reasons that millions of American workers are looking to "reskill" or "upskill" as they prepare for different careers. This documentary follows several Western Pennsylvanians in various stages of identifying, training, and working in new jobs - all guided by emerging trends in the workforce. Those sharing their stories: an out-of-work DJ who is learning computer coding; a nursing student turned heavy equipment operator; formerly incarcerated men currently learning the trades; an anthropology student who became an airplane mechanic; a former steelworker now working as a nurse.
Beth also fills us in on her column published weekly in the Washington Observer Reporter and her musical upbringing with a Dad who was a band director and a Mom who taught piano lessons. In her ten years at WTAE on camera, what was the one story thought brought tears to the eye? Beth Dolinar reveals it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.
Matthew Rygelski spoke with New York City clarinetist Pavel Vinnitsky about his life as a performer, learning classical and klezmer music, teaching during the pandemic, his opinion about Pittsburgh’s classical music scene, and gives some advice to aspiring musicians.
WQED-FM's Anna Singer speaks with Marianne Cornetti and Chris Powell of Pittsburgh Festival Opera about their upcoming season, as well as their Memorial Day concert on the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Open Air stage.
Sarah Aziz, Director of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and Director of Festival Management for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, tells WQED FM about the upcoming Three Rivers Arts Festival, which runs from June 4-13, 2021.