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Matthew Kraemer - Butler County Symphony Orchestra - Mar 24, 2022

The Butler County Symphony Orchestra concludes it's 2022 season with a semi staged production of the Tony Award winning 1950 classic musical Guys N Dolls by Frank Loesser. Matthew Kraemer conducts and fills us in on the joy of working with the Musical Theatre Guild of Butler.

Theo Issaias - Mar 23, 2022

Theodossis Isaias, Associate Curator of the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art, talks about artist Zoe Zenghelis with her first American solo show in Pittsburgh and her visit to discuss her work with an April Pittsburgh gathering of architects from around the globe. Theo discusses his recent appointment in Pittsburgh and work at MIT, Yale, and in his native Greece. Theo describes Zoe’s work, her relevance to the world of today, her political thought, educational influence and collaboration with world renowned architects such as Rem Koolhas in this interview with Jim Cunningham.

Scott Quinn - Pittsburgh Opera's "Carmen" - Mar 22, 2022

March 26th through April 3rd, Pittsburgh Opera present's Bizet's "Carmen" at the Benedum Center.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Scott Quinn, the production's "Don Jose."   He talks about his character being a pretty messed up guy, growing up in Texas, and more.    

Alexi Kenney - Mar 22, 2022

The Carnegie Mellon Chamber Series presents violinist Alexi  Kenney with pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou on Tuesday March 22nd, 7:30pm in a free concert with limited seating and live YouTube streaming. Jessie Montgomery's Rhapsody No. 1, John Adams' "Road Movies," and Dvorak's Piano Quartet No. 2 are on the program. Alexi talks about his latest recordings, his Bartok Concerto he’ll play in May with the Pittsburgh Symphony, his recipe for lumberjack cake and whether he’s still interested in the job of Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster in this conversation with Jim Cunningham recorded in the CMU recording studio March 21st 2022.

Antony Walker - Pittsburgh Opera's "Carmen" - Mar 22, 2022

March 26th through April 3rd, Pittsburgh Opera present's Bizet's "Carmen" at the Benedum Center.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Pittsburgh Opera's Music Director Antony Walker about this production, why he loves "Carmen" so much, and more in this conversation.  

Garnett Bruce - Pittsburgh Opera's "Carmen" - Mar 22, 2022

March 26th through April 3rd, Pittsburgh Opera present's Bizet's "Carmen" at the Benedum Center.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Stage Director Garnett Bruce about this production, why he's doing a version using dialogue, how Bizet died thinking the opera was a failure, and more.  

Zanda Svede - Pittsburgh Opera's "Carmen" - Mar 22, 2022

March 26th through April 3rd, Pittsburgh Opera present's Bizet's "Carmen" at the Benedum Center.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with mezzo-soprano Zanda Svede about singing the title role, why she still enjoys singing this role, growing up in Latvia, and much more.    

Dr. Zuly Inirio, Anita Levels and Kendra Ross - Unisound - Mar 18, 2022

Unisound is a hub for unifying Youth Music Organizations with a Black Teaching Artist Residence Program. Each year starting in November, the Teaching Artists put together a workshop, recital or lecture. Hear all about it with Jim Cunningham and the artists for this season.

Duquesne Trumpet Studio - Mar 18, 2022

The trumpet studio at Duquesne University working with the Pittsburgh Symphony's Chad Winkler is off to San Antonio Texas where they will share their performance of the Glinka Rusland and Ludmila Overture arranged for brass by Erik Morales. They explain what is happening with the Guild, their studio, provide brass talk about mouthpieces and manufacturers, what it's like to be a woman in a musical world traditionally filled with men and the players they admire in the orchestral world. You can support their crowd funding effort with a link and video on the Duquesne Music website. Jim Cunningham learned it is a worthy cause.

Donald Nally - The Crossing - Mar 17, 2022

The Grammy winning choir The Crossing and their conductor Donald Nally make their Pittsburgh debut Saturday March 26th at 3pm in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Based in Philadelphia, they have made dozens of recordings with a special focus on living composers but they sing Buxtehude and Hubert Parry. Donald Nally tells Jim Cunningham what to expect including "In a House Besieged" by Stacy Garrup set to a text from Lydia Davis having to do with aging and memory. It will have had the world premiere the previous evening in Cleveland. Also Lansing McLoskey, The Memory of Rain (from The Month of Moderns 2010) from poetry by Philip Levine suggesting that clouds watch us and Arvo Pärt, Salve Regina. Nally explains what the choir is all about and what to listen to in their large catalog of recordings. He  has some travel tips for music lovers who visit Philadelphia. His favorite restaurant and museums. But his favorite isn’t Geno’s or Pat’s for steaks. He’s a vegetarian.

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