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Susan Medley - Pittsburgh Concert Chorale - From Pittsburgh to Salzburg - Mar 2, 2022

Dr. Susan Medley conducts the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale in "From Pittsburgh to Salzburg" with a preview of the program the tour party will bring to Europe in the summer of 2022. The concerts are March 5th at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and March 6th at Ingomar United Methodist Church. A rousing spiritual, Clara Schumann, Mendelssohn and Mozart appear on the program. Where will they sing and what’s involved in taking a tour of 70 across the pond after a pandemic and with the threat of European conflict in the air. Also Mozart at Washington and Jefferson in April with Dr. Medley explaining the plan to Jim Cunningham.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks - Mar 2, 2022

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks presents their first indoor Spring concert with the Complete Works of William Shakespeare ( Abridged) (Revised) starring company founder Jennifer Tober, Stoney Richard and Aaron Crutchfield with Charles Beikert directing. The principal players have a preview of Shakespeare’s most famous lines from the field of battle. The actors share thoughts on the stage setting in the Threadbare Cider and Meadery at 1291 Spring Garden Avenue with Jim Cunningham. Stoney Richards, the longtime host on Y108 is a legend among country music fans. The cast promises the great success of Reduced Shakespeare at Pittsburgh Public Theater will be exceeded with even more laughs.  No rodents, insects, or thunderstorms from March 30th through April 9th 2022.  Visit pittsburghshakespeare.org for details.

Nanette Kaplan Solomon - Mar 1, 2022

The Tuesday Musical Club presents "Made in Pittsburgh" at Levy Hall of Rodef Shalom Temple organized by Nanette Kaplan Solomon. Ethelbert Nevin, David Stock, Nancy Galbraith and Robert Schulz are the stars at 1pm March 8th. In this conversation, Nanette explains the special nature of the unpublished songs by David Stock and much more talking with Jim Cunningham.

Eric Crosby - "Working Thought" - Mar 1, 2022

The Carnegie Museum of Art opens their next exhibition, "Working Thought," on March 5th.  It includes artwork, films, music, and conversations.   WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art, Eric Crosby about the exhibition.  

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Tango and Two - Feb 28, 2022

Chamber Orchestra Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Camerata collaborate on two concerts March 5th and 6th at Levy Hall and Shadyside Presbyterian. Argentinian composer Martin Palmeri, a cantata by Felix Mendelssohn, Hear My Prayer; and Villa Lobos with the Bachianas Brasiliera No. 9 with exceptional soloists, bandoneon, piano and a swinging bass from Jeff Mangone. The Camerata's Mark Anderson, also of Shadyside Presbyterian, has prepared the singers. Mark joins Edward Leonard, Artistic Director and Andrew Swensen, Executive Director of the Chamber Orchestra in a conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations 2021 Youth Arts Contest Winners - Feb 24, 2022

The Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations recently announced the winners of the 2021 Youth Arts Contest with Vice Chair Tracy Baton and Adjoa Opuku Dakwa from Capa 6th grade, Lucy Ingram, 11 years old in 6th grade from Colfax;  Ayah Arafeh (15) in 10th grade from Brashear; Madison Clark from Capa, 9th grade; Hannah Paras (16) from Capa 11th grade; and 11 year old Liban Abdullahi from Pittsburgh King. They were charged with creating an artistic response to the work of the New Pittsburgh Courier and the work the paper has done over more than the last half century to champion human rights.  Tracy Baton discusses with Jim Cunningham how the young people of Pittsburgh fit in to the work of the commission and notes the deep connections the participants made to the Courier history in their submissions.

Pianist Matei Varga - Steinway Society - Feb 24, 2022

Pianist Matei Varga makes his Pittsburgh debut for the Steinway Society Sunday February 27th at 3pm in the Kresge Hall of CMU. Born in Romania he lives now in New York. Matei talks about his Romanian beginnings, his program for Pittsburgh, George Enescu, Dinu Lipatti and other Romanian composers he has championed plus recording the Heifetz arrangement of White Christmas. Does he listen to the radio?  A little. He tells Jim Cunningham there's never enough time to practice. He's now an American citizen and loves living in New York.  Recognizing that world events might include Romania in the days to come, he prefers to think about Beethoven.

Bill Powers, Eve Goodman & Jacob Joyce - Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra - Feb 22, 2022

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra presents their next concert at Heinz Hall this Sunday, February 27th at 2pm.  The Orchestra will perform Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, de Falla's Three Cornered Hat, and selections from Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout by Gabriela Lena Frank.  New conductor Jacob Joyce is joined by Executive Director William Powers and Program Director Eve Goodman to talk about this concert titled "Three Dances."   

Stephen Shultz - with Chatham Baroque - Feb 17, 2022

Chatham Baroque's next concert, titled "Les Nations" takes place February 25-27 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (2/25) and Calvary Episcopal Church (2/26 & 2/27).  The Ensemble will be joined by Caroline Giassi, baroque oboe; Justin Wallace, harpsichord; and Stephen Schultz, baroque flute.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer chatted with Stephen from California about this concert, how he got interested in Baroque flute, teaching at CMU and more.  

Mary Birnbaum - Pittsburgh Opera's "In a Grove" - Feb 15, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera presents the World Premiere of "In a Grove" by Christopher Cerrone - February 19th through March 3rd at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Stage Director Mary Birnbaum about the opera; her look for the production; working with Christopher Cerrone, and more.