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Osmo Vanska - Mahler Symphony No. 10 - May 19, 2021

Maestro Osmo Vanska talks about his new recording of the Mahler Symphony No. 10 and his plans to record all the Mahler Symphonies even though he wil step down as Music Director in 2022. He enjoys guest conducting, still has an orchestra in Korea and will return to Heinz Hall the season after next. About the Mahler 10, he points to the special viola writing, the tuba, Alma Mahler's wild and crazy time, the private messages Mahler wrote on his manuscript and much more. Osmo Vanska says he spent much of the pandemic practicing the clarinet, doing push ups and enjoying time with loved ones. He's had a home in Minnesota over the past two decades where he loves the cold weather and he describes the generous funding classical radio receives from the Finnish government.

Richard Danielpour - May 17, 2021

Richard Danielpour talks about his long association with Pittsburgh and the recording of his Concerto for Orchestra with the Pittsbugh Symphony and David Zinman, his newest cd "An American Mosaic" with Simone Dinnerstein and the 2021 Grammy winning Passion of Yeshua with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Joann Faletta.

Eva Tumiel Kozak - May 12, 2021

Eva Tumiel Kozak, Editor of the Polish Journal published by the Polish Cultural Council of Pittsburgh, board member of the Council, and former Executive Director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble was also the founding Managing Director of the Three Rivers Piano Compettion. She worked to bring composer Krzysztof Penderecki to Pittsburgh to receive an honorary degree at Duquesne University. She remembers his visit to Pittsburgh on the occasion of the one year anniversary of his death in March 2020 and describes the benefits of becoming a member of the Polish Cultural Council in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Tania and Jeff Grubbs - Concert for Crisis - May 7, 2021

Crisis Center North’s 14th Annual Cocktails & Cuisine returns as an exciting live virtual concert and auction. Streaming virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live on Friday, May 14, 2021, beginning at 6:00 pm EDT and includes two principal components: Concert for Crisis and Auction for Advocacy!  WQED-FM's  Anna Singer spoke with Tania and Jeff Grubbs, who will take part in the "Concert for Crisis" and perform favorites from the American songbook and classics you love.  

Antony Walker - Pittsburgh Opera's "Semele" - May 5, 2021

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker about Handel's "Semele," the final production in their 2020-2021 season.  Maestro Walker talks about the opera's music, working with Chatham Baroque, and more.

Kristine McIntyre - Pittsburgh Opera's "Semele" - May 5, 2021

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Stage Director Kristine McIntyre about Pittsburgh Opera's production of Handel's "Semele," the final show in their 2020-2021 season.  Kristine talks about setting the opera in Art Deco, favorite moments, and more.   

Jeremy Harr - Pittsburgh Opera's "Semele" - May 5, 2021

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Jeremy Harr about his dual roles in Handel's "Semele," the final production of Pittsburgh Opera's 2020-2021 season.  Jeremy talks about his roles of Cadmus and Somnus, moments to listen for in the opera, and more.

Veronique Filloux - Pittsburgh Opera's "Semele" - May 5, 2021

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Veronique Filloux, who sings the title role in Handel's "Semele," the final production in Pittsburgh Opera's 2020-2021 season.  She talks about her role, some of her favorite moments from the opera, and more.

Kristen Linfante - Orchestrating Change - May 3, 2021

Kristen Linfante, Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh, shares the details of the virtual event on May 6th held around the documentary ORCHESTRATING CHANGE, which tells the inspiring story of the Me2/Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Co-founded by Pittsburgher Ronald Braunstein, once a world-renowned conductor whose career was shattered when his own diagnosis of bipolar disorder was made public, the mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one concert at a time. Kristen also has the story on the summer events of Chamber Music Pittsbugh and the remaining concerts of the season available on DVD and streaming video.

Lynn Emberg Purse - Apr 29, 2021

Composer Lynn Emberg Purse has released "Watershed" on the Three Oranges label consisting entirely of her music. She discusses her compositions and how they are inspired by her interest in the great outdoors and influenced by the three rivers of Pittsburgh. She talks about her work at Duquesne University where she served on the faculty for thirty years until her recent retirement. Lynn shares her thoughts about her collabortors including Pittsburgh Symphony cellist Adam Liu and conductor Sydney Harth who recorded one of her works, as did Daniel Meyer who leads the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra.