Voice of the Arts

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Josh Ehrlich & Susannah Perlman - Sing a New Light - Jan 29, 2021

The New Light Congregation and the Sing a New Light series present "The Choral Torah: 5 Books in 4 Parts." The online program on February 6 features an all-sibling vocal quartet called The Four Hermaneutics performing the music of Josh Ehrlich. WQED-FM talks with composer Josh Ehrlich and Event Producer Susannah Perlman to find out more details.

Irene Alby & Cornel Gabara - Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks - Jan 29, 2021

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with co-directors Irena Alby and Cornel Gabara about Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park's online production of "Love's Labour's Lost" - streaming for 5 performances from February 11-15.  

RAD Interview - Lindsey Nova - TRYPO - Jan 27, 2021

The Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras' (TRYPO's) Executive Director Lindsey Nova updates us on the organization's recent activities--and they've been busy! Mrs. Nova believes strongly in making a difference in the lives of TRYPO students, and support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District has been an important part of fulfilling that mission.

RAD Interview - Melanie Paglia - Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall - Jan 27, 2021

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall is located on 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie, PA. WQED-FM talks with Music Hall Director Melanie Paglia about the importance of RAD funding for the hall as well as the professional path that brought her to managing the 425-seat theater.

RAD Interview - Daniel Curtis - Pittsburgh Philharmonic - Jan 21, 2021

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic's Music Director Daniel Curtis talks about the Zoom sessions he is doing with the orchestra to stay connected and to prepare for their 2021-22 season. Next season, the Philharmonic is also launching a multi-year initiative to feature the music of Black American composers.

Miles Wallace - Con Spirito Concert Series - Jan 21, 2021

Miles Wallace, the Artistic Director of the Con Spirito Concert Series at Thiel College in the David Johnson Chapel, looks back at the thirty concert presentations over the past two decades during the pandemic year while the programs are on hiatus. The Con Spirito series is named for the woodwind ensemble that serve in residence at WQED-FM and concertized in 38 states, played New York to New York Times acclaim and toured China. The French horn was the late Lori Johnson Wallace. Following his degrees at Wittenberg and Yale, he served as assistant organist to Robert Sutherland Lord at the University of Pittsburgh then Miles was organist and choir director at First Lutheran Church where he met his wife in the Choir. Miles became a Vice President at Federated Investors and formed his own consulting company. He serves now as a board member at Thiel.  

Allison Epstein - Jan 19, 2021

In February 2021, Penguin Random House is publishing a new book: A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein. A Tip for the Hangman tells the story of Christopher Marlowe getting recruited to spy on Mary Stuart during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. WQED-FM talks with Allison about her book, which will be available in written form and as an audiobook.

RAD Interview - Jim Bonner - Audubon Society of Western PA - Jan 19, 2021

Jim Bonner, Executive Director of the Audubon Society of Western PA, describes trends in the Audubon Society's bird counts over recent years. In addition to updating WQED-FM on how the bald eagles are doing, he explains which bird species is currently the most under threat and how we can help to ensure that all local bird species continue to live in a healthy ecosystem. Funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) has helped the Audubon Society with a number of projects, such as maintenance on Beechwood Farms and conservation of large, old oak trees.

RAD Interview - Kyle Houser - Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media - Jan 14, 2021

The Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media's Executive Director Kyle Houser gives WQED-FM a glimpse at the dozens of classes and workshops they currently offer. He also describes the variety of ways that funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) supports the organization's programming and operations.

Kris Rust - Let Freedom Sing 2021 - Jan 14, 2021

WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Kris Rust about the 14th annual Let Freedom Sing Concert celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on January 16, 2021 at 7 pm. Solo vocalists Anita Levels and Michael Warren, spoken word artist Vanessa German, and the Dr. J Piano Trio and Boys Choir from the Afro American Music Institute perform a program safely live streamed over Youtube and Facebook from Pittsburgh's historic Hill District. The concert will culminate with a virtual performance by an interfaith, intergenerational choir directed by Dr. Herbert Jones and made up of singers from Pittsburgh, PA and Lexington, NC.