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Manfred Honeck - 09/15/2016
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the opening of the Pittsburgh Symphony season with the Moonlight Masquerade featuring Gil Shaham - September 17th.  Topics include how he spent his summer vacation touring to China with the  Australian Youth Orchestra and Helene Grimaud, the beautiful Tyrolean scenery in western Austria, and Austrian voting irregularities.

Andres Franco - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Mixer - 07/19/2016
Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Conductor Andres Franco discusses the Classical Mixer for the end of the summer season concert with the 1812 Overture, the correct tempo for the Brahms Third Symphony, sunsets at Hartwood Acres, the best coffee, composer of the year James Macmillan, concerts in Tulsa, Symphonic rappers and much more.

Giancarlo Guerrero - 06/16/2016
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero talks about the program of Adams, Strauss, Prokofiev and Copland.  He also talks about his position at the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and if he has a 10-gallon hat and cowboy boots! 

Noah Bendix-Balgley and Manfred Honeck - 06/16/2016
Noah Bendix-Balgley and Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the Season Finale weekend of concerts.   Noah plays a couple short excerpts from his Klezmer Concerto that he will premiere. 

Martin Grubinger - 05/16/2016
Jim Cunningham talks to guest percussionist Martin Grubinger about the Hartl Percussion Concerto he is performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, along with his thoughts on joining the PSO on their European Tour.

Carolyn Friedrich - 05/16/2016
A conversation with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Archivist Carolyn Friedrich.

Manfred Honeck - 05/11/2016
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall, as well as the upcoming European Tour.

Daniil Trifonov - 05/06/2016
Pianist Daniil Trifonov talks about his performance this weekend with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as going on tour on the upcoming Pittsburgh Symphony European tour.

Noah Bendix Balgley - 05/06/2016
Noah Bendix Balgley talks about the Klezmer concerto he will perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in June, as well as going on tour with the PSO in May.

Manfred Honeck - 05/04/2016
Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck joined the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall.

Cameron Carpenter - 04/15/2016
Organist Cameron Carpenter talks about his American premiere of the Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody, Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra and George Gershwin for  the theater organ, his youth in the town of Townville near Meadville, his custom designed instrument and much more.

Melia Tourangeau - 04/06/2016
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sits down with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Melia Tourangeau for an extended talk about classical music and the PSO.  

Alec Baldwin - 04/01/2016
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews actor Alec Baldwin, who will be in town for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's "Alec's Playlist" concert on Saturday April 16th at Heinz Hall.

Manfred Honeck - 03/30/2016
Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts with the All-University Choir singing choral favorites and Emanuel Ax playing the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2.

Osmo Vanska - 03/11/2016
Jim Cunningham interviews Guest Conductor Omso Vanska about this weekend's All Sibelius concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  

James Ehnes - 03/10/2016
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews James Ehnes, who will play the Sibelius Violin Concerto this weekend with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Jennifer Koh - 03/07/2016
Jennifer Koh stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about her performance of the Dvorak Violin Concerto for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 120th anniversary concert.  

Manfred Honeck - 03/02/2016
Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 120th Anniversary concert at Carnegie Music Hall on February 27, 2016.

Manfred Honeck and Sam Helfrich - 03/02/2016
Music Director Manfred Honeck and Stage Director Sam Helfrich visited the QED Morning Show to talk about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's performance of Bach's St. John Passion.

Stewart Copeland - 02/19/2016
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Stewart Copeland about his new concerto being performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

Marcelo Lehninger - 02/19/2016
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interview this week's Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger about the Copeland concerto and the Shostakovich Symphony No. 1.

Joshua Roman - 02/12/2016
Cellist Joshua Roman joined the QED Morning Show to talk about his performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and we even talked him into performing two pieces live!

Juraj Valchua - 02/12/2016
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks with this week's Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Juraj Valchua.  

Gianandrea Noseda - 01/27/2016
Jim Cunningham interviews this weekend's guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

Denis Kozhuhkin - 01/27/2016
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to this weekend's pianist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Denis Kozhuhkin, making his Heinz Hall debut.


Yulianna Avdeeva - 12/11/2015
Pianist Yulianna Avdeeva talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about her performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5.

Paul Appleby - 12/11/2015
Tenor Paul Appleby discusses the Mozart Coronation Mass with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham.

Conductor Jiri Belohlavek - 11/12/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews conductor Jiri Belohlavek about this weekend's Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts with Smetana's "Ma Vlast."

Leonard Slatkin - 10/29/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Leonard Slatkin about this weekend's (10/30/15) Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts.  Maestro Slatkin will conduct Conrad Tao's "Pangu," George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, and Strauss' "Symphonia domestica."

Conrad Tao - 10/29/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews pianist and composer Conrad Tao.  Tao performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this weekend (10/30/15) in Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F.  Plus, his work "Pangu" will be performed by the PSO, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.   Tao talks about this weekend's concert, as well as his new CD.

Igudesman and Joo - 10/29/2015
Classical music comedians Igudesman and Joo return to Heinz Hall for a Halloween concert.  They stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the performance.  

Manfred Honeck - 9/23/15 - 10/05/2015
Jim Cunningham talks to Maestro Manfred Honeck about this weekend's program of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.  Plus, he talks about meeting the Pope and his thoughts on the previous weekend's concerts with Daniil Trifonov.

Augustine Hadelich - 9/24/15 - 10/05/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interview PSO guest violinist Augustine Hadelich, who talks about the Brahms Violin Concerto. 

Manfred Honeck Interview - 09/22/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck on the QED Morning Show.  Maestro Honeck discusses this weekend's program of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, Tchaikovsky's Capriccio italien, and the new Piano Concerto by Daniil Trifonov.

Daniil Trifonov - 09/22/2015
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest artist Daniil Trifonov talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about his Piano Concerto, which will be performed the weekend of September 18-20, 2015. 

Andres Orozco-Estrada - 07/07/2015
Guest conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about this weekends concerts at Heinz Hall (March 27-29, 2015).

PSO Horns - 07/07/2015
Members of the PSO Horn section talk to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about their performance of Schumann's Kozertstuck for Four Horns and Orchestra.  They'll perform it this weekend at Heinz Hall (March 27-29, 2015).

Guest conductor Jeanette Sorrell - 07/07/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham chats with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Jeanette Sorrell about this week's "Bach's Coffeehouse" concert.  (March 20-22, 2015).

Manfred Honeck (from March 6, 2015) - 07/07/2015
Manfred Honeck stops by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's (March 6-8, 2015) concerts of Mozart, Rautavaara and Stravinsky.

Manfred Honeck (from February 27, 2015) - 07/07/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Music Director Manfred Honeck about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall (Feb 27-March 1, 2015) with music by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

Manfred Honeck (from February 20, 2015) - 07/07/2015
Manfred Honeck stops by the QED Morning Show to talks about this weekend's all-Beethoven concerts at Heinz Hall (February 20-22, 2015).

Noah Bendix-Balgley - 07/07/2015
Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about performing the Khachaturian Violin Concerto this weekend (January 30-Feb 1, 2015).

Guest Conductor James Gaffigan - 07/07/2015
Pittsburgh Symphony guest conductor James Gaffigan stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekends (January 23-25, 2015) concerts at Heinz Hall.

Pianist Gabriela Montero - 07/07/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Gabriela Montero, who will perform the Ravel Piano Concerto in G this weekend at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (January 23-25, 2015).

Guest conductor Juraj Valcuha - 07/07/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks about this weekend's Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts with guest conductor Juraj Valcuha (October 31-November 2, 2014).

Yan Pascal Tortelier - 07/07/2015
Yan Pascal Tortelier joins WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham to talk about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (October 24-26, 2014)

Igudesman and Joo - 07/07/2015
Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo stop by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. (November 28-30, 2014).

Guest Condcutor Omer Meir Wellber - 07/07/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to PSO guest conductor Omer Meir Wellber about this weekend's concerts of Debussy, Rodrigo and Tchaikovsky (October 10-12, 2014)

Manfred Honeck (from September 19, 2014) - 07/07/2015
Music Director Manfred Honeck talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about this weekend's season opening concerts featuring Mason Bates, Rachmaninoff and Berlioz. (September 19-21, 2014)

Valentina Lisitsa - 07/07/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to pianist Valentina Lisitsa about this weekend's season opening concerts in which she plays the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (September 19-21, 2014).

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff - 07/06/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Pittsburgh Symphony guest artist Christian Tetzlaff, who will perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto at Heinz Hall June 5th through 7th, 2015.

Conductor Juanjo Mena - 07/06/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Juanjo Mena who will guest conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this weekend (May 29-31, 2015) at Heinz Hall.

Conductor Michael Francis - 07/06/2015
Guest Conductor Michael Francis talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about this weekend's PIttsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts at Heinz Hall - May 15-17, 2015). 

Jake Heggie/Anne Martindale Williams/Jamie Barton - 07/06/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews composer Jake Heggie, PSO Principal cello Anne Martindale Williams, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton about the world premiere of Heggie's "The Work at Hand: Symphonic Songs for Cello & Mezzo Soprano."  The PSO is performing the piece this weekend (May 15-17, 2015).

PSO Principal Cello Anne Martindale Williams - 07/06/2015
Anne Martindale Williams stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the world premiere of Jake Heggie's "Symphonic Songs for Cello & Mezzo-Soprano."

Guest Conductor Ward Stare - 07/06/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor Ward Stare, who will feature music from Disney's Fantasia this weekend at Heinz Hall (May 8-10, 2015).

Manfred Honeck (from 4/8/15) - 07/06/2015
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall (April 10-12, 2015)

PSO Guest Pianist Joyce Yang - 07/06/2015
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest pianist Joyce Yang talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about her performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto this weekend with the PSO (April 10-12, 2015).

Krzysztof Urbanski - 07/01/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to conductor Krzysztof Urbanski about his Heinz Hall debut conducting works by Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Mussorgsky.

Jeffrey Grubbs - 06/12/2015
PSO Bass Jeffrey Grubbs stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration taking place at Heinz Hall on June 16th.  

Alan Fletcher - 06/11/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Alan Fletcher whose Oboe Concerto will have it's World Premiere this weekend with Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  

Manfred Honeck - 06/10/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck about the music on this weekend's season finale concerts.

Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida - 06/04/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to PSO Principal Oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida about the world premiere of Alan Fletcher's Oboe Concerto.  The piece will be performed June 12th through 14th at Heinz Hall.

Nicholas Phan & Jennifer Johnson Cano - 06/04/2015
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Nicholas Phan, tenor, and Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, about Beethoven's 9th Symphony, which will be performed at Heinz Hall June 5th through 7th. 

Manfred and Rainer Honeck - 04/15/2015
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director and his brother, Rainer Honeck, who is the soloist for this weekend's concerts, stopped by the QED Morning Show. 

Lars Vogt - 02/20/2015
Guest pianist Lars Vogt talks about Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1.


Anne-Sophie Mutter & Manfred Honeck - 09/12/2014
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck talk about their season-opening gala performance on Sep. 13th at Heinz Hall and recent events in their lives.

Stephen Hough - 03/21/2014
Pianist Stephen Hough returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony in Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto #1. He shares details of Mendelssohn's music and the composer's link to singer Jenny Lind, and Hough's own editorial approach to blogging.

Donald Runnicles - 03/20/2014
Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles, now  chief conductor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, talks about the music of Wagner which has been a passion of his since his early career in Freiburg, Germany. He also speaks about his work at the Grand Teton Music Festival, and his appearance on a web-based cooking show that features top-ranked classical musicians.

Gianandrea Noseda - Week I - 02/21/2014
Giananadrea Noseda brings Alfredo Casella's Symphonic Fragments from "La Donna Serpente" to Heinz Hall to begin two weekends with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Noseda also diuscusses Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #5 as pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet makes his Pittsburgh debut, and the Symphony #2 by Schumann.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - 02/20/2014
Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet gives an inside look at Prokofiev's 5th Piano Concerto, which he describes as a bizarre, cubist, kaleidoscopic treatment of its themes. Bavouzet compares this concerto to works by Debussy and Liszt. Bavouzet credits his early exposure to electronic music with giving him insights into the "parameters of sound." He also talks about his ongoing cycle of Haydn sonata recordings and future projects.

Manfred Honeck - 02/07/2014
PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck talks about combining Gustav Holst's "The Planets" and "The Elements," a PSO-commissioned suite by five Pittsburgh composers that represents the five classical elements. Maestro Honeck also previews the PSO's free Music for the Spirit concert on Feb. 13, 2014 in East Liberty.

Helene Grimaud - 01/31/2014
French pianist Helene Grimaud returns to play the Piano Concerto #1 by Johannes Brahms. Her new recording of both Brahms concertos has been released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Ms. Grimaud is nearly as famous for her work as a naturalist as she is for her music – she co-founded the Wolf Conservation Center in upstate New York in 1996. She spoke in the Regency Room at Heinz Hall about her two careers.

Manfred Honeck - 01/29/2014
PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck talks about a program of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms featuring pianist Helene Grimaud, and about a benefit concert he will conduct organized by PSO musicians to support music education.

Lawrence Loh on The Music of John Williams - 01/25/2014
PSO Resident Conductor and self-professed John Williams "fanboy" Lawrence Loh talks about the selections he chose for Pops concerts featuring a few lesser-known excerpts from Williams' movie scores as well as the hits. He also tells Jim Cunningham about some extra stage trappings that pump up the fun factor for these concerts.

Hila Plitmann - 01/17/2014
Grammy-winning soprano Hila Plitmann  talks about her part in the final movement of "Darkness in the Ancient Valley" by Richard Danielpour, a work co-commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony and which honors the plight of the Iranian people. She also mentions her husband Eric Whitacre's work on a new musical, and her appearance in a production of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels.

Christoph Koenig - 01/16/2014
PSO Guest conductor Christoph Koenig waxes philosophical about Haydn's "Philosopher" Symphony, Richard Strauss' Nietzsche-inspired "Also Sprach Zarathustra," and Richard Danielpour's "Darkness in the Ancient Valley," a tribute to the plight of the Iranian people. Koenig also gives an inkling of what to expect in the PSO's first "Behind the Notes" concert.


Peter Phillips of The Tallis Scholars - 12/06/2013
The PSO welcomes The Tallis Scholars, founded and directed by Peter Phillips. While celebrating its 40th anniversary season, the choir performs an a cappella program of Renaissance sacred music and two motets by Bruckner at Heinz Hall to complement Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 "Romantic" conducted by Manfred Honeck.

Till Fellner - 11/27/2013
Austrian pianist Till Fellner's PSO debut on Thanksgiving weekend features Beethoven's Piano Concerto #4 with Manfred Honeck conducting. Fellner talks about the details he discusses with Honeck, about recording Beethoven for ECM, and his interest in the use of music by film director Luis Bunuel.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos - 11/07/2013
Frequent Pittsburgh Symphony guest conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos talks about the US premiere of the Symphony #6 by Spanish-born Pittsburgh composer Leonardo Balada. The symphony was inspired by the Spanish Civil War. Frühbeck, now 80, shares memories of working with past legends Nathan Milstein, Joaquin Rodrigo, and others.

Charlie Humphrey - Three Rivers Film Festival - 11/06/2013
Charlie Humphrey, Executive Director of festival presenter Pittsburgh Filmmakers, talks about the four opening night films on Nov, 8, a fourth theater joining the festival, local films and film makers, microcinema, the return of the Alloy Orchestra for silent film screenings, and more.

Yan Pascal Tortelier - 11/01/2013
Guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier talks about the role of melody in Russian music, the Russian-French connection, and the Piano Concerto #2 by Prokfiev and Symphony #2 by Rachmaninoff. He also talks about French pastries, such as the macaron and croissant.

Noah Bendix-Balgley - 10/23/2013
PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley talks about the Scottish Fantasy by Max Bruch, his newly-acquired violin that he'll use in the performance, and whether the vacancy created by the impending retirement of NY Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow tempts him.

Nikolaj Znaider - 10/23/2013
After building his career as a violinist, Nikolaj Znaider returns to Heinz Hall as guest conductor to lead the work he played as soloist there in 2005 -- Bruch's Scottish Fantasy. PSO concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley will solo this time, as Znaider conducts a program that includes Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Schumann's Symphony No. 4.

Pianist Yulianna Avdeeva - 10/10/2013
Chopin Competition gold medalist Yulianna Avdeeva makes her Heinz Hall debut in Chopin's Piano Concerto #21, nicknamed "Elvira Madigan." The Moscow-born pianist talks about the aria-like quality of the famous slow movement, performances elsewhere with PSO music director Manfred Honeck, her experiences in Warsaw at the Chopin Competition, and her training in Moscow, Zurich, and Lake Como, Italy.

David Stock - 10/01/2013
The Pittsburgh Symphony begins its "Year of Pittsburgh Composers" with the Symphony #6 by David Stock, who founded the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in 1976. Mr. Stock describes his process and some traits of his Symphony #6, and talks about his first five symphonies, as well as his use of Jewish themes. He also recalls fellow composer Phillip Glass's early years as a composer for Pittsburgh's public schools and as a cab driver in NYC. Stock's Symphony #6 will be featured on the PSO's opening weekend with Orff's Carmina Burana.

The Complete Anne-Sophie Mutter - 09/11/2013
Jim Cunningham's complete interview with superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter at the Lucerne Festival. Mutter talks about her collaboration with Honeck and the PSO, her new Dvorak CD with Honeck and the Berlin Philharmonic, and news of her former husband, Andre Previn.

Pixar in Concert - 06/15/2013
Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh talks about the composers for the "Pixar in Concert" performances including high-definition projected scenes from Pixar's award-winning animated movies. Maestro Loh will conduct "Pixar in Concert" at Heinz Hall and in Philadelphia, and conducts the PSO Pops season finale with saxophonist Kenny G.

Yuja Wang - 06/07/2013
Pianist Yuja Wang talks about Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1, which the 26 year-old superstar plays for the Pittsburgh Symphony's season finale weekend with the orchestra led by Manfred Honeck. Wang also talks about fashion, her upcoming CDs, how she spends her limited free time in New York, and more.

Manfred Honeck on the PSO's season finale - 06/05/2013
Music Director Manfred Honeck talks about two big Russian works that close the season: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1 and Shostakovich's Symphony #5, and the tiny pianist, Yuja Wang, who plays the concerto. Honeck also speaks about recent conducting debuts in New York and elsewhere, and the PSO's next European Tour starting in August.

Yan Pascal Tortelier - 05/20/2013
Guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier talks about his program including Elgar's tone poem "In the South (Alassio )" and Ravel's "Rapsodie espagnol" and recalls his own recent trip to southern Italy with his mother. Tortelier also talks about his relationship with the Pittsburgh Symphony and working with pianist Valentina Lisitsa on Grieg's Piano Concerto.

Nicola Benedetti - 05/10/2013
English violinist Nicola Benedetti returns to Heinz Hall to play the Tchaikovsky concerto, She talks about why she and audiences never tire of this piece, recalls her unforgettable first performance of the concerto, and about her latest CD, The Silver Violin, which takes Erich Wolfgang Korngold's music from the golden age of Hollywood as its inspiration.

Kazem Abdullah - 05/09/2013
Meet American maestro Kazem Abdullah, making his Pittsburgh Symphony debut with works by Brahms, Hindemith, and Tchaikovsky. Coming from a non-musical midwestern family, Abdullah pursued a dual career as a clarinetist and conductor. He has completed his first year as General Music Director in Aachen, Germany, where legendary conductors Herbert von Karajan and Wolfgang Sawallisch previously held the job. He is an avid gardener in Aachen where his lemon tree, a gift, just bore its first fruit.

Joshua Bell - 04/12/2013
Violinist Joshua Bell talks about Bernstein's Serenade for Violin and Orchestra, his Stradivarius violin and its former owner Bronislaw Huberman, his new job as music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, his interests in technology, his history with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and his one vice.

Jeanette Sorrell - 04/03/2013
Guest conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell, founder and director of Cleveland's acclaimed Apollo's Fire baroque orchestra, talks with Jim Cunningham about her approach to Bach's Six Brandenburg Concertos for her Pittsburgh Symphony debut. She talks about tempos, textures and solos - especially the florid harpsichord cadenza in the fifth concerto, and the great conductors she studied with including Bernstein, Norrington, and Leonhardt.

Denis Matsuev - 02/15/2013
Pianist Denis Matseuv returns to play Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2. He talks about receiving unknown Rachmaninoff pieces to record at the composer's piano, and about meeting an elderly PSO patron who remembered seeing Rachmaninoff in Pittsburgh. Matsuev also talks about hockey, Russian ballet, his Star on Baikal Music Festival. and the strength of the new generation of post-Soviet musicians.

Maria Friedman - 01/29/2013
English actress Maria Friedman worked with Marvin Hamlisch many times after he first heard her voice on radio. Ms. Friedman is on the roster for the Pittsburgh Symphony's Marvin Hamlisch tribute concert titled "One Singular Sensation" on January 29th, 2013. She recalls what he was like to work with, and talks about the memorial events she has been part of since Hamlisch's death in August 2012.

Michael Francis - 01/25/2013
English Guest conductor Michael Francis makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut in a program featuring Mozart's Symphony #40, Dovrak's violin concerto with Christian Tetzlaff, and two powerful (and violent) Czech legends: Sarka from Smetana's Ma Vlast, and Taras Bulba by Janacek. Francis talks about his unplanned rise from the bass section of the London Symphony Orchestra to become one of the fastest-rising conductors.

Christian Tetzlaff - 01/25/2013
Making his Pittsburgh Symphony debut, violinist Christian Tetzlaff talks about Dvorak's violin concerto and chamber music. You'll also hear why he sometimes puts honey on his fingers before a performance.

Gianandrea Noseda - Part 2 - 01/15/2013
For week 2 of his visit, the PSO's Victor de Sabata Guest Conductor, Gianandrea Noseda, conducts La notte di Plàton by de Sabata, a frequent and influential Pittsburgh Symphony guest conductor between the tenures of music directors Fritz Reiner and William Steinberg. Noseda talks about de Sabata's music and reputation as a conductor. He also gives an Italian's assessment of Richard Strauss' Aus Italien, and Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (to feature Benjamin Hochman.) Noseda also talks about his recording projects, an appearance at the New York Stock Exchange, and some favorite Italian films.

Enrico Dindo - 01/11/2013
Cellist Enrico Dindo makes his PSO debut in the Shostakovich Cello Concerto #2, which he had the opportunity to discuss with Mstislav Rostropovich, the dedicatee of the concerto. Dindo talks about his relationship with Gianandrea Noseda, his work as Principal cello at La Scala from age 22, and his 11th-hour entry into competition that launched his transition to a solo career.

Gianandrea Noseda - Part 1 - 01/10/2013
PSO favorite Gianandrea Noseda returns to Heinz Hall for two consecutive weeks. In the first, Noseda introduces Italian cellist Enrico Dindo, who will make his PSO debut in the Shostakovich Cello Concerto #2. Then, Noseda conducts Dvorak's Symphony #7, which the maestro finds to be very passionate.


Fawzi Haimor - 12/12/2012
Meet PSO Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor. The Middle Eastern/Filipino/American maestro is in his first season at Heinz Hall. He tells Jim Cunningham about his background and his conducting duties with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Gregg Baker, bass-baritone - 11/21/2012
Bass-baritone Gregg Baker will sing about three rivers on the PSO's Thanksgiving weekend program: Mancini's Moon River, Gershwin's Old Man River, and the Volga River. He'll also sing two Lehar songs chosen by Manfred Honeck that were written for tenor voice. Baker talks about his long association with the PSO, his work with Eartha Kitt, his role in an historic Porgy and Bess at Radio City Music Hall, and some pending new roles in his long career.

F. Murray Abraham - 10/12/2012
Actor and Pittsburgh native F. Murray Abraham, who played the role of Salieri in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus, will narrate Manfred Honeck's dramatic presentation of Mozart's Requiem. Mr. Abraham talks about his Pittsburgh roots, the music and letters in this production of the Requiem, his concurrent roles in the enduring 1983 films Amadeus and Scarface, and of course, speaks passionately about music.

Leonard Slatkin - Oct 03 2012 - 10/05/2012
Principal Guest Conductor talks about conducting the PSO in the orchestral world premiere of Scott Eyerly's "Arlington Sons," written for father-and-son singers David and Robert Pittsinger, inspired by a Pittsinger patriarch's service guarding the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington Cemetery. Slatkin also talks about Olga Kern's special gift with Rachmaninoff's piano Concerto #3, the Symphony #3 by American composer William Schuman, and Slatkin's newly-published book, "Conducting Business."

David Pittsinger & Richard Pittsinger - 10/05/2012
Met opera bass-baritone David Pittsinger commissioned Scott Eyerly to write a piece for David and his son Richard, a boy soprano who also has an international career. The Pittsingers talk about Eyerly's "Arlington Sons" which they perform in the work's orchestral premiere with the PSO. It honors David's grandfather, a guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The two singers talk about their careers, in David's case including a long assocition with Pittsburgh Opera and its former General Director Tito Capobianco.

Thomas Hampson - 09/21/2012
Baritone Thomas Hampson talks about some magnificent but obscure songs by Richard Strauss that he'll sing with the PSO on the season's opening weekend. Hampson also talks about his concert with the Israel Philharmonic at Salzburg, and his forays into the world of Twitter and iPad apps, including golf and news apps -- as well as the Thomas Hampson app. With the fall season ahead, he talks about sensible tips to avoid colds and keep his voice healthy.

Manfred Honeck - Season finale with Mahler's 6th - 06/12/2012
Manfred Honeck talks in depth about Mahler's "Tragic" Symphony #6, including powerful hammer blows, and delicate, distant cowbells such as Honeck heard in his hometown of Nenzing, Austria. Also, a work by Eugene Goosens that will feature the PSO's Gorton family: retiring Co-Principal Oboist James Gorton; his wife, Principal Harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen Gorton; and their daughter, Toronto Symphony Principal Harpist Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton.

Joshua Bell - 06/04/2012
Violinist Joshua Bell talk about Brahms's Violin Concerto, which he'll play with the PSO led by Manfred Honeck. Bell talks about some of his media outreach projects, such as appearing on Dancing with the Stars, and his new post as Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, founded by Sir Neville Marriner.

Manfred Honeck - Brahms and Richard Strauss - 06/04/2012
Maestro Honeck talks about having the three big Strauss tone poems in one concert, as necessitated by recording the orchestra's next CD. He also talks about the young Strauss's keen insight in "Death and Transfiguration."

Gianandrea Noseda - Paris Festival - 04/23/2012
Gianandrea Noseda discusses the opening program of the PSO's three-week Paris Festival which includes Respighi's La Boutique Fantasque, Debussy's Iberia, and de Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat. Noseda talks about his recording projects and is reluctant to praise French films out of deference to Italian cinema.

Gianandrea Noseda, Week 1 - 04/20/2012
The PSO's Gianandrea Noseda leads Romantic-era pieces by Hector Berlioz (excerpts from Romeo & Juliet) and Johannes Brahms (Piano Concerto #2) with soloist Nicholas Angelich. Noseda addresses the possible origins of the Capulet & Montague feud, and talks about his work as guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.

Stephen Hough - 03/30/2012
Pianist Stephen Hough talks about Saint-Saens' "Egyptian" Concerto, and about life in New York, hats, cooking, his own compositions including a mass and a sonata, blogging and tweeting, Kindles and reading.

Leonard Slatkin - 03/29/2012
PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin talks about a colorful program of Steven Stucky's Son et Lumiere, Saint-Saens' "Egyptian" concerto featuring pianist Stephen Hough, and Slatkin's own suite of favorites from Prokofiev's Cinderella. Slatkin also talks about his forthcoming book, his travels in Japan, and the work of his father, mother, and brother in the arts.

Sarah Chang, violin - 03/23/2012
Violinist Sarah Chang returns to Heinz Hall with a 2011 arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" by Hollywood's David Newman. Sarah talks with WQED's Jim Cunningham about Bernstein, her favorite films, tweeting, Phantom of the Opera, Vivaldi's Four Seasons and much more.

Yan Pascal Tortelier - 03/21/2012
Tortelier, the PSO's former Principal Guest Conductor, returns with Bernstein's West Side Story Suite played by violinist Sarah Chang as arranged by Thomas Newman, Morton Gould's Spirituals for Orchestra, and Jean Sibelius' Symphony #1.

Triple Concerto Soloists: Vosburgh, Caballero, and Knox - 03/09/2012
Andrè Previn's world premiere Triple Concerto features Pittsburgh Symphony principal brass players George Vosburgh, trumpet; Bill Caballero, horn; and Craig Knox, tuba. They talk about features of the concerto, influences in Previn's music, and the process of working together in one of the world's great brass sections.

Andre Previn - 03/08/2012
Former Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Andre Previn premieres his Concerto for Trumpet, Horn, and Tuba, commissioned by the PSO. He talks about the composition, his impressions of the orchestra, and memories of composers he's worked with in Hollywood (he recalls playing ping pong with Schoenberg) and on the PBS Previn and the Pittsburgh series.

Emanuel Ax - 03/02/2012
Pittsburgh favorite Emanuel Ax returns to play Mozart's Piano Concerto #22, which inspired Ax's email address. Ax gives an insider's view of the concerto, talks about his long relationship with the PSO, his recent activities, his interest in tennis and football, and about the trend of older people taking up the piano.

Lars Vogt - 02/10/2012
Guest pianist Lars Vogt talks about Mozart's least-played piano concerto, No. 16, which he performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck. Vogt, who resides in Berlin, talks about his work with Honeck and another of his favorite conductors, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle.

Thomas Hampson - 02/03/2012
Baritone Thomas Hampson joins the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck in Brahms' beloved A German Requiem paired with Dvorak's seldom-heard Biblical songs. Hampson describes the similarity of approach by both composers and the interesting companions these two works make.

Juraj Valcuha - 01/12/2012
Slovak conductor Juraj Valcuha talks about the colorful pieces on his concerts at Heinz Hall, Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, and Steven Stucky's Spirit Voices featuring percussionist Evelyn Glennie.


Sam Helfrich - 12/01/2011
Stage and opera director Sam Helfrich will help the PSO stage, yes, with costumes, sets. orchestra in the pit and all that, Handel's Messiah as you've never experienced it before. Helfrich staged Pittsburgh Opera's 2009 Eugene Onegin and has worked with Opera Boston, Glimmerglass and other opera companies.

Gabriela Montero - 11/18/2011
Pianist and improviser extraordinaire Gabriela Montero returns to Heinz Hall in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3 with guest conductor Christoph König. She talks about the challenges of Prokofiev's music, the art of improvisation, and her own first concerto, titled "Ex Patria," written as a reaction against the leadership of Hugo Chavez in her native Venezuela. Gabriela also talks about meeting and then concertizing with her boyfriend, a singer.

Christoph Knig - 11/18/2011
German conductor Christoph König gives his first impressions on working with the PSO, and talks about Prokofiev's string writing, the art of improvisation, his work with orchestras in Luxembourg and Porto, his recordings, and early life in the opera house and growing up in the former East Germany.

James Galway - 10/28/2011
Sir James Galway talks about Mozart's Flute Concerto #2, and why Mozart disliked the flute. He also talks about the little-known creator of the Fantasie Brillante on Themes from Bizet's Carmen. Sir James reminisces about his concerts with the PSO including a memorable visit to Moscow with Lorin Maazel, and talks about the writing of his memoir, The Man with the Golden Flute: Sir James, a Celtic Minstrel.

Xiang Yu, violin - 10/21/2011
22-year-old Chinese violinist Xiang Yu makes his PSO debut in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto #2. He talks about Prokofiev, winning the 2010 Menuhin competition, and his journey from Inner Mongolia to Beijing to Boston, where he studies with Donald Weilerstein. Xiang Yu mentions his extramusical activities, such as swimming, and coaches Jim Cunningham in some basic Mandarin phrases.

Marvin Hamlisch - 10/12/2011
In a busy downtown restaurant, Pittsburgh Symphony Pops music director Marvin Hamlisch talks with Jim Cunningham about his travels to Africa and Europe, how he's winning his personal "battle of the bulge," highlights of the 2011-2012 PSO Pops season, the new sound system in Heinz Hall, special Gershwin-related surprises this season, and the need for subscriptions to keep the pops going.

Rudolf Buchbinder - 09/22/2011
Viennese pianist joins the PSO on opening night in Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, just two weeks after the orchestra played two concerts at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, where Buchbinder is the founding director. Buchbinder talks about his esteem for the Gershwin concerto, the concept behind the Grafenegg Festival, his many Beethoven recordings, and his passion for movies, art, and his 540-horsepower Maybach luxury sedan.

Noah Bendix-Balgley - 07/18/2011
The Pittsburgh Symphony's new Concertmaster, 27 year old Noah Bendix-Balgley, is a laureate of the 2009 Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition and winner of other prizes. He talks about his background, which includes leading a string quartet in Germany and serving as a guest concertmaster across Europe. He also reveals a family tie to the PSO.

Michelle DeYoung - 05/20/2011
Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, who has recorded Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with four different orchestras including the PSO, returns in Mahler's Kindertotenlieder on the 100th anniversary of the composer's death. She talks about the challenges and joys of singing this deeply emotional song cycle.

Joan Tower, composer - 05/13/2011
Composer Joan Tower talks about her world-premiere piece, titled "Stroke," which was commissioned by the PSO. She describes how she incorporated a heartbeat and sequence of instrumental solos into music inspired by the stroke that left her brother half-paralyzed. She also comments on her uncommon fanfares, and some activities beyond her tenure as Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Yea.

Leonard Slatkin - 05/06/2011
PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin has championed David del Tredici's "Final Alice" since he witnessed the premiere. Slatkin describes unusual aspects: the enormous orchestra, Theremin, and soprano with megaphone. He also discusses Peter and the Wolf with text revised by Pittsburgh humorist Peter Leo, and the Detroit Symphony's new direction after a long and bitter strike.

Hila Plitmann - 05/05/2011
Soprano Hila Plitmann talks about the unusual soprano part in David del Tredici's "Final Alice," based on "Alice in Wonderland," which reflects some aspects of the composer's personality. She talks about her work with film composer Hans Zimmer on "The DaVinci Code" and the upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." And her husband, choral composer Eric Whitacre comes up for discussion.

Herbert Blomstedt - 04/11/2011
Once a potential PSO Music Director, Herbert Blomstedt returns to Heinz Hall for the first time in 25 years. He talks about Brahms, Schumann, religion, Swedish Radio, and San Francisco where he was Music Director for 10 years.

Garrick Ohlsson - 04/05/2011
American pianist Garrick Ohlsson talks about  his work with Herbert Blomstedt, the Brahms Piano Concerto #2, new recording projects, his recent and future concerts, life in San Francisco, and more.

Nicola Benedetti - 03/02/2011
Scottish violinist talks with Jim Cunningham on the occasion of her Pittsburgh Symphony debut in showpieces by Chausson and Ravel. She talks about the high-profile events that launched her career, her music education efforts including El Sistema projects in Scotland, and her work with composers James MacMillan and John Tavener.

Lars Vogt, piano - 02/25/2011
On his fourth appearance at Heinz Hall, German pianist Lars Vogt talks with QED's Jim Cunningham at a Friends of the PSO event. Subjects include Beethoven's Piano Concerto #1, the Spannungen Festival, soccer, and teaching music to young players including Vogt's own daughter.

Serge Zimmermann - 02/09/2011
Like his father Frank-Peter Zimmermann, violinist Serge Zimmermann makes his US debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He talks about his father, influential violinists such as Milstein, working with Manfred Honeck, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

Viviane Hagner - 01/31/2011
German violinist Viviane Hagner talks about Haydn's Violin Concerto #1, her Stradivadrius, explorations of new music, recent recording including a Vieutemps concerto, cultural life in Berlin, and more.

Arild Remmereit - 01/28/2011
Guest conductor Arild Remmereit talks with Jim Cunningham about his new post with the Rochester Philharmonic, how he went from being a rock guitarist in platform shoes to a conductor on the podium, and about his PSO program of Sibelius, Haydn and Mozart.


Johannes Moser - 11/29/2010
The German cellist with Canadian roots makes his Heinz Hall debut in Dvorak's Cello Concerto. He talks about a lost love immortalized by Dvorak, Victor Herbert's influence on Dvorak, and favorite moments in this concerto. On the personal side, Moser talks about his family, his work with a German poet and a toy pianist, and his recent conquest of the Alps on a mountain bike.

Joan Tower - 11/19/2010
The PSO's Composer of the Year talks about working with conductor Leonard Slatkin, an early champion of her music, and about her Clarinet Concerto, Tambor, Made in America, Sequoia, Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman, and the PSO-commissioned Stroke which will premiere in May, 2011.

Leila Josefowicz - 11/08/2010
Visiting the PSO to play Shostakovich's Violin Concerto #1 with guest conductor Susanna Mälkki, Leila Josefowicz talks about the concerto in detail, and about her upcoming winter in Europe performing contemporary works.

Susanna Malkki - 11/03/2010
Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki makes her Heinz Hall debut with works by Sibelius, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky. As Pierre Boulez's successor as Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, she has moved from the darkness of the far north to Paris, the City of Light. She talks about what Finlandia means to the Finns, Sibelius's character, and the affinities of this Russian/Finnish program.

Ludovic Morlot - 11/01/2010
The Seattle Symphony's next Music Director, the young French maestro Ludovic Morlot (b. 1974), makes his Heinz Hall debut with works by Weber, Bruch, Tower, and Ravel. Morlot talks about getting the right choral sound in Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, his background as a violinist, and his work with great conductors in Boston and Tanglewood.

Olga Kern - 10/22/2010
Russian pianist Olga Kern makes her Heinz Hall debut in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #1. She talks about her work with conductor Leonard Slatkin, Rachmaninoff's concertos, her musical family and its ties to Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, and meeting Van Cliburn as Gold Medalist at the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition.

Leonard Slatkin - 10/22/2010
PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin talks about his forthcoming book, his recent Western sightseeing trip, his work with PSO Composer of the Year Joan Tower and her "For the Uncommon Woman," the Dvorak 6th Symphony and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #1 with soloist Olga Kern, and Slatkin's latest download-only recording from Naxos.

Yuja Wang - 09/23/2010
The diminutive powerhouse pianist Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" to open the Pittsburgh Symphony's 2010-2011 season. She tells Jim Cunningham about her next CD, talks about upcoming performances, working with conductor Claudio Abbado, PSO friends from her native China, and her tastes in pop music.

Renee Fleming - 09/16/2010
Renee Fleming appears with Manfred Honeck and the PSO in the "Bella Notte" gala on Sep 16, 2010 to begin a new season at Heinz Hall. The Western PA native talks about singing at the BBC Proms, her family, her mentor Mildred Posvar, communicating with an audience, the art of singing and more.

Manfred Honeck on Beethoven's Ninth - 06/04/2010
Manfred Honeck talks about his interpretation of Beethoven's Ninth, including an unusual understanding of tempo markings, and his take on the march in the Ode to Joy.

Hilary Hahn - 05/07/2010
Violinist Hilary Hahn gives an insider's view of the Sibelius Vioin Concerto. She talks about appearing on one of Conan O'Brien's final Tonight shows, cooking on the road, upcoming CDs, and her work with last week's PSO soloist Valentina Lisitsa.

Richard Danielpour - 04/30/2010
On the occasion of his final visit as PSO Composer of the Year, Richard Danielpour talks about "Rocking the Cradle," his orchestral response to the sacrifice of war. He talks about his inspiration, the individual movements, his use of Tibetan bowls in the percussion, and his amazement at Manfred Honeck's intuitive understanding of this work.

Valentina Lisitsa - 04/28/2010
The Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa made her PSO debut on short notice in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2. Jim Cunningham asks her about the composer's second, third and "fifth" concertos, secrets for playing Rachmaninoff well, "pop" versions of his themes, her home in North Carolina and her (jokingly) claimed identity as a "redneck" pianist.

Yefim Bronfman - 04/16/2010
Pianist Yefim Bronfman talks about his hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3, the composer as futurist, how he might have played his concertos, Mozart's influence on Beethoven, Bronfman's appearance on "Iron Chef," his teachers, favorite recent movies, stage fright, and more.

Juraj Valcuha - 04/15/2010
Guest Conductor Juraj Valcuha leads the PSO's first performances of Zemlinsky's The Mermaid. Valcuha talks about aspects of the music relating to Zemlinsky's love life. The Slovakian maestro also talks about his fondness for the cimbalom and early 20th century music, gives an update on his career, and compares Beethoven's Piano Concertos.

Stephen Hough - 04/09/2010
The English pianist makes his long-overdue debut with the PSO in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #2. He talks about the composer's concertos, and his understanding of the latest evidence surrounding Tchaikovsky's death. He also talks about his blog, and topics from Catholicism to practice tips.

Yan Pascal Tortelier - 03/19/2010
Guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier talks about Berlioz' Harold in Italy, based on the literary character by Lord Byron and featuring the viola as "Harold," and about Holst's The Planets, which Tortelier learned during his father's career in England. Tortelier also mentions his new relationship with Brazil's Sao Paulo State Orchestra.

Benjamin Hochman - 03/11/2010
Pianist Benjamin Hochman talks about Mozart's lesser-played Concerto #19, Mozart's cadenzas, developing his Mozart style, his influences such as pianist Edwin Fischer, his studies in Israel,

Jonathan Biss - 03/05/2010
Pianist Jonathan Biss talks about Brahms' second piano concerto; the love triangle involving Brahms and Clara & Robert Schumann, recording 'live' at Wigmore Hall in London, touring, appearing with the Concertgebouw and Cleveland orchestras; and his parents, violinist Miriam Fried and violist Paul Biss.

Gianandrea Noseda - 03/04/2010
Noseda conducts a Liszt transcription, a personal favorite Haydn Symphony, and Brahms' Piano Concerto #2 with Jonathan Biss in week 1. On the menu for week 2: Rossini, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, and he'll roll up his sleeves to cook with his friend, celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich, on WQED-HD.

Gregg Baker - 02/20/2010
Baritone Gregg Baker, who sang Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Asia with the Pittsburgh Symphony last year, returns to portray three great black baseball pioneers in Richard Danielpour's Pastime with Leonard Slatkin conducting. Baker also talks about Danielpour's 2005 opera, Margaret Garner, in which he created the role of Robert.

Leonard Slatkin & Mason Bates - 02/19/2010
Leonard Slatkin and composer Mason Bates talk us through an American Voyage in music, including Bates' Liquid Interface for orchestra and electronics, Bernstein's Three Dances from On the Town, Gershwin's An American in Paris, and Richard Danielpour's Pastime, a tribute to three black baseball heroes.

Anne-Sophie Mutter - 02/05/2010
The legendary violinist teams up with Manfred Honeck and the PSO for concerts at Heinz Hall and on tour. She talks about the orchestra, her recordings, Andre Previn, Brahms, Joachim, motherhood, New York attractions, von Karajan, and more.

Emanuel Ax - 01/22/2010
Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax returns to Heinz Hall in Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Ax talks about Beethoven's genius, the future of New York classical radio station WQXR, his work with Yo-Yo Ma, and more.

Beethoven's Deafness - 01/21/2010
What did Beethoven hear as his deafness progressed? What caused his hearing loss, and how did he overcome it? Dr. Catherine Palmer from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center explores these questions with QED's Jim Cunningham.


John Lithgow - 12/03/2009
Actor John Lithgow talks about Mozart's Requiem, as he narrates a recreation of Mozart's funeral mass with the PSO. He also talks about his books and songs for kids, the TV series Dexter and Third Rock, his Broadway roles, and more.

Sa Chen - 11/25/2009
The Chinese-born pianist talks about Sichuan food, Tchaikovsky and his Concerto #1, her first American Thanksgiving, her career development, Germany, and meeting Van Cliburn as a medalist at his namesake competition.

Chee-Yun - 11/06/2009
South Korean violinist Chee-Yun talks about working with conductor Marek Janowski, the special qualities of the Mendelssohn E Minor concerto, and about her recent guest appearance on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Jean-Yves Thibaudet - 10/30/2009
The French piano soloist talks about the concertos of Saint-Saens, buying his trademark red socks at the Vatican, and his interest in jazz pianist Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, jazz clubs, Parisian restaurants, and Gershwin. He also mentions future Khatchaturian and Liszt projects.

Marek Janowski - 10/29/2009
Janowski talks about Halloween, Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, his recordings "in concert" with the Pittsburgh Symphony for the Pentatone label at Heinz Hall, Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto #2, and the future of the arts in Germany at a time of financial crisis.

Leonard Slatkin - Part 2 - 10/20/2009
The Pittsburgh Symphony's Principal Guest Conductor talks about making a little "symphony" of Samuel Barber's "perfect" little pieces; Copland's El Salon Mexico and dances from "Rodeo," John Williams as the 20th century's most influential composer, and getting speeding tickets in the expansive landscapes of the American West.

Richard Danielpour & Angela Brown - 10/16/2009
PSO Composer of the Year Richard Danielpour talks about "A Woman's Life, written for soprano Angela Brown and the PSO with texts by Maya Angelou. Danielpour and Brown talk about their work with each other and with Maya Angelou on this new song cycle.

Leonard Slatkin - Part 1 - 10/16/2009
The Pittsburgh Symphony's Principal Guest Conductor talks about Richard Danielpour's "A Woman's Life" and his work with the composer, the seldom-heard music of Peter Mennin, old-school Sibelius, and Slatkin's provocative blog.

Andres Cardenes - 10/01/2009
To open the PSO season, and his final year as Concertmaster, Andres Cardenes talks about Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, Poulenc's Sinfonietta, and performing for world leaders at the G20 Pittsburgh Summit.

Manfred Honeck - Part 2 - 06/09/2009
The PSO Music Director examines how Mahler devloped his monumental Symphony #2, from its origins as a tone poem to a symphony with chorus on the scale of Beethoven's Ninth. Honeck talks about Mahler's place in Viennese culture, and the philosophy behind his "Resurrection" symphony.

Manfred Honeck - Part 1 - 06/06/2009
The Pittsburgh Symphony's Music Director Manfred Honeck talks about Beethoven's Violin Concerto and soloist Frank Peter Zimmerman, Beethoven's Egmont overture and Mozart's Prague Symphony.

Yefim Bronfman - 04/30/2009
Frequent PSO guest pianist Yefim Bronfman talks about Mozart's minor-key Piano Concerto #24, his appearances with the L.A. Philharmonic and recent premiere performances.

Andres Cardenes, concertmaster - 04/24/2009
Andres Cardenes talks about his shoulder surgery, leaving the PSO after 21 seasons, the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra's farewell concert, and his future goals as a soloist, recording artist and teacher.

Leonard Slatkin - 04/17/2009
The Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Guest Conductor talks about Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3, Vocalise and Symphonic Dances, as well as his blog, family connections in Hollywood, and TV projects in Detroit.

Simon Trpceski - 04/03/2009
The Macedonian piano virtuoso makes his Pittsburgh debut in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He talks about the appeal of Rachmaninoff, the role of taste, and about Rachmaninoff's enormous hands.

Gianandrea Noseda - Part 2 - 03/31/2009
Noseda will begin the PSO's 3-week Rachmaninoff Festival. He champions the Symphony #1, whose premiere was ruined by Glazunov, and Rhapsodizes about Macedonian guest pianist Simon Trpceski. Noseda also shares his pasta sauce secrets.

Nikolaj Znaider - 03/27/2009
The Pittsburgh Symphony's guest violinist talks about recording the Korngold concerto (which he performs at Heinz Hall), about his growing involvement in conducting, and with some reservation, his private life.

Gianandrea Noseda - Part 1 - 03/26/2009
Noseda talks about his productions at the Met and his program of Viennese composers Schubert, Korngold and Webers as he conducts the first of two weekends at Heinz Hall.

Beethoven's Oboe Concerto - 03/18/2009
Pittsburgh Symphony co-principal oboist James Gorton discusses Beethoven's long-lost oboe concerto. Gorton will premiere Renate Rosenblatt's reconstruction of the slow movement with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra,

Yuja Wang - 03/06/2009
The diminutive 22 year old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang makes an impressive Pittsburgh Symphony debut in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #2 with guest conductor Hannu Lintu. She talks about her work with Charles Dutoit, the teachers she shares with Lang Lang, and what's on her iPod.

Hannu Lintu - 03/04/2009
Relatively-unknown Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut on late notice in a program of Debussy, Prokofiev and Stravinsky that was intended for maestro Charles Dutoit. Jim Cunningham meets Hannu Lintu backstage at Heinz Hall.

Jorge Federico Osorio - 02/27/2009
Noted Brahms interpreter Jorge Federico Osorio, born in Mexico and based in Chicago, talks about his career and long fascination with Brahms before his unexpected Pittsburgh Symphony debut in Brahms' Concerto #1.

Manfred Honeck on Dvorak and Brahms - 02/23/2009
The PSO's Music Director talks about the musical relationships between Dvorak, Brahms, and Schumann as he prepares Brahms' Piano Concerto #1 and Dvorak's Eighth Symphony.

Honeck on Carmina Burana - 02/19/2009
PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck gives his view of Carl Orff's spectacular masterpiece, Carmina Burana. He also talks with Jim Cunningham about Haydn's Oboe Concerto.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos - 02/06/2009
Spanish guest conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos shares insights on Ravel's Bolero and Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, which he conducts along with Beethoven's 8th Symphony in his Pittsburgh Symphony concerts.

Yan Pascal Tortelier - 01/29/2009
The PSO's former Principal Guest Conductor returns to lead his own orchestration of Ravel's Piano Trio, along with Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Sibelius' The Swan of Tuonela, and Grieg's Piano Concerto with soloist Orion Weiss.

Gabriela Montero - 01/26/2009
She played for President Obama's inauguration, then made her inaugural PSO appearance in Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Pianist Gabriela Montero may be elected a winner at the Grammy Awards for her CD of Baroque improvisations.

John Adams - 01/13/2009
Pittsburgh Symphony 2008-2009 Composer of the Year (and guest conductor) John Adams talks about his "Doctor Atomic" symphony, highlights from "Nixon in China," and "On the Transmigration of Souls," as well as his recently-published autobiography, titled "Hallelujah Junction."


Jonathan Biss - 10/31/2008
Pianist Jonathan Biss talks about performing Mozart's Piano Concerto #22, which he recently recorded with the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Marek Janowski - 10/21/2008
PSO Endowed Guest Conductor Marek Janowski leads two consecutive weekends at Heinz Hall. Topics include violinist Arabella Steinbacher (making her Pittsburgh debut), Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony, and the state of state-run radio and orchestras in Germany.

John Adams - 10/17/2008
Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Year John Adams talks with Jim Cunningham about his operas "Doctor Atomic" and "Nixon in China," his orchestral work "Slonimsky's Earbox" and more.

Derek Bermel, Wendy Walters and student composers - 10/16/2008
Composer Derek Bermel and librettist Wendy S. Walters created "The Good Life," to celebrate Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. They also advised student composers Scott Wasserman and Matthew Heap who join in the conversation with QED's Jim Cunningham.

Leonard Slatkin - 10/15/2008
PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin premieres "The Good Life," a choral work by Derek Bermel. Slatkin describes the new piece and talks about working with two living composers; John Adams is present for his "Slonimsky's Earbox." Other topics: Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, Slatkin's Detroit orchestra.

Manfred Honeck Backstage - 09/10/2008
Ted Sohier interviews Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Designate Manfred Honeck backstage during a live broadcast of the Pittsburgh Symphony on May 9, 2008. Honeck assumes his full duties at a September 19th gala at Heinz Hall.

Yan Pascal Tortelier - 06/12/2008
Tortelier talks about his French Finale with the PSO, Faure's Requiem, Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony, French music, Tortelier's own recordings, and summer road trips in France.

Garrick Ohlsson - 06/06/2008
Ohlsson talks about his Beethoven cycle on CD, reissues, great pianists of the past, Lorin Maazel, Mozart's Piano Concerto #27, and more.

Louis Langrée - 06/05/2008
Louis Langrée, Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival, talks about the festival, Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music, Shostakovich's 11th symphony, his background, and making a record with a broken arm.

Pinchas Zukerman - 05/30/2008
Conductor and violinist Pinchas Zukerman talks about his protege Benjamin Hochman, the young Israeli pianist, and the works on their all-Mozart program with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Zukerman gives some of the history of his instruments, and anticipates his 60th birthday.

Benjamin Hochman - 05/30/2008
On the eve of his PSO debut, Israeli pianist Benjamin Hochman talks about his mentors Pinchas Zukerman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, and classmates Jonathan Biss and Lang Lang. He also covers his musical interests and approach to music-making.

Principal Clarinetist Michael Rusinek - 05/12/2008
Michael Rusinek talks about Alan Fletcher's new Clarinet Concerto, inspired by Samuel Barber's music and commissioned for him by the PSO. The Canadian-born clarinetist also talks about his U.S. citizenship, and working with students in China.

Pianist Horacio Gutierrez - 05/05/2008
Pianist Horacio Gutierrez tells Jim Cunningham about his appearances with the PSO beginning in the Previn era, the appeal of Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, favorite movies, his recent recovery from gastric lymphoma, and music in Cuba.

Manfred Honeck - 05/05/2008
Manfred Honeck discusses his appearances with American orchestras featuring "Ein Heldenleben" by R. Strauss and plans for the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as his work in opera pit, Alan Fletcher's new Clarinet Concerto, and tours in Japan.

Violinist Chee-Yun - 04/28/2008
Violinist Chee-Yun talks about Mozart concertos, PSO Concertmaster Andres Cardenes, composer Krysztof Penderecki, pianist Barry Douglas, clothes shopping, and her performance at the Clinton White House.

Andrés Cárdenes - 04/23/2008
Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster and Guest Conductor Andrés Cárdenes talks about his PSO concert featuring Hindemith's Concert Music for Strings and Brass, Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony and Mozart's Violin Concerto #3 with guest soloist Chee-Yun.

Pianist Emanuel Ax - 04/04/2008
Pianist Emanuel Ax talks about his friendship with Alfred Brendel, the history of great pianists in Pittsburgh especially Byron Janis, the perfection in Chopin's music, playing Chopin in his native Poland, and about Chopin's remains.

Charles Dutoit - 04/03/2008
Charles Dutoit discusses his new post with The Philadelphia Orchestra; the ties between Debussy's "Jeux" and Diaghilev's tennis-match ballet scenario; Janacek's "Sinfonietta;" and he defends the orchestration of Chopin's Piano Concerto #2.

Conductor Stephane Deneve on Ravel and Roussel - 03/13/2008
Conductor Stephane Deneve explains the title of Ravel's "Pavane pour une enfant defunte," recalls visits to Ravel's home, talks about Roussel's "Bacchus et Arianne," the recent birth of his first child, and his first hearing of the Pittsburgh Symphony in Europe.

Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen - 03/07/2008
Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen gives a detailed preview Andre Previn's brand-new concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony. She talks about Previn's PSO years, her teachers, her father, and her prized lavender harp.

Andre Previn's new harp concerto - 03/06/2008
Andre Previn talks about his new harp concerto for the Pittsburgh Symphony's Gretchen Van Hoesen, Copland's "Appalachian Spring," his forthcoming opera, "Brief Encounter," and his new jazz CD, "Alone."

Marin Alsop - 02/22/2008
Marin Alsop tells Jim Cunningham about her Pittsburgh Symphony program with two settings of Romeo & Juliet and a world premiere by John Corigliano.

PSO Composer of the Year John Corligliano - 01/09/2008
PSO Composer of the Year John Corligliano talks about Francois Girard's film "The Red Violin," his score for that movie and how it became the "Red Violin" concerto.


PSO Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda - 11/21/2007
PSO Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda explains what three works by Respighi, Prokofiev and Stravinsky have in common on his Nov. 23 & 25 concerts. He also talks about Ottorino Respighi's relationship to Fascism.

more with Gianandrea Noseda - 11/21/2007
Gianandrea Noseda talks about Stravinsky's Firebird, and Yefim Bronman, soloist in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3 on the Nov. 23 & 25 concerts. Noseda also speaks about successes at the Met and with his BBC Philharmonic.

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos - 10/11/2007
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos recalls his first Beethoven Fifth as leader of a Spanish military band, and talks about Wagner excerpts, Ravel and Debussy suites with chorus, the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and the rebirth of Bilbao, Spain.

Marvin Hamlisch - 10/03/2007
PSO Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about "Broadway Hear and Now," the PNC Pittsburgh Symphony Pops' 2007-2008 season opener. Hamlisch also talks about upcoming Broadway shows, revivals, gossip, and his recent weight loss.

Music Director Designate Manfred Honeck - 09/14/2007
Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Designate Manfred Honeck talks with Jim Cunningham before making a cameo appearance with the orchestra at a special season preview concert on September 7th.

James DePreist on Marian Anderson - 05/18/2007
Philadelphia native James DePreist remembers his aunt, Marian Anderson, the legendary contralto and civil rights icon. DePreist is Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Julliard School. Interviewer: Jim Cunningham.

Garrick Ohlsson on Rachmaninoff - 05/11/2007
He played "It" at his previous Heinz Hall appearance. Garrick Ohlsson tells Jim Cunningham what "It" is, and talks about Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3, the 1996 movie "Shine," and the composer's own recordings.

Lynn Harrell - 04/17/2007
The renowned cellist explains why he jokes around with Haydn's Concerto in C. Harrell also talks about legendary musicians such as Mstislav Rostropovich and George Szell.

Kunzel on Williams - 02/26/2007
Pittsburgh Symphony Pops guest conductor Erich Kunzel talks with Anna Singer about the music of John Williams. Kunzel conducted a 75th birthday tribute to the legendary Hollywood composer.

Pianist Emanuel Ax & Jahja Ling - 02/07/2007
Pianist Emanuel Ax and guest conductor Jahja Ling joined forces with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Brahms Piano Concerto #1 at Heinz Hall, February 9th -11th, 2007 at Heinz Hall. Stephen Baum began a backstage discussion between soloist and conductor.

Guest Conductor Arild Remmereit - 01/31/2007
When guest conductor Arild Remmereit made his Pittsburgh Symphony debut in 2005 on one week's notice, the New York Times called Remmereit “the hottest conductor you've never heard of.” He'd just covered for Christoph von Dohnanyi at La Scala and for Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. In February, 2007, the Norwegian Remmereit conducted Hummel's Trumpet concerto, Peer Gynt by Grieg, and Carl Nielsen's first Symphony.

Press Conference - 01/24/2007
Manfred Honeck has been appointed as the Pittsburgh Symphony's next Music Director, beginning with the 2008-2009 season. Orchestra personnel react to the appointment at a press conference.

Christopher Theofanidis Interview - 01/18/2007
Christopher Theofanidis is the Pittsburgh Symphony's 2006-2007 Composer of the Year. In January, 2007, he was on hand for performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra of his “Visions and Miracles.” He answered Stephen Baum's questions, beginning with the most common one. How do you pronounce your name?

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