Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.
Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.
A complete two hour concert hosted by Jim Cunningham. Listen for interviews and features, historic recordings and the latest weekly concerts from Heinz Hall.
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Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. As Duke Ellington said "There are only two types of music: good music and the other stuff." Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.
The Diamante Trio and Soprano Lilly Abreu perform a mix of Latin American music and Holiday favorites as part of the concert series at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny Street, Tarentum, on Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 P.M. Gary Lenigan talks to Dave Rankin (Central Presbyterian Church) and clarinetist Mary Beth Malek.
Jim Cunningham interviews the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest violinist playing the Korngold Concerto.
Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier runs through the latest Pittsburgh concert with Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, the Korngold Concerto with Simone Lansma in her Heinz Hall debut and the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances. He loves Iceland and his work there, describing the hall as a landmark gem. He reiterates his affection for Pittsburgh and the Orchestra along with sharing memories of his famous father cellist Paul Tortelier and the amazing BBC broadcast box set of his Dad’s work which he plans on giving as a holiday gift. Holiday memories of Christmas in France too in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.
Conductors Brian Worsdale and Andrew Wickesberg join Jim Cunningham to discuss their Sunday December 9th free concert at Carnegie Music Hall with Holst ‘ The Planets and Warlock’s Capriol Suite played by the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and Symphonette. Sunday December 16 at 1 pm in the PPG Wintergarden there’s more free holiday fun with the Youth Chamber Connection adding in some players from the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony.
WQED-FM's Anna Singer chats with Maria Sensi Sellner and Sandro Leal-Santiesteban about Resonance Work's "A Joyous Sound" concerts taking place Friday December 7th at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Sunday December 9th at Third Presbyterian Church.
Manfred Honeck shares his thoughts about the Tree of Life Concert for Peace and Unity on the afternoon after the event and looks ahead to Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War, Mozart’s Paris Symphony, and Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand. Plus a Honeck family Christmas in Nenzing Vorarlberg Austria in this conversation with Jim Cunningham recorded in the Maestro’s Suite on the Fifth Floor at Heinz Hall.