Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.

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Voice of the Arts

Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Radio

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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Classical Crossroads

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.

Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour

Jim Cunningham reports from the PSO's domestic and international tours.

Kirby Dilworth - Oct 21, 2021

Kirby Dilworth will leave the stacks at the end of November 2021 after serving for 43 years as staff and music librarian at the Carnegie library of Pittsburgh main branch in the second floor music department. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, Kirby considers the changes for libraries in the last half century and the continued relevance of the treasure found at Andrew Carnegie’s jewel in Oakland. Kirby has the story of several prominent guests who needed information from the library. Kirby Dilworth arrived with a degree from the University of Michigan and began a long singing career with the Bellefield Singers in Pittsburgh. 

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater - Diana Yohe and Susan Jaffe - Oct 20, 2021

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater presents their season premiere at the Benedum Center October 22-24 with the PBT Orchestra conducted by Charles Barker. Artistic Director Susan Jaffe, in her first in theater extravaganza, joins company star Diana Yohe who is alone onstage when the curtain goes up. The dancers will present new and old with Jennifer Archibald and Helen Pickett, "Diamonds" from George Balanchine, hip hop, a Grand pas clasique set to music by Auber, there's Philip Glass to dance to, tutus and modernist moves all in an evening. Diana and Susan give the strongest possible case for why you should be in the theater but there is an online option for ticket holders who can't appear in person. They also reflect on Mick Jagger's moves in his recent visit to Pittsburgh and his American Ballet Theater muse Melanie Hamrick in this conversation recorded October 18th by Zoom from the Ballet headquarters in the Strip District.

Lucas Richman - Oct 20, 2021

Award-winning conductor and composer Lucas Richman talks with Katie Brill about his recent compositions, which include pieces about climate change in the Gulf of Maine, homelessness, gun violence, and a concerto called "A Meal with Luciana and Mario". Lucas has worked with orchestras for the past 40 years, and he is currently Music Director of the Bangor Symphony in Maine. He was Assistant and Resident Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2004 and has continued to be a great friend of the Pittsburgh community.

Michael Warren & Lee Saville-Iksic - Pittsburgh Youth Chorus - Oct 20, 2021

The Pittsburgh Youth Chorus's 2021-2022 season began in September with in-person masked rehearsals, sliding scale tuition, and the new BIPOC artist-in-residence program. Katie Brill talks with artist-in-residence Michael Warren and the PYC's Executive Director, Lee Saville-Iksic, about how the residency is going and the PYC's upcoming performances.

Performance in Pittsburgh - October 15, 2021 - Oct 19, 2021

Enjoy a sampling from Robert Langevin's new CD "La Belle Epoque."  Plus, hear selections from local tenor Timothy Stoddard.  

Lance Jones - "Stories from the Igloo" - Oct 18, 2021

"Stories From the Igloo: Pittsburgh's Civic Arena" is the new book chronicling the many amazing events at the now gone former home of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Civic Light Opera. Lance Jones joins Jim Cunningham to discuss his contribution of two chapters and tackles the question of how often the roof opened and what made it such a challenge. Along with 11 visits of Bruce Springsteen and a puzzled visit by Kenny Loggins when he noticed folks had their arms folded on their snack and drink tables or Bob Dylan observing that his fans "were eating cheese" at their tables in the Civic Arena, Lance has additional gossip dished by Tinsy Labrie, the former head of PR for the Pittsburgh Symphony. The book is published by History Press and available now with contributions from Chirs Fletcher former topper at Pittsburgh Magazine and the Association of Gentlemen of Pittsburgh Journalists.  Lance Jones recently retired from his job as Account Representative at WQED having spent years in Pittsburgh in various management roles for Live Nation (and its predecessors) including general manager of Star Lake Amphitheater.