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

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

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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.

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Sounds of the Three Rivers Arts Festival 2019 - Jun 14, 2019

WQED-FM's Aaron Lebovitz, Elizabeth Kauma, Joanna Li, and Lauren Clouser went to the 2019 Three Rivers Arts Festival to talk to artists and visitors about their experience with the festival.   

Chamber Music Intensive - Jun 14, 2019

The Chamber Music Intensive came to speak about their program with Anna Singer. Directors Amaury Morales and Carrie Erdely brought students, current and past, to speak about their experience with the five-day long summer camp filled with plenty of chamber music and masterclasses. For more information, visit www.pghcmic.com.

Sarah Hall - The Frick - "A Sporting Vision" - Jun 14, 2019

Frick Art Museum Curator Sarah Hall takes you on a guided tour of "A Sporting Vision: the Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art" from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art opening June 15th and running through September 8th at the Frick in Point Breeze. The work of George Stubbs, born 1724, is featured prominently with many of his detailed paintings of horses. The grand finale is Philip Reinagle’s Portrait of an Extraordinary Musical Dog. With paws on the keyboard she seems to be playing Mozart or is it God Save The Queen?

Ward Stare and Yolanda Kondonassis - Jun 14, 2019

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis  and Conductor Ward Stare spoke with Jim Cunningham about the joy of playing newly composed music, the importance of journey in music, and much more in this episode of voice of the arts. 

Chamber Music Pittsburgh - Fire & Grace & Ash - Jun 13, 2019

Thursday June 13th, 8pm at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty, violinist Edwin Huizinga who performs often with Apollo’s Fire and Tafelmusik as well as Acronym  (recently visiting Renaissance and Baroque) with mandolinist Ashley Broder and guitarist William Coulter played live in the Bayer Broadcast Center on the QED Morning Show.   Their concert is the opening event for Chamber Music Pittsburgh. They played the Bach Double Concerto which segues into the traditional folk tune Cuckoo’s Nest and the Waltz of the Little Girls, a traditional French Canadian Folk Tune

Pianist Igor Levit - Jun 13, 2019

Igor Levit makes his Heinz Hall debut Friday June 14th and Sunday June 16th 2019 with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall. He talks about hearing the orchestra when he was very young when the Pittsburgh visited Hanover, Germany where he moved from Russia at the age of 8. Now Igor is on the move having won multiple competitions and the coveted Gilmore Prize.  He suggests a YouTube video you must see which was made in Pittsburgh by composer/pianist Frederick Rzewski at Wholey’s Fishmarket. Igor Levit is a champion of Rzewski’s "The People United Will Never Be Defeated." He explains why he describes himself on his website as “Citizen. European. Pianist.” And says he’s looking forward to playing the Mozart Elvira Madigan Concerto with a conductor he admires and says he can’t wait to tour Europe with the Pittsburgh Symphony in October 2019 in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.