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. 


Did you miss a recent live broadcast? Or do you just want to hear it again? Relive recent WQED-FM live broadcasts on the Encore podcast page. Stream full length broadcasts by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and others.

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.

Jennifer Steele - Extraordinary Measures - Jul 1, 2020

Jennifer Steele, Pittsburgh Symphony Flute, joined Anna Singer on the QED Morning Show to talk about being stuck at home during the Covid crisis and much more.  

Cellist Inbal Segev - Jun 29, 2020

Cellist Inbal Segev recorded music by Lucas Richman with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Now she has a new cd on the Avie label with the London Philharmonic conducted by Marin Alsop with Anna Clyne's Dance and the Elgar Cello Concerto.  She talks about Anna Clyne and creating the new music and her work with other women composers and the great classic by Elgar.  Topics include what she is doing during the pandemic in New York, a commissioning project and much more in this interview with Jim Cunningham. 

On Air Tribute to Benno Bernt - Jun 26, 2020

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham pays tribute to former WQED and PSO Board Member Benno Bernt on the QED Morning Show - Thursday June 25, 2020, including interview clips with Benno's wife Connie.


Connie Bernt remembers her husband Benno - Jun 23, 2020

Connie Bernt remembers her husband Benno, who died June 18, 2020 following a stroke. A WQED and Pittsburgh Symphony board member, Benno was born in 1931 in Bielitz, Austria now part of Poland. He met his wife Connie as her accompanist when she sang Ave Maria at a wedding. Benno studied at CMU as a graduate business student at age 22. He later was the CFO of National Steel, President of Rayovac Battery, served in management at Whirlpool where he invented the trash compactor, Chrysler Corporation, Thomas Organ Company and he founded the Technology Transfer Office at CMU.  With Connie, he founded the "Friends of The PSO." Benno was a terrific pianist and doublebass player having studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Benno Bernt held a degree from the Technical Research and Teaching Institute of Vienna where he also earned a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Commerce in Vienna, Austria.

Jeffrey Grubbs - Extraordinary Measures - Jun 17, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony bass Jeffrey Grubbs talks about his front porch concerts in Highland Park with his wife Tania Grubbs, introduces Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, remembers playing Shostakovich Fifth in Bucharest, talks about the pandemic, George Floyd protests, his Bright Spot with an original Tania Grubbs composition and Ray Brown’s Afterthoughts with the Pittsburgh Symphony in this live conversation with Jim Cunningham from the QED Morning Show on June 17th, 2020 at 8:30am.


Ken Butler - PA Firefly Festival 2020 - Jun 9, 2020

Ken Butler Treasurer and organizer of the 8th Annual Pennsylvania Firefly Festival in Kellettville Pa describes the virtual festival this year, there’s a great T shirt, the Citizen Science Project, activities fun and educational for all ages, the challenges fireflys face, the lantern and sequential glow of fireflys, the beauty of the Allegheny National Forest at night, how to support the Firefly in its fragile natural environment, the research projects underway and much more in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.