Podcasts

@theSymphony

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. 

Encore

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.

Center Stage - Ron Samuels - Mar 3, 2021

Ron Samuels recorded music by Bela Kovacs at the center of the Heinz Hall stage to be presented as part of the Symphony on the Air series at 8:30 Monday Through Friday on the Classical QED Morning Show with support from the Spanos Group of Raymond James and the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He spoke with Jim Cunningham about Hungarian clarinet tradition and Kovacs compositions.

Ron Samuels was appointed second clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by former Music Director Mariss Jansons at the start of the 2001–02 season. He joined the faculty of Duquesne University that same year. Previously, he was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and he served as principal clarinetist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, guest principal clarinetist with both the Minnesota Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, and guest second clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra.

A native of San Francisco, Ron Samuels has enjoyed a richly varied career as a symphonic musician, chamber music and concerto soloist, and as a collegiate professor and master class clinician. He graduated from the University of Southern California where he studied with Mitchell Lurie and where he has frequently returned as a guest lecturer. Lurie had served under Fritz Reiner as clarinet in Pittsburgh and Chicago before his death in 2008.

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio - 2020-2021 Season - Program 22 - Part 1 - Mar 1, 2021

A stunning highly praised 1966 Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Ode to Joy from the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.  It’s the Pittsburgh Symphony and former Music Director William Steinberg – remastered with digital sound from Deutsche Grammophone. 

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio - 2020-2021 Season - Program 22 - Part 2 - Mar 1, 2021

A stunning highly praised 1966 Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Ode to Joy from the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.  It’s the Pittsburgh Symphony and former Music Director William Steinberg – remastered with digital sound from Deutsche Grammophone. 

Mary Persin and Jennifer Schliepper - Feb 25, 2021

Mary Persin, Vice President of Artistic Planning for the Pittsburgh Symphony with Jennifer Schliepper, Co Owner and Creative Director of Flying Scooter Productions, discuss the online series of concerts which can also be seen on Comcast On Demand, along with the 125th anniversary special presentation available with a $25 contribution. There will also be an edition created for broadcast on WQED13 of the anniversary celebration.

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio - 2020-2021 Season - Program 21 - Part 1 - Feb 24, 2021

Donald Runnicles conducts “Euphonic Blues” by Nancy Galbraith.  Stephen Hough performs the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1.  And enjoy orchestral highlights from “The Ring of the Nibelungen” by Wagner.

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio - 2020-2021 Season - Program 21 - Part 2 - Feb 24, 2021

Donald Runnicles conducts “Euphonic Blues” by Nancy Galbraith.  Stephen Hough performs the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1.  And enjoy orchestral highlights from “The Ring of the Nibelungen” by Wagner.

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