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Alan Newcombe & Anja Rittmoeller - Nov 20, 2020

Alan Newcombe is a pianist and producer for Deutsche Grammophone Hamburg joined by Anja Rittmoeller, VP of Catalog Development and Project manager for DG. They explain how the Beethoven Nine Symphonies with William Steinberg recorded for the Command label in the 1960's were reissued in 2020 for the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven's birth celebration. Alan tells us what makes these recording special, about Steinberg and his influences of Toscanini and Klemperor, and what impressed him about the Pittsburgh Symphony. They also discuss if classical music fans are listening more during the pandemic and what sort of reviews the reissued set has been getting.

Kevin McMahon - Pittsburgh Cultural Trust - Nov 20, 2020

Kevin McMahon, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, fills us in on the pandemic year First Night Celebration, the Harris Theater films and efforts of the Cultural Trust to maintain viability during the pandemic with the challenge of very few people in the city and most cultural events canceled. Kevin reflects on the future of the plan to add a commercial first run theater downtown. Kevin also remembers his years at the Kennedy Center as Executive Vice President where he attended and worked on the Kennedy Center Honors, met Bob Dylan, and was a regular at the White House. He suggests a few Washington DC musts for visitors.

Kristen Linfante - Chamber Music Pittsburgh - Nov 19, 2020

Kristen Linfante, Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh, talks about the season with all new concerts produced for Pittsburgh available on DVD or with on demand video and audio. The season includes, the Dover and Escher Quartets, Tai Murray, Karim Sulayman and Dawn Upshaw.



Documentary Filmmaker Jennifer Lin - Nov 19, 2020

Duquesne University grad and former Pittsburgh Post Gazette writer Jennifer Lin is the Co Director of Beethoven in Beijing a new documentary about the Philadelphia Orchestra visit to Beijing with the diplomacy of Henry Kissinger and President Nixon in 1973 and the more recent 2016 return with the Philadelphia and Yannick Netzet Seguin. The explosion of interest in classical music in China with composer Tan Dun and Lang Lang , how classical music bridges gaps of cultural understanding and trade wars are covered in the documentary. The film will be seen on PBS Great Performances in the spring of 2021. Included in the November Pittsburgh Film Festival available virtually through November 22.

Zoe Sorrell - Nov 17, 2020

Flutist and Chatham University faculty member, CMU grad, Zoe Sorrell presents American Awakening Friday November 20 at 4pm on the Chatham University YouTube channel. It's all-American music from Katherine Hoover (whose flute Zoe plays the concert on). Ruth Crawford Seeger, Valerie Coleman ,Margarete Zelenaia whose Solitude seems just right for the pandemic mood and at the end The Pied Piper of Harlem from Adolphus Hailstork. She speaks about the current awakening of music by women and African American composers  and tells Jim Cunningham what she covers when she teaches ethnomusicology at Westminster College, what she recommends for reading during the Covid crisis, her favorites from finishing a degree in literature at Oberlin and why we always need a few more flutists.

Pittsburgh Symphony Radio - 2020-2021 Season - Program 7 - Part 1 - Nov 17, 2020

It was composed for the Good Friday Vespers in Leipzig in 1724.  Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts the Orchestra, guest soloists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in a theatrical performance of Bach’s St. John Passion.