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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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.

Beo Quartet - Mar 22, 2018

The Beo Quartet makes their debut at Rodef Shalom Temple Monday March 26 at 8:00pm in a Free concert with the  Beethoven "Harp" Quartet and Shostakovich Quartet No 10.  The quartet of Jason Neukom, Sean Neukom, Sandro Leal-Santiesteban and Ryan Ash join with Roy Sonne to roll out the plans.  

Fred Rogers - 1994 Interview - Mar 22, 2018

Jim Cunningham speaks with the host of Mr Rogers neighborhood Fred Rogers in October of 1994 when Fred published his book You Are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor. They discussed his thinking that guided the programs and WQED history.  At the end Fred recorded a radio spot and a  series of station identification announcements with the neighbrhood regulars. 

Jennifer Higdon - Mar 16, 2018

Jennifer Higdon, former composer in residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony, talks about her work time in Pittsburgh, her Grammy win with the Viola Concerto, why her opera "Cold Mountain" has been a sold out instant hit, what she is writing now, and how Fred Rogers shaped her world view and composing philosophy.

Robert Spano - Mar 16, 2018

The Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Spano, talks about his 17 years there and his work as Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival, along with a discussion of the role of the conductor.  He also talks about his program for the Pittsburgh concert with Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and the world premiere of the Tuba Concerto by Jennifer Higdon.

Ion Sound - Mar 13, 2018

IonSound Project with flutist Peggy You, pianist Jack Kurutz, violinist laura Motchalov and cellist Elisa Kohanski talk about their free concert at Bellefield Hall March 24, 2018 7pm with two performances  from the WQED-FM studio including Faure and music for filled beer bottles and violin.

Stephen Schultz - Mar 13, 2018

Flutist and CMU faculty member Stephen Schultz with harpsichordist Jory Vinikour discuss their new recording of Bach Flute Sonatas taped in California at George Lucas Skywlker Sound. Side topics include news of the academic study of the Beatles and Jory's concert at Thiel College in Greenville Pa. 


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