Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.
Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.
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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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.
Dan Griffin, Chair of the Regional Asset District Board and a board member since 1998, describes the many events of Radical Days running through October 14th. He tells Jim Cunningham how to get a RAD grant and explains the history of the program. He also explains the top 3 changes you should make in your life to live longer and healthier. Dan is currently the President of Griffin-Spence, specializing in Energy and Development projects. He has worked in the health and fitness field since 1979 as the General Manager of the Oxford Athletic Club until its sale in 2017. Dan Griffin was also the founder and president of the Downtown Athletic Club of Pittsburgh from 1995 until mid 2009. He served as an instructor at the first Nautilus equipped club in the region in 1977 (Steel City Nautilus). From 1981 through 1995, he was employed by Club One as a fitness instructor, was promoted to fitness director and finally to Vice President and General Manager.
Toby Greenwalt, Director of Digital Strategy & Technology Integration at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, tells Jim Cunningham, who serves as a curator for the new Stacks program at the Carnegie Library, how the program works and how to enter a recording to be included in a digital library of area musicians. The Carnegie is looking for about ten minutes of music from each submission which will result in a $200 stipend and digital access to library users. Toby tells us about the selection process and discusses other digital initiatives of the library.
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham met Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck at Heinz Hall to discuss the 2018 Gala Concert featuring Renee Fleming.
Superstar Soprano Renee Fleming opens the season for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck on Saturday September 15th. She talked about her program for "A Voyage at Sea: A Passage to the Mediterranean" with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham. Renee remembers visiting her Grandmother in Indiana, PA; all her Western Pennsylvania family ties; her new Broadway cd; singing at the John McCain funeral; appearing to float on water in the Washington Monument reflecting pool for the PBS broadcast of "A Capitol Fourth 2018;" whether Live From the Met broadcasts to theaters hurt live ticket sales; why we don’t have classical music on The Tonight Show so much these days; and much more in her dressing room backstage at Heinz Hall on Friday afternoon.
Karla Boos, Artistic director of Quantum Theater takes Jim Cunningham on a tour of the set of “Chatterton” a production in which the audience movies through various spaces of Trinity Cathedral. Chatterton premieres on September 14th and runs through October 28th as part of the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts.
Simon Cummings and Nicole Myers from the progressive rock cello ensemble, Cello Fury, stopped by WQED-FM. They discussed topics from their yearly summer rock day camps for young string players as well as the release party for their third studio album, “X," celebrating the group’s 10th year together, at the Hard Rock Café in Station Square on September 21st.