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Pianist Lukas Vondracek - Mar 14, 2019

Pianist Lukas Vondracek makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto -Friday March 15th at 8 and Sunday March 17th at 2:30. Here he talks about Rachmaninoff, working with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory, what you should see when you visit Prague, where beer was invented, the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition where he was the winner in 2016 and much more.  The conversation took place in his dressing room at Heinz Hall with Jim Cunningham.

Manfred Honeck - Damnation of Faust - Mar 6, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck talks about "The Damnation of Faust" by Berlioz with 170 singers and four soloists and children's choir.

Ade Williams - Mar 1, 2019

Ade Williams is a Curtis Institute violinist studying with Ida Kavafian and a top prize winner at the Sphinx Competition who will play Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Conductor Andres Franco Saturday March 2 at Heinz Hall. She talks about her debut in Pittsburgh and how we can encourage more diversity on the American orchestra scene with Jim Cunningham.   

Deanna Witkowski - Mar 1, 2019

Deanna Witkowski plays music by Pittsburgh jazz legend Mary Lou Williams with the Pittsburgh Symphony Saturday evening March 2 in Lift Every Voice Celebrating Phenomenal Women at Heinz Hall. Deanna talks about her book in progress focusing on Mary Lou’s spirituality, her Pittsburgh years and family and Deanna’s jazzy Chopin and hymns cds and much more.

Jack Everly - Feb 22, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Guest Conductor Jack Everly leads "A Night at the Oscars: Hollywood Epics for Hollywood" February 22, 23 and 24 at Heinz Hall. Here he speaks with Jim Cunningham and the Friends of the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms at Heinz Hall about the program and his career as the conductor of the Capitol Fourth and Memorial Day concerts seen on PBS, the Pops scene in general, his favorite film composers, work with the Indianapolis, National Arts Center of Ottawa, Naples Florida, San Diego Symphony and National Symphony orchestras and his music making with Carol Channing and Marvin Hamlisch.

Manfred Honeck - Mozart and Tchaikovsky - Feb 13, 2019

Manfred Honeck live in the QED Morning Show studio with a look at the Mozart and Tchaikovsky program with the Pittsburgh Symphony beginning on Valentine’s Day 2019. Also his plan for next season, his Bruckner in Cologne, his holidays and what love is all about. Plus, how to have a happy marriage for four decades.

Micah Howard - Feb 12, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony bass Micah Howard has the news from the Pittsburgh Bass Symposium Saturday March 16th from 9am to 10pm at the CMU bass Studio with world class visitors. Presenters include Max Dimoff, principal bass of the Cleveland Orchestra; Rex Surany, principal bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Cory Palmer, Carnegie Mellon graduate and principal bass of the Rochester Philharmonic; Jason Heath host of Contrabass Conversations; Jeff Mangone, principal bass of Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra; Jeffrey Turner and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra double bass section, Carnegie Mellon University double bass faculty, Micah Howard and Peter Guild, and other special guests.

The Symposium will include master classes, recitals, networking opportunities, and chances to visit with exhibitors, including Shank’s Strings, Guarneri House, Heartland String Bass Shop, Upton Bass, and Sound Spike Endpins.  All performances and classes will be in Kresge Auditorium and exhibitors will be in Alumni Concert Hall of the College of Fine Arts Building

Mary Persin - Feb 12, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Vice President of Artistic Administration Mary Persin has the background on  91 year old maestro Herbert Blomstedt during our live broadcast February 8, 2019 and Mary runs down the plan for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Tatjana Mead Chamis and Jennifer Orchard - Feb 8, 2019

PSO violist Tatjana Mead Chamis and violinist Jennifer Orchard discuss their Saturday February 9th 7pm concert at Chatham University and play the Martinu Madrigal No. 1 Poco Allegro in the WQED-FM studio.

Herbert Blomstedt - Feb 7, 2019

Herbert Blomstedt,the former Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony as a guest to conduct the Beethoven Symphony No. 6, "Pastorale," and the Dvorak Symphony No 8. He sings all the bird calls to suggest his ideas and tells Jim Cunningham he was interested in the Pittsburgh post after Andre Previn left, but there was still too much grit from the smoky city era. San Francisco had the water not far away and even the vagrants greeted him warmly. After 90 years what wisdom can he share? That’s at the end.

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