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Randolph Kelly - Interview Part 2 - Sep 16, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Viola Randolph Kelly gives his farewell recital at Rodef Shalom Temple on October 29 7pm. In March he plays his final Bartok Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony. In this interview recorded September 13, 2019 with Jim Cunningham he has all the details on the recital with pianist John Novacek, Randy remembers his last get together with former Music Director Andre Previn who hired him 43 years ago,  he gives his essential advice to violists and music lovers on how to listen and shares many deeply personal thoughts and reflections.



Manfred Honeck - 2019 Gala - Sep 11, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this Saturday's Gala concert featuring Lang Lang playing the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24.  He'll also conduct music by Offenbach, Schmidt, von Suppe and more.   

Randolph Kelly - Pittsburgh Symphony Violist - Jul 23, 2019

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham recently sat down with long time Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violist Randolph Kelly to talk about his career, and his future plans, including his October 29th recital,  7:30pm at Rodef Shalom Temple.



Andres Franco - Tango! - Jul 22, 2019

Andres Franco will conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Thursday night (7/25) in a concert titled "Tango!"  The orchestra will perform works by Ginastera, Piazzola and more.  Maestro Franco stopped by the QED Morning Show with Anna Singer to tell us all about it.



Pittsburgh Symphony Associate Conductor Earl Lee - Jun 25, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Earl Lee stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the American Concert on Friday June 28th and the orchestra's performance at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch on Sunday morning (June 30th).



Pianist Jan Lisiecki - Jun 24, 2019

Pianist Jan Lisiecki talks about his new Deutsche Grammophon recording of Mendelssohn with the Orpheas Chamber Orchestra.  Speaking with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham, he also talks about making his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.



Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser - Jun 24, 2019

Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser spoke with Jim Cunningham about the American debut of "Thorgy and the Thorchestra" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In this interview, they discussed diversity in classical music, the role of humor in performance, and the impact of music on the lgbtq+ community.

Pianist Igor Levit - Jun 13, 2019

Igor Levit makes his Heinz Hall debut Friday June 14th and Sunday June 16th 2019 with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall. He talks about hearing the orchestra when he was very young when the Pittsburgh visited Hanover, Germany where he moved from Russia at the age of 8. Now Igor is on the move having won multiple competitions and the coveted Gilmore Prize.  He suggests a YouTube video you must see which was made in Pittsburgh by composer/pianist Frederick Rzewski at Wholey’s Fishmarket. Igor Levit is a champion of Rzewski’s "The People United Will Never Be Defeated." He explains why he describes himself on his website as “Citizen. European. Pianist.” And says he’s looking forward to playing the Mozart Elvira Madigan Concerto with a conductor he admires and says he can’t wait to tour Europe with the Pittsburgh Symphony in October 2019 in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Manfred Honeck - Strauss, Mozart and Joshua Bell - Jun 12, 2019

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sat down with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck to dicuss this weekend's season finale concerts featuring Strauss' "Alpine Symphony" and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with soloist Igor Levit.  He also talks about the Saturday-only concert with Joshua Bell.  

Joshua Bell - Dvorak Violin Concerto - Jun 11, 2019

Violinist Joshua Bell plays the Dvorak Violin Concerto, Dvorak’s "Song to the Moon" from the opera "Rusalka," plus Ravel’s Tzigane with Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony - one night only, June 15th, at Heinz Hall. Joshua is playing only two other American dates this summer - at Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart in August. He talks about all three pieces, his work with Marvin Hamlisch, his teacher Josef Gingold, appearing in the Amazon Prime series "Mozart in the Jungle," visiting the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, playing in the subway, and the children’s book "The Man With the Violin," plus winning the Glashutte award in Dresden this past March.