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Peter Sullivan - Extraordinary Measures - Sep 2, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony principal trombone Peter Sullivan discusses his upcoming Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, his teaching at CMU and the Cleveland Institute of Music, the curry he is cooking in his kitchen, and surviving the pandemic.  He also remembers working with Mariss Jansons and he introduces the Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 which he recorded with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. 

Lorien Benet Hart - Sunday Night Live Concerts - Aug 25, 2020

A conversation with Pittsburgh Symphony Violinist Lorien Benet Hart about the Sunday Night Live series of mini concerts from musicians homes from Facebook, the Saturday Story and questions and answers for the musicians from Instagram, the latest on 412 Food Rescue, the City Theater concerts and general observations on the pandemic music world. Talking with Jim Cunningham

Penny Anderson Brill - Aug 11, 2020

Penny Anderson Brill, a violist in the Pittsburgh Symphony, discusses the community engagement activities that she is currently planning. She explains what she hopes to accomplish with these projects as well as the importance of getting the community involved in music making.

Tatjana Mead Chamis - Extraordinary Measures - Jul 29, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Acting Principal Violist, Tatjana Mead Chamis, joined Jim Cunningham on the QED Morning Show to talk about how she has been dealing with the pandemic.  


Daniel Meyer - Christmas in July - Jul 22, 2020

Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University, Daniel Meyer will be heard this Friday night on Performance in Pittsburgh, as we celebrate "Christmas in July" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  He'll conducted the PSO in several selections on our PSO Holiday Pops broadcast Friday at 7pm.  He joined Jim Cunningham on the QED Morning Show to talk about the Holiday Pops, the Holiday Season and what he's been up to during the Covid pandemic.  

Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and William Caballero - Extraordinary Measures - Jul 15, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and Principal Horn William Caballero with an update on the summer during a pandemic. Chamber Music on the way from the North Hills, the thinking for students at CMU this fall, restaurant suggestions, Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda from the Bright Spots website of the Pittsburgh Symphony and more from the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham.

Manfred Honeck - Pandemic Update - Jul 8, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck joined WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham on the QED Morning Show (7/8/20) with an updated on how he's been dealing with the pandemic.   


Scott Bell - Pittsburgh Symphony Oboe - Jul 8, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony oboe Scott Bell retires this season after 27 years having been hired by Lorin Mazel in 1993. He remembers his work with Maestro Maazel and all the Pittsburgh Symphony Music Directors. Scott shares memories of his teacher John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra, working in Veracruz Mexico, playing serious bridge, cooking up a storm and teaching for Juilliard in Tianjin, China with much more in this conversation with Jim Cunningham  

Jennifer Steele - Extraordinary Measures - Jul 1, 2020

Jennifer Steele, Pittsburgh Symphony Flute, joined Anna Singer on the QED Morning Show to talk about being stuck at home during the Covid crisis and much more.  

Jeffrey Grubbs - Extraordinary Measures - Jun 17, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony bass Jeffrey Grubbs talks about his front porch concerts in Highland Park with his wife Tania Grubbs, introduces Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, remembers playing Shostakovich Fifth in Bucharest, talks about the pandemic, George Floyd protests, his Bright Spot with an original Tania Grubbs composition and Ray Brown’s Afterthoughts with the Pittsburgh Symphony in this live conversation with Jim Cunningham from the QED Morning Show on June 17th, 2020 at 8:30am.