Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.

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PSO Guest Conductor Matthew Halls - Jan 19, 2017

British born conductor and Music Director of the Oregon Bach Festival Matthew Halls makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut in a special subscriber concert with the East Coast premiere of the Symphony No. 4 by James Macmillan, the Samuel  Barber Violin Concerto with Simone Porter in her Heinz Hall debut, and the Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, "Scottish." Matthew reveals his favorite English tea and how to enjoy it in the final minutes of the conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Jukka-Pekka Saraste - Jan 12, 2017

Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste returns to Heinz Hall to conduct Beethoven's 7th and Sibelius' 5th.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham chats with the conductor about this week's program as well as what American TV he is watching these days.

Manfred Honeck - Sep 15, 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the opening of the Pittsburgh Symphony season with the Moonlight Masquerade featuring Gil Shaham - September 17th. Topics include how he spent his summer vacation touring to China with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Helene Grimaud, the beautiful Tyrolean scenery in western Austria, and Austrian voting irregularities.

Andres Franco - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Mixer - Jul 19, 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Conductor Andres Franco discusses the Classical Mixer for the end of the summer season concert with the 1812 Overture, the correct tempo for the Brahms Third Symphony, sunsets at Hartwood Acres, the best coffee, composer of the year James Macmillan, concerts in Tulsa, Symphonic rappers and much more.

Giancarlo Guerrero - Jun 16, 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero talks about the program of Adams, Strauss, Prokofiev and Copland. He also talks about his position at the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and if he has a 10-gallon hat and cowboy boots!

Noah Bendix-Balgley and Manfred Honeck - Jun 16, 2016

Noah Bendix-Balgley and Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the Season Finale weekend of concerts. Noah plays a couple short excerpts from his Klezmer Concerto that he will premiere.

Martin Grubinger - May 16, 2016

Jim Cunningham talks to guest percussionist Martin Grubinger about the Hartl Percussion Concerto he is performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, along with his thoughts on joining the PSO on their European Tour.

Carolyn Friedrich - May 16, 2016

A conversation with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Archivist Carolyn Friedrich.

Manfred Honeck - May 11, 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall, as well as the upcoming European Tour.

Daniil Trifonov - May 6, 2016

Pianist Daniil Trifonov talks about his performance this weekend with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as going on tour on the upcoming Pittsburgh Symphony European tour.