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Rhian Kenny, Bronwyn Banerdt, and Charlie Powers Full Interview - Aug 28, 2017

The full interview of Jim Cunningham with PSO Musicians Rhian Kenny, Bronwyn Banerdt and Charlie Powers.  Standing in front of a fountain in Wiesbaden, Germany, the musicans talk about what they are looking forward to on this tour, along with a run they are organing in September in Pittsburgh.  

Charlie Powers - Jun 16, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony cellist and former Marine Band member Charlie Powers appears as a soloist with pianist Rodrigo Ojeda in a free concert at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall June 30 with the Pittsburgh Symphony and soloists Katy Shackleton Williams and Ricky Manning. Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries turns up in the middle of a program of mostly American favorites, the Services Salute, John Williams Hymn to the Fallen and Superman March. It’s free but you should first listen to the interview and register online.

Steve Hackman - Mash Up Mix Down - Jun 13, 2017

Curtis Institute conducting star Maestro Steve Hackman discusses his Mash Up Mix Down concert Wednesday June 14 with Happy Hour at 5 and concert at 6:30pm at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony putting together the Beatles, Dvorak, Justin Timberlake, Samuel Barber, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven with Henry Purcell, Beethoven, John Legend, Vivaldi, Guns N Roses plus Mozart and the Dave Mathews Band. Time for Three is the special guest. Steve Hackman fills us in on his  return from his Boston Pops debut with four concerts. Has he taken any slings and arrows for mixing Tchaikovsky and Drake? Of course. He loves the audience and the musicians he works with in Pittsburgh.

Behzod Abduraimov - Jun 9, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest pianist Behzod Abduraimov shares his thoughts about the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 which he plays for his Heinz Hall debut. He recalls his journey from Tashkent to Kansas City where he’s lived the last ten years, what it’s like there and in his native Tashkent where he attended the same school as Yefim Bronfman. He talks about his recordings including the  Tchaikovsky with Juraj Valcuha and  a suggestion of what to try when in Tashkent—don’t miss the rice pilaf!

Manfred Honeck - Jun 1, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's performances of Mahler's 2nd Symphony.


Maximilian Hornung - May 17, 2017

Cellist Maximilian Hornung makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony in Richard Strauss Don Quixote. Born in Augsburg Germany he has played with the Bavarian Radio Symphony for four years working with Mariss Jansons.

Stephen Kostyniak - May 16, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony Associate Principal Horn Stephen Kostyniak appears for the grand finale of Music 101 at Heinz Hall in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms - Wednesday May 17th, 12:30pm playing the horn and revealing all the secrets.

Neil Sedaka - May 1, 2017

This Mother's Day Weekend, Neil Sedaka joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a concert filled with is hits!   WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to the legendary singer about his amazing career, as well as his experiences in Pittsburgh.



Manfred Honeck - Apr 27, 2017

Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts with features an all Piano Concerto concert with Rudolf Buchbinder on Friday night and a Bruckner's 8th Symphony on Sunday.  



Andres Franco - Apr 27, 2017

The Pittsburgh Symphony presents the Audience of the Future Side by Side concert with Andres France conducting Tuesday May 16 at 7 pm at Heinz Hall. Chartiers Valley High School senior Devin Moore joins Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts High School senior Jim Cunningham IV to play the Max Bruch Double Concerto in e minor for violin and viola along with Bizet: Suite from L’Arlesienne, Suite from the Firebird by Stravinsky, Jennifer Higdon’s Machine, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Hoedown from Rodeo, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and a Symphonic Dance from West Side Story by Bernstein. The student planned concert is organized with the theme of immigrants and their contribution to music. Maestro Franco will tell his story of coming to America from Colombia.  Everyone gets ice cream after the concert with the Shaler High School Jazz band in the lobby and a chance to get your picture taken with the Maestro.