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Gabriela Montero - Jan 26, 2009

She played for President Obama's inauguration, then made her inaugural PSO appearance in Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Pianist Gabriela Montero may be elected a winner at the Grammy Awards for her CD of Baroque improvisations.

John Adams - Jan 13, 2009

Pittsburgh Symphony 2008-2009 Composer of the Year (and guest conductor) John Adams talks about his "Doctor Atomic" symphony, highlights from "Nixon in China," and "On the Transmigration of Souls," as well as his recently-published autobiography, titled "Hallelujah Junction."

Jonathan Biss - Oct 31, 2008

Pianist Jonathan Biss talks about performing Mozart's Piano Concerto #22, which he recently recorded with the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Marek Janowski - Oct 21, 2008

PSO Endowed Guest Conductor Marek Janowski leads two consecutive weekends at Heinz Hall. Topics include violinist Arabella Steinbacher (making her Pittsburgh debut), Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony, and the state of state-run radio and orchestras in Germany.

John Adams - Oct 17, 2008

Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Year John Adams talks with Jim Cunningham about his operas "Doctor Atomic" and "Nixon in China," his orchestral work "Slonimsky's Earbox" and more.

Derek Bermel, Wendy Walters and student composers - Oct 16, 2008

Composer Derek Bermel and librettist Wendy S. Walters created "The Good Life," to celebrate Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. They also advised student composers Scott Wasserman and Matthew Heap who join in the conversation with QED's Jim Cunningham.

Leonard Slatkin - Oct 15, 2008

PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin premieres "The Good Life," a choral work by Derek Bermel. Slatkin describes the new piece and talks about working with two living composers; John Adams is present for his "Slonimsky's Earbox." Other topics: Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, Slatkin's Detroit orchestra.

Manfred Honeck Backstage - Sep 10, 2008

Ted Sohier interviews Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Designate Manfred Honeck backstage during a live broadcast of the Pittsburgh Symphony on May 9, 2008. Honeck assumes his full duties at a September 19th gala at Heinz Hall.

Yan Pascal Tortelier - Jun 12, 2008

Tortelier talks about his French Finale with the PSO, Faure's Requiem, Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony, French music, Tortelier's own recordings, and summer road trips in France.

Garrick Ohlsson - Jun 6, 2008

Ohlsson talks about his Beethoven cycle on CD, reissues, great pianists of the past, Lorin Maazel, Mozart's Piano Concerto #27, and more.

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