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.
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.
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.
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.
Ohlsson talks about his Beethoven cycle on CD, reissues, great pianists of the past, Lorin Maazel, Mozart's Piano Concerto #27, and more.
Louis Langrée, Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival, talks about the festival, Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music, Shostakovich's 11th symphony, his background, and making a record with a broken arm.
Conductor and violinist Pinchas Zukerman talks about his protege Benjamin Hochman, the young Israeli pianist, and the works on their all-Mozart program with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Zukerman gives some of the history of his instruments, and anticipates his 60th birthday.
On the eve of his PSO debut, Israeli pianist Benjamin Hochman talks about his mentors Pinchas Zukerman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, and classmates Jonathan Biss and Lang Lang. He also covers his musical interests and approach to music-making.
Michael Rusinek talks about Alan Fletcher's new Clarinet Concerto, inspired by Samuel Barber's music and commissioned for him by the PSO. The Canadian-born clarinetist also talks about his U.S. citizenship, and working with students in China.
Pianist Horacio Gutierrez tells Jim Cunningham about his appearances with the PSO beginning in the Previn era, the appeal of Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, favorite movies, his recent recovery from gastric lymphoma, and music in Cuba.