Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen gives a detailed preview Andre Previn's brand-new concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony. She talks about Previn's PSO years, her teachers, her father, and her prized lavender harp.
Andre Previn talks about his new harp concerto for the Pittsburgh Symphony's Gretchen Van Hoesen, Copland's "Appalachian Spring," his forthcoming opera, "Brief Encounter," and his new jazz CD, "Alone."
Marin Alsop tells Jim Cunningham about her Pittsburgh Symphony program with two settings of Romeo & Juliet and a world premiere by John Corigliano.
PSO Composer of the Year John Corligliano talks about Francois Girard's film "The Red Violin," his score for that movie and how it became the "Red Violin" concerto.
PSO Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda explains what three works by Respighi, Prokofiev and Stravinsky have in common on his Nov. 23 & 25 concerts. He also talks about Ottorino Respighi's relationship to Fascism.
Gianandrea Noseda talks about Stravinsky's Firebird, and Yefim Bronman, soloist in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3 on the Nov. 23 & 25 concerts. Noseda also speaks about successes at the Met and with his BBC Philharmonic.
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos recalls his first Beethoven Fifth as leader of a Spanish military band, and talks about Wagner excerpts, Ravel and Debussy suites with chorus, the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and the rebirth of Bilbao, Spain.
PSO Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about "Broadway Hear and Now," the PNC Pittsburgh Symphony Pops' 2007-2008 season opener. Hamlisch also talks about upcoming Broadway shows, revivals, gossip, and his recent weight loss.
Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Designate Manfred Honeck talks with Jim Cunningham before making a cameo appearance with the orchestra at a special season preview concert on September 7th.
Philadelphia native James DePreist remembers his aunt, Marian Anderson, the legendary contralto and civil rights icon. DePreist is Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Julliard School. Interviewer: Jim Cunningham.