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Ray Chen - Sibelius Violin Concerto - Feb 13, 2020

Ray Chen returns to Heinz Hall to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto this weekend.  He sat down with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham to talk about the piece and the importance of classical music.  

Mary Persin - Music 101 and 2020-2021 Season - Feb 11, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Vice President of Artistic Planning, Mary Persin, stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the newly announced 2020-2021 season - the Orchestra's 125th.  She also talks about her Music 101 presentation taking place at Heinz Hall on Wednesday February 12th at 12:30pm.



Peter Boyer - Ellis Island - Jan 29, 2020

Composer Peter Boyer is in town to hear his "Ellis Island: The Dream of America" played by the Pittsburgh Symphony with conductor Andres Franco and actors from CMU. The second performance takes place January 30th at 10:30am. In this interview with Jim Cunningham, he talks about the music and the PBS Great Performances broadcast (available on Passport), plus his work with composers Elmer Bernstein and David Raksin, and his Grammy nominated "In the Cause of the Free" with the Cincinnati Orchestra.  

Ellen Chen Livingston and Rodrigo Ojeda - Celebrating the Lunar New Year - Jan 27, 2020

Pianist Rodrigo Ojeda, PSO Violinist Ellen Chen Livingston, and Garnett Livingston celebrate the Lunar New Year, January 27th, the year of the rat!   Ellen and Rodrigo introduced music by Tyzen Hsaio during a visit to the QED Morning Show,.  

Manfred Honeck - Fidelio - Jan 24, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director talks about this weekend's performances of Beethoven's "Fidelio."



Beethoven and Libraries - Jan 21, 2020

Announcing the presentation of all the Beethoven String Quartets in all the Allegheny County Libraries beginning in September to celebrate the 250th Beethoven birthday year. Marilyn Jenkins, Executive Director of the Allegheny County Library Association; Melia Tourangeau, President and CEO Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  and President and Director of the Carnegie Library, Mary Frances Cooper.

Lorien Benet Hart - Musicians of Steel - Jan 21, 2020

Enjoy a concert featuring all-Mozart with PSO Musicians on Sunday January 26th, 7pm at Beth El Congregation located on 1900 Cochran Road.  The Musicians of Steel benefits hungry people through donations to 412 Rescue and If Music Be the Food.  Lorien Benet Hart stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk more about this event.



Manfred Honeck - Bartok, Liszt and Ravel - Jan 17, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director conducts his first concert of 2020 with music of Bartok, Liszt and the always popular Ravel Bolero.  He stopped by the QED Morning Show to preview this weekend's concerts.  

Seong-Jin Cho - Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 - Jan 17, 2020

Seong-Jin Cho makes his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut with the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Franz Liszt.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sat down with the pianist to talk about the piece, working with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and much more.



Karissa Shivone & Marty Bates - PSO Discovery and Drinks - Jan 10, 2020

Enjoy a casual evening of entertainment, discovery and drinks featuring live performances by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members.  The event Kicks-off Beethoven's 250th birthday year by exploring how Beethoven revolutionized music. Performances will feature a sampling of Beethoven masterpieces while exploring surprising connections between Andy Warhol and Beethoven.  The event will be held Thursday January 16th at the Andy Warhol Museum.  Cellist Karissa Shivone and Host Marty Bates stopped by the QED Morning Show to tell us more about the event.