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Byron Stripling - Pittsburgh Symphony Pops - Sep 29, 2022

Pittsburgh Symphony Pops presents "The Sounds of New Orleans" September 30th through October 2nd at Heinz Hall.  Principal Conductor Byron Stripling stopped by the QED Morning Show to tell Jim Cunningham all about the concerts this weekend.  

Joan Tower Speech - PSO Live 9/23/22 - Sep 25, 2022

Composer Joan Tower introduced her piece, "A New Day" from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Concert on Friday September 23, 2022.  

Intermission Interviews - PSO Live - 9/23/22 - Sep 25, 2022

Jim Cunningham interviews cellist Alisa Weilerstein and composer Joan Tower about her piece "A New Day", plus he talks with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Melia Tourangeau about the upcoming season during the orchestra's Season Opening Concert on Friday September 23, 2022.



Honoring Mark Huggins - PSO Live - 9/23/22 - Sep 25, 2022

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Melia Tourangeau recognizes and honors Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Mark Huggins, who is retiring from the orchestra at the end of September.   From the PSO Opening Night concert on Friday September 23, 2022.



Osmo Vanska - 9/23/22 - Sep 25, 2022

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with guest conductor Osmo Vanska at the end of our live broadcast of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Season Opening Concert on Friday September 23, 2022.



Joshua Bell - Sep 16, 2022

Violinist Joshua Bell tells Jim Cunningham the Tchaikovsky Concerto never gets old having recorded it as a teenager with several re- recordings since and a previous performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck. He estimates 1000 times he’s played the Tchaikovsky and he always hears something new. Joshua thinks the classical music scene is in good shape and will never decline in spite of the pandemic and concern about audiences returning. He’s just back from a tour with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields to Brazil and other stops in South America plus visits to Italian concert halls where the vibrancy of classical music was strong. Pittsburgh and his thirty years of music making here is always a highlight he suggests in the dressing room conversation after rehearsal on Friday afternoon before the Saturday gala.

Manfred Honeck - European Tour Preview - Aug 10, 2022

Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck visited the WQED studios for a live conversation on the QED Morning show on August 10th. It was the first in-person interview during the last two years of the pandemic outside of live broadcasts at Heinz Hall. Maestro Honeck ran down the special features of the upcoming 75th Anniversary European Tour of the Orchestra and the special guests Anne Sophie Mutter, Helene Grimaud and Gautier Capucon. He says he has sailed through the pandemic but regrets that so many have suffered and that audiences for music are slowly rebounding. Maestro Honeck mentioned his summer vacation with his family in the Tirol and Tuscany, ran down the special repertoire on the tour including Ligeti's "Lontano" and his transcriptions of music by Erwin Schulhoff. Manfred Honeck thanked the tour report sponsors Thiel College, Botkin Family Wealth Management and Elliot Dinkin of Cowden Associates and promised to provide dressing room commentary whenever possible.

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