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Itzhak Perlman - Nov 28, 2018

Itzhak Perlman talks about the Pittsburgh Symphony Tree of Life concert for Unity and Peace at Heinz Hall on November 27, 2018, one month after the deaths at the Synagogue in Pittsburgh. He talks with Jim Cunningham about the music he recorded for the film Schindler’s list, working with John Williams, the Pittsburgh Symphony, his PBS American Masters special, and finding peace in out time.

Manfred Honeck - Thanksgiving weekend concerts - Nov 21, 2018

Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck visits the QED Morning Show to tell Jim Cunningham about his concerts November 23 and 25 with Johann Strauss favorites and Cynthia Koledo de Almeida playing the Mozart Oboe Concerto along with George Li playing the Rachmaninoff Paganini Variations. Maestro Honeck discusses how the concerts he conducted with the New York Philharmonic went last week and the plan for the Concert of Peace and Unity on Tuesday November 27 honoring the Tree of Life Synagogue victims.

Guest Conductor John Storgards - Nov 2, 2018

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest conductor John Storgards is interviews by WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham at the Friends of the Symphony event at Heinz Hall on November 1st, 2018.  Maestro Sorgaards talks about this weekend's program; his extensive catalog of recordings; and whether he enjoys a nice sauna.

 

 

Pablo Heras-Casado - Oct 25, 2018

Pablo Heras-Casado makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut with an all Russian program bringing together the Rimsky-Korsakoff Capriccio Espagnol, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Maximilian Hornung, and the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dreams." He speaks about some of recent recordings and suggests what you should do when you visit his home town of Granada while praising Pittsburgh with it’s magnificent orchestra, Fallingwater, and the Andy Warhol Museum.

Maximilian Hornung - Oct 25, 2018

Cellist Maximilian Hornung returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony to play Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 on October 26th and 28th, 2018.  He shares his thoughts about the music and remembers his home town of Augsburg, Germany. He lives in Munich now so there is a discussion of Oktoberfest and beer.

Day of Music 2018 - Oct 23, 2018

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Piccolo Rhian Kenny violinist Lorien Benet Hart and cellist Michael DeBruyn starting the Day of Music at WQED-FM at 8:30 playing the Haydn Trio No 1 in C from the London Trios. The Musicians Third Annual Day of Music began before dawn at 89.3FM

Jennifer Johnson Cano - Oct 5, 2018

Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano returns to Pittsburgh October 5 and 7 2018 to sing the Jeremiah Symphony No 1 by Leonard Bernstein which she recently recorded with the Baltimore Symphony. She describes the beauty of the music and the dramatic premiere in Pittsburgh in 1944 with Bernstein conducting his own music a the Syria Mosque. She also fills us in on the role she will sing this season at the Metropolitan Opera, Meg Page in Falstaff in March 2019. She returns at the end of the season to sing Beethoven’s Ninth with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Andres Franco - Radical Days - Oct 5, 2018

Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Conductor Andres Franco leads a free Regional Asset District Radical Days  concert opening with the Barber School for Scandal Overture Tuesday October 9 2018 at 7:30 at Heinz Hall with the Duquesne University Young Artists Competition playing the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto plus Dvorak’s American Suite and Bernstein’s Candide Overture. All the latest from the Music Director  of the Tulsa Signature Symphony who knows rich coffee flavor when he experiences it having been born in Colombia.   

Live Broadcast Backstage Interviews - 9/28/18 - Oct 3, 2018

It’s intermission time at Heinz Hall on opening night  with a live WQED-FM broadcast and guest violinist Pinchas Zuckerman heard in the Bruch g minor Concerto and just after he played Happy Birthday for Manfred Honeck, the Music Director speaks as does composer Mason Bates with a first reaction to the world premiere of Resurrexit his new commission, the President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Melia Tourangeau has a few opening night observations and chooses some don’t miss concerts.

Manfred Honeck - Bernstein - Oct 2, 2018

Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck recaps opening weekend and looks forward to the celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary and the premiere of the Jeremiah Symphony No 1 in 1944 at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh. The debut concert will be presented at Heinz Hall Friday October 5 and Sunday October 7th with soloist Jennifer Johnson Cano, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No 3 , Haydn’s 88th Symphony and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Maestro Honeck remembers his conversation with Leonard Bernstein when as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic  viola section he asked for Bernstein’s advice about his conducting career.     

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