Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.

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Julian Rachlin - Mar 22, 2019

Julian Rachlin talks with the Friends of the Pittsburgh Symphony on March 21, 2019 in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Rooms at Heinz Hall.  He describes his American debut with Lorin Maazel and the Orchestra, his first recording of Sibelius for Sony at Heinz Hall and his 57 subsequent performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Julian talks about his conducting career and advice from Mariss Jansons, the Mendelssohn Concerto and much more.    

Music for Food - 2019 - Mar 20, 2019

Music For Food is a national effort started by violist Kim Kashkashian helping to feed hungry Americans. Sunday evening, March 24th, in the James Laughlin Music Center at Chatham University, four members of the Pittsburgh Symphony will be joined by pianist Francesca Tortorello in music by Charles Martin Loeffler and Benjamin Britten. Free will donations with a suggested donation of $20 will be given to the Greated Pittsburgh Community Foodbank. The musicians include Kelsey Blumenthal, violin; Deanna Badizadegan, viola; Will Chow, cello; Max Blair, oboe and Francesca Tortorello, piano. They play an excerpt from the Brittten Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings live in the WQED-FM Studio.

Pianist Lukas Vondracek - Mar 14, 2019

Pianist Lukas Vondracek makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto -Friday March 15th at 8 and Sunday March 17th at 2:30. Here he talks about Rachmaninoff, working with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory, what you should see when you visit Prague, where beer was invented, the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition where he was the winner in 2016 and much more.  The conversation took place in his dressing room at Heinz Hall with Jim Cunningham.

Manfred Honeck - Damnation of Faust - Mar 6, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck talks about "The Damnation of Faust" by Berlioz with 170 singers and four soloists and children's choir.

Ade Williams - Mar 1, 2019

Ade Williams is a Curtis Institute violinist studying with Ida Kavafian and a top prize winner at the Sphinx Competition who will play Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Conductor Andres Franco Saturday March 2 at Heinz Hall. She talks about her debut in Pittsburgh and how we can encourage more diversity on the American orchestra scene with Jim Cunningham.   

Deanna Witkowski - Mar 1, 2019

Deanna Witkowski plays music by Pittsburgh jazz legend Mary Lou Williams with the Pittsburgh Symphony Saturday evening March 2 in Lift Every Voice Celebrating Phenomenal Women at Heinz Hall. Deanna talks about her book in progress focusing on Mary Lou’s spirituality, her Pittsburgh years and family and Deanna’s jazzy Chopin and hymns cds and much more.

Jack Everly - Feb 22, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Guest Conductor Jack Everly leads "A Night at the Oscars: Hollywood Epics for Hollywood" February 22, 23 and 24 at Heinz Hall. Here he speaks with Jim Cunningham and the Friends of the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms at Heinz Hall about the program and his career as the conductor of the Capitol Fourth and Memorial Day concerts seen on PBS, the Pops scene in general, his favorite film composers, work with the Indianapolis, National Arts Center of Ottawa, Naples Florida, San Diego Symphony and National Symphony orchestras and his music making with Carol Channing and Marvin Hamlisch.

Manfred Honeck - Mozart and Tchaikovsky - Feb 13, 2019

Manfred Honeck live in the QED Morning Show studio with a look at the Mozart and Tchaikovsky program with the Pittsburgh Symphony beginning on Valentine’s Day 2019. Also his plan for next season, his Bruckner in Cologne, his holidays and what love is all about. Plus, how to have a happy marriage for four decades.

Mary Persin - Feb 12, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Vice President of Artistic Administration Mary Persin has the background on  91 year old maestro Herbert Blomstedt during our live broadcast February 8, 2019 and Mary runs down the plan for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Micah Howard - Feb 12, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony bass Micah Howard has the news from the Pittsburgh Bass Symposium Saturday March 16th from 9am to 10pm at the CMU bass Studio with world class visitors. Presenters include Max Dimoff, principal bass of the Cleveland Orchestra; Rex Surany, principal bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Cory Palmer, Carnegie Mellon graduate and principal bass of the Rochester Philharmonic; Jason Heath host of Contrabass Conversations; Jeff Mangone, principal bass of Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra; Jeffrey Turner and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra double bass section, Carnegie Mellon University double bass faculty, Micah Howard and Peter Guild, and other special guests.

The Symposium will include master classes, recitals, networking opportunities, and chances to visit with exhibitors, including Shank’s Strings, Guarneri House, Heartland String Bass Shop, Upton Bass, and Sound Spike Endpins.  All performances and classes will be in Kresge Auditorium and exhibitors will be in Alumni Concert Hall of the College of Fine Arts Building