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Leonard Slatkin and Garrick Ohlsson - Apr 12, 2019

WQED-FM's sat down with both Leonard Slatkin and pianist Garrick Ohlsson about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  It's a birthday celebration for Leonard Slatkin and Garrick Ohlsson plays the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 4.  

Emmanuel Krivine - Apr 5, 2019

The Music Director of the Orchestre National de France Emmanuel Krivine makes his Heinz Hall debut April 5 2019 with Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, Boris Blacher's Paganini Variations and the Brahms Haydn Variations. He remembers his work with Lorin Maazel and how his father nearly disowned him when he discovered he was studying with Karl Bohm who had once enthusiastically supported the Nazi party. Maestro Krivine expresses hsi admiration for American Orchestras and looks forward to his first concert with the Pittsburgh as he explained to Jim Cunningham and Pittsburgh Symphony vilist Marylene Gingras Roy  who helped with smooth translation from French to English.

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.

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