Voice of the Arts

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Red Beans and Rice - Dec 11, 2018

WQED’s Rick Sebak joins pianist Tom Roberts and cartoonist Wayno playing ukulele and graphic artist Dave Klug on drums to narrate ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” in their Christmas Spectacular Saturday December 15 at the Elks lounge on the Northside with dancing and stickers. A preview with music recorded at WQED-FM and conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Mark Anderson - Pittsburgh Camerata - Holiday 2018 - Dec 11, 2018

Mark Anderson, Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Camerata has the plan for ‘ Among Angels’ Saturday night December 15 at Mount Lebanon Lutheran and Sunday afternoon 3pm  at Shadyside Presbyterian with organist Larry Allen , two harps and Fox Chapel singers. Mark introduces recordings from last year’s holiday concert.

Central Presbyterian Church - Diamante Trio - Dec 7, 2018

The Diamante Trio and Soprano Lilly Abreu perform a mix of Latin American music and Holiday favorites as part of the concert series at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny Street, Tarentum, on Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 P.M.   Gary Lenigan talks to Dave Rankin (Central Presbyterian Church) and clarinetist Mary Beth Malek.  

Brian Worsdale - TRYPO - Dec 5, 2018

Conductors Brian Worsdale and Andrew Wickesberg join Jim Cunningham to discuss their Sunday December 9th free concert at Carnegie Music Hall with Holst ‘ The Planets and Warlock’s Capriol Suite played by the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and Symphonette. Sunday December 16 at 1 pm in the PPG Wintergarden there’s more free holiday fun with the Youth Chamber Connection adding in some players from the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony.

Resonance Works - A Joyous Sound Interview - Nov 30, 2018

WQED-FM's Anna Singer chats with Maria Sensi Sellner and Sandro Leal-Santiesteban about Resonance Work's "A Joyous Sound" concerts taking place Friday December 7th at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Sunday December 9th at Third Presbyterian Church.



Brian Edward - Nov 29, 2018

Brian Edward, the Burgh Vivant, presents Daina Griffith as Auntie Mame in a one night only benefit staged reading at the New Hazlett theater Sunday December 9 at 6:30pm with a cavalcade of Pittsburgh theater stars including Martin Giles, Jared Pascoe, Richard Rauh, Alan Stanford, Hope Anthony, Becki Toth, Nancy Zionts and many others. Here he discusses the Burgh Vivant tuxedo and martini and the work of the organization on behalf of the arts with Jim Cunningham.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein - Nov 21, 2018

Simone Dinnerstein discusses her recent CD "Circles," which brings together concertos by Philip Glass and Johann Sebastian Bach with the Boston based string orchestra "A Far Cry." She remembers also her Pittsburgh debut for Steinway Society at CMU.

Peter Kope of Attack Theater - Nov 21, 2018

Peter Kope of Attack Theater talks about their upcoming production - titled "In Defense of Gravity."  

Alan Stanford - PICT - "The Old Curiosity Shop" - Nov 16, 2018

Alan Stanford presents Charles Dickens "The Old Curiosity Shop" in his own adaptation in a US premiere with PICT Theater at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio November 23rd through December 15th. Alan has the story of how he did it and the scoop on the cast in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.  Which is the greatest filmed version; is there a shop; what makes it great; is the ending sad—all these questions answered and much more.

Organist Kimberly Marshall - Nov 16, 2018

Organist Kimberly Marshall makes her Pittsburgh debut for the Organ Artists Series on Friday November 16th, 7:30pm, at St Paul Cathedral. She talked about the concert and her wide ranging career on the QED Morning show with Jim Cunningham.