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Radical Days - 2020 - August Wilson Cultural Center and Frick Pittsburgh - Oct 21, 2020

Janis Burley Wilson, President and CEO of the August Wilson Cultural Center, joins Elizabeth Barker, the Executive Director of the Frick Pittsburgh, to talk about their Radical Days events and update us on what is going on at both cultural centers.  Also, Shannon Musgrave, Communications Director of The Allegheny Regional Asset District, runs down happenings in the near future. They discuss with Jim Cunningham the August Wilson Center exhibit "Like the Shapes of Clouds on Water" by Dominic Chambers, Lit Fridays, the Youth Writers Camp, the latest exhibit at the Frick, the Virtual Look Inside the Frick with behind the scenes tours and how both institutions are reacting to the social unrest in the world today.

Piano 4te - Oct 20, 2020

It's the second year for Piano 4te and their concert will take place this Sunday afternoon at 4pm with pianists Jimmy Liu, Jack Kurutz, Luis Hernandez and Uliana Khochevnikova.  Look for piano 4tey in concert on Facebook for the link to the live concert.  Jimmy and Uliana stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about the concert.  

Bassist Miles Davis - Oct 19, 2020

Professional bass player Miles Davis made the news on WHYY when he got together with his colleagues to sight-read chamber music right outside his front door in downtown Philadelphia. So far they have played pieces such as Barber's Adagio for Strings, a Brahms sextet, and a Schubert octet, following social distancing guidelines. In this interview, Miles talks about how these spontaneous chamber music sessions came to be, his visits to Pittsburgh when he was younger, and how he wound up with the same name as trumpet player Miles Davis.

Tuesday Musical Club - Nanette Kaplan Solomon - Oct 19, 2020

Tomorrow (Tuesday October 20th), Nanette Kaplan Solomon performs for the Tuesday Musical Club recital series.  It will be a virtual concert with music by Bach, Beethoven and Nancy Galbraith.  The concert takes place at 1pm and you can see it via Youtube from this link:  https://www.tuesdaymusicalclub.org/events/public/article/recital-series/3771/c15/

Pittsburgh Opera - Crystal Manich - Oct 12, 2020

October 17th through the 29th, Pittsburgh Opera presents Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" at the George R. White Opera Studio at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with the opera's stage director, Crystal Manich, about how she went about staging this opera, while having to deal with issues like social distancing.    

Pittsburgh Opera - Antony Walker - Oct 12, 2020

October 17th through the 29th, Pittsburgh Opera presents Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" at the George R. White Opera Studio at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Music Director Antony Walker about how he went about orchestrating this condensed and space limiting version of the opera.   

Pittsburgh Commission on Human Rights Creative Arts Contest - Oct 12, 2020

Legendary civil rights activist Bayard Rustin once proclaimed “We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers.” What is an angelic troublemaker and what does that quote mean to you regarding human rights?   The Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations is holding a creative arts contest and inviting all youth in ages/grades K-12th who live in or go to school in the City of Pittsburgh to come up with their own answer to that question.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Tracy Baton, Wil Tolliver Jr. and Wesley Speary about the contest.  

Pittsburgh Opera - Therese Carmack - Oct 12, 2020

October 17th through the 29th, Pittsburgh Opera presents Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" at the George R. White Opera Studio at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with the opera's "Dorabella," Therese Carmack, about the role, performing while singing with masks, and much more.  

Pittsburgh Opera - Angel Romero - Oct 12, 2020

October 17th through the 29th, Pittsburgh Opera presents Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" at the George R. White Opera Studio at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with the opera's "Ferrando," Angel Romero, about the role, performing while singing with masks, and much more.  

Stacy Albin - Pennsylvania Resources Council - Oct 9, 2020

The Pennsylvania Resources Council is hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival presented by South Yuba River Citizens League for the 6th consecutive year! This online, virtual event features a series of thought-provoking and breathtaking local, national and global short films exploring the protection and restoration of wild lands and waters, food systems, climate change, biodiversity, litter prevention, and much more. The virtual event takes place on Thursday October 15th.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with PRC's Stacy Albin about the Festival.  

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