Voice of the Arts
A Pittsburgh native and alumna of Dayton Contemporary Dance Co., Greer Reed-Jones became Artistic Director of Dance Alloy in summer '09. As she prepares her first main stage concert with the Alloy, she talks about her vision for the company, the program "Alloy Unlocked," and meeting her husband, jazz trumpet sensation Sean Jones.
Artistic Director Karla Boos and conductor Andres Cladera talk about staging Bernstein's Candide at the former Don Allen Auto City, the work's interesting history, and unique mix of farce and beauty. The leads sing, "You Were Dead, You Know."
City Theatre Artistic Director Tracy Brigden directs Jeffrey Hatcher's "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," in which four actors play Hyde. Steubenville native Hatcher is a City Theater favorite [Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Muderers].
Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas previews his company's season of eight productions, starting with "Ella" and including Pappas' own production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba, tells Jim Cunningham about Chatham Baroque's current concerts of English and Italian sonatas with guest violinist Dana Maiben, Friday's "Wandering Minstrels" event, and the group's recording plans.
Artistic Director Karla Boos talks about staging Naomi Iizuka’s "36 Views" outdoors at Washington's Landing along the Allegheny River. The multifaceted play involves art forgery, intrigue, romance, and mystery. It starts with the discovery of an ancient Japanese pillow book whose existence could shake the field of Asian antiquities to its core -- If it's genuine.
Retired Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Eugene Phillips previews his upcoming concert of Haydn, Schoenberg, and Schubert with violinist Roger Zahab, violist Paul Silver, and cellists Lauren and Hampton Mallory on June 20. Free admission. See the QED Cultural Calendar for details.
Hamlisch conducts a tribute to Motown and hits of the '50s and '60s, as the PSO Pops marks Hamlisch's 65th birthday. He talks about "Every Little Step," a behind-the-scenes documentary on the revival of "A Chorus Line," and Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant," his first original film score since 1996.
La Pocha Nostra performs controversial and politically-charged art. They have staged their own crucifixions, posed as undiscovered New World tribesmen, and now present "Corpo Illicito," a work on the "criminalization of the brown body."
Pittsburgh Filmmakers presents a documentary about a Massachussetts Latino convert to Islam who moved to Pittsburgh's North Side to establish a Muslim community. "New Muslim Cool" has been selected to begin the new season of POV on PBS. Screenings at the Melwood Screening Room on May 28 & 29