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Trio Nova Mundi - Apr 3, 2014

Pittsburgh's Trio Nova Mundi performs music by mostly American composers in its local debut. Founded at Rice University by violinist Maureen Conlon Gutierrez, the trio recently toured Africa and will perform April 6th at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside. Gutierrez, pianist Becky Billock and cellist Elisa Kohanski talk about the program for their upcoming concert.

Kathleen George on "The Johnstown Girls" - Apr 2, 2014

University of Pittsburgh Professor of Theater and Writing, Kathleen George, talks about her new book "The Johnstown Girls."

Pittsburgh Klezmer Festival - Mar 18, 2014

Brave Old World director Alan Bern joins PSO concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley & clarinetist Susanne Ortner-Roberts for a night of virtuoso klezmer at Rodef Shalom on Thu. 3/20. They talk about their ties to this music and to one another,

Patricia Prattis Jennings - Mar 17, 2014

Pianist and writer Patricia Prattis Jennings spent more than 40 years with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, serving as Principal Keyboard Artist. She was the first African-American woman to join the PSO, and she edited the periodical "Symphonium," about and for African-American symphony members, as a sideline. Ms. Jennings has published an anthology of essays about the changes she has witnessed titled "In One Era and Out the Other," and she shares a few insights with QED's Jim Cunningham.

Julia Adam on "Ketubah" - Mar 13, 2014

Canadian-born Julia Adam celebrates her Jewish roots in "Ketubah" (The Wedding Contract), a ballet set to klezmer music. Pittsburgh Ballet Theater performs Ketubah as part of its "3x3" program at the August Wilson Center through March 16th.

Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary - Guy Russo Interview - Mar 3, 2014

Jim Cunningham interviews Guy Russo about the 75th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Savoyards, along with their upcoming production of "Utopia Limited."

Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary - Michael Greenstein Interview - Mar 3, 2014

Jim Cunningham interviews Michael Greenstein about the 75th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Savoyards and their upcoming production of "Utopia Limited."

Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary - Rob Hockenberry Interview - Mar 3, 2014

Jim Cunningham interviews Rob Hockenberry about the Pittsburgh Savoyards 75th Anniversary and their upcoming production of "Utopia Limited."

Opera Director George Cederquist - Feb 26, 2014

George Cederquist directs "Paul's Case" for Pittsburgh Opera's Second Stage Project. The first-year Resident Artist, who also directed the recent "Dark Sisters", gives his view on design (minimalist) and identifies the key dramatic elements of Paul's Case. Cederquist also talks about the changes he was able to negotiate with composer Gregory Spears for what is only the second new production of this recent opera.

Attack Theatre - The Soldier's Tale - Feb 24, 2014

Attack Theatre joins with Pittsburgh Symphony musicians for The Soldiers Tale in a dance theater version of Stravinsky's 1918 Faustian fable, and invites Chatham Baroque to go electric in an original work scored by Dave Eggar. Co-Artistic Director Michele de la Reza shares details.