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Gerard Schwarz - Feb 19, 2014

Conductor Gerard Schwarz leads the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs on Feb. 20. The Seattle Symphony Conductor Laureate talks about his audacious All-Star Orchestra in which top players, including PSO principals, come together for intense, unrehearsed performances before a large array of HD cameras for PBS. He also speaks about his commitments to American music, and music education for all.

Soprano Renee Fleming - Feb 18, 2014

Superstar soprano and Indiana, PA native Renee Fleming sings in Pittsburgh, fresh from her Super Bowl performance and the Met. Her recital on Feb. 18 at Carnegie Music Hall will feature some of the "Guilty Pleasures" from her CD of that title, ranging from Mozart & Handel to Rodgers & Hammerstein. In this interview recorded on Valentine's Day (her birthday) she talks about the opera "Bel Canto" based on the novel by her friend Ann Patchett, her PA roots, the Super Bowl, Chicago's Second City, her roles in the next Met Opera season, and more.

Beethoven on the Bluff - Feb 14, 2014

David Allen Wehr talks about Beethoven's Op. 30 violin sonatas and third cello sonata. Guests Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; and Anne Martindale Williams, cello, join pianist and series director David Allen Wehr in Beethoven on the Bluff's season one finale on Feb. 16 at Duquesne University's PNC Recital Hall.

Ballet Conductor Charles Barker - Feb 13, 2014

PBT Music Director Charles Barker talks about Swan Lake, performing and touring as Principal Conductor with American Ballet Theater, Olympic figure skating champion John Curry's role in his career, and the time they turned the Metropolitan Opera stage into a skating rink.

Amanda Cochrane in "Swan Lake" - Feb 12, 2014

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Soloist Amanda Cochrane talks about her upcoming dual-role debut as Odette & Odile in Swan Lake for the Valentine's weekend at the Benedum Center with PBT and the orichestra.

Pittsburgh Opera's 2014-2015 Season - Feb 11, 2014

Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn announces three productions and a gala concert at the Benedum Center for the 2014-2015 season, and a time change for Friday performances.

Bach Choir's Thomas Douglas - Feb 9, 2014

You've never heard Faure's and Durufle's Requiems like this: each liturgical setting by one composer followed by the same text as set by the other. Artistic Director Thomas Douglas takes his singers downtown for "A Mass Affair: French Kiss" with orchestra and organ on Valentine's weekend.

Robert Qualters - Feb 7, 2014

McKeesport-born artist Robert Qualters talks about his works featured in a retrospective at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the new book, "Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies," by Vicky Clark. He also discusses the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Bonnard, Lepper, Warhol, Diebenkorn, Hopper, and other artists.

Simone Dinnerstein - Feb 4, 2014

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein talks about her latest recording of Bach Inventions & Sinfonias, as well as some of her unusual projects: peforming in prisons, and recording an album with a singer-songwriter.

Quantum Theatre "Madagascar" - Feb 3, 2014

Quantum Theater occupies a former bank lobby in The Carlyle building for Madagascar, a memory play in which a mother, her daughter, and an economist all visit the same hotel room in Rome – although years apart – to create a tapestry of interwoven monologues. Directed by Sheila McKenna, Madagascar runs through Feburary 16th.