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David Sogg - A Soldier's Tale - Nov 22, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony Co Principal bassoon David Sogg talks over the Soldier’s tale by Igor Stravinsky which he will play with his colleagues and guest trumpet Sean Jones for Chamber Music Pittsburgh on Monday November 25 at 7:30 at Carnegie Music Hall.

Sean Jones - A Soldier's Tale - Nov 22, 2017

Trumpet virtuoso Sean Jones tells us about his role in Stravinsky’s Soldiers Tale for Chamber music Pittsburgh on Monday November 25 at 7:30 at Carnegie music Hall. Sean says Pittsburgh is his adopted home in his official biography and remembers with great affection his time at Duquesne University and leading the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. He will also give the world premiere of a new piece from Wynton Kelly Stone Guess and has a slot in the concert for improvisation on jazz standards. Sean tells us about his latest jazz release on CD and his work in Boston at the Berklee School of Music.

Edward Leonard - Nov 22, 2017

Pittsburgh Philharmonic Music Director Edward Leonard joins his clarinet soloist Principal Alex Jones and Board Chair and violinist Carolyn Keller to encourage you to join in their Holiday Concert and Holiday market with toys for tots drive and free Graeter’s ice cream with seasonal flavors at two locations. The orchestra plays at   at Mt. Alvernia’s Scotus Hall in Millvale on Friday at 7:30 Dec 1 and at the Succop Theater of Butler County Community College on Sunday December 3 at 2pm.  

Soldiers and Sailors Holiday Concert - Nov 22, 2017

The President and CEO of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall John McCabe joins Randy Heide, Conductor of the Pine Creek Community band and David Gardner, Executive Director, Co Founder and Trumpet with the Brass Roots to discuss the annual Patriotic Holiday Concert December 3 at Soldiers and Sailors. The free concert combines holiday favorites with a veterans salute at the end.

Organ Artist Series - Nov 17, 2017

Three extraordinary talents from the Eastman School of Music speak with Anna Singer about their concert Sunday November 19, 3pm for the Organ Artists Series at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church hosted by Dr. Edward Alan Moore.  Ivan Bosnar from Croatia, Amanda Mole from Holden Massachusetts and Caroline Robinson from Greenville South Carolina pull out all the stops and they describe exactly how it’s done on the four manual, 120 rank, 8000 pipe Goulding and Wood instrument.

Alan Lewis and Mark Anderson - Nov 17, 2017

The holidays bring Handel’s Messiah complete December 8 7:30 and the Bach Magnificat December 10, 3pm  less than 2 miles apart with Alan Lewis leading the Handel and Mark Anderson the Bach. Alan  is Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church and Mark holds the same post at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.   Chatham Baroque have invited their extraordinary colleagues from around the country to augment the instrumental forces. Pittsburgh Camerata will transport as will the Calvary Choir. Also some good restaurant suggestions for the East End.  

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Nov 15, 2017

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh Artistic Director Edward Leonard was joined by composer Nancy Galbriath to talk about their upcoming concert on November 19th, 4pm at First Unitarian Church in Pittsburgh.  The program features Brahms' epic Schicksalslied and Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith’s Gloria in collaboration with Voces Solis.  Also on the program are Arthur Honegger’s Pastorale d’été and Symphony No. 22 “The Philosopher” by Haydn.

Roy Sonne and Yeeha Chiu - Nov 10, 2017

Roy Sonne played the violin for  38 seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He still rosins up the bow and he’s played many times with Yeeha Chiu piano. These two are at again with a A Romp Through the Violinist’s World on Monday November 13 at 8pm at Rodef Shalom Temple.  The concert centers around the composer performers of the music world with the Bach Chaconne for solo violin, music by Kreisler, Leclair, Corelli, Paganini, Kreisler, Mark O Connor and Joe Venuti. Roy and Yeeha a tell their story winding through La Paz Bolivia, Hong, Kong, London, MIT, Juilliard, New England Conservatory and the Royal College of Music destination Pittsburgh.  

Matthew Browne - Nov 10, 2017

Matthew Browne has written a world premiere on commission from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. You can hear it Saturday evening at the Pasquerilla Center with James Blachley conducting. Matthew worked with Michael Daugherty at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where he receive his PhD. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Colorado Boulder. He has collaborated with the Minnesota and Milwaukee Orchestras and many other ensembles making his home in New York.

Antony Walker - Marriage of Figaro - Nov 6, 2017

Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker talks about the music of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro."