Voice of the Arts

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Leah Crocetto - Oct 6, 2017

Leah Crocetto plays the role of "Tosca" in Pittsburgh Opera's season opening production.   

Mark Delevan - Oct 6, 2017

Mark Delevan plays the role of Scarpia in Pittsburgh Opera's season opening production of "Tosca."

Pittsburgh Savoyards - Oct 6, 2017

Pittsburgh Savoyards Director Shane Valenzi with Dick Deadeye (Corey Nile  Wingard) and Producer/Manager/Violinist Lynette Garlan give us the complete scoop on the 80th year in Pittsburgh opening production of one of the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan clasics of all, HMS Pinafore.

David Allen Wehr - Sep 21, 2017

Pianist David Allen Wehr holds the Jack W.  Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duquesne University. He introduces the third season of Schubert on the Bluff with guest composer Claude Debussy. The first concert is Tuesday September 26th but the programs continue through April 15th and two will be given in Foxburg Pa for the Allegheny Riverstone Arts Center. David plays the slow movement of the Schubert Sonata in c minor D. 958 in the studio on the Gibson Capital Management Steinway.  Topics discussed include Schubert and Debussy’s romantic life and the special features of the upcoming season including violinist and former Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster Noah Bendix Balgley now installed with the Berlin Philharmonic as concertmaster on Tuesday February 27 in the only date he had available this season for North American concerts. 

Enso String Quartet - Sep 18, 2017

The Enso String Quartet make their debut for Chamber Music Pittsburgh September 18, 2017 at Carnegie Music Hall. Violist Melissa Reardon and cellist Richard Belcher explain the name of the ensemble, fill us in on the history of the group, and introduce Ginastera, Pleyel and Puccini.



Meet Me at the Station - Sep 13, 2017

The Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation presents “Meet me at the Station” - Saturday September 30th at 6pm. Tom Roberts and the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra will play and present silent films with Attack Theater dancing. Marlee Gallagher, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, and Sophia Yeung, Development Coordinator for the WCDC, explain why they are focusing their efforts on redeveloping Wilkinsburg’s train station built in 1917. The gala participants will have a chance to see inside the station with an architect led tour.  Marlee and Sophia  also fill us in on the many exciting efforts being made to further develop Wilkinsburg as a place to live and start a business.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks - Henry V - Sep 1, 2017

WQED-FM's Anna Singer is joined by members of the Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks production of Henry V, which will be presented throughout the city in the month of September.  Hear about the production, the performance locations, and a special fundraiser they have coming up.


Yekwon Sunwoo - Aug 18, 2017

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews pianist Yekwon Sunwoo - winner of the 2017 Van Cliburn Competition and the first South Korean to win the prize.  

Peter Stumpf - Piano Day - Aug 4, 2017

Mayor Bill Peduto has proclaimed August 8th to be PianoDay in Pittsburgh.  On that day, a new Steinway Concert and Artist grand piano will be transported around the city for a series of outdoor concerts and photo opportunities.  The organizer of the event, Peter Stumpf, stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the event.



Allegheny Brass Band - Aug 3, 2017

Hear the Allegheny Brass Band this Sunday August 6th at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch.  Jim Muchoney, business manager, and Rick Bloom, tenor horn and treasurer of the band, sit down with WQED-FM's Phoebe Trogolo to discuss the program for Bach, Beethoven and Brunch and their love of the band.