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Richard Burkert - Flood City Music Festival - Aug 2, 2017

The Flood City Music Festival takes place this weekend in Johnstown, PA.  Richard Burkert, President and CEO of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, stopped by WQED-FM to talk about this year's Festival, along with many other exciting things taking place in the Johnstown area, including a planned renovation of the Johnstown Flood Museum.

Max Ganano - Mon Valley Community Band - Jul 28, 2017

This Sunday (7/30), the Mon Valley Community Band conducted by Max Ganano will perform at Bach, Beethoven and Brunch - 10:30am at Mellon Park.  Max stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the band, what they'll play and living in Washington, PA.



Lucinda Childs - Jul 27, 2017

Dance superstar Lucinda Childs joins the new Blanket Dance Company to present three free performances this weekend - July 28th, 29th and 30th in Point State Park close to the Block House downtown. Matt Pardo and Caitlin Scranton, the Co Directors and Founders of the company, stopped by to share the plans. Lucinda recalls her work in the premiere of Philip Glass' "Einstein on the Beach" and her own dance company and post modern classics with architect Frank Gehry, John Cage and Merce Cunningham as well as her dance collaborations with the premiere of John Adams' "Dr. Atomic" and many others.

Byron Janis - Jul 26, 2017

McKeesport born pianist Byron Janis discusses his new release of live concert recordings Byron Janis On Tour.  It is Maestro Janis’ first release of new material in twenty years and celebrates the 70 th anniversary of hisvery first RCA LP recording in 1947 at the age of 19   Byron last visited Pittsburgh in 2016 to give a mastger class at CMU.  Byron went to elementary school in Squirrel Hill. He  turned up at a Pittsburgh Symphony concert at the Syria Mosque with Lorin Maazel and Vlaimir Horowitz as a teenager. His parents lived on Fifth Avenue later in their lives just a few blocks from WQED. He discusses his life long love affair with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the venues around the world including Cuba where the music in the first of a planned three part series was recorded.

Eric Jacobs - Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - Jul 19, 2017

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble clarinetist Eric Jacobs stopped by the WQED-FM studio to talk about his upcoming solo concert “Got Reeds?” Luke Campayno sat down with Jacobs to discuss his career, the importance of new music, and tacos.  Lastly, Jacobs gave an in-studio performance of David Lang’s masterful bass clarinet work “Press Release.” 

Aeolian Winds - Jul 14, 2017

WQED-FM’s Luke Campayno sits down with Aeolian Winds oboist and colleague at Duquesne University Amelia Van Howe.  The Aeolian Winds will be performing at the Sunday June, 23 Bach, Beethoven and Brunch Concert.  Amelia discusses what the wind quintet will be playing, how the group was started, the necessity to play in multiple musical groups, and dealing with a hot summer day as a performer.

Johnny Mathis - Jul 12, 2017

Johnny Mathis returns to Pittsburgh to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Saturday July 22nd at Heinz Hall.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Johnny about his illustrious career. 



Oscar Micaelsson - Jul 12, 2017

Swedish pianist Oscar Micaelsson stopped by the WQED-FM studio to perform piano improvisations in promotion of his July 12th concert at City Theater.  Oscar sat down with Luke Campayno to discuss his career, background, first impressions of Pittsburgh, and more.  His first improvisation turned out to be a gargantuan piano exploration of the opening to Gustav Mahler’s 5th symphony.  He closed the session with a beautiful improvisation on a Swedish folk song that has been used as a hymn. 

Osmo Vanska - Jul 12, 2017

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews the Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, about the release of his musical album "Kullervo," based on the symphonic poem by John Sibellius, drawn from the Finnish epic poem the "Kalevala." Throughout the interview, the two speak about cultural authenticity, the importance of storytelling, and how to properly survive harsh winters--among many other topics.

George Milosh - Jul 7, 2017

Tenor George Milosh sings the complete "Die Schoene Mullerin" by Franz Schubert Wednesday July 12th at Shadyside Presbyterian Church with pianist Francesca Tortorella. Favorite recordings, all about poet Wilhelm Muller, unrequited love, jumping in the river to end the pain, the long blond hair of the miller’s daughter, love from beyond the grave with withered flowers, lots of green, loving above your station in life, madness - it's all covered in the interview.  George sings in the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Chorus, Resonance Works, Undercroft Opera, and Pittsburgh Camerata.  He's a Boston Conservatory grad and singing mercenary.