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Robert Mealy - Apr 19, 2019

Chatham Baroque and Renaissance and Baroque presents the Quicksilver Ensemble at Synod Hall April 27 with Julie Andrijewski and Robert Mealy violins. Robert Mealy is in charge of Juilliard’s Historical Performance department.  He plays the violin in the King’s Noyce and has performed widely in many ensembles around the world. He told Jim Cunningham he loves playing in Pittsburgh and he revealed the complete plan for Stile Moderno: New Music from 17th Century Italy.  

Resonance Works - American Serenade - Apr 19, 2019

The Chrysalis Duo of flutist/mezzo-soprano Lindsey Goodman and pianist/tenor Robert Frankenberry perform "A Pittsburgh Serenade" on Wednesday May 1st, 7:00 PM at Bar Marco!  Join Chrysalis in the Union Hall for an evening of intimate music making for flute, piano, and voices featuring world premiere commissions by Nancy Galbraith and Frankenberry, works by beloved Pittsburgh composers David Stock and Roger Zahab, and musical treats by Kieren MacMillan, Alla Cohen, and Aaron Copland, all while enjoying delicious food and drinks in Pittsburgh's Strip District.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer discussed the concert with Lindsey Goodman and Resonance Works Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner.

Tina Faigen and Robert Schultz - Apr 18, 2019

Chatham University Music Program presents - Schultz, Faigen and Friends - a concert of premieres by Robert Schulz - featuring Tina Faigen, piano, Anna Singer, soprano, Mary Beth Malek, clarinet, Paula Tuttle, cello and Walter Morales, piano.  Presented by Music for Food at the James Laughlin Music Hall and Chatham University on Saturday, April 20th at 3:00pm.  Three works will be premiered - Eight Songs for Soprano and Piano, Op. 50 with the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op. 52 performed by the Zaffiro Trio and Finale for 1 piano - 4 Hands, Op. 47 with Tina Faigen and Walter Morales.

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show - Apr 16, 2019

Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Performs Series presents "The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show," Tuesday April 23rd 2019, 7pm at the Mattress Factory on 500 Sampsonia Way. Tom Roberts accompanies the silent films "The Rink," "The Pawn Shop" and "Kid Auto Races at Venice California" in his own score with Mary Beth Malek on clarinet. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, they describe the genius of Charlie Chaplin, provide details on the event, and talk about the music they will play along with four excerpts from the score or the films recorded in the WQED-FM studio.

Erika Cuenca - The Heiress - Apr 16, 2019

Erika Cuenca is The Heiress, Catherine Sloper in the PICT Theater production at the Fred Rogers studio through April 27. Directed by Alan Stanford and adapted from the novel ‘Washington Square’ by Henry James and set in the 1850s of New York City, The Heiress tells the story of a wealthy but insecure young woman, desperate for love, who meets a dashing but penniless bachelor. Despite the influence of her overly controlling father she dreams and hopes. Is this the prince she hoped would come along or a money-hungry scoundrel taking advantage of an innocent girl? Dad doesn’t approve of Morris Townsend her love interest. Who is the villain in this play? The story was a play and a film directed by William Wyler starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift and Ralph Richardson. Erika is a graduate of Point Park University and a veteran of the Pittsburgh acting community appearing for Pittsburgh Public Theater, PICT, City Theatre, Quantum Theater and Off The Wall Productions. Spoiler alerts, deep insight and warm humor emerge in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

John McDaniel - Pittsburgh Public Theater - Apr 16, 2019

CMU Grad John McDaniel is the Music Director for Indecent, Paula Vogel’s play at Pittsburgh Public Theater through May 19. Based on incredible true events, this story of a Jewish playwright and his resilient acting troupe unfolds with unexpected joy, beautiful stagecraft, and the contagious melodies of a live Klezmer band lead by Janice Coppola. In 1923, Sholem Asch’s first play opens on Broadway—a love story between two women set in a brothel—and scandal erupts when the entire cast is arrested for obscenity. Indecent unearths the perilous history of this groundbreaking work of literature, and reveals the way art can deeply connect us even in a world unravelling. John McDaniel has won several Emmy’s for his work as Music Director for the Rosie O’Donnell show. He won a Grammy for Bernadette Peter’s Annie Get Your Gun soundtrack, worked extensively with Patty Lupone and with numerous hit shows on Broadway including Greasse. Plus you walk on his name if you attend events at the CMU Theaters where he’s appeared on the walk of fame for some time. His memories of Mel Shapiro and work in Pittsburgh including serving as accompanist for Fred Rogers along with thoughts about how music drives the action of Indecent.

Guitarist Michael Chapdelaine - Apr 12, 2019

Guitarist Michael Chapdelaine performs tomorrow night as part of the Pittsburgh Classical Guitar Society concert series.  The concert takes place on Saturday April 13th, 7pm at Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill.  Michael stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the concert.



James Blachly - Musical Friendships - Apr 12, 2019

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra performs a concert titled "Musical Friendships" - Saturday April 13th, 7:30pm at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.   Maestro James Blachly and soloist Owen Dalby talk about the concert with WQED-FM's Anna Singer.

Monique Mead - Cuban Volta Foundation Project - Apr 12, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University professor Monique Mead brought in a student from her Collaborative Project in Music Entrepreneurship class to discuss her ongoing project from the semester. Yalyen Savignon discusses her non-profit project; The Volta Music Foundation; that seeks to provide students in Cuba with musical equipment and supplies.

Monique Mead - Afghan Women Refugee Project - Apr 12, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University professor Monique Mead brought in three students from her Art of Audience Engagement class to discuss their ongoing projects from the semester. Theresa Abalos discusses a project involving Afghan Refugee women in Pittsburgh, Emily Galllagher discusses 'Yoga with Musicians: A Transformative Yoga Experience with Live Music', and Evan Tegley discusses 'Virtuosi in the Making'; a project involving CMU's Osher students.