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Sam Pollard - Feb 20, 2015

Filmmaker Sam Pollard directed and produced "August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand" for WQED and PBS's American Masters. Sam tells Jim Cunningham about that project and his next one -- a four-hour documentary on Frank Sinatra for HBO. Mr. Pollard also recalls his work on profiles of Marvin Gaye and John Ford for American Masters, and his work on movies with Spike Lee.

Composer Kathryn Bostic - Feb 19, 2015

Kathryn Bostic scored WQED's American Masters documentary August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. The composer tells Jim Cunningham about working with Wilson on his play Gem of the Ocean, coming to Pittsburgh for Wilson's memorial service, working with Producer Sam Pollard on the film, and her music training.

Darryl Ford Williams - August Wilson - Feb 16, 2015

WQED's Darryl Ford Williams, Executive Producer of "August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand" for PBS's "American Masters", talks with Jim Cunningham. The program airs on PBS stations nationwide on February 20th at 9pm.

Warren Davidson - Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra - Feb 16, 2015

Zack Mendes talks to Warren Davidson, conductor of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, about their upcoming concert at St. Bernard Church on Sunday February 15th.

Paul Juon - The Russian Brahms - Feb 16, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Igor Kraevsky, Jennifer Orchard and Mikhail Istomin about their upcoming concert titled "Paul Juon - The Russian Brahms." The concert features works for violin, cello, and piano by Dvorak, Brahms, Paul Juon and Valery Gavrilin. Artists: Jennifer Orchard, violin; Mikhail Istomin, cello; Igor Kraevsly & Agnes Dubois-Chauvet, piano (four hands).

Anton Armstrong - St. Olaf Choir Interview - Feb 6, 2015

Anton Armstrong, conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, talks about the choir and their upcoming visit to Heinz Hall (Tuesday February 10, 2015).

Duane Michals - Jan 29, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews photographer Duane Michals and the Carnegie Museum of Art's Linda Benedict-Jones about the retrospective "Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals" on view at the Carnegie through March 2, 2015.

Rodrigo Ojeda - Pictures at an Exhibition - Jan 29, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Rodrigo Ojeda about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's upcoming performance of "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Sounds Upstairs - Jan 29, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to David Mahler and the members of the "Sounds Upstairs" vocal group. Their next performance is Sunday February 1st, 3:30pm at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Krzysztof Urbanski - Jan 29, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews conductor Krzysztof Urbanski, who is making his Heinz Hall debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra January 30th through February 1st, 2015.