Voice of the Arts

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Jane Chu of the National Endowment for the Arts - Sep 11, 2014

Jane Chu, Chair of the NEA, talks with WQED-FM Jim Cunningham at the Arts Education Partnership's national conference in Pittsburgh.

James Gourlay - Sep 9, 2014

River City Brass Music Director James Gourlay gives an overview of the band's new season, beginning with a program titled "42nd Street."

David Allen Wehr "Ode to Joy" - Sep 4, 2014

Duquesne's Beethoven on the Bluff series resumes with the Ninth Symphony for two pianos, a quintet for piano and winds, and the first-ever Romantic song cycle in a program titled "Ode to Joy." Pianist and Artistic Director David Allen Wehr previews Season Two: The Late Years.

PICT's Matt Torney - Aug 27, 2014

Belfast native Matt Torney discusses PICT Classic Theater's production of "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme." The guest director led "Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood" last year, and now directs Frank McGuinness's play about eight young men from varying backgrounds who become a Northern Irish 'band of brothers' on the way to one of World War I's bloodiest battles.

J. Michael Flanigan Interview - Aug 12, 2014

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to J. Michael Flanigan - an appraiser on PBS's "Antiques Roadshow" and who will be attending the Sewickley Antiques Show on Saturday September 20th.

Jerry Grcevich - Jul 31, 2014

Western PA native Jerry Grcevich, regarded as one of the greatest tamburitza (Croatian string music) performers alive today, has performed, recorded and toured throughout Europe and the United States for the past three decades. First Fridays at the Frick presents the Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza Orchestra on Aug. 1, 2014.

Todd Wagner of Flood City Music Festival - Jul 31, 2014

Todd Wagner previews Johnstown's annual festival of blues, funk, country, bluegrass, zydeco, folk and other pop and roots music styles, the Flood City Music Festival, set for Aug. 1st through 3rd, 2014.

David Knapp of Carnegie Brass - Jul 30, 2014

Tubist David Knapp of the Carnegie Brass previews the quintet's return to Bach, Beethoven and Brunch on August 3rd at Mellon Park. Brass in the park ... what could be better.

C Street Brass's Gabriel Colby - Jul 24, 2014

Founded at Carnegie Mellon, where it is now Ensemble-in-Residence, the C Street Brass closes Chamber Music Pittsburgh's "Just Summer" series win collaboration with DJ Jakeisrain at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater on July 24th. Trombonist Gabriel Colby tells Jim Cunningham about the concert program.

PNME's Nathalie Shaw - Jul 23, 2014

The violinist of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Nathalie Shaw, gives this summer's Showcase Concert on July 23rd at City Theater. The English-born instrumentalist talks about her program of solo repertoire which includes a premiere and works by Pittsburgh composers.