Voice of the Arts
Meet James Gourlay, the Scottish-born conductor and tuba virtuoso who becomes Music Director of the River City Brass Band in September, 2010. Currently director of Britain's Grimethorpe Colliery Band, he has plans to take the RCBB to a higher artistic level, refocus its programming, and get John Q. Public playing in a brass band. As an orchestral musician, he has played for some of the world's most renowned conductors.
Rota, Poulenc, and Brahms are on the menu, when the Cincopation Wind Quintet and guest pianist Bill Larson perform at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside, Fri. May 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Flutist Tara Yaney and pianist Bill Larson chat with QED 89.3's Stephen Baum.
Betsy Burleigh, Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, will conduct her "desert island" favorite, Bach's B Minor Mass, on April 18, 3 pm, at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. She talks about why Bach wrote a Mass that couldn't be used for a service, and that no one asked for, and why it's so rewarding to conduct and hear.
Chatham Baroque features its core members Andrew Fouts, Patricia Halverson, and Scott Pauley in solo and trio repertoire. They've been touring the Baroque music circuit all season with some unusual repertoire and as Patty says, they're 'bringing it home' for their season finale.
Multimedia performance company Squonk Opera has played on Broadway, has customized shows to celebrate Pittsburgh and other cities, and sent musical messages into the cosmos in 2008's "Astro-Rama." At the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, Squonk Opera premieres "Mayhem & Majesty." Co-Artistic Director, composer, and keyboardist Jackie Dempsey offers a preview.
Pittsburgh's newest (and smallest) opera company debuts with Milton Grainger's "The Proposal," and the world premiere staging of Jake Heggie's "To Hell and Back." QED's Stephen Baum interviews the MOC's creative team: Erica Olden, Andres Cladera, and Lisa Ann Goldsmith.
The Conservatory Theater Company at Point Park University presents the world premiere of "Time After Time," based on Karl Alexander's novel about H. G. Wells' pursuit of Jack the Ripper through time -- from 19th century London to today's America. QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham talks with the creators of "Time After Time."
For Lent, Chatham Baroque expresses the sorrows of the Virgin Mary through Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, instrumental sonatas and laments. Special guests Abigail Haynes Lennox, soprano, and Ian Howell, countertenor, describe the nature of this Stabat Mater, written by a master of comic opera.
Andrew Swensen of Pittsburgh Filmmakers describes the documentary "La Danse," an inside look at the Paris Opera Ballet; and the upcoming schedule of Oscar contenders.
After last season's hit, "Mary's Wedding," City Theatre stages the US premiere of Stephen Massicotte's newest play, "The Clockmaker." The Canadian playwright talks about his inventive approach to narrative timelines and his intent to do the unexpected.