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Violinist Tasmin Little - Jul 19, 2013

British violinist Tasmin Little talks with Classical WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham on the back porch of Chautauqua's Amphitheater the morning after her debut there in Benjamin Britten's violin concerto. She talks about the music of Britten and Delius, her impressions of Chautauqua, British music festivals including the BBC Proms, her new recordings, and more.

Robert Mickelsen "Lifeforms" - Jul 15, 2013

Florida-based glass artist Robert Mickelsen discusses "Lifeforms," on view at the Pittsburgh Glass Center through Nov. 17th, which he conceived as a competition and exhibition inspired by the revered glass biological models made in the 19th and 20th centuries by Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka for Harvard University. Fifty contemporary pieces achieve surprising authenticity using a broad range of techniques.

Muzicka - Jul 12, 2013

The young Czech folk ensemble Muzicka performed on the QED Morning Show on July 11th as they began a tour of the northeastern US. Their tour was organized by Elizabeth Shribman, a Pittsburgh native and former WQED-FM intern who now works in managment for the Czech Philharmonic in Prague.

Cincopation Woodwind Quintet - Jul 1, 2013

Flutist Tara Yaney and oboist Erin Marion of the Cincopation Woodwind Quintet talk about their August 2nd performance for Citiparks' free Bach, Beethoven & Brunch Series. You'll hear about the players' backgrounds, their outreach efforts, and the music they'll play in Mellon Park.

Arts Festival Update - Jun 14 2013 - Jun 14, 2013

A look at the Flight School exhibition at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. The Flight School is a fellowship program that encourages collaborative growth for emerging artists in a wide variety of traditional and electronic media. The show is on the third floor of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Education Center through Juen 16th.

Arts Festival Update - Jun 13 2013 - Jun 13, 2013

Artist Hugh Hayden describes the ways he uses cultural identity in his "American Hero" series, which includes a 1965 Ford Mustang painted white and adorned with racing stripes made of what appears to be black cornrowed hair. American Hero #4 is on view in Gateway Center during the 2013 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Arts Festival Update - Jun 12 2013 - Jun 12, 2013

Detroit artist Susan Goethel Campbell describes her project “Portraits of Air: Pittsburgh,” which began with the distribution last weekend of framed air filters to 100 Arts Festival visitors. Korean-born New York artist Chang-Jin Lee talks about "Floating Echo," her transparent inflatable Buddha sculpture floating in the pool under the bridge in Point State Park.

Patrick Sullivan of CLO's "42nd Street" - Jun 6, 2013

Hand-picked for the role of Julian Marsh by 42nd Street's co-writer Mark Bramble, Patrick Ryan Sullivan talks about the show he can't resist coming back to. He played Marsh on the Broadway tour and has directed the show which contains so many of the things audiences love about classic musical extravaganzas and shows that tap dance is still alive and kicking.

Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts - Jun 4, 2013

Headlined by Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck, the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts will bring US premieres by major international performing and visual artists to Pittsburgh starting September 27th. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Vice President of Programming, Paul Organisak, gives QED's Anna Singer a preview.

PICT's The Kreutzer Sonata - May 28, 2013

PICT Interim Producing Artistic Director Alan Stanford talk about Nancy Harris' "The Kreutzer Sonata," based on Tolstoy novella about love, loss, and betrayal, inspired by and featuring Beethoven's sonata for violin and piano. Stanford and Giles also look ahead to the rest of the 2013 Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre season.

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