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"Miss Music Nerd" Linda Kernohan - Mar 14, 2013

Composer and pianist Linda Kernohan is perhaps best known as the classical music blogger “Miss Music Nerd,” now an annual correspondent at the Grammy Awards. Now living in Pittsburgh, she holds degrees in music from New York University and U. C. Berkeley. Linda Kernohan's most recent commission was a concerto for the San Diego Symphony and she visited Jim Cunningham to talk about her March 17 piano recital, the Grammys, and missmusicnerd.com.

Pittsburgh Concert Chorale - Susan Medley - Feb 28, 2013

Music Director Susan Medley previews the PCC's "Three B's" concerts on March 2 & 3. She highlights the diversity of styles, notes the three Hallelujahs in Bach's Cantata #4, sings the praises of Brahms' Schicksalslied which resembles the composer's German Requiem, and describes how Beethoven's Choral Fantasy was a prototype for the Ode to Joy. Medley also talks about the choir's upcoming New York City debut at St. John the Divine.

Jason Busch - Inventing the Modern World - Feb 5, 2013

The exhibition “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851–1939,” now on view at The Carnegie Museum of Art, includes over 200 works, some seen in the US for the first time. The Carnegie's Jason Busch co-organized the show and gives QED's Stephen Baum a personal tour. Take this podcast to the Carnegie as your own tour guide. The show closes Feb. 24, 2013.

Christopher Franklin - Jan 7, 2013

Christopher Franklin, son of University of Pittsburgh Bach scholar Don Franklin, has an active conducting career in Europe, and will conduct Minnesota Opera's world premiere adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's play "Doubt" in January, 2013. Franklin talks about his youth in Pittsburgh, his work with Italian orchestras, and the production of "Doubt."

Sean Jones re: Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash - Nov 20, 2012

Pittsburgh jazz trumpeter Sean Jones talks about “Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash,” a celebration on Nov. 24, 2012, of Pittsburgh jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and Duke Ellington's collaborator Billy Strayhorn at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Jones will lead his Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, with commentary from Strayhorn's nephew, Greg Morris, who administers Strayhorn's estate. Jones also talks about touring with jazz luminaries, and teaching at Duquesne University.

Bach Choir - Time Remembered, Time Forgotten - Oct 9, 2012

Artistic Director Thomas Douglas talks about the first concerts of the Bach Choir's "Time Voyagers" season, including the Pittsburgh premiere of "Alzheimer's Stories" by Robert S. Cohen. Other works on the program for October 13 & 14, 2012 include Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" on texts by Walt Whitman, Rachmaninoff's famous Vocalise, and two pieces by Diane Benjamin.

Plein Air Mt. Lebanon - Oct 1, 2012

They'll be painting the town, Oct. 1-7, during the first-ever Plein Air Mt. Lebanon, an event that turns outdoor art into a spectator sport with two dozen professional artists, prizes, and a "paint-out" open to the general public with celebrity participants. Local architectural illustrator and watercolorist David Csont explains how the week will unfold and how you can watch or get involved.

Marvin Hamlisch (2007 interview) - Aug 8, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) chats with Jim Cunningham at QED's Carolyn Byham Studio at Theater Square during RADical Days on Oct. 6, 2007.

Tim Hartman - Jul 12, 2012

Pittsburgh actor and editorial cartoonist Tim Hartman talks about his role as the Constable in CLO's "Fiddler on the Roof." He's appeared on Broadway, in regional theater, and despite his six-foot, six-inch frame had small roles in such films as "Silence of the Lambs," "The Piano Lesson," and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh." As a cartoonist, Hartman is syndicated in 30 newspapers.

David Allen Wehr - Jun 19, 2012

David Allen Wehr talks about his June 24 duo piano recital with musical partner Cynthia Raim at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, PA, to include Rachmaninoff's Suite #1, Bach's 2-piano concerto, jazz pieces composed for the duo by Joe Utterback, Brahms Hungarian Dances, and Milhaud's Scaramouche suite.