Voice of the Arts

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RAD Interview - Lynette Garlan - Pittsburgh Savoyards - Jul 9, 2019

Lynette Garlan of the Pittsburgh Savoyards, stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the importance of RAD funding for their organization.



Organist Michael Hammer - Jul 8, 2019

Organist Michael Hammer stopped by WQED-FM to talk about his upcoming concert at St. Paul Cathedral on July 14th.  



Shanyse Strickland - Jul 8, 2019

French Horn phenome Shanyse Strickland plays Thursday July 11 at 8pm for Chamber Music Pittsburgh Just Summer series at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty’s Ace Hotel.  Shanyse combines Mozart Tchaikovsky and Mahler with Anita Baker, neo soul, samba and jazz moods hoping the summer audience will find new sounds to enjoy.  Shanyse tells her story of working with the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Zachary Smith at Duquesne University, her work at Youngstown State and growing up in Akron. The conversation includes observations on getting more colorful representation in the classical music world and where Shanyse is headed next.    

Lynette Garlan - Windjammers Circus Band - Jul 5, 2019

Enjoy a free concert of circus music on Saturday July 20th at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Auditorium at 3pm.  Lynette Garlan and Michael Perry stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the event.



Chamber Music Seminar - Jul 5, 2019

Katya Janpoladyan from the PYCO school of music brought two guests with her to speak about the Chamber Music Seminar beginning on July 29th. Joined by PSO violinist Alison Fujito and Chamber Music Seminar participant Lincoln Baldwin, the three of them speak to Joanna Li about the experience and what to look forward to when it comes to chamber music. 

Quinta Voce - Bach, Beethoven and Brunch - Jul 3, 2019

Quinat Voce performs at this Sunday's (7/7) Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert at Mellon Park.  The concert begins at 10:30am.  Barb Folb stopped by WQED-FM to tell us about their program.

Rodney Marsalis - Jun 26, 2019

Rodney Marsalis of Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their concert at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh - Thursday June 27th, 8pm.  

Liz Kostandinu - Inquire Within - Jun 25, 2019

WQED's education department has developed a recently new program titled "Inquire Within." The program brings events and activities to local libraries around Allegheny County through partnerships with PBS resources. Liz Kostandinu stopped by to tell us more about the program and about what the WQED education program is up to.

Hemingway Poetry Series - Jun 24, 2019

Poets Rick St. John and Samuel Hazo spoke with Jim Cunningham about their shared event coming up on July 9th at Hemingway's Cafe in Oakland. The event is part of the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series, an annual event that brings Pittsburgh's growing poetry community together. Listen hear to learn more about the event, and to hear about what Rick St. John and Samuel Hazo have been up to.

Deanna Witkowski - Jun 21, 2019

Pianist Deanna Witkowski played music by Mary Lou Williams in the WQED-FM studio in advance of her all Williams concert June 23 at City of Asylum 6pm with bassist Jeff Grubbs and Tom Wendt, drums.