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Karla Boos of Quantum Theatre - Oct 11, 2007

Artistic Director Karla Boos explains why Quantum Theatre is staging a US premiere adaptation of Zola's Therese Raquin in the basement swimming pool of Braddock's Carnegie Library through Oct. 14.

Anna Singer in "The Marriage of Figaro" - Sep 27, 2007

QED 89.3 mid-day host and operatic soprano Anna Singer talks with Stephen Baum about her role as Marcellina in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's English-language production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," September 24-30, 2007 at the Byham Theater.

Pianist Christopher O'Riley - Sep 27, 2007

Pianist Christopher O'Riley, host of NPR's "From the Top" and son of former QED 89.3 station manager Ceci Sommers, talks with Jim Cunningham about his current concerts, recordings and radio shows.

Brahms on the Bluff - Sep 21, 2007

Pianist David Allen Wehr, Artistic Director of Duquesne University's "Brahms on the Bluff" series, talks about the "other" version of Brahms's "Haydn Variations," and America's "go-to" hornist for the Horn Trio, launching the series's "Final Four" season on Sunday, 9/23/2007 at 3:00 pm at PNC Recital Hall.

Pittsburgh in Stages - Sep 19, 2007

Theater historian Lynne Conner, author of "Pittsburgh in Stages: 200 Years of Theater" (University of Pittsburgh Press) talks about people, performances and places, from British officers' Shakespeare at Fort Pitt to the opening of the O'Reilly Theater.

Diana Jannetta reviews "Made in Pennsylvania: A Folk Art Tradition" - Sep 18, 2007

Diana Jannetta reviews "Made in Pennsylvania: A Folk Art Tradition" at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, which showcases almost 400 significant examples of fraktur, salt-glazed stoneware, tanware, textiles and painted furniture.

Nonpareil Wind Band, Part 1 - Sep 5, 2007

Nonpareil Wind Band co-founders Howard Hillyer and PSO Principal Bass Clarinet Richard Page talk with Jim Cunningham about the band's purpose and players. Hillyer recalls his PSO audition for William Steinberg, and talks about arrangements of The Star-Spangled Banner. Audiences chose the Nonpareil Wind Band for an encore appearance at 'First Fridays at the Frick,' Sep. 7, 2007 at 7:00 pm.

Nonpareil Wind Band, Part 2 - Sep 5, 2007

The Nonpareil Wind Band's Howard Hillyer and Richard Page talk with QED's Jim Cunningham about the repertoire for their free concert, Sept. 7, 2007 on the lawn of the Frick Art & Historical Center.

Diana Jannetta reviews William Bouguereau - Aug 29, 2007

In the Studios of Paris: William Bouguereau & His American Students; Frick Art Museum, through October 14, 2007; Once famous, then disregarded, French academic painter William Bouguereau taught a succeeding generation of Americans, including Cecilia Beaux, Minerva Chapman and Robert Henri. A recent revival of interest brings together 50 works that illustrate Bougereau's influence.

Ed Ochester, Part 1 - Aug 24, 2007

Ed Ochester, editor of the anthology "American Poetry Now," talks with Jim Cunningham. Celebrating 40 years of the renowned Pitt Poetry Series, this collection of 48 poets from the University of Pittsburgh Press includes several who became Poets Laureate of the United States. Discussion includes the historical role of rhyme, today's most accessible poets, the health of published poetry, and the diversity of writers in the Pitt Poetry Series.

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