Voice of the Arts
Resonance Works Pittsburgh opens their 7th season with a celebration of our global community inspired by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang’s the national anthems for choir and string quartet. They will surround Lang's piece with music of composers representing a diverse mix of world cultures - including a mix of choral and chamber music by: Arvo Pärt, Gabriela Lena Frank, James MacMillan, Chen Yi, Jorge Sosa, Caroline Shaw, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Enoch Sontonga, Florence Price, Vivian Fung, Kaija Saariaho, and Silvestre Revueltas. Maria Sensi Sellner and Sandro Leal-Santiesteban stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the concerts.
Front Porch Theatricals provides our region with professional, high-quality musical theater productions featuring Pittsburgh's diverse actor, artistic and technical talent base. Emphasis is placed on mentoring young talent in leadership positions as well as youth through our internship/apprentice program, and in hiring creative up and coming and established local talent in music, directing, choreography, scenic, lighting, sound and costume design to create a high level professional vehicle for the acting and artistic team members to realize the vision of their project. Bruce Smith stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their company, it's history, and it's upcoming season.
World-renowned composer and rock drumming legend Stewart Copeland is in town to hear his new choral piece "Satan's Fall" with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for the first time. It will receive it's premiere in February 2020 by the Mendelssohn Choir. WQED-FM's Anna Singer had a chance to sit down with Stewart to talk about the piece, performing his Percussion Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2016, and always having to be people's 2nd favorite drummer behind Neil Peart of Rush. The concersation starts off with Anna telling him she was in his first ever opera, which premiered in Cleveland in 1989 - "Holy Blood and Crescent Moon."
Prime Stage entertains, inspires and enriches lives through professional theatre by bringing literature to life. Tina Cerny, Assistant Operations Director, tells our Jim Cunningham all about the the Theatre and its upcoming season at the New Hazlett Theater.
Jazz pianist Craig Davis, hailed by singer Tony Bennett as "the best jazz pianist I've ever heard," will be performing a special concert of Golden Age classics and film music from Katharine Hepburn's most celebrated Broadway and Hollywood performances at the Frick on Thursday October 24th, 7pm. Accompanying Craig will be Sam Harris on upright bass, Jeremy Papay on drums, and vocalist Sari Gruber. Craig stopped by to give us more information on the concert.
Gemini Children’s Theater conducts interactive, musical performances for children and their families, acting classes, summer camps, outreach performances to daycare, pre-schools as well as elementary schools in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Jill Jeffrey spok with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the company.
Explore your Future at the Job and Career Fair hosted by PA Careerlink, CCBC and WQED at Beaver Valley Mall on Thursday October 24th. The free event is designed to spark interest in high-demand professions, and connect attendees with resources for realizing their career aspirations. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from local businesses to explore their career interests. Also, attendees can find out about education and training opportunities. This event is open to high school students, parents, educators, adult learners and veterans. WQED-FM's Joanna Li spoke with Robert Stinson and Stefanie Doyle about the Career Fair.
First Lutheran Church is presenting a hymn festival celebrating the hundredth birthday of noted Lutheran organist and composer Paul Manz, featuring organists Ann Labounsky, Joyce Moon Strobel, and Cynthia Pock; and the parish choirs of First Lutheran Church, Church of the Redeemer (Sq. Hill), and St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Commentary and narration will be provided by The Rev. Dr. Philip Pfatteicher. Sunday, October 27 at 2:30 PM. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham had a chance to interview Dr. Philip Pfatteicher about the Hymn Festival.
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's Arthur Demeo.
Dave Rankin stopped by to tell us about their next concert at Central Presbyterian Church in Tarentum. The concert, which takes place on October 20th, 4pm, is titled "Variations on a Harp" and features Harpist Isabel Cardenes, Violinist Andres Cardenes, and Violist Warren Davidson with music by Handel, Bach, Faure, and others.