Voice of the Arts

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RAD Interview - Matthew Mehaffey - Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh - Oct 2, 2019

Matthew Mehaffey tells WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham all about their upcoming season, including their performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Choir's collaboration with Police drummer Stewart Copeland.



Michael McFaden and Lynette Garlan - Oct 2, 2019

October 11th through 20th, Pittsburgh Savoyards presents "Ruddigore" at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall.  Stage Director Michael McFaden and Production Manager Lynette Garlan stopped by to talk about the production.



RAD Interview - Beth Corning - Corning Works - Oct 2, 2019

CORNINGWORKS is a vehicle for the multi-disciplinary dancetheater productions by Beth Corning that combine sophistication, clarity of theatrical concepts, visceral choreography, and dynamic musicality. Humor co-exists with serious examination of such issues as art and myth, gender and aging. Beth visited WQED-FM to tell us more about CORNINGWORKS.



RAD Interview - Katharine Kelleman - Port Authority of Allegheny County - Oct 2, 2019

Katharine Kelleman became CEO of the Port Authority in 2018.  She discusses with Jim Cunningham her plans for the Port Authority; having Q the Music available to riders of the T; and the importance of RAD funding to their operation.



Renaissance City Winds - Sep 30, 2019

The Renaissance City Winds opened their 2019-2020 concert season on September 29th with a concert titled "Brass and Winds."  Renaissance City Winds member Jim Whipple and C Street Brass member Gabriel Colby sat down with Jim Cunningham to talk about the concert.



Chris Rawson - Off the Record 2019 - Sep 30, 2019

Chris Rawson stopped by WQED-FM to talk about Off the Record 2019, taking place at the Byham Theater on Thursday October 3, 8pm.  

RAD Interview - Dusty Kirk - Vice-Chair of the RAD Board - Sep 30, 2019

Vice-Chair of the RAD Board, Dusty Kirk, spoke with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about RAD, it's 25 year history, and its plans for the future.



RAD Interview - Abby Lembersky & Tommy Nelson - City of Asylum - Sep 30, 2019

Learn all about City of Asylum from Abby Lembersky and Tommy Nelson.  City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors; provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced; and offers a broad range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange.  

Joanne Rogers Interview - Sep 27, 2019

Mrs. Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, speaks with Jim Cunningham in the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED about the movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" made by Tom Hanks in the studio where 500 episodes of Mr Rogers neighborhood was produced for PBS. Joanne remembers her late husband and his work dating back to 1954 at WQED.  She talks about the 10 year period of script development and production details - including the number of takes it took to get the tossing of a sneaker from one hand to the other, coaching Tom Hanks on Mr Rogers voice inflection and famous phrases, where the film differs from actual events, the plans for the premiere, and much more. Introduction by WQED CEO Deborah Acklin. Recorded September 26, 2019.

Artist Wayne Brezinka - Sep 27, 2019

Nashville based artist Wayne Brezinka talks about his painting "Mr. Rogers: Just the Way You Are," on display at WQED through the end of 2019 and the national tour for the work which was seen recently at PBS headquarters in Washington D.C. and at an opening at the home of commentator David Brooks. Wayne talks about his work for the New York Times and the Washington Post as an editorial cartoonist and his designs for album covers by bestselling Warner Brothers and Universal artists including George Strait.