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Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - September 27, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019

The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh opens their season at the First Unitarian Church Friday September 27, 2019 with a reworking of music by Chris Massa sung by Voces Solis with Ryan Keeling directing along with Gerald Finzi, Sibelius and John Corigliano. Conductor Edward Leonard joins Chis and Ryan in the Classical QED Morning show studio with Jim Cunningham

Aruna Quartet - Sep 19, 2019

The Aruna Quartet performs at Thiel College's Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series on September 19th.  Anna Singer had a chat with the group's Will Pyle.



Paul Fireman - Sep 18, 2019

Paul Fireman, Founder of Fireman Creative, talks about the .5k Race "What’s the Point: The Race for Everybody Else," Sunday, September 22nd from noon to 2:30pm in Westinghouse Park in Point Breeze.  The Taylor Allderdice Marching Band will play and they are featured with a great Aretha Franklin hit in this interview.

Matthew Bengtson - Sep 18, 2019

This Thursday, September 19th, 7pm at the James Laughlin Music Center on the Chatham University campus, Matthew Bengtson presents "The Art of Fortepiano," a recital which will include works of JS, CPE, and WF Bach, Haydn, and Mozart.  Matthew stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the recital.



RAD Interview - Jane Werner - Children's Museum - Sep 18, 2019

Get the lastest on the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh with Jane Werner, it's Executive Director, who stopped by WQED-FM.  She talks about the current exhibits, the importance of spending time with your children, and future plans for the museum.  

Pittsburgh Symphony Musician's Day of Music 2019 - Sep 17, 2019

Today, September 17th, is the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchetstra Musician's 4th Annual Day of Music.  PSO musicians will be performing free concerts all day long at various locations around the city.  The day kicked off with a live performance on the QED Morning Show.  Stephanie Tretick, viola; Rhian Kenny, flute; and Lorien Benet Hart, violin performed and talked to Jim Cunningham about their plans for the day.  

Devin Arrington - Pittsburgh Concert Society - Sep 16, 2019

Violinist Devin Arrington joins soprano Agatha Holland and accompanist Akina Kondow for the Major Winners Recital of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Sunday September 22 at 2pm in Kresge Recital Hall . He played the Adagio from the Bach Sonata No1 and his own For the Beauty of Grace live on the QED morning show in between sharing his latest news with Jim Cunningham.



Stephen Layton - Sep 16, 2019

Conductor Stephen Layton brings the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge England to Calvary Episcopal Church Friday September 20 at 8pm. He tells us about the program with Morton Lauridson’s greatest hit O Magnum Myterium,  John Taverner and working with the composer who was a good friend of the Beatles and Princess Diana, being named Second Best Choir in the world, his favorite John Rutter Christmas Carol, listening to the BBC Radio 3 and his favorite beverage while sitting in a coffee shop in New York near 8th avenue talking on a cell phone.

Lang Lang - Sep 16, 2019

Lang Lang opened the Pittsburgh Symphony season with the Night in Black and White Gala playing the Mozart 24th Concerto and two encores from his Piano Book. He spoke with Jim Cunningham after rehearsal Saturday morning talking about the new sensation of  playing with  a wedding ring and the ceremony at Versailles last summer, playing Beethoven with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, working with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck, going on tour with the orchestra and some favorite restaurants.

Sharon Isbin - Souvenirs of Spain and Italy - Sep 16, 2019

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for an uncommon album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. Souvenirs of Spain & Italy is the first joint recording by these renowned artists and marks Isbin’s Cedille Records debut.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Sharon about the recording.