Voice of the Arts

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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.  

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.



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.

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.