Voice of the Arts
In 1969, percussionist Bobby Rawsthorne joined Johny Costa as part of his Trio on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood." Bobby stopped by WQED-FM to talk about working on the Neighborhood; playing with Johnny; and much more.
Take an audio tour of the Cathedral of Learning's Nationality Rooms. WQED-FM's Aaron Lebovitz was joined by tour coordinator Michael Walter to go through the rooms and talk about the history and culture found in each room.
Keith Kaiser of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden stopped by to talk about the Garden, which is reclaiming land from Pittsburgh’s gritty, industrial past and transforming it into an outdoor experience. You can wander their 60-acre Woodlands and enjoy an award-winning Lotus Pond, but they are doing lots of expansion, thanks to the support of RAD.
Pittsburgh has a rich history of photograpy and great photographers. David Oresick of the Silver Eye Center for Photography is continuing this tradition. He talks about the Center; it's recent move to Penn Avenue, their upcoming exhibition beginning September 5th titled "Continuum," and much more.
The Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center preserves, presents and promotes the cultural values and rich traditions of the Bulgarian and Macedonian people; offers a comprehensive source of Bulgarian and Macedonian historic and educational information; and contributes to the cultural landscape by presenting unique artistic events and performances. Founded in 1930, we are the the oldest, largest, and most active Bulgarian-Macedonian organization in the U.S. Board President Edward Markoff stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the Center.
The Afro-American Music Institute was founded by Dr. James Johnson in 1982 and it's still continuing with it's mission today. Dr. Johnson stopped by WQED-FM to tell us all about the Institutes rich history and plans for the future.
Piano Day Pittsburgh is a free, public event where performers give short concerts on an outdoor concert piano downtown. It begins Saturday August 24th with a concert-grade piano traveling around Pittsburgh strapped onto a flatbed truck! Sunday August 25th features performances by some of Pittsburgh's greatest musicians at 4 locations in the Cultural District. One of the performers will be Nanette Kaplan Solomon, who stopped by WQED-FM to talk about Piano Day 2019. She also performed 3 pieces in our studio - including the Notturno No. 2 from Soirees Musicales by Clara Schumann; and 2 selections from Madeline Dring's Colour Suite - Pink Minor and Brown Study.
The Pittsburgh Public Theater has an exciting season coming up for their 2019-2020 season. Marya Sea Kaminski stopped by WQED-FM to tell us about it, along with how RAD funding allows them to put on the shows at the O'Reilly Theater.
Enjoy a free performance by Pittsburgh Ballet Theater at Hartwood Acres this Sunday (August 18th) starting at 5pm. The event includes food trucks, animal ballons, and photo opportunities with dancers, followed by a free performance on the Hartwood Acres stage beginning at 7:30pm. Dancers Corey Bourbonniere and JoAnna Schmidt explain why you should attend.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Principal Dancer Alejandro Diaz stopped by WQED-FM to talk to Omar Tolentino about the upcoming Dancer's Trust performance on September 14th at Point Park University.