Voice of the Arts
Kevin McMahon, CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, tells you about the wide ranging activities of the Trust, the importance of RAD funding, sharing thoughts about the future of the arts in an internet crazed world, the issue of crime in downtown Pittsburgh, the history and unique nature of the Trust, whether we can get back to having an orchestra for the Nutcracker, and if Cincinnati is doing a better job with their opera, symphony and ballet.
The Executive Director of the Eden Hall Foundation, RAD Board Member, and national YWCA Board member, Sylvia Fields, stopped by the QED Morning Show - bringing along the new CEO of the Pittsburgh YWCA, Janine Woods, and the CEO of the YWCA nationally Alejandra Castillo. They spoke about the work of the Y and the efforts to empower women, help achieve parity in wages among women and men, work with racial inequality for women, and much more. Listening to music by English suffragist Ethel Smyth, they spoke about the suffrage movement and the role of the arts in women’s lives pointing out that some of the Y facilities have had world class architectural design and promote music and the arts. Sylvia Fields spoke about the work of the Eden Hall Foundation and its affiliation with Chatham University. As they point out in closing, The Village People have a popular song titled YMCA but the YWCA sing a song of love every day the door has opened for the last century and a half.
The 2019 Flood City Music Festival runs August 2nd and 3rd at People's Natural Gas Park in Johnstown. It's another killer line up of bands, headlined by the Gin Blossoms. Festival Chairman Ron Carnivalli stopped by WQED-FM to talk with Bryan Sejvar about this year's festival and encourages people from Pittsburgh to make the easy drive to Johnstown for this event!
Tickets for Kids provides free access for low-income and at-risk kids to attend the arts, cultural, educational, and athletic venues of their community. Executive Director, Jason Riley, stopped by WQED-FM to tell us more about this community resource!
Jonathan Eaton stopped by the QED Morning Show with Anna Singer to discuss Pittsburgh Festival Opera's upcoming production of Wagner's "The Valkyrie" taking place at the Falk Auditorium at Winchester Thurston, on July 19th and July 27th.
Rick Smith of the South Hills Chorale stopped by WQED-FM to tell us about the group - it's history, along with plans for their 2019-2020 season.
This Sunday, 10:30am at Mellon Park, the Aeolian Winds will perform a free concert. Peggy Greb stopped by to talk to WQED-FM's Lauren Clouser to talk about their program.
The Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh, Kristen Linfante, stopped by WQED-FM to talk about all things Chamber Music Pittsburgh - their summer series, the upcoming season, their outreach and education projects, and what pieces Kristin is working on at the moment!
The Pittsburgh Festival Winds return to Bach, Beethoven and Brunch this Sunday, 10:30am at Mellon Park in Shadyside. Alex Jones stopped by to tell us about their program, and why hearing free classical music is the perfect thing to do on a Sunday morning.
Some members of Pittsburgh Festival Opera stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about tonight's performance of Strauss' "The Love of Danae" - 7:30pm at the Falk Auditorium at Winchester Thurston School.