Voice of the Arts

Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.

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Anthony McGill - Jun 20, 2019

An interview with the Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill.



Shadyside Brass - 2019 Bach Beethoven and Brunch - Jun 20, 2019

The Shadyside Brass performs this Sunday (6/23) at Bach Beethoven and Brunch.  The concerts are free and take place at Mellon Park, just off Fifth Avenue in Shadyside.   WQED-FM's Aaron Lebovitz spoke with the members about their concert.

Peggy Butler - PA Firefly Festival - Jun 18, 2019

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks with Peggy Butler about the PA Firefly Festival, taking place this Saturday (June 22nd) in Kellettville, PA.  



Penka Kouneva - Jun 17, 2019

Composer Penka Kouneva discusses her new album, Invisible Lifeline, a collection of six intricate piano fantasias and two string orchestral tracks in the Classical style. Each composition tells a story about what motivates the creative artist.  

Ward Stare and Yolanda Kondonassis - Jun 14, 2019

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis  and Conductor Ward Stare spoke with Jim Cunningham about the joy of playing newly composed music, the importance of journey in music, and much more in this episode of voice of the arts. 

Sounds of the Three Rivers Arts Festival 2019 - Jun 14, 2019

WQED-FM's Aaron Lebovitz, Elizabeth Kauma, Joanna Li, and Lauren Clouser went to the 2019 Three Rivers Arts Festival to talk to artists and visitors about their experience with the festival.   

Chamber Music Intensive - Jun 14, 2019

The Chamber Music Intensive came to speak about their program with Anna Singer. Directors Amaury Morales and Carrie Erdely brought students, current and past, to speak about their experience with the five-day long summer camp filled with plenty of chamber music and masterclasses. For more information, visit www.pghcmic.com.

Sarah Hall - The Frick - "A Sporting Vision" - Jun 14, 2019

Frick Art Museum Curator Sarah Hall takes you on a guided tour of "A Sporting Vision: the Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art" from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art opening June 15th and running through September 8th at the Frick in Point Breeze. The work of George Stubbs, born 1724, is featured prominently with many of his detailed paintings of horses. The grand finale is Philip Reinagle’s Portrait of an Extraordinary Musical Dog. With paws on the keyboard she seems to be playing Mozart or is it God Save The Queen?

Chamber Music Pittsburgh - Fire & Grace & Ash - Jun 13, 2019

Thursday June 13th, 8pm at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty, violinist Edwin Huizinga who performs often with Apollo’s Fire and Tafelmusik as well as Acronym  (recently visiting Renaissance and Baroque) with mandolinist Ashley Broder and guitarist William Coulter played live in the Bayer Broadcast Center on the QED Morning Show.   Their concert is the opening event for Chamber Music Pittsburgh. They played the Bach Double Concerto which segues into the traditional folk tune Cuckoo’s Nest and the Waltz of the Little Girls, a traditional French Canadian Folk Tune

Pittsburgh Girls Choir - Jun 11, 2019

The Pittsburgh Girls Choir perform a concert titled "Anne Frank: Hope and Remembrance" Wednesday June 12th, 7pm at Rodef Shalom.   The Choirs Artistic Director Kathryn Barnard and some students stopped by to chat with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the concert.