Voice of the Arts
Chamber Music Pittsburgh presents tenor Karim Sulayman in a wide ranging program with Trio available till June 2021 as an on demand stream or a DVD recorded in London exclusively for Pittsburgh. The program includes Schubert, Handel, Beethoven folk songs and Reynaldo Hahn. Karim describes putting this concert together, remembers his Messiah in Pittsburgh with the Pittsburgh Symphony, talks about his life during the pandemic, his recent PBS Great Performances Bernstein Mass in Chicago, his Grammy win and his newest cd.
Mark Fleischer, Executive Producer for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, discusses Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol which will be presented on WQED-TV starting December 10th at 7pm starring Richard Thomas who starred as John Boy in the Waltons appearing Pittsburgh as Scrooge, Jeff Howell as Bob Cratchitt, Daniel Frontz as Tiny Time and a large cast of carolers and party guests. Mark talks about the special features of the production and the meaning of the play. He also has the story on the effect of the pandemic on CLO and the big help the company receives from Regional Asset District funding now entering the 26th year.
Post Gazette writer Marylynne Pitz describes what she has written of special interest in the past few weeks including her story of the latest exhibit at the Frick, the Hartwood Sculpture Park and the film "Beethoven in Berlin," directed by her colleague Jennifer Lin. She thinks the JosephGoto Tower Iron sculpture from WQED's 4802 Fifth Avenue location has found a good home at Hartwood. She also suggests what might calm recent turmoil at the Post Gazette. Marylynne updates us on the availability of the Donald Miller Benno Jansons book.
Anna Singer spoke with Dutch cellist, viol player and conductor Jaap ter Linden who recently performed a concert with harpsichordist Mark Edwards at the Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill. The concert is featured as part of the season for Chatham Baroque and is called the virtuoso viol. We discussed Baroque music, concert pitch and how he is spending Thanksgiving with his pets.
Kevin McMahon, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, fills us in on the pandemic year First Night Celebration, the Harris Theater films and efforts of the Cultural Trust to maintain viability during the pandemic with the challenge of very few people in the city and most cultural events canceled. Kevin reflects on the future of the plan to add a commercial first run theater downtown. Kevin also remembers his years at the Kennedy Center as Executive Vice President where he attended and worked on the Kennedy Center Honors, met Bob Dylan, and was a regular at the White House. He suggests a few Washington DC musts for visitors.
Kristen Linfante, Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh, talks about the season with all new concerts produced for Pittsburgh available on DVD or with on demand video and audio. The season includes, the Dover and Escher Quartets, Tai Murray, Karim Sulayman and Dawn Upshaw.
Duquesne University grad and former Pittsburgh Post Gazette writer Jennifer Lin is the Co Director of Beethoven in Beijing a new documentary about the Philadelphia Orchestra visit to Beijing with the diplomacy of Henry Kissinger and President Nixon in 1973 and the more recent 2016 return with the Philadelphia and Yannick Netzet Seguin. The explosion of interest in classical music in China with composer Tan Dun and Lang Lang , how classical music bridges gaps of cultural understanding and trade wars are covered in the documentary. The film will be seen on PBS Great Performances in the spring of 2021. Included in the November Pittsburgh Film Festival available virtually through November 22.
Flutist and Chatham University faculty member, CMU grad, Zoe Sorrell presents American Awakening Friday November 20 at 4pm on the Chatham University YouTube channel. It's all-American music from Katherine Hoover (whose flute Zoe plays the concert on). Ruth Crawford Seeger, Valerie Coleman ,Margarete Zelenaia whose Solitude seems just right for the pandemic mood and at the end The Pied Piper of Harlem from Adolphus Hailstork. She speaks about the current awakening of music by women and African American composers and tells Jim Cunningham what she covers when she teaches ethnomusicology at Westminster College, what she recommends for reading during the Covid crisis, her favorites from finishing a degree in literature at Oberlin and why we always need a few more flutists.
Aria 412 began as an informal series of concerts at Wallace’s taproom in the Hotel Indigo East Liberty founded by sopranos Desiree Soteres and Kelly Lynch to celebrate some of the top musical talent in Western Pa. Now the concerts are taking place on Youtube and are available for free. You can check out the past six months of offerings including the November 2020 concert "Thankfully Together," featuring duets with singers and instrumentalists who are quarantining together and the soon to be released holiday concert. Hear all about Aria 412 and the creators of the group in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.
Alyssa Velazquez, Curatorial Assistant for Decorative Arts at the Carnegie Museum of Art, joins Jim Cunningham to discuss the new exhibit Locally Sourced presenting 19 artists with local ties working in traditional media such as clay, glass, metal, fiber, wood, and paper, and with emergent materials and technologies. Locally Sourced highlights new work by some of the region’s most talented artists and makers of functional goods and furnishings.