Voice of the Arts

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Walter Morales - Bach Beethoven and Brunch - Jun 7, 2019

The 2019 Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert series kicks on Sunday June 16th with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra.  Music Director Walter Morales stopped by to talk about their program and what's special about performing in the outdoors! 



Sarah Aziz - Three Rivers Arts Festival - Jun 6, 2019

The Three Rivers Arts Festival begins this weekend.  The Director of the Arts Festival, Sarah Aziz, stopped by WQED-FM to talk about this year's events.  



Nat 28 - Jun 6, 2019

New Music ensemble Nat 28 with flutist and Artistic Director Zoe Sorrell plus  Allysun Huneycutt , clarinet and Executive Director and colleagues visited the WQED-FM studio to preview their concert Saturday June 8th in Mount Lebanon at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church at 8pm. The played Kati Agoc's "Immutable Dreams" and explained how it fit into the theme "In Spite of All This."  

Renova Music Festival - May 31, 2019

WQED-FM's Joanna Li spoke with Nanette Solomon and Joshua Zona about the Renova Music Festival - taking place June 2-15 in New Castle, PA.  

Kirill Gerstein - May 30, 2019

Pianist Kirill Gerstein talks about his new recording of Busoni with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham.  

Anqwenique - Sirens and Queens - May 24, 2019

Anqwenique presents "Sirens and Queens", May 30th, 7pm at Hotel Indigo celebrating the works and lives of black women composers presented by Chamber Music Pittsburgh.  Also helping out are Lisa Harris, Shanyse Strickland and there are visuals by Julie Mallis with a conversation at the close.  Florence Price is in the plan with refreshments and pay what you wish. Hear all about in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Kamraton - May 23, 2019

Emily Cook and Anna Elder of the all woman group Kamratōn, and their conductor Daniel Curtis stopped by WQED-FM to speak about their new opera: Her Holiness: The Winter Dog. The Opera was composed by Curtis Rumrill for the Kamratōn group, and it runs May 30th and 31st at 8 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, the unique joy of modern music, the importance of pushing yourself artistically, and the impact of plot driven musical choices are all discussed. 

Nicole Myers - Cello Fest - May 23, 2019

Nicole Myers of Cello Fury stopped by to talk about Cello Fest, which will be held on May 25 at Carnegie Mellon University. Featuring workshops, masterclasses, and performances from the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet, the day is filled with music for all music lovers. 

Corey Bourbonniere from Pittsburgh Ballet Theater - May 17, 2019

Corey Bourbonniere is one of the dancers of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater who will be seen at Chautauqua New York  when the PBT dances Sleeping Beauty with Tchaikovsky’s score played by the Chautauqua Symphony and Music Director Rossen Milanov. He tells us his story,why he loves to dance and  talks about the timeless qualities of the ballet classic with the  staging from Terrence Orr.

David Mahler - May 17, 2019

Composer David Mahler is included in a new collection of piano music from American composers recorded for New World by Rory Cowal . David lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife Julie Hanify, Head Librarian at the Carnegie Library music Division in the Main Branch. They stopped by with a singing friend to perform Stephen Foster’s Hard Times in the Bayer Broadcast Center. The Foster is the starting point for one of David’s pieces as he explained to Jim Cunningham.