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Brian Worsdale - Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra - May 9, 2019

Conductor Brian Worsdale completes his first season in charge of with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra on Sunday evening, May 12th, 7pm at Carnegie Music Hall with a free concert including Mahler’s Fifth Symphony along with performances from the Wind Symphony and Symphonette plus a Vivaldi Concerto played by the Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Contrabassoon James Rodgers. The complete plan and observations on the state of music education in the world in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Lindsey Goodman and Daniel Nesta Curtis - May 8, 2019

Lindsey Goodman, flute and conductor Daniel Nesta Curtis stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about this weekend's Resonance Works Pittsburgh Concerts at Levy Hall.  Lindsey is playing a world premiere concerto by Nancy Galbraith.  

Maria Sensi Sellner & Nancy Galbraith - May 7, 2019

Resonance Works Pittsburgh present's "American Serenade" May 11th and 12th, 2019 at Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation.   The program features works by Bernstein, Copland, Joan Tower, and a piece by Pittsburgh based composer Nancy Galbraith.  Resonance Works Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner and composer Diana Galbraith stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the concerts.



Chuck Hudson - Pittsburgh Opera's "Don Pasquale" - May 3, 2019

Stage Director Chuck Hudson talks about Pittsburgh Opera's production of Don Pasquale - why he set it in 1950's Hollywood, and studying with Marcel Marceau.  



Gary Thor Wedow - Pittsburgh Opera's Don Pasquale - May 3, 2019

WQED-FM's Anna Singer interviews conductor Gary Thor Wedow about the music in Donizetti's "Don Pasquale."

Kevin Glavin - Pittsburgh Opera's "Don Pasquale" - May 3, 2019

Kevin Glavin talks to WQED-FM's Anna Singer about his role as "Don Pasquale" in the Pittsburgh Opera production.



Lisette Oropesa - Pittsburgh Opera's "Don Pasquale" - May 3, 2019

Lisette Oropesa returns to Pittsburgh to sing the role of Norina in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Don Pasquale."  She tells WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the role and some of the moments she looks forward to in the opera.



Collen Gray and Nanette Kaplan Solomon - Tuesday Musical Club - May 3, 2019

The Tuesday Musical Club Recital Series presents a free recital featuring soprano Colleen Gray with pianist Nanette Kaplan Solomon Tuesday May 7 at 1pm at Rodef Shalom Temple.  Slippery Rock University Professor Colleen Gray has recently published a book with the most comprehensive listings of music by Lee Hoiby. Two sets of Hoiby  songs will be included in the concert and two songs are included in this conversation recorded in the WQED-FM Studio along with Ginastera.  Hear all about it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham. Nanette Kaplan Solomon also has a rundown of the final concert of the season.

Sharon Steele - Workforce Development - May 2, 2019

Future Job Fair Project Advisor Sharon Steele invites you to the Fred Rogers Studio May 15th from 4 to 8pm for a free event with the jobs of today and tomorrow. Sharon has the rundown on the experts, the exhibits, the ipad giveaway, the demonstrations, the tacquitos food truck and much more.

Christopher Powell - Pittsburgh Festival Opera - May 2, 2019

Christopher Powell is the new Executive Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera. He invites you to the gala A Beautiful  Night in the Neighborhood May 11, 6:30 at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with Mrs. Joanne Rogers in attendance where you’ll hear a preview of one of the big events in the summer—a staging to two Fred Rogers operas, Wind Storm in Bubbleland and Spoon Mountain. Jim Cunningham asked Christopher to describe Pittsburgh connections and his work at Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood, Pittsburgh Opera and producing the half time show for the 1995 Super Bowl broadcast. You’ll also hear  a look at the plans for the summer season of Pittsburgh Festival Opera.