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Rick Sebak - Don't Stand Up - May 2, 2019

WQED’s Rick Sebak previews his new program Don’t Stand Up airing on WQED13 at 8pm Thursday May 2019. The Kennywood summer mood continues in part three of an amusement park spectacular drawn from over 120 hours of sparkling footage most never seen since it was shot in 1988.  

Frances Debroff - Apr 26, 2019

Violist Frances Debroff is packing for Paris leaving her home town May 1 where she played countless concerts in the pit of the Benedum Center for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet. She remembers Andre Previn, Lorin Maazel, William and Eleanor  Benswanger, and the many musicians she’s worked with at the St Bart’s Music Festival which she founded over 35 years ago. Frances served as a board member of many arts organizations including service as chair for Chamber Music Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Association and Pittsburgh Youth Symphony where she worked closely with Marie and Lincoln Maazel as a former member of the Youth Symphony. Frances remembers her father’s close association with violinist Nathan Milstein and her connection to Duquesne University where a scholarship exists in her name. Daughter Jill chimes in at the end of the conversation and Frances fill us in on her son too.  She talks about two recordings she made with musicians who’ve appeared at the festival on the island including St Bart’s Style and Stravinsky’s L’histoire de Soldat.

Noah Bendix-Balgley - Apr 26, 2019

Noah Bendix Balgley, former Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster and now in Berlin with the Philharmonic, returns to Pittsburgh with Robert Levin, piano and Peter Wiley, cello to play two Schubert Trios on Monday May 6th at 7:30pm. He talked with Jim Cunningham from his home in Berlin about the program and details the latest from the Berlin Philharmonic schedule, the incoming Music Director Kirill Petrenko, the Berlin scene, recordings of the Berlin Philharmonic to add to your collection, the Baden Baden Easter Festival with Verdi’s Otello, working in the Digital Concert Hall, and yes he’s still happily married!

Kassia Ensemble - new CD - Apr 26, 2019

The all women Kassia Ensemble joins trumpet soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden for a concert at Unity Presbyterian Church on Greentree Road on Wednesday evening, May 1st, with selections from their new cd on the Summit label.  Katya Janpoladyan, cello, Dawn Posey, violin, Rachel Stutzman Cohen, clarinet and Ashley Freeburn have the latest happenings with the group and where to have dinner before the program.

Thomas Douglas - Bach Choir - The Beatles - Apr 25, 2019

The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh's next concert features music of.....The Beatles!   Thomas Douglas gives us the low down on the concerts, taking place May 4th and 5th at Mr. Small's Theater.  

Robert Mealy - Apr 19, 2019

Chatham Baroque and Renaissance and Baroque presents the Quicksilver Ensemble at Synod Hall April 27 with Julie Andrijewski and Robert Mealy violins. Robert Mealy is in charge of Juilliard’s Historical Performance department.  He plays the violin in the King’s Noyce and has performed widely in many ensembles around the world. He told Jim Cunningham he loves playing in Pittsburgh and he revealed the complete plan for Stile Moderno: New Music from 17th Century Italy.  

Resonance Works - American Serenade - Apr 19, 2019

The Chrysalis Duo of flutist/mezzo-soprano Lindsey Goodman and pianist/tenor Robert Frankenberry perform "A Pittsburgh Serenade" on Wednesday May 1st, 7:00 PM at Bar Marco!  Join Chrysalis in the Union Hall for an evening of intimate music making for flute, piano, and voices featuring world premiere commissions by Nancy Galbraith and Frankenberry, works by beloved Pittsburgh composers David Stock and Roger Zahab, and musical treats by Kieren MacMillan, Alla Cohen, and Aaron Copland, all while enjoying delicious food and drinks in Pittsburgh's Strip District.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer discussed the concert with Lindsey Goodman and Resonance Works Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner.

Tina Faigen and Robert Schultz - Apr 18, 2019

Chatham University Music Program presents - Schultz, Faigen and Friends - a concert of premieres by Robert Schulz - featuring Tina Faigen, piano, Anna Singer, soprano, Mary Beth Malek, clarinet, Paula Tuttle, cello and Walter Morales, piano.  Presented by Music for Food at the James Laughlin Music Hall and Chatham University on Saturday, April 20th at 3:00pm.  Three works will be premiered - Eight Songs for Soprano and Piano, Op. 50 with the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op. 52 performed by the Zaffiro Trio and Finale for 1 piano - 4 Hands, Op. 47 with Tina Faigen and Walter Morales.

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show - Apr 16, 2019

Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Performs Series presents "The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show," Tuesday April 23rd 2019, 7pm at the Mattress Factory on 500 Sampsonia Way. Tom Roberts accompanies the silent films "The Rink," "The Pawn Shop" and "Kid Auto Races at Venice California" in his own score with Mary Beth Malek on clarinet. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, they describe the genius of Charlie Chaplin, provide details on the event, and talk about the music they will play along with four excerpts from the score or the films recorded in the WQED-FM studio.

Erika Cuenca - The Heiress - Apr 16, 2019

Erika Cuenca is The Heiress, Catherine Sloper in the PICT Theater production at the Fred Rogers studio through April 27. Directed by Alan Stanford and adapted from the novel ‘Washington Square’ by Henry James and set in the 1850s of New York City, The Heiress tells the story of a wealthy but insecure young woman, desperate for love, who meets a dashing but penniless bachelor. Despite the influence of her overly controlling father she dreams and hopes. Is this the prince she hoped would come along or a money-hungry scoundrel taking advantage of an innocent girl? Dad doesn’t approve of Morris Townsend her love interest. Who is the villain in this play? The story was a play and a film directed by William Wyler starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift and Ralph Richardson. Erika is a graduate of Point Park University and a veteran of the Pittsburgh acting community appearing for Pittsburgh Public Theater, PICT, City Theatre, Quantum Theater and Off The Wall Productions. Spoiler alerts, deep insight and warm humor emerge in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.