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John McDaniel - Pittsburgh Public Theater - Apr 16, 2019

CMU Grad John McDaniel is the Music Director for Indecent, Paula Vogel’s play at Pittsburgh Public Theater through May 19. Based on incredible true events, this story of a Jewish playwright and his resilient acting troupe unfolds with unexpected joy, beautiful stagecraft, and the contagious melodies of a live Klezmer band lead by Janice Coppola. In 1923, Sholem Asch’s first play opens on Broadway—a love story between two women set in a brothel—and scandal erupts when the entire cast is arrested for obscenity. Indecent unearths the perilous history of this groundbreaking work of literature, and reveals the way art can deeply connect us even in a world unravelling. John McDaniel has won several Emmy’s for his work as Music Director for the Rosie O’Donnell show. He won a Grammy for Bernadette Peter’s Annie Get Your Gun soundtrack, worked extensively with Patty Lupone and with numerous hit shows on Broadway including Greasse. Plus you walk on his name if you attend events at the CMU Theaters where he’s appeared on the walk of fame for some time. His memories of Mel Shapiro and work in Pittsburgh including serving as accompanist for Fred Rogers along with thoughts about how music drives the action of Indecent.

James Blachly - Musical Friendships - Apr 12, 2019

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra performs a concert titled "Musical Friendships" - Saturday April 13th, 7:30pm at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.   Maestro James Blachly and soloist Owen Dalby talk about the concert with WQED-FM's Anna Singer.

Monique Mead - Cuban Volta Foundation Project - Apr 12, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University professor Monique Mead brought in a student from her Collaborative Project in Music Entrepreneurship class to discuss her ongoing project from the semester. Yalyen Savignon discusses her non-profit project; The Volta Music Foundation; that seeks to provide students in Cuba with musical equipment and supplies.

Monique Mead - Afghan Women Refugee Project - Apr 12, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University professor Monique Mead brought in three students from her Art of Audience Engagement class to discuss their ongoing projects from the semester. Theresa Abalos discusses a project involving Afghan Refugee women in Pittsburgh, Emily Galllagher discusses 'Yoga with Musicians: A Transformative Yoga Experience with Live Music', and Evan Tegley discusses 'Virtuosi in the Making'; a project involving CMU's Osher students.

Attack Theater - The Rube Goldberg Variations - Apr 12, 2019

Nathan Carterette, Dan Fleegle, and Flavio Chamis stopped by WQED to talk about their upcoming project, "The Rube Goldberg Variations" happening at the New Hazlett Theater on April 25-28. The show combines J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations with dance and acting. You can find more information at www.attacktheatre.com/goldberg .

Arsenal Duo - Apr 12, 2019

The Arsenal Duo with organist Edward Alan Moore and pianist Nathan Carterette perform a free concert in the Cathedral Concert series at East Liberty Presbyterian Church at 3pm on Sunday April 12 2019. The centerpiece is Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Dr. Moore and Nathan stopped by the QED Morning Show on Friday to preview the event with a recording made at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.

Guitarist Michael Chapdelaine - Apr 12, 2019

Guitarist Michael Chapdelaine performs tomorrow night as part of the Pittsburgh Classical Guitar Society concert series.  The concert takes place on Saturday April 13th, 7pm at Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill.  Michael stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the concert.

 

 

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - April 12, 2019 - Apr 11, 2019

The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh concludes their season with a world premiere by Jeffrey Nytch April 12 7:30 at the First Unitarian Church. Jeffrey will hear Anne Moskal play the violin with Edward Leonard conducting. Jeffrey and Edward stopped by the QED morning show to talk about Bartok’s Music for Strings Percussion and Celesta which is on the program and they brought a recording of the Mendelssohn String Symphony heard in the January 2019 concert of Chamber Orchestra Pittsburgh.

Becky Billock - Apr 11, 2019

Becky Billock gives a complete rundown on her new cd Mother Earth and the concert and release party at Rodef Shalom TempleApril 28 at 2:30pm. She also plays a selection live on the Gibson Capital management Steinway at WQED-FM--- Seule dans le Foret by Germaine Tailleferre

William Wang and Oliver Choo - Apr 10, 2019

Violinist William Wang and pianist Oliver Choo will perform at the Pittsburgh Concert Society's Young Winner's Recital this Sunday (April 14th), 2pm at Kresge Hall.   They stopped by to perform the 4th movement of the Brahms Sonatensatz, and to talk about their musical education.  

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