Voice of the Arts

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Chris Rawson - Off the Record 2019 - Sep 30, 2019

Chris Rawson stopped by WQED-FM to talk about Off the Record 2019, taking place at the Byham Theater on Thursday October 3, 8pm.  

Joanne Rogers Interview - Sep 27, 2019

Mrs. Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, speaks with Jim Cunningham in the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED about the movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" made by Tom Hanks in the studio where 500 episodes of Mr Rogers neighborhood was produced for PBS. Joanne remembers her late husband and his work dating back to 1954 at WQED.  She talks about the 10 year period of script development and production details - including the number of takes it took to get the tossing of a sneaker from one hand to the other, coaching Tom Hanks on Mr Rogers voice inflection and famous phrases, where the film differs from actual events, the plans for the premiere, and much more. Introduction by WQED CEO Deborah Acklin. Recorded September 26, 2019.

Artist Wayne Brezinka - Sep 27, 2019

Nashville based artist Wayne Brezinka talks about his painting "Mr. Rogers: Just the Way You Are," on display at WQED through the end of 2019 and the national tour for the work which was seen recently at PBS headquarters in Washington D.C. and at an opening at the home of commentator David Brooks. Wayne talks about his work for the New York Times and the Washington Post as an editorial cartoonist and his designs for album covers by bestselling Warner Brothers and Universal artists including George Strait.

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - September 27, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019

The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh opens their season at the First Unitarian Church Friday September 27, 2019 with a reworking of music by Chris Massa sung by Voces Solis with Ryan Keeling directing along with Gerald Finzi, Sibelius and John Corigliano. Conductor Edward Leonard joins Chis and Ryan in the Classical QED Morning show studio with Jim Cunningham

Aruna Quartet - Sep 19, 2019

The Aruna Quartet performs at Thiel College's Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series on September 19th.  Anna Singer had a chat with the group's Will Pyle.



Paul Fireman - Sep 18, 2019

Paul Fireman, Founder of Fireman Creative, talks about the .5k Race "What’s the Point: The Race for Everybody Else," Sunday, September 22nd from noon to 2:30pm in Westinghouse Park in Point Breeze.  The Taylor Allderdice Marching Band will play and they are featured with a great Aretha Franklin hit in this interview.

Matthew Bengtson - Sep 18, 2019

This Thursday, September 19th, 7pm at the James Laughlin Music Center on the Chatham University campus, Matthew Bengtson presents "The Art of Fortepiano," a recital which will include works of JS, CPE, and WF Bach, Haydn, and Mozart.  Matthew stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the recital.



RAD Interview - Jane Werner - Children's Museum - Sep 18, 2019

Get the lastest on the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh with Jane Werner, it's Executive Director, who stopped by WQED-FM.  She talks about the current exhibits, the importance of spending time with your children, and future plans for the museum.  

Pittsburgh Symphony Musician's Day of Music 2019 - Sep 17, 2019

Today, September 17th, is the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchetstra Musician's 4th Annual Day of Music.  PSO musicians will be performing free concerts all day long at various locations around the city.  The day kicked off with a live performance on the QED Morning Show.  Stephanie Tretick, viola; Rhian Kenny, flute; and Lorien Benet Hart, violin performed and talked to Jim Cunningham about their plans for the day.  

Devin Arrington - Pittsburgh Concert Society - Sep 16, 2019

Violinist Devin Arrington joins soprano Agatha Holland and accompanist Akina Kondow for the Major Winners Recital of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Sunday September 22 at 2pm in Kresge Recital Hall . He played the Adagio from the Bach Sonata No1 and his own For the Beauty of Grace live on the QED morning show in between sharing his latest news with Jim Cunningham.