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Andres Cardenes and Dmitri Papadimitriou - Sep 19, 2016

Pianist Dmitri Papadimitriou and CMU Director of Orchestral Activities Andres Cardenes discuss the CMU Chamber Music Series at Kresge Theater which opens September 26. The topics include the plans for the upcoming season of the CMU Philharmonic.

Margaret Forbes - Sep 14, 2016

The Executive Director of the Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA, Margaret Forbes, discusses upcoming events including To Carnegie with Love - a musical love letter to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s 115 years of service and programming on October 1. Bell’Art Ensemble will perform – Bizet, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Schumann. It concludes with Tango!

Johnstown Symphony Music Director James Blachly - Sep 12, 2016

The new Music Director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, James Blachly, talks about the season and his wide ranging career with a Stravinsky Rite of Spring Dance Party, the Boston Philharmonic, his affiliation with The Trinity Church Wall Street, The Dream Unfinished, Experiential Orchestra, highlights of the season including premieres by William Grant Still and Adam Schoenberg, plus Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Dan Sonenberg & Sam Helfrich - Pittsburgh Opera's "The Summer King" - Sep 9, 2016

Pittsburgh Opera world premiere opera composer Dan Sonenberg and Stage Director Sam Helfrich discuss their new opera about baseball legend Josh Gibson The Summer King with opening night April 29th 2017 at the Benedum Center.

David Allen Wehr - Sep 8, 2016

David Alan Wehr plays the Schubert A Major Sonata Opus 120 live in the Bayer Broadcast Center for the Arts on the Gibson Capital Management Steinway to preview the Schubert on the Bluff series beginning September 11th, 3pm at Duquesne University with faculty and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The Schubert you will hear and Copland are featured on the concert.

Edward Leonard and Chris Massa - Sep 7, 2016

Enjoy a conversation with Edward Leonard and composer Chris Massa about Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh and their recent performances conducted by Edward Leonard. On Sunday, September 11th, 4pm at First Unitarian Church, the Orchestra opens their season with Haydn’s Passione Symphony No 49, a world premiere by Chris Massa American Requiem with Voces Solis and the Charles Ives Unanswered Question featuring trumpet Erin Yanacek.

Nikesha Moore and Natasha Scaife - Sep 1, 2016

Jim Cunningham speaks with pianist composer and vocalist Nikesha Moore and Westmoreland County Community College student Natasha Scaife who will present "Focus on You." Nikesha Moore is a pianist and vocalist who believes Music Heals. Her concert “Focus on You” will present 12 recent song compositions Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC). Gabrielle Skillings provides a piano prelude followed by the Franklin Regional Murrysville Drumline and Band, the Macedonia Baptist Mime Group and actors, singers, dancers and drummers including Bella Gant - a hand balancer, dancer and contortionist - Janet’s Dance Studio in Irwin, the Pazaz Christian Dance Academy and Ruth Ringstad,violin. Westmoreland student Natasha Scaife serves as MC. Nikesha Moore can be seen on Youtube playing Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 which she played as a competition winner.

Nathan Carterette - Sep 1, 2016

Jim Cunningham speaks with Nathan Carterette, who introduces the Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, part of his concert "Poets of the Piano Fantasia" in Saecula Saeculorum Friday September 2 2016 12:10 pm at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill . The program includes Mozart’s Fatasia in c minor k.475 and the Schubert Wanderer Fantasy. The concert will also be given on Friday September 9 at 12:30 at Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Greentree. More information at nathancarterette.com

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park - Sep 1, 2016

Jim Cunningham speaks with Charles Beikert, Director of the "Comedy of Errors," and Jenifer Tober, Founder of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, with an excerpt from the play. The performances take place September 3rd at Frick Park; Sept.10-11 at Highland park; September 17-18 at Arsenal Park; and September 24-25 at Frick Park. All shows start at 2pm and are free. For information, 412 404-8531 and pittsburghshakespeare.com.

Ben Vereen - Aug 24, 2016

On September 17th, 2016, The Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy presents Ben Vereen. His show - Steppin' Out Live With Ben Vereen is a unique blend of artistry, combining a homage to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and a special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. The performance is filled with song and dance, stories of his life and a great deal of humor. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Mr. Vereen about his storied career and what people can expect from his show in Pittsburgh.