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Stephen Layton - Sep 16, 2019

Conductor Stephen Layton brings the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge England to Calvary Episcopal Church Friday September 20 at 8pm. He tells us about the program with Morton Lauridson’s greatest hit O Magnum Myterium,  John Taverner and working with the composer who was a good friend of the Beatles and Princess Diana, being named Second Best Choir in the world, his favorite John Rutter Christmas Carol, listening to the BBC Radio 3 and his favorite beverage while sitting in a coffee shop in New York near 8th avenue talking on a cell phone.

Lang Lang - Sep 16, 2019

Lang Lang opened the Pittsburgh Symphony season with the Night in Black and White Gala playing the Mozart 24th Concerto and two encores from his Piano Book. He spoke with Jim Cunningham after rehearsal Saturday morning talking about the new sensation of  playing with  a wedding ring and the ceremony at Versailles last summer, playing Beethoven with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, working with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck, going on tour with the orchestra and some favorite restaurants.

Sharon Isbin - Souvenirs of Spain and Italy - Sep 16, 2019

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for an uncommon album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. Souvenirs of Spain & Italy is the first joint recording by these renowned artists and marks Isbin’s Cedille Records debut.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Sharon about the recording.


RAD Interview - Craig Johnson and Eve Goodman - Sep 12, 2019

Craig Johnson and Eve Goodman of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra stopped by to tell us about their upcoming season; the importance of RAD funding; and the satisfaction of seeing how their young musicians develop, both as musicians and as people.

RAD Interview - Chatham Baroque & Renaissance and Baroque - Sep 12, 2019

Scott Pauley and Patricia Halverson visited WQED-FM to talk about the new seasons of Chatham Baroque and Renaissance and Baroque.  Learn how RAD funding has helped their organizations. 

Musica Mundana - "The Echoing Air" - Sep 12, 2019

Musica Mundana, made up of mezzo-soprano Raquel Winnica Young and harpsichordist Justin Wallace, stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about their concerts this weekend featuring guests Nico Chaves, recorders and Erin Ellis, cello.  The concerts take place Friday September 13th, 8pm at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Highland Park, and Sunday September 15th, 2pm at Old St. Luke's Church in Carnegie. 



Aron Zelkowicz - Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival 2019 - Sep 11, 2019

The 2019 Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival takes place on Sunday September 15th at Rodef Shalom temple.  The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival and world-renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer presents a special centenary concert celebrating the Zimro Ensemble's historic global tour in 1919. The Zimro was a sextet of virtuoso musicians who championed early Jewish-themed classical music. Theirs is the story of the immigrant experience and international musical ambassadorship in the early 20th century.  The Festival's Director Aron Zelkowicz spoke with WQED-FM's Joanna Li about the concert.


Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks - Julius Caesar - Sep 9, 2019

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park, presents "Julius Caesar", September 7th through the 29th.  The performances take place in several parks around Pittsburgh.  Some members of the cast stopped by WQED-FM to talk to Anna Singer about the production.



Hillman Performing Arts Center - Dom Flemons - Sep 9, 2019

The Hillman Performing Arts Series at Shady Side Academy kicks off the 2019-2020 season with a solo acoustic performance by Grammy Award-winning folk artist Dom Flemons on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The show takes place in the Peter J. Kountz Theater of the Hillman Center for Performing Arts, located on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus.  Dom Flemons is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes. He is an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills and rhythm bones. His 2018 album, Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard bluegrass chart and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album.   WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke to Dom over the phone about his upcoming Pittsburgh performance.  

Artsburgh - Mitch Swain and Dek Ingraham - Sep 9, 2019

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council CEO Mitch Swain and Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events Dek Ingraham stopped by to talk about "Artsburgh, " a new one-stop-shop events website, promoting and sharing arts and culture events, workshops, openings, and performances.