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Collen Gray and Nanette Kaplan Solomon - Tuesday Musical Club - May 3, 2019

The Tuesday Musical Club Recital Series presents a free recital featuring soprano Colleen Gray with pianist Nanette Kaplan Solomon Tuesday May 7 at 1pm at Rodef Shalom Temple.  Slippery Rock University Professor Colleen Gray has recently published a book with the most comprehensive listings of music by Lee Hoiby. Two sets of Hoiby  songs will be included in the concert and two songs are included in this conversation recorded in the WQED-FM Studio along with Ginastera.  Hear all about it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham. Nanette Kaplan Solomon also has a rundown of the final concert of the season.

Chuck Hudson - Pittsburgh Opera's "Don Pasquale" - May 3, 2019

Stage Director Chuck Hudson talks about Pittsburgh Opera's production of Don Pasquale - why he set it in 1950's Hollywood, and studying with Marcel Marceau.  



Gary Thor Wedow - Pittsburgh Opera's Don Pasquale - May 3, 2019

WQED-FM's Anna Singer interviews conductor Gary Thor Wedow about the music in Donizetti's "Don Pasquale."

Sharon Steele - Workforce Development - May 2, 2019

Future Job Fair Project Advisor Sharon Steele invites you to the Fred Rogers Studio May 15th from 4 to 8pm for a free event with the jobs of today and tomorrow. Sharon has the rundown on the experts, the exhibits, the ipad giveaway, the demonstrations, the tacquitos food truck and much more.

Christopher Powell - Pittsburgh Festival Opera - May 2, 2019

Christopher Powell is the new Executive Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera. He invites you to the gala A Beautiful  Night in the Neighborhood May 11, 6:30 at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with Mrs. Joanne Rogers in attendance where you’ll hear a preview of one of the big events in the summer—a staging to two Fred Rogers operas, Wind Storm in Bubbleland and Spoon Mountain. Jim Cunningham asked Christopher to describe Pittsburgh connections and his work at Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood, Pittsburgh Opera and producing the half time show for the 1995 Super Bowl broadcast. You’ll also hear  a look at the plans for the summer season of Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

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.