Voice of the Arts
Rolf Smedvig, solo trumpet of the Empire Brass, sings the praises of Elizabeth von Trapp, of the famous "Sound of Music" family. Smedvig talks of his work and friendships with Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Berstein, his appearance on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and his utter delight with von Trapp, who until recently was unknown to him.
Artistic Director Greer Reed-Jones presents a retrospective honoring this repertory company's previous artistic directors and dancers. She tells Stephen Baum about a work that premiered on Mister Rogers, a nontraditional Swan Lake, and her own work that combines photos, video, text and dance into a 10-minute tribute to her predecessors danced by the company's two veterans and three new members.
Robert Page conducts the Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir, Repertory Chorus and Philharmonic live on QED 89.3 at noon, Friday, December 3, repeating that evening at 7. Maestro Page gives QED's Stepohen Baum a preview.
The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative debuts with Robert Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe, based on poems by Heinrich Heine. Pianist/musicologist Benjamin Binder and photographer Tom Persinger talk about merging Schumann's 1840 song cycle with evocative contemporary images made using 19th-century photographic methods.
It's the year 2039. A big fish falls from the sky in Alice Springs, Australia, as Andrew Bovell's "When the Rain Stops Falling" begins. Quantum Theater Artistic Director Karla Boos talks about this play's parallel themes of family and environmental crises through time and space from 1959 forward, and from London to Ayers Rock. Known for its site-specific work, Quantum stages this play in the vast former Iron City Brewery through Nov. 21, 2010.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Director Andrew Swensen singles out a few notable films and themes including movies about musicians Glenn Gould, Phil Ochs, and Hildegard von Bingen; a restored and expanded edition of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and a celebration of local filmmaker Tony Buba.
American bass-baritone David Pittsinger performs in the world's major opera houses. He made his Met Opera debut as Truelove in The Rake's Progress, and was named 'Artist of the Year' for his dual portrayals of Mephisto with Pittsburgh Opera in the Gounod and Boito operas. Since 2008, he has sung the role of Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed revival of South Pacific.
Chatham Baroque welcomes its former violinist Julie Andrijeski for concerts of music from Italy, Spain, and France featured in the group's discography. The core members talk about all the programs in their home season, and upcoming collaborations with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, and more.
The Pittsburgh Concert Society begins its 2010-2011 season on Sep. 26 at CMU's Kresge Recital Hall. Pianist Becky Billock is one of two major audition winners on the first concert. She previews her program of works by Mozart, J. S. Bach, and American composers Emma Lou Diemer and Marion Bauer.1121itsosb
Pianist David Allen Wehr, artistic director of Duquesne University's multiple " ... on the Bluff" series, previews three fall concerts providing insights into music by Chopin and Schumann, their masterpieces, innovations, and rarities.