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Betsy Burleigh of the Mendelssohn Choir - Nov 11, 2013

Music Director Betsy Burleigh conducts a free concert as Rodef Shalom presents the Mendelssohn Choir in the sanctuary on Nov. 11. Ms. Burleigh talks about the program, which ranges from early baroque Carissimi to 20th-century Ginastera. She also previews upcoming PSO Pops concerts which will use the choir in film music by Danny Elfman.

Rob Zellers - Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest - Nov 5, 2013

Pittsburgh Public Theater Director of Education Rob Zellers (co-author of "The Chief") anticipates the 20th Anniversary of PPT's Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest. He talks about the project's history, how to enroll, and solicits comments from past participants for a commemorative book.

Quantum Theater - Karla Boos & Cameron Knight - Nov 4, 2013

Cameron Knight plays demolitions expert Ned in Jez Butterworth's darkly-comic Parlour Song, staged by Quantum Theatre. A veteran of regional theaters and Shakespeare festivals, Knight teaches acting at CMU. Boos chose a venue at the Waterfront to mirror the play's civilization-on-the-edge-of-wilderness vibe.

Daniel Meyer of the Westmoreland Symphony - Oct 30, 2013

Westmoreland Symphony Music Director Daniel Meyer previews the orchestra's Nov. 2nd opening concert featuring works by Handel and Ravel, and Bach's Magnificat featuring the WSO's new Chamber Singers. Maestro Meyer also brings news from his Erie Philharmonic and Asheville Symphony posts.

Andrew S. Paul of The Phoenix - Oct 29, 2013

After Andrew S. Paul was replaced as Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater earlier this year, he was invited by Mark Southers to co-found a new theater company, known as The Phoenix. Andrew Paul talks about the mission of this new company, its first two productions, and how this new company will fit into the Pittsburgh theater scene.

Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet - Oct 28, 2013

Raised in Squirrel Hill, Daniel Phillips and his brother Todd are the violinists of the Orion String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at Lincoln Center. They return for the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society to play Schubert's Death and the Maiden quartet, plus works by Haydn and Bartok. Daniel talks about the music, and his musical roots in Pittsburgh.

Monster Mass - Oct 24, 2013

Artistic Director and conductor Thomas Douglas talks about the opening of the Bach Choir's "MASSive Season," beginning with a "Monster Mass" program that pairs William Byrd's a capella Mass for Four Voices and Anton Bruckner's expansive Mass in E minor with the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble.

Maria Sensi Sellner of Resonance Works - Oct 22, 2013

Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner has founded a new company, Resonance Works, that will stage the first Pittsburgh production of Verdi's Macbeth in 27 years. A Western PA native, Ms. Sellner is Interim Director of Choral Studies at CMU, where she will lead the annual Holiday Concert.

Measure Back - Christopher McElroen - Oct 21, 2013

OBIE-award winning director Christopher McElroen stages the world premiere of Measure Back for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. It traces the history of war, with Homer's Iliad as a starting point, and employs video and cellphones to create a dialog about what provokes war, and how we experience war in our living rooms.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Oct 18, 2013

City Theater Artistic Director Tracy Brigden directs the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, on stage through November 3rd. Ms. Brigden talks about Durang's comedy, and City Theater's November Hamburg Studio Theater offering, Jessica Dickey's "Charles Ives Take Me Home."