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Joe Negri - Apr 25, 2013

Jazz guitarist Joe Negri talks with Jim Cunningham about a fundraising tribute to endow a jazz guitar scholarship at Duquesne University, Negri talks about his life in jazz, some fellow jazz masters, and his work in broadcasting including as Handyman Negri on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

PJMF's Aron Zelkowicz, director of "The Dybbuk" - Apr 25, 2013

The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival & Pittsburgh Symphony Music for the Spirit Festival co-present "The Dybbuk," a chamber opera by Ofer Ben-Amots based on S. Ansky's play of love and demonic possession based on a Jewish folk lore. Aron Zelkowicz, PJMF's founding director, talks about combining many disicplines to stage this event at the New Hazlett Theater, Apr. 25 & 28, 2013.

James Gourlay - Apr 24, 2013

River City Brass director James Gourlay talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about the band's May concerts and its imminent tour of Italy. (QED's Ted Sohier will report on air and online during the tour.)

PBT's Terrence Orr on "Cinderella" - Apr 18, 2013

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dances to Prokofiev's score with the PBT Orchestra. Artistic Director Terrence Orr talks about the contributions of secondary roles in Septime Webre's (Peter Pan) choreographic telling of "Cinderella," April 19-21 at the Benedum Center.

Ebene Quartet's Mathieu Herzog - Apr 15, 2013

Violist Mathieu Herzog explains the name of the Ebene Quartet, talks about their signature jazz encores, and their Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society program of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

Musical Journey of Bishop Martinez Compañón - Apr 11, 2013

Renaissance & Baroque's season finale features Chatham Baroque with guest director Tom Zajac in music collected by a bishop on his travels through late 18th-century Peru,performed with projected illustrations from Companon's manuscript. Piffaro's Tom Zajac and Chatham Baroque violinist Andrew Fouts give a preview.

Sarah Stern - Apr 10, 2013

1997 WQED-FM Musical Kid Sarah Stern is now the harpist at the Teatro Colon, South America's most famous opera house, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During a visit home to Pittsburgh, she talks about her life in music.

Ted Pappas on "Thurgood" - Apr 1, 2013

Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas directs the one-man play "Thurgood" by George Stevens, Jr., starring Montae Russell. "Thurgood" is described as an"eye-opening, humorous, and uplifting portrait of a true American hero." The play follows America's first African-American Supreme Court justice from his youth in Baltimore to his work on some of the most important cases in U. S. history.

Yoland Collin, PBT Pianist - Mar 15, 2013

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre company pianist Yoland Collin plays Etudes by Virgil Thomson as the company dances "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes" by Mark Morris through March 17 at the August Wilson Center. The dance program "Unspoken" also includes Balanchine's "Serenade" and Tudor's "Lilac Garden." The Belgian-born pianist speaks about Thomson's seldom-heard Etudes, which are delightful, folk-infused gems.

"Miss Music Nerd" Linda Kernohan - Mar 14, 2013

Composer and pianist Linda Kernohan is perhaps best known as the classical music blogger “Miss Music Nerd,” now an annual correspondent at the Grammy Awards. Now living in Pittsburgh, she holds degrees in music from New York University and U. C. Berkeley. Linda Kernohan's most recent commission was a concerto for the San Diego Symphony and she visited Jim Cunningham to talk about her March 17 piano recital, the Grammys, and missmusicnerd.com.

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