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Bach Choir's Thomas Douglas - Feb 9, 2014

You've never heard Faure's and Durufle's Requiems like this: each liturgical setting by one composer followed by the same text as set by the other. Artistic Director Thomas Douglas takes his singers downtown for "A Mass Affair: French Kiss" with orchestra and organ on Valentine's weekend.

Robert Qualters - Feb 7, 2014

McKeesport-born artist Robert Qualters talks about his works featured in a retrospective at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the new book, "Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies," by Vicky Clark. He also discusses the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Bonnard, Lepper, Warhol, Diebenkorn, Hopper, and other artists.

Simone Dinnerstein - Feb 4, 2014

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein talks about her latest recording of Bach Inventions & Sinfonias, as well as some of her unusual projects: peforming in prisons, and recording an album with a singer-songwriter.

Quantum Theatre "Madagascar" - Feb 3, 2014

Quantum Theater occupies a former bank lobby in The Carlyle building for Madagascar, a memory play in which a mother, her daughter, and an economist all visit the same hotel room in Rome – although years apart – to create a tapestry of interwoven monologues. Directed by Sheila McKenna, Madagascar runs through Feburary 16th.

The Mountaintop - Jan 29, 2014

Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning play, "The Mountaintop," reimagines the final night of Martin Luther King's life in Room 306 of the Lorraine motel in Memphis. Albert Jones plays Dr. King, and Bianca LaVerne Jones plays the sassy (but fictional) hotel maid Camae, who comes to bring him coffee, and stays to guide him through some late-night soul-searching.

Wade Russo on "Company" - Jan 26, 2014

Stephen Sondheim's Manhattan musical "Company" is directed by Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas through Feb. 23rd. Musical Director F. Wade Russo analyzes the songs and dramatic themes of this centerpiece of Pittsburgh Public Theater's "Masterpiece" season.

Pianist & conductor Ian Hobson - Jan 23, 2014

Classical music fans could literally be all aTwitterâ„¢ on Jan. 27th, when Ian Hobson conducts and solos with the Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra at a concert with a designated section of "Tweet Seats." Mr. Hobson talks about the program and his ties with CMU's Andres Cardenes.

Jayne Adair re: Ayelet Waldman - Jan 22, 2014

Jayne Adair, of the Pgh Arts & Lectures series previews the Jan. 27th visit of writer Ayelet Waldman, wife of novelist Michael Chabon, who'll speak about her essay, Bad Mother, and her upcoming novel, Love and Treasure, which re-frames the tragic story of WW2's Hungarian gold train, found abandoned and filled with treasure.

David Crawford in "Poe's Last Night" - Jan 13, 2014

Pittsburgh actor David Crawford gained fame as Dr. Foster in George Romero's horror classic, Dawn of the Dead. Now, he's reanimating Edgar Allan Poe in his one-man show "Poe's Last Night," which presents the writer's demise as "his greatest mystery." Mr. Crawford talks about the development of his play, and about Poe's genius.

David Allen Wehr - Beethoven on the Bluff - Jan 7, 2014

Pianist David Allen Wehr continues his Beethoven on the Bluiff Series at Duquesne University with Violin Sonatas Nos. 4 & 5 (the "Spring" sonata) featuring Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, and PSO Principal Cellist Anne Martindale Williams in Beethoven's first two cello sonatas. Mr. Wehr talks about these sonatas' roles in the development of Romantic-era music.