Classical Crossroads

Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. As Duke Ellington said, "There are only two types of music: good music and the other stuff." Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

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Martin Barre - Apr 25, 2016

Jethro Tull Guitarist Martin Barre talks about his hits Auqualung, Cross Eyed Mary Locomotive Breath, why the group called it quits, great moments on the road and much more plus his new album Back to Steel.

Stewart Copeland - Mar 7, 2016

Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland was in Pittsburgh to perform his "They Tyrant's Crush" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He talked to Jim Cunningham about his classical music background, his piece, and his work with "The Police."

Kerry Minnear - Gentle Giant - Dec 15, 2015

Jim Shock talks to Kerry Minnear, member of Gentle Giant, about their illustrious history.

Eileen Ivers - Jul 31, 2015

WQED-FM's Ben Burgess talks to fiddler Eileen Ivers about her musical background. She performs at Hartwood Acres on August 9th, 2015.

Melora Creager - Rasputina - Jul 16, 2015

WQED-FM's Ben Burgess talks to Melora Creager - cellist, vocalist and banjo player in "Rasputina". They are bringing their show to Club Cafe in Pittsburgh on Wednesday August 19th, 2015 at 9pm.

Nick Hilscher - Glen Miller Orchestra - Jul 14, 2015

Nick Hilscher is the Music Director of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The Orchestra is giving a free concert in St. Clair Park in Greensburg, PA for the Summer Sounds series on July 24. Hilscher talks about Glenn's life and the members of his band; Jimmy Stewart in the Glenn Miller Story; and Miller's mysterious disappearance on December 15 1944 flying across the English Channel to give a concert in Paris.

Jon Schmidt of the Piano Guys - Jul 9, 2015

WQED-FM's Ben Burgess talks to Jon Schmidt of the YouTube sensation Piano Guys. They'll be coming to the Benedum Center on August 27, 2015.

Desirae Brown of the 5 Browns - Feb 9, 2015

Desirae Brown is the oldest of five piano-playing siblings who comprise the 5 Browns. They've had 3 CDs at #1 on Billboard Magazine's Classical Album Chart. Their piano ensemble's repertoire ranges from Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, to lesser known works such as Nico Muhly's The Edge of the World and John Novacek's Reflections on Shenandoah. They perform Feb. 9, 2015 at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Herbie Hancock - Oct 30, 2014

Jazz keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock was a primary architect of the "post-bop" sound as a member of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet, and developed electronic jazz-funk fusion on his landmark album, Headhunters. Hancock's creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music has harmonic stylings much like the styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Hancock talks with Jim Cunningham.

Gino Vannelli - May 19, 2014

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talked to Gino Vannelli about his illustrious career and his love of classical music.