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Matthew Kraemer & Hugh Panaro - Butler County Symphony Orchestra - Sep 29, 2022

WQED discusses the power of music, keeping track of schedules, and the Butler County Symphony's upcoming performance with Maestro Matthew Kraemer and Phantom of the Opera star Hugh Panaro. Butler County Symphony's "Bravo Broadway" concert stars West End Scarlett Strallen and Broadway Hugh Panaro in renditions of Broadway show tunes from Cole Porter to Little Shop of Horrors. The concert is Saturday, October 1st, from 7:30-9:30pm.

Imani Winds - Sep 28, 2022

Wind Quintet, Imani Winds joins WQED’s Lead with Music Fellow, Kamera Dorsey, to discuss their work with Chamber Music Pittsburgh, critically acclaimed album “Bruits”, what keeps them going, and some nuggets of wisdom for the next generation of musical creatives! 


To support the work of Imani Winds please visit: https://imaniwinds.com

Amanda Peters & Kelsea Collins - Carnegie Library - Sep 28, 2022

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archivist Amanda Peters and Kelsea Collins, Adult Services Librarian, talk with Jim Cunningham about the Radical Days free event Historic Pittsburgh Fair at the Carnegie Library Main Branch on the second floor on October 15th at 1pm.  The Radical Day event includes library tours, a presentation by Rick Sebak, and multiple special guests including Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Squirrel Hill Historical Society, Historical Glass Pittsburgh, Lawrenceville Historical Society, Northland Public Library, Chatham University Special Collections, and many more.

For more information - https://www.carnegielibrary.org/event/historic-pittsburgh-fair/

Vivica Genaux - Idaspe - Sep 22, 2022

Anna Singer spoke with Vivica Genaux, who sings the role of Dario in Quantum Theater's production of "Idaspe" at the Byham Theater October 7th through the 15th.



John Holiday - Idaspe - Sep 22, 2022

Anna Singer spoke with John Holiday, who sings the role of Idaspe in Quantum Theater's production of "Idaspe" at the Byham Theater October 7th through the 15th.

John Devlin - Wheeling Symphony Orchestra - Sep 22, 2022

Yo-Yo Ma plays the John Williams Cello Concerto with John Devlin conducting the opening night celebration of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra at the Capitol Theater Thursday September 29th at 7:30pm. John Devlin discuses the program of American Stories with Caroline Shaw and a world premiere of Migrations in Rhythm: A Concerto for Beatbox and Rhyme by Evan Meier with Christylez Bacon and a new arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner by Enrico Lopez Yanez. It's a return for Yo-Yo Ma - he first played Wheeling at age 17. There is a reception afterward.  John also discusses the season to come with Jim Cunningham and relays a few highlights from his work with Gianandrea Noseda and Christoph Eschenbach at the National Symphony before arriving in Wheeling.

Edward Leonard & Andrew Swensen - Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Sep 22, 2022

Edward Leonard, the Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, and Executive Director Andrew Swensen talk with Jim Cunningham about their collaboration with Imani Winds on Saturday night September 24th, 7:30 PM in Levy Hall of Rodef Shalom Temple.   There will be music by Boris Blacher and Jeff Scott on the program.  How did the opener with "From the Canyons to the Stars" by Olivier Messiaen go?   What’s next in December? It’s all here.



Stephanie Rolland & Cathryn Calhoun - Sep 21, 2022

Stephanie Rolland, Theater Curator, and Cathryn Calhoun, Senior Manager of Education and Community Engagement for the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, discuss their special free events for Radical Days - "Behind the Red Door--Step Into the American Century Cycle" on Saturday September 24th and Community Day at Hazelwood Green Plaza on Saturday, October 1st with music, vendors and food, plus many ways to explore the world of August Wilson and his theatrical masterpieces.



Organist Gail Archer - Sep 20, 2022

Internationally renowned organist, Dr. Gail Archer, sat down with Voice of the Arts to discuss her upcoming performance in Pittsburgh, as well as her newest recordings of contemporary Polish and Ukrainian composers.  Dr. Gail Archer's free to attend performance of selected works will be held at St. Bernard's Church in Mount Lebanon, October 16th at 3pm.

Naomi Allen - Sep 20, 2022

On today’s episode, Kamera Dorsey is joined by visual and musical artist Naomi Allen also known as Queen of Nairobi to chat about mental health, knowing your worth as an artist and the difficult work of navigating Pittsburgh’s art scene as a black woman. 

Check out what Naomi is up to on her site: http://queenofnairobi.net

This episode briefly mentions the guests’ experience with sexual assault and suicidal thoughts, viewer discretion is advised.  

* Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of WQED Multimedia.