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David Newell - Jul 30, 2018

Mr. McFeely Speedy Delivery David Newell dropped in to encourage listeners to join in for screenings of "Won’t You Be My Neighbor" at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville and at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont.   David tells us about Lincoln Maazel who coached Mary Martin, and the delights of the film which has received a 99% positive rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. David talks about Fred Rogers and his part in the movie.

Emily Ruby - Heinz History Center - Jul 26, 2018

WQED-FM’s Gary Lenigan met with Emily Ruby, a curator from the Heinz History Center in the Strip District to discuss the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood exhibit. Since 2015, The Heinz History Center’s 4th floor Special Collections Gallery has been home to many original set pieces from WQED’s studios. For the 50th anniversary of the show’s premier this year, they have chosen to set out two special items belonging to Fred Rogers himself that are usually kept in storage.

Bell'Art Ensemble - Jul 26, 2018

This Friday (July 27th) at 7:30pm, the Bell'Art Ensemble presents a concert by Laura Knoop Very at Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside.  Laura and some members of the Ensemble stopped by Afternoon Classics with Anna Singer to talk about the concert.



Joe Newcomer and Kieren MacMillan - Jul 25, 2018

Joe Newcomer and Kieren MacMilan join us to discuss their upcoming musical "The Gray Cat and the Flounder!" Joe, who is a long time supporter of PNME and WQED, commissioned a musical dedicated to his wife Bernadette, who was very special to Joe. He asked Kieren MacMilan to bring his cartoons, "The Gray Cat and the Flounder" which depict his life with Bernadette, to life on stage. Listen to learn more about Joe and Bernadette's marriage and how it became a musical!

Munich Opera Festival - Jul 25, 2018

Rachel Miller spoke with F. Paul Driscoll; the Editor-in-Chief of Opera News magazine, about the Munich Opera Festival happening now through July 31st in Germany. Driscoll also discusses the issue of Opera News covering the festival, and gives an insight into the upcoming season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

David Allen Wehr - Moscow on the Bluff - Jul 24, 2018

Pianist and Artistic Director of the Moscow on the Bluff series at Duquesne University David Allen Wehr explains the plan for the upcoming season which starts Sunday July 29 at 3pm. David plays Rachmaninoff live in the studio on the Gibson Capital Management Steinway. 

West Hills Symphonic Band - Jul 24, 2018

The West Hills Symphonic Band returns to Bach, Beethoven and Brunch this Sunday morning (July 29th) at 10:30am in Mellon Park.  Clem Rolin and Tom Snyder stopped by WQED to talk about the concert and playing in the outdoors.



Bill Purse - Guitar Day with Joe Negri - Jul 20, 2018

Rachel Miller spoke with professor Bill Purse from Duquesne University about this Saturday's (July 21) Guitar Day with Joe Negri: A Guitar and Bass Workshop. Pittsburgh guitarist Joe Negri will be presenting his master class from 1-2pm in the Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University. Mayor Bill Peduto will be in attendance at the event to present Mr. Negri with a proclamation and a key-to-the-city in honor of his 45 years of service as a faculty member at the music school. For more information or to get tickets for the event go to: www.duq.edu/academics/schools/music/city-music-center/cmc-summer-music/guitar-day-with-joe-negri.

Randy Heide - Pine Creek Community Band - Jul 18, 2018

WQED-FM's Rachel Miller talked with Randy Heide, the conductor of the Pine Creek Community Band.  They'll be performing at this week's Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert - Sunday July 22nd, 10:30am at Mellon Park in Shadyside.   



Guy Russo - Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Sponsorship Concert - Jul 18, 2018

WQED-FM's Rachel Miller interviews Guy Russo about the 2018 Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Sponsorship Concert.  


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