Voice of the Arts
Blackwood Music Scholarship Board member Katerina Istomin joins founder Ben Robertson to explain how to enter and win a substantial cash prize for high school age musicians. Ben tells us about the theater organ and concert series in his Harrisville Home, the clock tower and guest quarters which he designed and built as a life time dream after 35 years running the Blackwood Gallery in the North Hills.
Pittsburgh Musical Theater presents a double bill Beginning February 1 2018 and running through the 11th – We Will Rock You and Evil Dead: The Musical – will be at PMT’s Gargaro Theater, 327 S. Main St., in the city’s West End. The Director, Principals from the cast introduce the music we’ll hear. Colleen Doyno Executive Director, David Toole Galileo in We Will Rock You and Alex Noble, Kashoggi in We Will Rock You with Nick Mitchell, Director of Evil Dead, the Musical.
Leah de Gruyl talks about her role as Jessie in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "The Long Walk."
Glenn Lewis talks about the music in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "The Long Walk."
Frances Rabalais talks about the stage direction in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "The Long Walk."
Benjamin Taylor talks about his role as Brian in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "The Long Walk."
Sunday January 21st, 6pm, at First Unitarian Church, the Incidental Chamber Players perform music from Asia. Some members of the group stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the concert.
Joe Miller standing in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel rest stop on their way to St Louis, the conductor of the Westminster Choir, talks about the grand finale of the winter tour in Pittsburgh at Calvary Episcopal Church Sunday January 14 at 5pm. He lets us in on the beauty of the Frank Martin Mass for Double Choir and the Randall Thompson Alleluia which the choir will sing along with two composers directly connected with the choir Joel Phillips and Tim Brent . Maestro Miller describes the special features of the choir which has sung with Gustavo Dudamel and Yannick Nezet Seguin, Andrew Manze and many other great conductors and orchestras and tells us the concert will be in honor of Elsie and Henry Hillman. Elsie and her Mom both enjoyed a long relationship with the Westminster Choir which sang at Elsie’s memorial service.
Music for Food presents a delicious afternoon at Chatham University with Juilliard Faculty member Catherine Cho violin and pianist Tina Faigen at 3pm January 14 in the James Laughlin Music Hall. Mozart, Faure, Scarlatti, Eugene Phillips last work and Robert Schultz’ Fantasy in a Pittsburgh premiere. Donations benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food band.
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers talking from a studio in Los Angeles fills us in on her new cd Fantasia featuring the world premier of a new piece she commissioned from Finland's Einojuhani Rautavaara which turned out to be one of his last pieces. The Szymanowski Violin Concerto No 1 and Ravel's Tzigane round the out the new release. She remembers her visit to Pittsburgh to play the Mason Bates Violin Concerto and her reveals her favorite thing about Los Angeles.