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Rose Ensemble - Oct 3, 2018

Founder and Executive Director/member of the Rose Ensemble Jordan Sramek talks with Jim Cunningham from his home in St. Paul Minnesota about the debut of the group for Renaissance and Baroque Saturday night at Synod Hall in Oakland. The Land of Three Faiths program brings together music from the people of the middle east . The audience has fun at their concerts!  Jordan runs down some of the great success the group has enjoyed and the unusual instruments such as the Oud they will bring along on Saturday.

Thomas Douglas - Bach Choir - Oct 3, 2018

The Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh Thomas W. Douglas runs down the details of the new season for 2018 with concerts devoted to Leonard Bernstein, Bach and the Beatles—Rock Stars all! Plus he puts in a good word for WQED-FM.

Chris Rawson - Off the Record 2018 - Sep 28, 2018

Post Gazette and KDKA-TV Senior Theater Critic Chris Rawson goes Off the Record to let you know how to help the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank by attending Off The Record XVIII #Yinz Too - Thursday October 4 at the Byham Theater. All the scoop that's fit to share about former Post Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers, how Stormy Daniels gets into the act with a full satirical analysis of the relationships between men and women. Ken Rice emcees with Jeff Bezos and the Amazon bid too. 6:30 for pre show festivity. 8pm curtain.

Flavio Chamis - Sep 27, 2018

Flavio Chamis, Brazilian composer and conductor who worked with Leonard Bernstein studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, Israel fills us in on Not Alone: The Concert For Jack taking place Sunday September 30, 7pm at Campbell Memorial Chapel with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pauline Rovkah, piano and poets Philip Terman and Sheryl St. Germain, the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet and Shari Novelis from the American Foundation  for Suicide Prevention.  It’s a celebratin of Jack’s life who is connected to the Pittsburgh Symphony family through Peter Altobelli, retired horn. Tchaikovsky, Reinecke, Lennon and McCartney, Ennio Morricone, Franz Strauss, Dvorak, Boccherini, Albeniz, Grieg, Bartok and more on the program. The concert hopes to raise awareness of how to help those who struggle with depression.

Alexander Pavlovsky - Jerusalem Quartet - Sep 26, 2018

Alexander “Sasha” Pavlovsky, violinist of the Jerusalem Quartet talks about their concert for Chamber Music Pittsburgh  at Carnegie Music Hall, the group’s history, their new cds, the genius of Franz Joseph Haydn and much more speaking with Jim Cunningham from his home in Jerusalem.

Dan Griffin - RADical Days - Sep 20, 2018

Dan Griffin, Chair of the Regional Asset District Board and a board member since 1998, describes the many events of Radical Days running through October 14th. He tells Jim Cunningham how to get a RAD grant and explains the history of the program. He also explains the top 3 changes you should make in your life to live longer and healthier.  Dan is  currently the President of Griffin-Spence, specializing in Energy and Development projects.  He has worked in the health and fitness field since 1979 as the General Manager of the Oxford Athletic Club until its sale in 2017. Dan Griffin was also the founder and president of the Downtown Athletic Club of Pittsburgh from 1995 until mid 2009. He served as an instructor at the first Nautilus equipped club in the region in 1977 (Steel City Nautilus). From 1981 through 1995, he was employed by Club One as a fitness instructor, was promoted to fitness director and finally to Vice President and General Manager.

Toby Greenwalt - Sep 20, 2018

Toby Greenwalt, Director of Digital Strategy & Technology Integration at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, tells Jim Cunningham, who serves as a curator for the new Stacks program at the Carnegie Library, how the program works and how to enter a recording to be included in a digital library of area musicians. The Carnegie is looking for about ten minutes of music from each submission which will result in a $200 stipend and digital access to library users. Toby tells us about the selection process and discusses other digital initiatives of the library.

Quantum Theater - Chatterton Tour - Sep 14, 2018

Karla Boos, Artistic director of Quantum Theater takes Jim Cunningham on a tour of the set of “Chatterton” a production in which the audience movies through various spaces of Trinity Cathedral. Chatterton premieres on September 14th and runs through October 28th as part of the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts.

Cello Fury - New CD release - Sep 14, 2018

Simon Cummings and Nicole Myers from the progressive rock cello ensemble, Cello Fury, stopped by WQED-FM. They discussed topics from their yearly summer rock day camps for young string players as well as the release party for their third studio album, “X," celebrating the group’s 10th year together, at the Hard Rock Café in Station Square on September 21st.

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Sep 13, 2018

The founder and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, Edward Leonard joins composer Chris Massa  to discuss their Friday night September 14th concert at First Unitarian Church with the world premiere a symphony called Apologia, plus a  Haydn symphony known as the Hen and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.