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Matthew Browne - Nov 10, 2017

Matthew Browne has written a world premiere on commission from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. You can hear it Saturday evening at the Pasquerilla Center with James Blachley conducting. Matthew worked with Michael Daugherty at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where he receive his PhD. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Colorado Boulder. He has collaborated with the Minnesota and Milwaukee Orchestras and many other ensembles making his home in New York.

Antony Walker - Marriage of Figaro - Nov 6, 2017

Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker talks about the music of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro."



David Paul - Marriage of Figaro - Nov 6, 2017

David Paul talks to WQED-FM's Anna Singer about directing Pittsburgh Opera's production of "The Marriage of Figaro."

Joelle Harvey - Marriage of Figaro - Nov 6, 2017

Joelle Harvey sings the role of Susanna in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro."   She chats with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the role.



Tyler Simpson - Marriage of Figaro - Nov 6, 2017

WQED-FM's Anna Singer talks with Tyler Simpson, who sings the role of Figaro in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "The Marriage of Figaro."

Eric Dzugan - Nov 6, 2017

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enrique Granados, pianist Eric Dzugan and soprano Katie Manukyan will perform at the Frick Fine Arts Building in Oakland on the University of Pittsburgh campus Saturday November 11 at 7pm. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham they detail the life of Granados, his Catalan and family ties, tragic end in an attack from a WWI U boat and the charm of his writing.  Eric explains the mission of his piano recitals focused on expanding the repertoire for pianists and music lovers. Katie fills us in on her upcoming plans which include singing the rarely performed Rimsky Korsakoff opera Sadko in Washington DC in 2018.

A live performance by Chatham Baroque - Nov 3, 2017

WQED-FM Ensemble in Residence and globe-trotting early music superstars Chatham Baroque play Francois Francoeur and Corelli live in the WQED-FM Studio on the QED Morning Show and discuss their concerts in "The Art of the Trio" series beginning November 11th at Westminster Presbyterian Church, St Andrew’s Episcopal, and Chatham University - plus stops in Greensburg at Campana Chapel and for kids in the PB and J series at Calvary Episcopal Church.

Patricia Halverson viola da gamba, Scott Pauley theorbo and Andrew Fouts violin.  Would you have invited composer Francoeur to your next New Year’s Eve party?   What happens to the theorbo when you squeeze it’s 4 foot thin neck into the luggage hold and much more.

New Pittsburgh Post Gazette Music Critic Jeremy Reynolds - Nov 3, 2017

New Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Music Critic Jeremy Reynolds is from Texas with a degree from Oberlin playing the clarinet. Jim Cunningham asks the questions of how to fill seats at the Symphony, is classical music dying, how to attract young people, and why the New York Philharmonic chose Jaap van Zweden over Manfred Honeck as Music Director? It’s all here! Or as close as you can get.

Jazz Seminar - Oct 27, 2017

The 47th Annual University of Pittsburgh Jazz Concert and Seminar begins Monday October 30 and runs through Saturday Nov 4 with the grand finale concert at Carnegie Music Hall. Each year some of the most significant names in the jazz world gather in Pittsburgh for this event. John Coltrane’s son Ravi Coltrane will be here with Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tia Fuller, Victor Lewis, Kenny Davis, Maurice Chestnut,Nicholas Payton, Kassa Overall, and S. Epatha Merkerson. This year the late Director of Jazz Studies at Pitt Geri Allen will be remembered by students and colleagues. Most events are free. Pitt Jazz faculty members Dr. Aaron J Johnson and Dr. Michael Heller remember their colleague and run down some highlights of the festival and seminar. Dr. Johnson is a trombonist who played in last year’s event with funk superstar Fred Wesley. He recorded Songs of Our Fathers not long ago.  He wrote the book on jazz radio publishing Jazz and Radio in the United State: Mediation, Genre and Patronage. He shares some secrets of Duke Ellington’s radio show too. Dr. Michael Heller is a Harvard grad specializing in ethnomusicology who recently published The Loft Scene: Improvising New York in the 1970’s.   

Alan Stanford - PICT - Oct 25, 2017

The Director of PICT Classic Theater, Alan Stanford, speaks with Jim Cunningham filling us in on the production of Romeo and Juliet onstage through November 4 at WQED in Oakland. How do you keep it fresh? Is it the most well-known play in the western world? What’s it about really? Did Leonard Bernstein have it right in West Side Story? How sexy is this production?  All about the cast.  Where to park and are the seats comfy. It’s all here! 


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