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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.

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.

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.

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! 

Resonance Works - Into the Fire/A Poet's Life - Oct 20, 2017

Maria Sensi Sellner and Kara Cornell join WQED-FM's Anna Singer to talk about their season opening concert titled "Into the Fire/A Poet's Life."  



James Iman - Oct 20, 2017

James Iman has a passion for music of our time. He is a graduate of Indiana University having traveled far and wide to share his interest in the modern . He recently released a new cd recorded in Belgium and gave a recital at Chatham University with entirely women composers of the 20th and 21st century. He stopped by the studio to play music by Indiana University of Pa composer Jenny Beck on the Gibson Capital Management Steinway.  Jenny was inspired to write Stand Still Here when she read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.

Diamante Trio - Oct 20, 2017

The Diamante Trio performs at Heinz Chapel on Sunday October 22 at 3pm in a free concert with special guest soprano Lili Abreu. Their program is a lively mix of Latin American classics with Spanish, Argentinian and Mexican favorites. They stopped by the WQED-FM studio to preview the concert.  Devin Arrington, Violin, Paul Tuttle, cello and Mary Beth Malek.

Samuel Bozzolla - Oct 17, 2017

The town of Bellevue celebrates it's 150th Anniversary with the Live-Worshop-Shop House Tour on Saturday October 21st.  On the tour, you can visit the house of former Met Opera star Claudia Pinza.   Anna Singer talked to Claudia's son about the house tour and some memories of his mother and grandfather.

Lynn Zelevansky - Oct 17, 2017

Lynn Zelevansky, Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art, is leaving the museum after eight years. She talks about the great events under her watch during the past decade with artists Paul Thek, Helio Oticica and Ragnar Kjartansson. Lynn picks a favorite painting from the permanent collection, makes thoughtful comments on the sobering expenses of large arts organizations and the crowded arts field in Pittsburgh, suggests what it’s like to be a woman in an art world of mostly men and reveals why she is heading out of town having left the most beautiful office in the art world.   Along the way, Lynn Zelevansky mentions meeting her artist husband Paul at CMU, working as Curator and Head of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOMA in New York and much more.


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