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Sarah Brightman - Jan 30, 2019

Sarah Brightman, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Christine in Phantom of the Opera, arrives at the Benedum Center February 12th with her new album "Hymn" as the center for a concert with orchestra and choir. She talks about the new album, how "Time to Say Goodbye" came to be a giant worldwide hit. Working with Lorin Maazel on recording the Webber Requiem and what she wore at the sessions, her classical music influences and where they came from.  Is it true that Sir Andrew wouldn’t allow Phantom to open in New York unless she sang Chrtistine? Yes. Sarah explains how she helped in creating the role of Christine. Will she have rose petals, ballet dancers, smoke, fans, a Cleopatra crown and Esther Williams swimmers in the Pittsburgh show? She shares everything with Jim Cunningham and says she loves dining in Squirrel Hill.

David Paul - Pittsburgh Opera - Jan 28, 2019

Stage Director David Paul talks about his staging for Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds."



Glenn Lewis - Pittsburgh Opera - Jan 28, 2019

Glenn Lewis, conductor of Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds," talks about the show.

Terrance Chin-Loy - Pittsburgh Opera - Jan 28, 2019

Terrance Chin-Loy talks about his role as Idomeneo in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds."

Antonia Botti-Lodovico - Pittsburgh Opera - Jan 28, 2019

Antonia Botti-Lodovico talks about her role as Idamante in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds."



Author Cal Thomas - Jan 25, 2019

The author of Decoy and A Stradivari Affair , Cal Thomas, will read from his thrillers and sign them at Mystery Lovers Bookshop on February 6, 2019 at 7:00pm. Cal was a native of Oakmont for twenty years and the Vice President of International Production at WQED. His work in military intelligence and love of travel figure into his writing, as well as his experience as the Manager of the Bangor Maine Symphony Orchestra. In Decoy, a Harvard grad studying at Cambridge winds up in a jihadist plot starting with an attempt to blow up a London bus. Alan Durant befriends an American opera star (inspired by Grace Bumbry) and through many twists and turns Kyle McBride, the central figure of Thomas’ writing, saves the day.  A Stradivari Affair is based on events surrounding the Huberman Stradivarius which is played today by Joshua Bell.  European atmosphere, action, explosions, television industry insider detail and lots of good meals in interesting places give considerable color to both novels.

Gretchen van Hoesen - Jan 18, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal harp Gretchen van Hoesen plays Bright Sheng’s "Never Far Away." Hear all about it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham. It’s  a Concert for Inclusivity with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic conducted by Guillermo Figueroa on Friday January 25th, 2019, 8pm, at Carnegie Music Hall.  The concert also features Anthony Davis’ "Notes From the Underground," Aaron Copland’s "Lincoln Portrait," Joan Tower’s "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman," John Corigliano’s Promenade Overture, and Miguel del Aguila’s "Conga."  Tickets are $10, and $5 for Students and seniors.

Kevin McManus - Pittsburgh Trombone Project - Jan 18, 2019

Trombone Kevin McManus joins his colleagues in the Pittsburgh Trombone Project at Heinz Chapel in a free concert on Sunday January 20th at 3pm.  Kevin talks about the program with Jim Cunningham and he has the word on his colleagues in the group and what they do in church every week. Kevin describes working with Engelbert Humperdink in Hawaii and James Nova in the Pittsburgh Symphony, along with his many teaching responsibilities and work for the "My Music" programs produced by T.J. Lubinsky and seen on WQED TV.

Kassia Ensemble - Resonance Works Chamber Series - Jan 18, 2019

Some members of the Kassia Ensemble, along with Maria Sensi Sellner of Resonance Works, stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about their January 29th concert at Bar Marco.


Ronn McFarlane - Ayreheart - Jan 11, 2019

Ronn McFarlane, lutenist and founder of Ayreheart describes his group and the concert for Renaissance and Baroque at Synod Hall in Pittsburgh August 12th at 8pm. He’s made more than 60 recordings, was born not far from Morgantown, West Virginia and plays music by Henry VIII and over 100 pieces from his own catalog along with the 50,000 or so pieces written for the lute.