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River City Brass on Tour - May 06 2013 PM - May 6, 2013

WQED-FM's Ted Sohier talks with band members about what the band hopes to achieve on its tour of Italy, and talks about some of the venues where the band will perform.

David Hill - May 3, 2013

David Hill, director of the BBC Singers and Bach Choir of London will conduct and play organ solos at this Sunday's East End Choral Festival featuring four Pittsburgh Choirs at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Hill has also served as music director at Westminster and Winchester cathedrals. He talks about his choral career, the program for the East End Choral Festival, and his previous work with Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony at the BBC Proms.

Christopher Hahn - Apr 30, 2013

Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn talks about his company's season finale, Rossini's "La Cenerentola," starring Pittsburgh favorite Vivica Genaux in the title role.

Joe Negri - Apr 25, 2013

Jazz guitarist Joe Negri talks with Jim Cunningham about a fundraising tribute to endow a jazz guitar scholarship at Duquesne University, Negri talks about his life in jazz, some fellow jazz masters, and his work in broadcasting including as Handyman Negri on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

PJMF's Aron Zelkowicz, director of "The Dybbuk" - Apr 25, 2013

The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival & Pittsburgh Symphony Music for the Spirit Festival co-present "The Dybbuk," a chamber opera by Ofer Ben-Amots based on S. Ansky's play of love and demonic possession based on a Jewish folk lore. Aron Zelkowicz, PJMF's founding director, talks about combining many disicplines to stage this event at the New Hazlett Theater, Apr. 25 & 28, 2013.

James Gourlay - Apr 24, 2013

River City Brass director James Gourlay talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about the band's May concerts and its imminent tour of Italy. (QED's Ted Sohier will report on air and online during the tour.)

PBT's Terrence Orr on "Cinderella" - Apr 18, 2013

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dances to Prokofiev's score with the PBT Orchestra. Artistic Director Terrence Orr talks about the contributions of secondary roles in Septime Webre's (Peter Pan) choreographic telling of "Cinderella," April 19-21 at the Benedum Center.

Ebene Quartet's Mathieu Herzog - Apr 15, 2013

Violist Mathieu Herzog explains the name of the Ebene Quartet, talks about their signature jazz encores, and their Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society program of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

Musical Journey of Bishop Martinez Compañón - Apr 11, 2013

Renaissance & Baroque's season finale features Chatham Baroque with guest director Tom Zajac in music collected by a bishop on his travels through late 18th-century Peru,performed with projected illustrations from Companon's manuscript. Piffaro's Tom Zajac and Chatham Baroque violinist Andrew Fouts give a preview.

Sarah Stern - Apr 10, 2013

1997 WQED-FM Musical Kid Sarah Stern is now the harpist at the Teatro Colon, South America's most famous opera house, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During a visit home to Pittsburgh, she talks about her life in music.

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