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Sweeney Todd - Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center - Oct 5, 2018

Jeff Howell, veteran Civic Light Opera star has performed dozens of roles on area sages and appeared in several films including the Cemetery Club. Now he stars as Judge Turpin in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland Pa. Beaver County with some of the best young professional talent in the area. He joins Lindsay Courteau and Jim Cunningham to describe the joys of the music and theatrical magic with no shortage of Halloween blood. Visit Mr’s Lovett’s  Pie shop with Prohibition Pastry Pie in the black box theater too also serving beer and wine. Cherry would be nice!    Opening night is October 5 running through the 21st.

Jade Piano Trio - Oct 3, 2018

The Jade Piano Trio makes their debut at Shadyside Presbyterian Church Friday October 5, 2018 for the Music in a Great Space Series. Pianist Ellen Fast and cellist Katya Janpoladyan fill us in the plan for the free concert.

Edward Alan Moore - Organ Artist Series - Oct 3, 2018

Edward Alan Moore stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the 40th Anniversary of the Organ Artist Series.  



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.

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili - Oct 3, 2018

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili  has won praise around the world  with several cds on Deutsche Gramophon including her latest  Visions of Prokofiev with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The Violin Concertos 1 and 2 appear along with the Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet, the Grand Waltz from Cinderella and the Grand march from The Love for Three Oranges arranged by her father Tamas Batiashvili. The Times of London said she is “outstanding even among the many fine violinists of her generation” The Boston Globe wrote of her “Poise, tonal beauty and cool virtuosity” 

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.