Voice of the Arts
Leslie Amper, who graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh studying with Natalie Phillips, played with the Pittsburgh Symphony and won the Pittsburgh Concert Society auditions and now lives in the Boston area with her husband pianist Randall Hodgkinson. She teaches at the Longy School, Harvard, and New England Conservatory Preperatory School but she’s back in town to present "Shared Inspirations: Claude Debussy, Alice Guy Blaché, and the Impressionist Painters." The concert takes place April 22nd at the Frick Art Museum in Point Breeze at 2pm.
Ekaterina Siurina sings the role of Adina in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." Here she talks about the role and why it has such personal importance for her.
Dmitri Pittas sings the role of Nemorino in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." He talks about the role and his experience in doing this production.
Daniel Slater is the Stage Director for Pittsburgh Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." He explains why he chose 1950's Italy as the backdrop for this production.
Christian Capolcaccia is the conductor for Pittsburgh Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." He talks about the musical elements of this opera and why Donizetti is his favorite opera composer.
Dimitri Papadimitriou is the Artistic Director of the Carnegie Mellon Chamber Music Series and a regular playing piano with the distinguished faculty at CMU. He fills us in on the next event - Monday April 23rd at 7:30 with James Ehnes guest violinist and two great Dvorak favorites, the Second Piano Quintet and the Terzetto. The series is free at Kresge Theater CMU.
Brian Worsdale is the new Conductor of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra. He joins Executive Director Lindsey Nova. Born in Brooklyn he will move to Pittsburgh to take on the new role as the eighth Music Director in the fall of 2018 when he will conduct his first concerts. In 1992, he would begin what would become a 26-year relationship with the Interschool Orchestras of New York. His longest association has been with the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in Hancock, New York. He has been associated with French Woods since 1992 and has served as the camp’s artistic director since 2010. Since 2015, French Woods has been home to The New York Pops and Friends side by side with the French Woods Symphony.
Roger Schneider is the founder of the Three Rivers Community Band Fetival and a euphonium virtuoso with the East Winds Symphonic Band. Susan Sands has conducted the band for 28 seasons. She will raise the baton Saturday afternoon at the Upper Saint Clair Elementary School April 14. They bring all the scoop on their colleagues and the music for the event with a Festival Band plus three guest bands.
WQED Producer extraordinaire, the Nebby One, Rick Sebak hosts the Sensory Friendly Concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony this Saturday April 14 at 2:30 in Heinz Hall with Andres Franco conducting. A splendid time is guaranteed for all as you can hear in this QED Morning Show preview.
Rossen Milanov is the the Music Director of the Chautauaua Symphony and the Columbus Symphony. He describes the delights of the upcoming season at Lake Chautauqua with details on the Beethoven Festival concert July 21, WQED Day, and his personal bests for Chautauqua visitors along with remembering his ties to Duquesne University and some career highlights.