PICT Classic Theatre - "As You Like It' - Oct 22, 2021

Zoe Abuyuan and Gabe DeRose, the Rosalind and Orlando from Shakespeare's "As You Like It" in the PICT Classic Theatre production, sit down to explain their roles in the first in-person play at the Fred Rogers Theater of WQED since the pandemic began. Love in all its forms is the subject with laughter and direction from Alan Stanford,  Rosalind and Orlando  get lost in the forest of Arden where mischief, passion, and mistaken identity have made the play a classic. PICT says "it's the perfect show to lift the spirits and open the season!" Zoe and Gabe reveal their path to the stage in this conversation with Jim Cunningham. They have high praise for the cast which is a big one and the music which plays an important part in "As You Like It." 

Kirby Dilworth - Oct 21, 2021

Kirby Dilworth will leave the stacks at the end of November 2021 after serving for 43 years as staff and music librarian at the Carnegie library of Pittsburgh main branch in the second floor music department. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, Kirby considers the changes for libraries in the last half century and the continued relevance of the treasure found at Andrew Carnegie’s jewel in Oakland. Kirby has the story of several prominent guests who needed information from the library. Kirby Dilworth arrived with a degree from the University of Michigan and began a long singing career with the Bellefield Singers in Pittsburgh. 

James Houlik - Music Plus Concert Series - Oct 21, 2021

The Music Plus Concert Series in Sewickley opens with a performance by tenor saxophone player James Houlik and pianist Vahan Sargsyan this Sunday, October 24 at 3pm. Jim talks about the concert program, teaching at Carnegie Mellon University, and his most memorable performances in this conversation with Katie Brill.

Jan Lisiecki - Oct 21, 2021

Pianist Jan Lisiecki returns to Pittsburgh to perform the Grieg Piano Concerto on Friday October 22nd, 8pm and Sunday October 24th, 2:30pm at Heinz Hall.  He talks about the concerto, working with Guest Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, and more in this conversation with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham.



Pittsburgh Ballet Theater - Diana Yohe and Susan Jaffe - Oct 20, 2021

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater presents their season premiere at the Benedum Center October 22-24 with the PBT Orchestra conducted by Charles Barker. Artistic Director Susan Jaffe, in her first in theater extravaganza, joins company star Diana Yohe who is alone onstage when the curtain goes up. The dancers will present new and old with Jennifer Archibald and Helen Pickett, "Diamonds" from George Balanchine, hip hop, a Grand pas clasique set to music by Auber, there's Philip Glass to dance to, tutus and modernist moves all in an evening. Diana and Susan give the strongest possible case for why you should be in the theater but there is an online option for ticket holders who can't appear in person. They also reflect on Mick Jagger's moves in his recent visit to Pittsburgh and his American Ballet Theater muse Melanie Hamrick in this conversation recorded October 18th by Zoom from the Ballet headquarters in the Strip District.

Lucas Richman - Oct 20, 2021

Award-winning conductor and composer Lucas Richman talks with Katie Brill about his recent compositions, which include pieces about climate change in the Gulf of Maine, homelessness, gun violence, and a concerto called "A Meal with Luciana and Mario". Lucas has worked with orchestras for the past 40 years, and he is currently Music Director of the Bangor Symphony in Maine. He was Assistant and Resident Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2004 and has continued to be a great friend of the Pittsburgh community.