Elizabeth Huffman - May 25, 2022

June 17th through July 2nd at the Carnegie Stage in Carnegie, PA, "Not My Revolution" is a one woman play created by Elizabeth Huffman and directed by Louanne Moldovan. The play was inspired by the 1967 Josef Bush play "French Gray."  "Not My Revolution" travels back and forth in time between Marie Antoinette’s imprisonment during the French Revolution in 1793 and a ghetto in Istanbul in 2011 where a once wealthy Syrian art dealer is struggling to survive catastrophic losses due to the civil war in her country. Elizabeth tells her story to Jim Cunningham with her work around the globe and concentration in creating companies in Los Angeles and New York. In LA, she acted and directed with the Classical Theatre Lab. In 2005, she former her own company ICAP, with over 40 classically trained actors from around the world. In 2009, Elizabeth began working for two years as Interim Artistic Director for Classic Greek Theater of Oregon in Portland.  Elizabeth has family ties to the Mon Valley and has returned home recently with hopes of contributing to the local scene.

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Lindsey Nova - Pittsburgh Young People's Orchestra - May 25, 2022

"Brand New Way" is the Spring concert at Heinz Hall of the Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra conducted by Brian Worsdale and Pierce Cook who leads the Symphonette. The free concert May 28 5pm at Heinz Hall brings Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Irene Cheng to play the Sibelius Suite and the orchestra will present the Pines of the Appian Way from Pines of Rome by Respighi. Paul Evans has the percussion ensemble, Rebecca May is featured, Rebecca Mack is the Concerto Competition winner with Richard Strauss, Dr Zuly Inirio from Unisound and the Black Teaching Artist in Residence program sings Lift Every Voice, Hannah Ishizaki returns to conduct a new favorite she has written-- Miniatures. Jim Cunningham speaks with Executive Director Lindsey Nova and Pierce Cook who also teaches at Mount Lebanon High School and is giving Beethoven talks for the Beethoven String Quartets in the Carnegie Library project of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Ryan Keeling - May 25, 2022

As Assistant  Conductor, Ryan Keeling prepared the Mendelssohn Choir for the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with Manfred Honeck in their most recent performances bringing to a grand conclusion the Pittsburgh Symphony Beethoven in Your Neighborhood project of presenting all nine Beethoven Symphonies in various venues in a single week. The sold out concert at Heinz Hall and the repeat performance at St Vincent’s Basilica in Latrobe followed in the path of the Grammy nominated Reference recording. Ryan tells Jim Cunningham about keeping the Honeck ideas in place and the special nature of his Viennese style Beethoven. Ryan Keeling also discussed upcoming Mendelssohn concerts and the work he does in Mount Lebanon at church and  with his Voces Solis ensemble. The Beethoven Ninth will be broadcast June 2 at 7pm on WQED-FM.   

PSO Intermission Interviews - May 20, 2022 - May 21, 2022

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Guest Conductor Matthias Pintscher, Principal Flute Lorna McGhee and PSO Vice President of Artistic Planning Mary Persin during intermission of our live broadcast.  

Alexi Kenney - May 20, 2022

Alexi Kenney is the soloist this weekend with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  He'll play the Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2 with guest conductor Matthias Pintscher.  In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, Alexi talks about the concerto, being familiar with the PSO, and more.  

Matthias Pintscher - May 20, 2022

Matthias Pintscher is the guest conductor this weekend with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  He'll conduct Ravel's "Mother Goose" and "Alborada del gracioso," as well as Debussy's "La Mer."   Alexi Kenney will play the Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2.  Matthias talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the concert, his recordings and composing and more.