Beth Dolinar and Laura Magone - "A Season to Remember" - May 13, 2022

Emmy Award winning WQED producer Beth Dolinar who also publishes a regular column in the Washington Observer discusses the free public screening of "A Season to Remember: The Baseball Boys of Mon City" at Ringgold Middle School on May 25th, 2022.

Beth is joined by Laura Magone, President of the Monongahela Area Historical Society, and Founder and Administrator of the Facebook Wedding Cookie Table Community. She holds the Guinness Book of World Records award for the largest cookie table. Laura will join in presenting baseball themed cookies as part of the evening. Laura discusses her work that has resulted in a Facebook community of nearly 100,000 friends and an article in the New York Times. Did the tradition of the cookie table start with Italians in Pittsburgh or with central European immigrants in Youngstown, Ohio? Laura has the answer. Ringgold graduate David Solomon, Vice President of Production at WQED, serves as Master of Ceremonies and a panel discussion which includes local historian Scott Frederick will consider the director's cut with never-before-seen additional footage from the film.

"A Season to Remember" tells the story of the 1952 team from Monongahela in Washington County that would make it to the final game of the Little League World series. It was the first and only time a Pittsburgh area team would do so. 

Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida - May 12, 2022

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Oboe and CMU Faculty member Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida has organized a benefit for the victims of the war in Ukraine taking place Tuesday May 17th with 17 musicians from the faculty.  The concert takes place in the Kresge Theater with guest Don Marinelli and more. Cynthia tells Jim Cunningham how to help and the complete rundown of music and musicians for the event.

Jan Kraybill and Edward Alan Moore - May 10, 2022

Jan Kraybill makes her Organ Artists Series debut Sunday May 15th, 3pm at East liberty Presbyterian Church. The Director of Music at East Liberty, Edward Alan Moore, joins his guest to talk with Jim Cunningham about the program. The Funeral march of a marionetts by Gounod in a transcription is part of the plan having been nominated for a Grammy Award. Jan Kraybill will utilize the special features of the instrument as she explains. She also tells us about riding her Harley Davidson, her passion for antiqueing, the arts scene in Kansas City, and the Audiorium Organ.

Dr. Susan Rice and Emily Sweat - May 10, 2022

At the conclusion of our live broadcast of the Heinz Chapel Choir Spring concert on April 24, 2022, WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke to the Director of Heinz Chapel Choir, Dr. Susan Rice, and Emily Sweat, a member of the Choir and the announced recipient of the John Goldsmith Award for Choral Excellence.  

Daniel Lozakovich - May 6, 2022

Daniel Lozakovich was born in Sweden just 18 years ago. He became the youngest artist ever signed to Deutsche Gramophone at 15 and he discusses his prior collaboration with Nathalie Stutzmann who he joins for a Pittsburgh debut playing the Brahms Concerto May 6th, 7th and 8th, 2022.  He tells Jim Cunningham about his instrument too.

Cocktails & Cuisine - May 6, 2022

Foodies who care will gather again under the stars to support Crisis Center North (CCN) at its signature fundraiser, Cocktails & Cuisine. The outdoor sipping and grazing event marks its 15th year on Friday, May 13, at The Woodlands.  I spoke with Jessica Lee who will be performing throughout the evening with guitarist Mark Strickland.  There is also a Chef Showdown with Chef Emily Larsen from Spilling the Soup and Chef Christopher Galarza from Forward Dining Solutions.  Go to CrisisCenterNorth.com/events for tickets.