Podcasts

Christopher Cerrone - Pittsburgh Opera's "In a Grove" - Feb 15, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera presents the World Premiere of "In a Grove" by Christopher Cerrone - February 19th through March 3rd at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with the composer about the opera; the inspiration behind the work; how he wants the audience to leave humming tunes from the opera, and more.  

Carnegie Museum of Art - Charlene Foggie-Barnett - Feb 14, 2022

Charlene Foggie- Barnett, Community Archivist for the Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive at the Carnegie Museum of Art, discusses the exhibits in the Museum and at the City County Building in downtown Pittsburgh with Jim Cunningham.  Topics include Teenie’s special talent, who he photographed and their significance to Pittsburgh and historians, genealogists, filmmakers like Denzel Washington and the producers of "Finding Your Roots" with over 80,000 negatives in the collection. Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) was the preeminent photographer for The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s most prominent Black newspapers photographing Pittsburgh’s historic African American community from 1935 to 1975. His archive  is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the Black urban experience known today. Charlene discusses her work as archivist studying the photos of Pittsburghers including musicians like Patricia Prattis Jennings who is captured at several places in her career as well as her father who was an important figure at the Pittsburgh Courier. The Teenie Harris gallery at the Carnegie with In Sharp Focus: Charles “Teenie” Harris  is open during regular hours at the CMOA.  You  can visit  visit Teenie Harris: The Man Behind the Lens at the City County Building.

 

 

Marianne Cornetti, James Gourlay, Heidi Matthews - Feb 10, 2022

Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait and Copland Songs sung by Marianne Cornetti with James Gourlay and the Duquesne University Wind Ensemble playing Joseph Wilcox Jenkins American Overture and other American essentials celebrating Presidents Day in a concert at the Andrew Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie Pa on February 21 at 7pm. The Director of the Music Hall, Heidi Matthews and Jim Cunningham join with one of the greatest internationally recognized sopranos of her generation and one of the greatest tuba virtuosi in the known world also serving as Director of the River City Brass and recently adding his American citizenship top his passport. James Gourlay says "We need this concert as American." Hear why in this Voice of the Arts conversation.

Reza Vali & Kian Soltani - Feb 10, 2022

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs two world premieres, plus music of Smetana, Schumann and Stravinsky this weekend at Heinz Hall.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke to composer Reza Vali about his brand new piece ""The Girl from Shiraz" from Persian Folk Songs, which features as soloist, Kian Soltani.  Kian also joins the conversation to talk about the Reza Vali piece, as well as playing the Schumann Cello Concerto.  

Michael Daugherty - Feb 10, 2022

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs two world premieres, plus music of Smetana, Schumann and Stravinsky this weekend at Heinz Hall.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke to composer Michael Daugherty about his brand new piece "Fifteen: Symphonic Fantasy on the Art of Andy Warhol."   He also talks about other pieces he's working on, winning multiple Grammy's, and more.  

Manfred Honeck - The Firebird - Feb 10, 2022

Manfred Honeck returns to Heinz Hall to conduct Stravinsky's Suite from "The Firebird," along with two world premieres, and music by Schumann and Smetana.   He chats with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about this program, what he's been up to since he was last in Pittsburgh, and more.   

 

 

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