Yo-Yo Ma talks with Jim Cunningham about his Saturday June 9th, 2018 concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto. He mentions his years of work with the orchestra and remembers his friendship with Fred Rogers plus he shares his thoughts about a trip to Braddock Pa as part of the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America project.
Paul Cosentino, clarinet soloist and founder of the Boilermaker Five band reveals the plan to refurbish instruments and put them in the hands of aspiring musicians with a concert to celebrate in East Liberty’s Ace Hotel. The collection starts at 2pm Friday June 8 with help from the D’Addario Foundation and Hungry For Music partnering with Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation. Paul details the history of the Boilermakers with a catalog of 12 cds and thousands of performances including several fundraisers at WQED-FM. Paul includes in the discussion his cd Slipped Disc which celebrates the record of the same name by Benny Goodman and gives us a sneak preview of the new cd on the way.
Cristina Pato, bagpipe soloist with the Silk Road Ensemble, discusses her concert with her own ensemble for the Just Summer series of Chamber Music Pittsburgh.
Reduced Shakespeare Company returns for Shakespeare’s recently discovered Long Lost First Play (abridged) found in a parking lot in Leicester England near a pile of old bones. Reduced from it’s original running time of over one hundred hours, it touches on many of Shakespeare’s most well-known themes whether he ever existed or not. Founding members of the company. Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin. remember the famous performance the company gave at 35,000 feet and their reduction of Wagner’s Ring cycle to under 30 minutes and suggest several good reasons why you should not miss their visit to Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Pittsburgh Symphony Resident Conductor Andres Franco updates us some of his summer concerts including the May 31st concert in Wilkinsburg.
Violinist Daniel Phillips of the Orion Quartet remembers his father, Eugene Phillips, composer and Pittsburgh Symphony violinist and gives us the details on the Sunday June 2nd concert for Pittsburgh Concert Society at the Kresge Theater of CMU with his brother Todd Phillips and cousin Tina Faigen. Daniel talks about the program of Bach, Moszkowski and Phillips.