Rolf Smedvig, solo trumpet of the Empire Brass, sings the praises of Elizabeth von Trapp, of the famous "Sound of Music" family. Smedvig talks of his work and friendships with Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Berstein, his appearance on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and his utter delight with von Trapp, who until recently was unknown to him.
Bruce Fink, Duquesne University psychology professor and translator of the writings of 20th-century French psychologist Jacques Lacan, talks about his first novel, inspired by his dual interests: Lacan and classical music.
Artistic Director Greer Reed-Jones presents a retrospective honoring this repertory company's previous artistic directors and dancers. She tells Stephen Baum about a work that premiered on Mister Rogers, a nontraditional Swan Lake, and her own work that combines photos, video, text and dance into a 10-minute tribute to her predecessors danced by the company's two veterans and three new members.
Robert Page conducts the Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir, Repertory Chorus and Philharmonic live on QED 89.3 at noon, Friday, December 3, repeating that evening at 7. Maestro Page gives QED's Stepohen Baum a preview.
The German cellist with Canadian roots makes his Heinz Hall debut in Dvorak's Cello Concerto. He talks about a lost love immortalized by Dvorak, Victor Herbert's influence on Dvorak, and favorite moments in this concerto. On the personal side, Moser talks about his family, his work with a German poet and a toy pianist, and his recent conquest of the Alps on a mountain bike.
The PSO's Composer of the Year talks about working with conductor Leonard Slatkin, an early champion of her music, and about her Clarinet Concerto, Tambor, Made in America, Sequoia, Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman, and the PSO-commissioned Stroke which will premiere in May, 2011.