Russian-born pianist Elena Ulyanova, now a Johnstown resident, performs Friday, Feb. 25th at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. She tells Jim Cunningham about her passion for Rachmaninoff's music, life in her Crimean hometown, life in Johnstown, her Russian training, her CDs and upcoming concerts.
Filling in for the traveling Dr. Connie Ruzich, Assistant History Professor John McCarthy from Robert Morris University recaps the remarks of Nobel Peace Prize winner F. W. de Klerk, the last apartheid-era President of South Africa, at the Pittsburgh Speakers Series.
Bodiography founder and director Maria Caruso is a "gutsy" choreographer. Instead of focusing on the body's exterior beauty, she explores cutting-edge internal medicine in 2010's "Heart," and in her new full-length ballet "108 Minutes" which she developed in collaboration with the McGowan Center for Regenerative Medicine.
As South Africa's last apartheid-era president, F. W. de Klerk led his country's peaceful transition to black majority rule. In 1993, he and Nelson Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the democratization of South Africa. In 1999, he established the F.W. de Klerk Foundation, which promotes peace in multi-communal societies. de Klerk speaks at Heinz Hall on Feb. 23, 2011.
Like his father Frank-Peter Zimmermann, violinist Serge Zimmermann makes his US debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He talks about his father, influential violinists such as Milstein, working with Manfred Honeck, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Pianist George Vatchnadze warms up before recording Tchaikovsky's The Seasons at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio. He and two Georgian colleagues are performing throughout the city during the Pittsburgh Symphony's two-week Tchaikovsky Festival, Feb. 2-12, 2011