Cellist and Classical QED Intern Jason Mooney plays the Prelude, Sarabande, and Gigue from J. S. Bach's Cello Suite #1 in our recording studio. He's a student of PSO Principal Cellist Anne Martindale Williams at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.
Sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar is the daughter of Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar and is the paternal half-sister of Norah Jones. She's an acclaimed world music and classical music star who has performed at the Grammys, at Carnegie Hall, and with artists such as Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Joshua Bell, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Herbie Hancock. She has played her father's music with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. Anoushka talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about her music, her father, and family friend George Harrison of The Beatles.
Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs Mark Brown's adaptation of Jules Verne's whimsical "Around the World in 80 Days" for Pittsburgh Public Theater. Dodge directed and choreographed the 2010 Tony-nominated revival of Ragtime, and has worked on numerous revivals and nostalgic dramatic works. She reveals a few Pittsburgh-related surprises in her PPT production.
Television journalist and author Tom Brokaw is best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He is the author of The Greatest Generation (1998) and other books and the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He now serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News.
2012 Artist-in-Residence Alan Stanford (of Dublin's Gate Theater) talks about PICT's season, whose theme is "Get Turned On!" First up is Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room or the vibrator play," followed by "The Pitmen Painters" about English coal miners who became artists. This season's big event is a Chekhov Celebration featuring major works, one-acts, vaudevilles, and plays inspired by Chekhov.
Pianist Stephen Hough talks about Saint-Saens' "Egyptian" Concerto, and about life in New York, hats, cooking, his own compositions including a mass and a sonata, blogging and tweeting, Kindles and reading.