Every summer since 1992, Carolyn Benton has played the carillon of Chautauqua Institution's iconic lakeside Miller Bell Tower. Modeled after the classic north-Italian campanile, the 75-foot-tall brick tower marks the hours, and will play for its own centennial on August 2, 2011. QED's Stephen Baum met Carolyn Benton before a noon performance.
French film composer Alexandre Desplat burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2003 with his score for "The Girl with the Pearl Earring." His filomography includes "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Julie and Julia," "Twilight: New Moon," and "The King's Speech." His current releases are the box-office record-breaker "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," and Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, "The Tree of Life." QED 89.3 producer Amanda Iannuzzi talks with Alexandre Desplat.
For July 22 & 23, the theme is "In the Wake." Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Artistic Director Kevin Noe has solicited photographs of deceased loved ones to use in the staging of this concert, whose music, lighting, and sound design will evoke the complex and sometimes incongruous emotions surrounding the loss of someone special.
The Pittsburgh Symphony's new Concertmaster, 27 year old Noah Bendix-Balgley, is a laureate of the 2009 Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition and winner of other prizes. He talks about his background, which includes leading a string quartet in Germany and serving as a guest concertmaster across Europe. He also reveals a family tie to the PSO.
Artistic Director and Conductor Kevin Noe talks about the theme of Week 2, "Sappho's Sparrows," which encompasses Joseph Schwantner's "Sparrows" as well as "Psappha" by Xenakis, "Thrafsmata" by MacMillan, and "King of the Sun" by Stephen Hartke.
Michael Feinstein sings Frank Sinatra's signature tunes (and does it HIS way) with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops. Feinstein tells Jim Cunningham about recording with legendary Pittsburgh guitarist Joe Negri, broadcast appearances on NPR's From the Top and his own PBS series, and about iconic musicians such as Oscar Levant and Ira Gershwin.