Met opera bass-baritone David Pittsinger commissioned Scott Eyerly to write a piece for David and his son Richard, a boy soprano who also has an international career. The Pittsingers talk about Eyerly's "Arlington Sons" which they perform in the work's orchestral premiere with the PSO. It honors David's grandfather, a guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The two singers talk about their careers, in David's case including a long assocition with Pittsburgh Opera and its former General Director Tito Capobianco.
They'll be painting the town, Oct. 1-7, during the first-ever Plein Air Mt. Lebanon, an event that turns outdoor art into a spectator sport with two dozen professional artists, prizes, and a "paint-out" open to the general public with celebrity participants. Local architectural illustrator and watercolorist David Csont explains how the week will unfold and how you can watch or get involved.
Baritone Thomas Hampson talks about some magnificent but obscure songs by Richard Strauss that he'll sing with the PSO on the season's opening weekend. Hampson also talks about his concert with the Israel Philharmonic at Salzburg, and his forays into the world of Twitter and iPad apps, including golf and news apps -- as well as the Thomas Hampson app. With the fall season ahead, he talks about sensible tips to avoid colds and keep his voice healthy.
To mark the centennial of Gene Kelly, the dancer, actor, singer, film director and producer, and choreographer born Aug 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Patricia Ward Kelly talks with QED's Ted Sohier about her late husband's work, and her involvement in Pittsburgh CLO's annual Gene Kelly Awards. Kelly met his third wife in 1985, when he was hired to read a script Ward had written for the National Air & Space Museum. Recorded May 25, 2012.
Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) chats with Jim Cunningham at QED's Carolyn Byham Studio at Theater Square during RADical Days on Oct. 6, 2007.
Franz Mohr, Steinway's Chief Piano Technician since 1965, shares stories of working with such great artists as Cliburn, Rubinstein, and most of all, Horowitz in his memior "My Life with the Great Pianists. Mohr gave Horowitz's Steinway its brilliant tone and lightning-quick action. Still lively at 85, Mohr talks about his craft, recounts anecdotes of his partnerships with musicians, and is ever the salesman for the world's most famous piano brand. Mohr accompanies the Horowitz Steinway to the Steinway Gallery of Pittsburgh.