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
Bizet's Toreador Song from the opera Carmen may be the first aria about a sports hero, the bullfighter Escamillo. Musicians from the Carnegie Mellon School of Music perform the Steelers Song, an adaptation of Bizet with lyrics by CMU faculty artist Douglas Ahlstedt. "Suisham's kicks, and Big Ben's magic tricks! Oh what a frightful fix, for the poor Packer mix! Red man will bend you- Rashard distend you, Ward and Brown and Heath and Mike will all beat you deep! Our Defense is like a strong steel fence, You're facing Hampton, Hoke and Clark and Gay and Taylor. Timmons and Ferrier, Keisel is scarier! Woodley, Troy and Harrison are all running you down!We're off to Dallas for our seventh ring! We'll be victorious, that's why we sing! Hail to our coaches Tomlin and LeBeau! They're the best, yinz should know! They'll lead us to our goal, in this, our seventh Super Bowl."
German violinist Viviane Hagner talks about Haydn's Violin Concerto #1, her Stradivadrius, explorations of new music, recent recording including a Vieutemps concerto, cultural life in Berlin, and more.
Guest conductor Arild Remmereit talks with Jim Cunningham about his new post with the Rochester Philharmonic, how he went from being a rock guitarist in platform shoes to a conductor on the podium, and about his PSO program of Sibelius, Haydn and Mozart.
QED Multimedia President & CEO talks about 170 Million Americans, a campaign that highlights how public broadcasting touches millions of Americans every month and is among the most worthwhile investments of tax dollars.