Pittsburgh Opera's Christopher Hahn remembers "La Stupenda", the great Australian coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland, who fostered a revival of the bel canto style, and visited Pittsburgh in 1986 and 1998.
Emmy-winning filmmaker Ken Burns talks about the followup to his 1994 9-part PBS series. The story arc includes the Pirates' Barry Bonds and steroids, the 1994 baseball strike, the role of money, and the great players who restored the fans' love of the game.
His background as a reporter for The New York Times and his expertise in the Middle East led this three-time Pulitzer Prize winner to pen The Lexus and the Olive Tree, The World Is Flat and, most recently, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America.
Chatham Baroque welcomes its former violinist Julie Andrijeski for concerts of music from Italy, Spain, and France featured in the group's discography. The core members talk about all the programs in their home season, and upcoming collaborations with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, and more.
The diminutive powerhouse pianist Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" to open the Pittsburgh Symphony's 2010-2011 season. She tells Jim Cunningham about her next CD, talks about upcoming performances, working with conductor Claudio Abbado, PSO friends from her native China, and her tastes in pop music.
The Pittsburgh Concert Society begins its 2010-2011 season on Sep. 26 at CMU's Kresge Recital Hall. Pianist Becky Billock is one of two major audition winners on the first concert. She previews her program of works by Mozart, J. S. Bach, and American composers Emma Lou Diemer and Marion Bauer.1121itsosb