Bob Gangewere's "Palace of Culture" - Dec 15, 2011

Former editor of Carnegie Magazine Robert Gangewere has written the first history of a cultural conglomeration that has served millions and inspired the likes of Andy Warhol, August Wilson, and David McCullough. (U. of Pgh Press, 289 pages)

Sam Helfrich - Dec 1, 2011

Stage and opera director Sam Helfrich will help the PSO stage, yes, with costumes, sets. orchestra in the pit and all that, Handel's Messiah as you've never experienced it before. Helfrich staged Pittsburgh Opera's 2009 Eugene Onegin and has worked with Opera Boston, Glimmerglass and other opera companies.

Ruzich Recaps the Wilsons - Nov 22, 2011

RMU history professor John McCarthy fills in for Connie Ruzich to summarize the comments of former CIA covert operative Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson. They challenged the Bush administration's claim of Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Niger..

Gabriela Montero - Nov 18, 2011

Pianist and improviser extraordinaire Gabriela Montero returns to Heinz Hall in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3 with guest conductor Christoph König. She talks about the challenges of Prokofiev's music, the art of improvisation, and her own first concerto, titled "Ex Patria," written as a reaction against the leadership of Hugo Chavez in her native Venezuela. Gabriela also talks about meeting and then concertizing with her boyfriend, a singer.

Christoph König - Nov 18, 2011

German conductor Christoph König gives his first impressions on working with the PSO, and talks about Prokofiev's string writing, the art of improvisation, his work with orchestras in Luxembourg and Porto, his recordings, and early life in the opera house and growing up in the former East Germany.

Valerie Plame Wilson and Ambassador Joe Wilson - Nov 16, 2011

She was a covert CIA operative working in counter-proliferation. He was an American diplomat to Africa and Iraq. His 2003 New York Times op-ed piece suggesting the Iraqi nuclear threat had been exaggerated allegedly resulted in the exposure of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity. Their story is told in the film "Fair Game," and in first-person at Heinz Hall on Nov. 21, 2011.