Ruzich Recaps Mortenson - Apr 29, 2010

Dr. Connie Ruzich from Robert Morris University summarizes the remarks of Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea," who talked about his campaign of building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and his role as an advisor to governments in dealing with this troubled part of the world.

Greg Mortensom - Apr 29, 2010

Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and founder of the Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace, answers questions submitted from the audience at the Pittsburgh Speakers Series on April 28, 2010. Mortenson has forged relationships with the tribal leaders in Afghaistan and Pakistan to establish girls' schools and foster literacy. He has also advised the US government in how to work with the people of this region at the grass-roots level.

Valentina Lisitsa - Apr 28, 2010

The Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa made her PSO debut on short notice in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2. Jim Cunningham asks her about the composer's second, third and "fifth" concertos, secrets for playing Rachmaninoff well, "pop" versions of his themes, her home in North Carolina and her (jokingly) claimed identity as a "redneck" pianist.

Yefim Bronfman - Apr 16, 2010

Pianist Yefim Bronfman talks about his hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3, the composer as futurist, how he might have played his concertos, Mozart's influence on Beethoven, Bronfman's appearance on "Iron Chef," his teachers, favorite recent movies, stage fright, and more.

Alexandra Kochis in "Swan Lake" - Apr 16, 2010

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis makes her role debut this month as Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake." She talks about how she prepares this famous dual role, other favorite roles, and about life on and offstage with her husband, PBT Principal Christopher Budzynski.

Juraj Valcuha - Apr 15, 2010

Guest Conductor Juraj Valcuha leads the PSO's first performances of Zemlinsky's The Mermaid. Valcuha talks about aspects of the music relating to Zemlinsky's love life. The Slovakian maestro also talks about his fondness for the cimbalom and early 20th century music, gives an update on his career, and compares Beethoven's Piano Concertos.