Microscopic Opera - Three Decembers - Nov 16, 2011

A preview of Three Decembers, the opera by Jake Heggie (composer of Dead Man Walking), based on Terrance McNally's Christmas Letters. Lisa Ann Goldsmith directs with Mary Gould as American musical stage icon and absentee mother Madeline Mitchell, and Erica Olden and Daniel Teadt as her grown children, Bea and Charlie. Andres Cladera conducts an 11-piece orchestra.

Michelle Rhee Q & A - Nov 4, 2011

Education reformer Michelle Rhee answers questions from the audience at Heinz Hall during her appearance as part of the Pittsburgh Speakers Series presented by Robert Morris University.

Ruzich recaps Rhee - Nov 3, 2011

Robert Morris University's Dr. Connie Ruzich recaps remarks by Michelle Rhee, the former Chancellor of Washington, D.C. schools, who as featured in the documentary "Waiting for Superman." An outspoken advocate of school reform, Rhee founded The New Teacher Project, recruiting 10,000 teachers in 20 states over 10 years. Most recently, she unveiled StudentsFirst on the Oprah Winfrey Show, with a goal to raise $1 billion to catalyze education reform in the U.S.

James Galway - Oct 28, 2011

Sir James Galway talks about Mozart's Flute Concerto #2, and why Mozart disliked the flute. He also talks about the little-known creator of the Fantasie Brillante on Themes from Bizet's Carmen. Sir James reminisces about his concerts with the PSO including a memorable visit to Moscow with Lorin Maazel, and talks about the writing of his memoir, The Man with the Golden Flute: Sir James, a Celtic Minstrel.

Xiang Yu, violin - Oct 21, 2011

22-year-old Chinese violinist Xiang Yu makes his PSO debut in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto #2. He talks about Prokofiev, winning the 2010 Menuhin competition, and his journey from Inner Mongolia to Beijing to Boston, where he studies with Donald Weilerstein. Xiang Yu mentions his extramusical activities, such as swimming, and coaches Jim Cunningham in some basic Mandarin phrases.

Andres Cardenes - Oct 19, 2011

Former Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Andres Cardenes gives his only local recital of the year at Chatham University at 2:00 pm on Oct. 22 to benefit the Oakland Girls Choir, of which his daughter, Isabel, is a member. He talks about the choir, building a recital program, his recording projects, students at CMU, and more.