Political commentator, author and New York Times columnist David Brooks talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about his recent article on fame and happiness, his writing process, musical interests such as movie music and Bruce Springsteen, the Obama presidency, and more. Brooks is the April 7th guest of the Pittsburgh Speakers Series at Heinz Hall.
Guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier talks about Berlioz' Harold in Italy, based on the literary character by Lord Byron and featuring the viola as "Harold," and about Holst's The Planets, which Tortelier learned during his father's career in England. Tortelier also mentions his new relationship with Brazil's Sao Paulo State Orchestra.
Jim Cunningham talks with Eddie Palmieri, who performs on March 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm for the Community Foundation of Upper St Clair at Upper St. Clair High School. Details on the QED Cultural Calendar.
Professor Connie Ruzich of Robert Morris University recaps remarks by actress and humanitarian Mia Farrow, a guest of the Pittsburgh Speakers Series at Heinz Hall. Farrow spoke about her films, her personal connections with other celebrities, and her humanitarian work with UNICEF and in Darfur.
Pianist Benjamin Hochman talks about Mozart's lesser-played Concerto #19, Mozart's cadenzas, developing his Mozart style, his influences such as pianist Edwin Fischer, his studies in Israel,
Multimedia performance company Squonk Opera has played on Broadway, has customized shows to celebrate Pittsburgh and other cities, and sent musical messages into the cosmos in 2008's "Astro-Rama." At the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, Squonk Opera premieres "Mayhem & Majesty." Co-Artistic Director, composer, and keyboardist Jackie Dempsey offers a preview.