Susan Medley debuts as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale on March 5th & 6th, 2011 conducting Haydn's The Creation. Shortly after taking charge in January, she talked about Haydn's masterpiece and her extensive choral background, which includes work at Carnegie Hall, W & J, the Junior Mendelssohn, and as far away as Malaysia.
On his fourth appearance at Heinz Hall, German pianist Lars Vogt talks with QED's Jim Cunningham at a Friends of the PSO event. Subjects include Beethoven's Piano Concerto #1, the Spannungen Festival, soccer, and teaching music to young players including Vogt's own daughter.
Russian-born pianist Elena Ulyanova, now a Johnstown resident, performs Friday, Feb. 25th at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. She tells Jim Cunningham about her passion for Rachmaninoff's music, life in her Crimean hometown, life in Johnstown, her Russian training, her CDs and upcoming concerts.
Filling in for the traveling Dr. Connie Ruzich, Assistant History Professor John McCarthy from Robert Morris University recaps the remarks of Nobel Peace Prize winner F. W. de Klerk, the last apartheid-era President of South Africa, at the Pittsburgh Speakers Series.
Bodiography founder and director Maria Caruso is a "gutsy" choreographer. Instead of focusing on the body's exterior beauty, she explores cutting-edge internal medicine in 2010's "Heart," and in her new full-length ballet "108 Minutes" which she developed in collaboration with the McGowan Center for Regenerative Medicine.
As South Africa's last apartheid-era president, F. W. de Klerk led his country's peaceful transition to black majority rule. In 1993, he and Nelson Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the democratization of South Africa. In 1999, he established the F.W. de Klerk Foundation, which promotes peace in multi-communal societies. de Klerk speaks at Heinz Hall on Feb. 23, 2011.