Chatham Baroque presents From Battles to Ballets April 5-7 at three venues with a large contingent of guest artists. Violinist Andrew Fouts and Theorbo virftuoso Scott Pauley stopped by the QED morning show to fill in the details.
The Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Earl Lee joins Concerto Competition winner Sophie Lauver of Mount Lebanon High School to discuss the program for the May 5 concert at Heinz Hall with Prism by Keiko Abe plus music by Prokofieff, Bizet and Marquez. Sophie tells us why she chose percussion as her instrument, reveals advice from her musical family, shares her plan to attend Northwestern Universithy in Chicago where she will hear the Chicago Symphony and suggests what else she is looking forward to in her senior year. Eve Goodwin joins the discussion with details for Jim Cunningham recorded at the Green Room in Heinz Hall.
Sunday April 7 at 2pm at Carnegie Library's Main Branch in the Sounds Upstgairs series Dr. Victor V. Bobetsky will present the origins of the song “We Shall Overcome.” Dr. Bobetsky will highlight several precursor songs whose texts and/or melodies may have influenced the “We Shall Overcome” we know today, and present melodies and texts with significance for the cultural experience and heritage of people around the world. The audience will have the opportunity to learn and sing some of the remarkable antecedent songs that bring the origins of “We Shall Overcome” to life. he previews this event from his office at Hunter College with Jim Cunningham. Dr. Bobetsky is the editor of the book We Shall Overcome: Essays on a Great American Song and has published articles examining the origins, history, and educational implications of “We Shall Overcome” and other freedom songs.
The Music Director of the Orchestre National de France Emmanuel Krivine makes his Heinz Hall debut April 5 2019 with Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, Boris Blacher's Paganini Variations and the Brahms Haydn Variations. He remembers his work with Lorin Maazel and how his father nearly disowned him when he discovered he was studying with Karl Bohm who had once enthusiastically supported the Nazi party. Maestro Krivine expresses hsi admiration for American Orchestras and looks forward to his first concert with the Pittsburgh as he explained to Jim Cunningham and Pittsburgh Symphony vilist Marylene Gingras Roy who helped with smooth translation from French to English.
Gregor Sigl, the violist of the Aretemis Quartet answred the phone at his home in Berlin just before leaving for their American tour beginning with a date in Montreal. The ensemble celebrates thirty years with a stop in Pittsburgh Monday April 8 at 7:30 in Carnegie Music Hall. In this conversation with Jim Cunnngham Gregor runs down the plan for Barber's Adagio, Britten's Second Quartet and the Schubert masterpiece Death and the Maiden. Thye talk abot the livliness of Berlin cultural life and the one essential travel item Gregor takes along when packing for a trip.
On April 17th, 6:30pm at the Kelly Strahorn Theater, WQED will host a special preview screening of Ken Burns' new documentary on Country Music. The event will feature a 30 minute performance by Grammy Award winning country artist Kathy Mattea, who was a consultant on the film, as well as a panel discussion on the documentary with some of the films producers. WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar spoke with Kathy about the documentary; growing up in West Virginia; and how excited the country music scene is to have a film done by Ken Burns.