The 50th Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival runs through June 14th. Kevin McMahon, President of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, talks about changes as the Trust takes over from the Festival's founder, the Carnegie Museum of Art.
La Pocha Nostra performs controversial and politically-charged art. They have staged their own crucifixions, posed as undiscovered New World tribesmen, and now present "Corpo Illicito," a work on the "criminalization of the brown body."
Pittsburgh Filmmakers presents a documentary about a Massachussetts Latino convert to Islam who moved to Pittsburgh's North Side to establish a Muslim community. "New Muslim Cool" has been selected to begin the new season of POV on PBS. Screenings at the Melwood Screening Room on May 28 & 29
Jim Cunningham reports on the final Asian tour concert, which opened the 2009 World Games Stadium with the 1812 Overture and Beethoven's Ode to Joy. We hear from Martin Schebesta, director of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, bass-baritone Greg Baker, and PSO bass trombone Murray Crewe.
On Tuesday, the PSO rehearsed Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" for the dedication of Kaohsiung's new stadium, built to host the 2009 World Games. Wednesday's performance concludes the orchestra's week-long Asian Tour. Jim Cunningham sat down with Music Director Manfred Honeck to look reflect on tour highlights.
Co-Principal Clarinet Thomas Thompson recalls touring Japan with the PSO under William Steinberg, Principal Horn William Caballero comments on Kaohsiung's steamy climate, and Principal Viola Randolf Kelly is amazed at Shanghai's skyward growth.