Philadelphia native James DePreist remembers his aunt, Marian Anderson, the legendary contralto and civil rights icon. DePreist is Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Julliard School. Interviewer: Jim Cunningham.
Ricki Wertz, host of the classic Pittsburgh children's television program Ricki & Copper and husband Tom Borden (her director at WTAE) talk about their foray into painting, their shared connections to the Hindenburg disaster, his passion for aviation and, of course, Ricki's four-legged TV co-star, Copper.
Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker talks about Benjamin Britten's opera Billy Budd, which is based on a novella by Herman Melville.
He played "It" at his previous Heinz Hall appearance. Garrick Ohlsson tells Jim Cunningham what "It" is, and talks about Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3, the 1996 movie "Shine," and the composer's own recordings.
The renowned cellist explains why he jokes around with Haydn's Concerto in C. Harrell also talks about legendary musicians such as Mstislav Rostropovich and George Szell.
WQED's Jim Cunningham talks with former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, who served during the first 26 months of the George W. Bush presidency. Fleisher touches on subects ranging from the Valerie Plame case, the Niger yellowcake controversy, the life of a press secretary and traditions of the press corps, to playing catch with the President on the Whte House lawn. Mr. Fleisher appears at Heinz Hall on Wednesday, April 25th.