The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble's opening weekend of concerts riff on the theme of applause, with a reprise of a PNME-commissioned audience favorite, Steve Reich's "Clapping Music" and more. Conductor Kevin Noe previews the week's music and the PNME's impending CD releases.
Pittsburgh-area native Shirley Jones returns to CLO in the show that made her famous, "Oklahoma!" The Oscar and Emmy-winning stage, screen, and television actress talks about her impromptu audition for the 1955 film of "Oklahoma!" The granddaughter of a local beer baron, Jones aspired to become a veterinarian -- until Rogers & Hammerstein discovered her.
Andrew Swenson, Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, tells Jim Cunningham about two extraordinary films: U-Carmen, a comtemporary South African adaptation of the opera Carmen, with the words translated into Xhosa, a South African dialect, but otherwise unaltered, and Into Great Silence, a transcendent documentary without narration revealing the daily experience of life inside a monastery deep in the French Alps.
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.