Pianist Emanuel Ax talks about his friendship with Alfred Brendel, the history of great pianists in Pittsburgh especially Byron Janis, the perfection in Chopin's music, playing Chopin in his native Poland, and about Chopin's remains.
Charles Dutoit discusses his new post with The Philadelphia Orchestra; the ties between Debussy's "Jeux" and Diaghilev's tennis-match ballet scenario; Janacek's "Sinfonietta;" and he defends the orchestration of Chopin's Piano Concerto #2.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt ("Angela's Ashes") tells Jim Cunningham about pubs in Dublin and New York, James Joyce, Miles Davis, Berlioz, happiness, a teacher's life, his life now, St. Patrick's Day, ideas for his next book and for a mass with composer David Amram.
Craig McPherson discusses his contemporary drawings of industrial Pittsburgh, now on view at the Frick Art Museum. "Steel: Pittsburgh Drawings by Craig McPherson" includes what may be the largest mezzotint ever produced.
After playing live for QED 89.3's Ted Sohier, Chatham Baroque and guest flutist Alison Melville talk about their Celtic-inspired concert program, titled "Airing It Out and Keeping it Reel: St. Paddy's Delight," running March 14-16, 2008.
Choreographer Dwight Rhoden, a Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre favorite, talks about staging Carl Orff's choral classic, based on earthy Medieval poems and songs found in a 13th-century monastery. Rhoden also mentions some of his other projects.