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.
Conductor Stephane Deneve explains the title of Ravel's "Pavane pour une enfant defunte," recalls visits to Ravel's home, talks about Roussel's "Bacchus et Arianne," the recent birth of his first child, and his first hearing of the Pittsburgh Symphony in Europe.
Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen gives a detailed preview Andre Previn's brand-new concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony. She talks about Previn's PSO years, her teachers, her father, and her prized lavender harp.