Maestro Jean-Luc Tingaud talks about the mastery of Puccini – including the imitation of an accordion in Musetta’s waltz – the accordion being a very popular instrument in Paris in the 1830’s.
Sunday March 31 at 2pm in the Kresge Theater at Carnegie Mellon University the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Audition Winners will perform. The musicians visited WQED-FM with the Vivo Quartet, Enoch Hsiao , violin Carolyn Carr, violin Futen Wang, viola and Yunshu Li playing Shostakovich and Mendelssohn, Aaron Berger joined pianist Amaury Morales to play Saint Saens and Gary Peng played the Brahms Rhapsody in D. They spoke with Jim Cunningham.
WQED-FM's Anna Singer has a conversation with Acronym Ensemble member Kivie Cahn-Lipman. Acronym will be performing this Saturday night (3/23), 8pm at Calvary Episcopal Church.
Julian Rachlin talks with the Friends of the Pittsburgh Symphony on March 21, 2019 in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Rooms at Heinz Hall. He describes his American debut with Lorin Maazel and the Orchestra, his first recording of Sibelius for Sony at Heinz Hall and his 57 subsequent performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Julian talks about his conducting career and advice from Mariss Jansons, the Mendelssohn Concerto and much more.
Vibraphone virtuoso Cecilia Smith plays in a world premiere she has written for East Liberty Presbyterian Church Sunday March 24 at 3pm. Dr. Edward Alan Moore introduces Cecilia. He will conduct the choir and pianist Brian Sable in The Essence of Psalms along with music by Vaughan Williams and more. Cecilia Smith trained in Cleveland, at the Berkleee College of Music and NewEngland Conservatory. She’s performed with luminaries of the jazz world including Milt Hinton, Donald Byrd, Rufus Reid, Hubert Laws, Gary Bartz, Cecil Bridgewater and Mrak Whitfield. She is also an authority on Mary Lou Williams having organized extensive research on the Pittsburgh jazz legend. The concert is free.
Dance legend Virginia Johnson, Artistic Theater of Dance Theater of Harlem, discusses the collaboration with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater under way at the August Wilson Center through March 24 and the many events taking place around town. It’s the 50th anniversary of her company where she danced beginning in 1969. In a corner of the arts world where not too long ago dancers could only purchase white satin pointe shoes Virginia thinks progress is being made. No matter what the ethnicity of the dancer body shape self-image is an issue. Discussing the great success of Misty Copeland, star of the American Ballet Theater, there may be more stars equal to her talent in the future and no doubt there have already been some we just didn’t know about while the spotlight was elsewhere as Virginia explains to Jim Cunningham.