Antonia Botti-Lodovico - Pittsburgh Opera - Jan 28, 2019

Antonia Botti-Lodovico talks about her role as Idamante in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds."



Author Cal Thomas - Jan 25, 2019

The author of Decoy and A Stradivari Affair , Cal Thomas, will read from his thrillers and sign them at Mystery Lovers Bookshop on February 6, 2019 at 7:00pm. Cal was a native of Oakmont for twenty years and the Vice President of International Production at WQED. His work in military intelligence and love of travel figure into his writing, as well as his experience as the Manager of the Bangor Maine Symphony Orchestra. In Decoy, a Harvard grad studying at Cambridge winds up in a jihadist plot starting with an attempt to blow up a London bus. Alan Durant befriends an American opera star (inspired by Grace Bumbry) and through many twists and turns Kyle McBride, the central figure of Thomas’ writing, saves the day.  A Stradivari Affair is based on events surrounding the Huberman Stradivarius which is played today by Joshua Bell.  European atmosphere, action, explosions, television industry insider detail and lots of good meals in interesting places give considerable color to both novels.

Inon Barnatan - Jan 24, 2019

Pianist Inon Barnatan makes his Heinz Hall debut playing Rachmaninoff’s First Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Maestro Long Yu.  He tells Jim Cunningham what sort of a guy Sergei Rachmaninoff was.  He shares why he loves living composers like Alan Fletcher, the former head of CMU Music, and how how he started with music in Tel Aviv. You will hear about his work in La Jolla with the Chamber Music Festival he now runs.  Other things of note - he took an Uber to get to Pittsburgh from Akron and enjoyed the ride, and he knows very few people named Inon!

Long Yu - Jan 23, 2019

Long Yu makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony the weekend of January 25 2019, Listen to his conversation with Jim Cunningham where he remembers his admiration for the Pittsburgh Symphony as a student in China, discusses the beauty of music by Qigang Chen and whether it fits with feng shui principles. Long Yu expresses his love of Rachmaninoff and Dvorak and what they reveal about their nationalities.  Maestro Long shares his thoughts on the Cultural Revolution in China, his grand concert in Beijing at the Forbidden Palace in October 2018 with Carmina Burana to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the DG company with the Shanghai Symphony, talks about his world premiere this Spring in New York with YoY o Ma and Wu Man, and suggests ways we can bring together people from the East and West.   

Kevin McManus - Pittsburgh Trombone Project - Jan 18, 2019

Trombone Kevin McManus joins his colleagues in the Pittsburgh Trombone Project at Heinz Chapel in a free concert on Sunday January 20th at 3pm.  Kevin talks about the program with Jim Cunningham and he has the word on his colleagues in the group and what they do in church every week. Kevin describes working with Engelbert Humperdink in Hawaii and James Nova in the Pittsburgh Symphony, along with his many teaching responsibilities and work for the "My Music" programs produced by T.J. Lubinsky and seen on WQED TV.

Kassia Ensemble - Resonance Works Chamber Series - Jan 18, 2019

Some members of the Kassia Ensemble, along with Maria Sensi Sellner of Resonance Works, stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about their January 29th concert at Bar Marco.