Kirill Karabits, born in Ukraine, makes his Heinz Hall debut October 29th and 31st with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Principal Trumpet Micah Wilkinson playing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto and the Anthony Plog Scherzo; plus the Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite and the Tchaikovsky Little Russian Symphony with its Ukrainian folk tunes. He has recorded more than a dozen CDs with standard and rare repertoire including a never before recorded Liszt opera. Now he feels he must spend more time in his homeland, Ukraine. Only a week ago he wasn’t certain if the Covid travel regulations would allow him to make the trip to Pittsburgh, but he is loving it now as you can hear in the conversation with Jim Cunningham recorded in the Conductor’s dressing room on October 28th right after rehearsal.
Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Trumpet Micah Wilkinson plays the Haydn Trumpet Concerto along with a world premiere of the orchestrated Scherzo by Anthony Plog, Micah’s teacher during his European year of study in Freiburg, Germany. He remembers with pleasure his Haydn performances while touring with his colleagues from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He didn’t mind the cold at all. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, Micah discusses his pandemic back porch concerts, his newly published books of trumpet solos, and the music he plays at Heinz Hall October 29th and 31st with the debut of Kirill Karabits.
Zoe Abuyuan and Gabe DeRose, the Rosalind and Orlando from Shakespeare's "As You Like It" in the PICT Classic Theatre production, sit down to explain their roles in the first in-person play at the Fred Rogers Theater of WQED since the pandemic began. Love in all its forms is the subject with laughter and direction from Alan Stanford, Rosalind and Orlando get lost in the forest of Arden where mischief, passion, and mistaken identity have made the play a classic. PICT says "it's the perfect show to lift the spirits and open the season!" Zoe and Gabe reveal their path to the stage in this conversation with Jim Cunningham. They have high praise for the cast which is a big one and the music which plays an important part in "As You Like It."
Pianist Jan Lisiecki returns to Pittsburgh to perform the Grieg Piano Concerto on Friday October 22nd, 8pm and Sunday October 24th, 2:30pm at Heinz Hall. He talks about the concerto, working with Guest Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, and more in this conversation with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham.
Kirby Dilworth will leave the stacks at the end of November 2021 after serving for 43 years as staff and music librarian at the Carnegie library of Pittsburgh main branch in the second floor music department. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, Kirby considers the changes for libraries in the last half century and the continued relevance of the treasure found at Andrew Carnegie’s jewel in Oakland. Kirby has the story of several prominent guests who needed information from the library. Kirby Dilworth arrived with a degree from the University of Michigan and began a long singing career with the Bellefield Singers in Pittsburgh.
The Music Plus Concert Series in Sewickley opens with a performance by tenor saxophone player James Houlik and pianist Vahan Sargsyan this Sunday, October 24 at 3pm. Jim talks about the concert program, teaching at Carnegie Mellon University, and his most memorable performances in this conversation with Katie Brill.