James Blachly conducts the Johnstown Symphony and pianist Michelle Cann in the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 on Saturday April 9th, 7:30pm in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. Michelle teaches at Curtis as the Eleanor Sokoloff Chair and is one of the musicians most knowledgeable regarding composer and pianist Florence Price. She talks about Rachmaninoff, Price, getting more people of color in to the classical music world, and much more in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.
Quantum Theatre presents "Plano" at Bakery Square. Company founder Karla Boos has the backstory of happening playwright Will Arbery’s provocative writing about three sisters and their relationships. Funny and darkly ironic, in step with current events with a terrific cast and Quantum magic touches. Where to park, where to eat, and what to wear - Karla has the details. Karla Boos also provides the scoop on the opera production at the Byham next October and the collaboration with a world class cast of singers and Chatham Baroque.
Jennifer Kloetzel, long time cellist in the Cypress Quartet, has recorded a 3-cd set of the complete music for cello by Beethoven at the Skywalker Sound Studio in Marin County with pianist Robert Koenig on the Avie label. She has studied the original manuscripts and the existing recordings while teaching in Santa Barbara. She loved her trips to Pittsburgh as she explained to Jim Cunningham why the ensemble decided to call it quits. Jennifer also has some coffee suggestions for visitors to the city by the bay.
During intermission of WQED-FM's live broadcast of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Jim Cunningham interviewed Music Director Manfred Honeck, guest soloist Leif Ove Andsnes, and PSO President and CEO Melia Tourangeau.
Leif Ove Andsnes returns to Heinz Hall to play the Benjamin Britten Piano Concerto No. 1 in its first time out in Pittsburgh. He talks about the concerto, playing it at the BBC Proms in 2019, the Britten record Sviatoslav Richter made with the composer conducting, Richter’s eccentricities, the new Mozart recording he’s just released, and his switch to the Sony label after 35 CDs for EMI. He discusses the music of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, which he will play on Saturday night in a special benefit concert at Heinz Hall. Leif shares with Jim Cunningham his feelings about the conflict in Ukraine and he discusses his recent all Grieg songs recording with Lise Davidsen including a meditation on Spring at the end as especially evocative of the Nordic soul.
This Saturday (4/2) at 8pm and Sunday (4/3) at 2:30pm, Chatham Baroque presents Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" with guest artists Pascale Beaudin, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Cynthia Black, violin; Kristen Linfante, viola; and Adam Pearl, chamber organ. The concerts take place at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Chatham Baroque violinist Andrew Fouts and soprano Pascale Beaudin stopped by WQED-FM to talk with Anna Singer about the concerts.