Osmo Vanska and Lorna McGhee - Oct 7, 2021

Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska returns to Heinz Hall as a guest with Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Flute Lorna McGhee in Kaija Saariaho’s new Flute Concerto "Wing of a Dream" with bird song, extended technique, poetry, exclamations, smiles, guttural sounds and general delight. Jim Cunningham joins the duo masked in the Guest Conductor’s Dressing Room sitting as far apart as possible discussing how the concerto was a hit in its out of town try out in Minnesota. In Pittsburgh, it will appear with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and the Scottish Symphony by Mendelssohn. Soloist and conductor talk about the premiere in detail and Maestro Vanska accepts congratulations for presiding over the designation as Orchestra of the Year in Minnesota as voted by the readers of England’s Grammophon magazine. He suggests that unlike Mick Jagger budgeting an extra day to visit the Phipps Conservatory, he is all about the music when he’s in Pittsburgh. His last season includes a Sibelius party on New Year’s Eve and after 19 years, he goes out on a high note but promises to return. The Minnesota performance can be seen on Youtube. Pittsburgh will hear the concert October 8th and 10th at Heinz Hall.

Afa Dworkin - Sphinx Virtuosi - Oct 6, 2021

Afa Dworkin is the President and Artistic Director of Sphinx Virtuosi arriving in Pittsburgh for Chamber Music Pittsburgh on October 11th at Carnegie Music Hall. The group has worked boldly for inclusion of African Americans and Lantinx musicians over the past 25 years. Their programs are innovative and mind expanding. Afa speaks with Jim Cunningham about the Tracing Visions program and the work that remains to be done.

James Gourlay - 40th Anniversary Season of the River City Brass - Oct 5, 2021

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with River City Brass Artistic and General Director James Gourlay about their upcoming 40th Season of concerts.  After 18 months, the Brass returns to in person concerts.  James talks about their upcoming season and much more.  

Harpischordist Arthur Haas - Oct 5, 2021

Bach’s last published word on keyboard playing, the Goldberg Variations are a brilliant display of compositional command and stylistic inventiveness, coupled with an unprecedented, acrobatic virtuosity and flat out humor.  Arthur Haas will perform the Variations this Saturday (October 9th), 8pm at Calvary Episcopal Church as part of the Chatham Baroque and Renaissance and Baroque concert series.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with the harpsichordist about the work and being back in Pittsburgh.  

Tracy Baton and Wesley Speary - Oct 4, 2021

The City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations is accepting submissions for their Youth Creative Arts Contest from October 1-31. Katie Brill learns the details of the contest and how it engages Pittsburgh's young people in this conversation with Tracy Baton, a Vice Chair of the Human Relations Commission, and Wesley Speary, Deputy Director of the Human Relations Commission.

Cellist Inbal Segev Interview - Volume 2 - Oct 4, 2021

Cellist Inbal Segev is commissioning and recording 20 chamber music works to capture all that happened in the year 2020. The recordings are being released in four volumes, and in this conversation with Katie Brill she describes the five works on Volume 2:


1. Viet Cuong: Room to Move for cello octet

2. Avner Dorman: Elegy for the Victims of Indifference for cello and accordion

3. Vijay Iyer: The Window for cello and piano

4. Christopher Cerrone: The Pleasure at Being the Cause for cello and piano

5. Angélica Negrón: Ruta Panorámica for cello, bandoneón and electronics