On March 27th, 2022, organist Adam Brakel played a recital at Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church. Adam spoke with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the recital, his background and more.
This Friday at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays the Pittsburgh premiere of "Herald, Holler and Hallelujah" by Wynton Marsalis. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke to Mr. Marsalis and Music Director Manfred Honeck about the piece; how it came to be; and much more in this conversation.
Fanya Lin makes her Pittsburgh debut for the Steinway Society of Western Pa Sunday in Kresge Theater at CMU 3pm April 3. Fanya Lin was born in Taipei Taiwan and studied in the US at Juilliard, Weber University and at the University of Minnesota. She worked with Lydia Artimiw and Jerome Lowenthal, was a top prize winner at the Hastings Piano Competition and recently performed with former Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Noah Bendix Balgley. She has suggestions for what you should see on Youtube with her Barber, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Chopin and Schumann performances. She teaches at the University of Arizona in Tucson. On her concert schedule is a date for a concert at the stadium in Kaosiung Taiwan which the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck opened in 2009. For Pittsburgh, she plays the Schumann Carnaval, Rachmaninoff Corelli Varations and she explains to Jim Cunningham that she met the composer of her opener the Nostalgia Waltz by Wim Statius Muller who was also a spy for NATO. Will China take over Taiwan amid the upheaval and alliance of Russia and China? She shares the concern of the students of history in the conflict of world events but shares music as a means of bringing peace.
The Pittsburgh Savoyards close their 84th season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. Performances will be held March 25-27, April 1-3, and April 8-10 2022 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Production Manager Lynette Garlan and Stage Director Robert Hockenberry about the production.
Opera superstar Marianne Cornetti will return to her alma mater for a special performance to benefit the City Music Center of Duquesne University. "Marianne Cornetti and Friends: A United Way Concert for City Music Center" will be held in PNC Recital Hall on Sunday March 27th at 4pm. During the concert, Cornetti will be joined by pianist David Allen Wehr, dean of music and the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair, alongside students from the Mary Pappert School of Music and the City Music Center. Together, they will perform selections form opera and musical theater. David Allen Wehr and Marianne Cornetti joined WQED-FM's Anna Singer to tell us more about the concert.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck and Vice President of Artistic Planning Mary Persin, sat down with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham to talk about the Orchestra's 2022-2023 season. They also discuss their upcoming "Concert for Ukraine" performance taking place on Saturday April 2nd at 7:30pm.