Dave Rankin is the organizer of the concert series at Central Prebyterian Church in Tarentum Pa. He speaks with Jim Cunningham about the return of the 6 program series after the year and a half break for the pandemic. Todo Tango features the Academy Chamber Ensemble led by Warren Davidson, violin at 7pm on October 10. The concerts are free with a goodwill offering plate near the entrance. Dave explains how the pandemic affected the community and the church, with some history of the historic structure, it's organ and stained glass windows as well as the work being done to help Tarentum grow and flourish.
Maria Sensi Sellner talks about Decameron Opera Coalition's presentation of "Heroes", seven world premiere opera short films presented in three episodes, all framed by original art songs by Hilliard and Boresi, featuring renowned soprano Karen Slack, mezzo-soprano Tesia Kwarteng, tenor Javier Abreu, and baritone John Castillo. Maria spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer.
On October 2, Contemporary Craft celebrates its 50th Anniversary as part of RADical Days. Katie Brill talks with Contemporary Craft's Executive Director, Rachel Saul Rearick, about the activities planned for their 50th Anniversary Party, their Food Justice exhibition and other upcoming events. Rachel also reflects on the organization's success over the past 50 years.
The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh presents the Generations Speaker Series with Dr. Rebecca Jacobson on October 6. In this conversation with Katie Brill, the Director of the Holocaust Center, Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather, talks about the virtual RADical Days event on the 6th, the Holocaust Center's programs and upcoming events, and how we might prevent something like the Holocaust from happening again.
Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh opens their seson Saturday October 2 7pm in a new venue-- Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Temple with a premiere of a concerto by Marina Lopez played by Zoe Sorrell along with Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite and the Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel. Executive Director Andrew Swenson explains what the orchestra is trying to do and Maestro Edward Leonard describes the delights of the five concert season.
Chris Cox, Director of Marketing and Communications at Pittsburgh Opera has the story for Jim Cunningham on the Rising Stars Concert at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters October 3 6pm at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters with the Resident Artists. It's free with support from the Regional Asset District but reservations are necessary. You'll hear opera hits and some discoveries presented in a high wire audition format. Chis explores the season with Magic Flute in November at the Benedum, Carmen and brand new operas sung by world clas singers. There are also concerts in Market Square and Brown Bag programs for free. Wear your mask and bring the vaccination card.