Gregor Sigl, the violist of the Aretemis Quartet answred the phone at his home in Berlin just before leaving for their American tour beginning with a date in Montreal. The ensemble celebrates thirty years with a stop in Pittsburgh Monday April 8 at 7:30 in Carnegie Music Hall. In this conversation with Jim Cunnngham Gregor runs down the plan for Barber's Adagio, Britten's Second Quartet and the Schubert masterpiece Death and the Maiden. Thye talk abot the livliness of Berlin cultural life and the one essential travel item Gregor takes along when packing for a trip.
Chatham Baroque presents From Battles to Ballets April 5-7 at three venues with a large contingent of guest artists. Violinist Andrew Fouts and Theorbo virftuoso Scott Pauley stopped by the QED morning show to fill in the details.
On April 17th, 6:30pm at the Kelly Strahorn Theater, WQED will host a special preview screening of Ken Burns' new documentary on Country Music. The event will feature a 30 minute performance by Grammy Award winning country artist Kathy Mattea, who was a consultant on the film, as well as a panel discussion on the documentary with some of the films producers. WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar spoke with Kathy about the documentary; growing up in West Virginia; and how excited the country music scene is to have a film done by Ken Burns.
Federico Garcia de Castro is the founder of the Alia Musica ensemble in Pittsburgh specializing in presenting music by living composers. March 29 at 7:30 in the James Laughlin Music Center at Chatham university Alia Musica presents the multiple award winning all women Aizuri String Quartet playing music by women and men who are alive and well today. Federico talks about the quartet and the And Play Duo of violin and viola who will be heard in Pittsburgh in April. He describes the master plan for his Alia Musica ensemble and who helped put it together with facilitation from Charlie Humphrey. Federico has discussed working with fellow countryman and coffee connoisseur Maestro Andres Franco, Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Federico is hoping to realize a dream of writing a violin concerto with inspiration from poetic notations of pain for Andres Cardenas and he fills us in on the next performance of his own music. When listeners fill out a form asking what they thought of the Alia Musica Ensemble they rarely say they hated it and at least so far have not found it painful.
Washington DC ‘s Sarah Chamberlain is the founder and CEO of the Women 2 Women Count Me In tour stopping in Pittsburgh Wednesday April 3rd for an open discussion at the University Club Ballroom. The non profit organization encourages women to network and discuss issues that relate to the opioid crisis, getting into the CEO positions with major corporations, and running for office. Panelists include Dr. Aubrey Murrell of the University of Pittsburgh Business School and Carol Neyland of Dollar Bank. Sarah Chamberlain serves on the Board of Directors of the Women Campaign School at Yale University, and is a National Capital Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She is also currently serving as a Fellow in George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
A native of upstate New York, Sarah received her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and is a graduate of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University
WQED’s Delaney Hassell who puts together the WQED Digital Guide and Account Executive Sara Lucci, have helped to organize WQED’s Kindness Initiative celebrating WQED’s 65th anniversary and the legacy of kindness that Fred Rogers embodied. They describe how you can get involved in nominating kind people for special on air recognition on tv and radio, how you can add kind events to the Kindness Tree on the WQED website, where the kindness effort will turn up in the next twelve months and much more leading to a kinder gentler world.