Ben Taylor - Pittsburgh Opera's "The Magic Flute" - Nov 3, 2021

Pittsburgh Opera returns to the Benedum Stage with Mozart's "The Magic Flute" running November 6-14th.  Ben Taylor sings the role of Papageno and he talks to WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the role, as well as making his Metropolitan Opera debut just before coming to Pittsburgh.   

Dan Rigazzi - Pittsburgh Opera's "The Magic Flute" - Nov 3, 2021

Pittsburgh Opera returns to the Benedum Stage with Mozart's "The Magic Flute" running November 6-14th.  Dan Rigazzi is the Stage Director and he talks to WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the look and feel of this production. 

Garrett Keast - "Transatlantic" - Nov 2, 2021

The album Transatlantic is available now, the debut album of the Berlin Academy of American Music with its founder and Artistic Director, Garrett Keast. Katie Brill talks with Maestro Keast about the album, which features excellent soloists such as Noah Bendix-Balgley! Here is the full list of music:

  1. Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat "Dumbarton Oaks"
  2. Craig Urquhart: Lamentation for Flute and String Orchestra
  3. Avner Dorman: Nofim (Sights), four songs for soprano, flute, violin, percussion and piano
  4. Takemitsu: Toward the Sea II for alto flute, harp and string orchestra
  5. Stravinsky: "No word from Tom" from The Rake's Progress
  6. Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite, original version for 13 instruments

Dr. Barry Coutinho - Nov 2, 2021

Dr. Barry Coutinho joins with colleagues from the Pittsburgh Symphony to play Schubert’s beloved Trout Quintet and with violinist Laura Motchalov, he will play the Spring Sonata by Beethoven to benefit the physician led "Shoulder to Shoulder Pittsburgh," which offers help for medical needs in Honduras. The concert takes place at the Herberman Conference Center of UPMC Shadyside Thursday, November 4th at 7:30 pm. The tickets are $20 to attend in person or receive a link for a live stream for $10. Student ticket are available.  

Dr. Coutinho was  a finalist in the Van Cliburn Competition Amateur Division having studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London along with his medical work. He now teaches Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, sees patients and serves as Vice Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Shadyside. He will play three short pieces by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt for the program. Joining Dr. Coutinho in the Trout Quintet will be Pittsburgh Symphony members Laura Motchalov, violin; Brandon McLean, bass; Marylene Gingras Roy, viola; and cellist Will Chow. For more information:  https://www.shouldertoshoulderpgh.org/tickets?%3E

Kirill Karabits - Oct 28, 2021

Kirill Karabits, born in Ukraine, makes his Heinz Hall debut October 29th and 31st with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Principal Trumpet Micah Wilkinson playing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto and the Anthony Plog Scherzo; plus the Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite and the Tchaikovsky Little Russian Symphony with its Ukrainian folk tunes. He has recorded more than a dozen CDs with standard and rare repertoire including a never before recorded Liszt opera. Now he feels he must spend more time in his homeland, Ukraine. Only a week ago he wasn’t certain if the Covid travel regulations would allow him to make the trip to Pittsburgh, but he is loving it now as you can hear in the conversation with Jim Cunningham recorded in the Conductor’s dressing room on October 28th right after rehearsal.

Micah Wilkinson - Oct 26, 2021

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Trumpet Micah Wilkinson plays the Haydn Trumpet Concerto along with a world premiere of the orchestrated Scherzo by Anthony Plog, Micah’s teacher during his European year of study in Freiburg, Germany. He remembers with pleasure his Haydn performances while touring with his colleagues from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He didn’t mind the cold at all. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, Micah discusses his pandemic back porch concerts, his newly published books of trumpet solos, and the music he plays at Heinz Hall October 29th and 31st with the debut of Kirill Karabits.