WQED celebrates the Allegheny Regional Asset District’s 25th Anniversary by bringing listeners interviews with the civic, cultural and recreational treasures that are funded by RAD and that we as a community value so much.
WQED-FM talks with Richard Piacentini, President & CEO of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Mr. Piacentini explains the conservatory's efforts to make their facilities water efficient, energy efficient, and otherwise environmentally sustainable. Support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) made it possible for Phipps to grow into the nonprofit it is today.
The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is the oldest continually running new music ensemble in the country and has premiered over 300 works. WQED-FM talks with the ensemble's Executive Artistic Director, Kevin Noe, about how members are selected, PNME's support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District, and what is most rewarding for him about being part of the ensemble.
The Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras' (TRYPO's) Executive Director Lindsey Nova updates us on the organization's recent activities--and they've been busy! Mrs. Nova believes strongly in making a difference in the lives of TRYPO students, and support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District has been an important part of fulfilling that mission.
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall is located on 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie, PA. WQED-FM talks with Music Hall Director Melanie Paglia about the importance of RAD funding for the hall as well as the professional path that brought her to managing the 425-seat theater.
The Pittsburgh Philharmonic's Music Director Daniel Curtis talks about the Zoom sessions he is doing with the orchestra to stay connected and to prepare for their 2021-22 season. Next season, the Philharmonic is also launching a multi-year initiative to feature the music of Black American composers.
Jim Bonner, Executive Director of the Audubon Society of Western PA, describes trends in the Audubon Society's bird counts over recent years. In addition to updating WQED-FM on how the bald eagles are doing, he explains which bird species is currently the most under threat and how we can help to ensure that all local bird species continue to live in a healthy ecosystem. Funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) has helped the Audubon Society with a number of projects, such as maintenance on Beechwood Farms and conservation of large, old oak trees.
The Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media's Executive Director Kyle Houser gives WQED-FM a glimpse at the dozens of classes and workshops they currently offer. He also describes the variety of ways that funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) supports the organization's programming and operations.
The Pittsburgh Youth Chorus' Executive Director Lee Saville-Iksic talks about the chorus' programs and upcoming activities, including a collaborative project with the Hill Dance Academy Theatre called Crossings. He emphasized the importance of grant funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), especially as the organization rolls out significant changes to their business model. A native of Pittsburgh, Mr. Saville-Iksic has a strong background in choral music education and conducting, and he became Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus in 2019.
Melissa Hiller, Director of the American Jewish Museum of the JCC, talks about the importance of grant funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) for the museum's operations. Her favorite past exhibits include a retrospective of Jane Haskell's artwork and a display of artwork depicting Fred Rogers. Ms. Hiller also talks about the professional path that led her to her current position.
Learn all about the Tuesday Musical Club from Joan Murdoch and Terri Denmon. They talk to WQED-FM's Joanna Li about the history of the club, their upcoming performances and the importance of RAD funding to their organization.