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Corey Bourbonniere from Pittsburgh Ballet Theater - May 17, 2019

Corey Bourbonniere is one of the principal dancers of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater who will be seen at Chautauqua New York  when the PBT dances Sleeping Beauty with Tchaikovsky’s score played by the Chautauqua Symphony and Music Director Rossen Milanov. He tells us his story,why he loves to dance and  talks about the timeless qualities of the ballet classic with the  staging from Terrence Orr.

David Mahler - May 17, 2019

Composer David Mahler is included in a new collection of piano music from American composers recorded for New World by Rory Cowal . David lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife Julie Hanify, Head Librarian at the Carnegie Library music Division in the Main Branch. They stopped by with a singing friend to perform Stephen Foster’s Hard Times in the Bayer Broadcast Center. The Foster is the starting point for one of David’s pieces as he explained to Jim Cunningham.

Brian Worsdale - Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra - May 9, 2019

Conductor Brian Worsdale completes his first season in charge of with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra on Sunday evening, May 12th, 7pm at Carnegie Music Hall with a free concert including Mahler’s Fifth Symphony along with performances from the Wind Symphony and Symphonette plus a Vivaldi Concerto played by the Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Contrabassoon James Rodgers. The complete plan and observations on the state of music education in the world in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Lindsey Goodman and Daniel Nesta Curtis - May 8, 2019

Lindsey Goodman, flute and conductor Daniel Nesta Curtis stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about this weekend's Resonance Works Pittsburgh Concerts at Levy Hall.  Lindsey is playing a world premiere concerto by Nancy Galbraith.  

Maria Sensi Sellner & Nancy Galbraith - May 7, 2019

Resonance Works Pittsburgh present's "American Serenade" May 11th and 12th, 2019 at Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation.   The program features works by Bernstein, Copland, Joan Tower, and a piece by Pittsburgh based composer Nancy Galbraith.  Resonance Works Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner and composer Diana Galbraith stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the concerts.



Chuck Hudson - Pittsburgh Opera's "Don Pasquale" - May 3, 2019

Stage Director Chuck Hudson talks about Pittsburgh Opera's production of Don Pasquale - why he set it in 1950's Hollywood, and studying with Marcel Marceau.  



Gary Thor Wedow - Pittsburgh Opera's Don Pasquale - May 3, 2019

WQED-FM's Anna Singer interviews conductor Gary Thor Wedow about the music in Donizetti's "Don Pasquale."

Kevin Glavin - Pittsburgh Opera's "Don Pasquale" - May 3, 2019

Kevin Glavin talks to WQED-FM's Anna Singer about his role as "Don Pasquale" in the Pittsburgh Opera production.



Lisette Oropesa - Pittsburgh Opera's "Don Pasquale" - May 3, 2019

Lisette Oropesa returns to Pittsburgh to sing the role of Norina in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Don Pasquale."  She tells WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the role and some of the moments she looks forward to in the opera.



Collen Gray and Nanette Kaplan Solomon - Tuesday Musical Club - May 3, 2019

The Tuesday Musical Club Recital Series presents a free recital featuring soprano Colleen Gray with pianist Nanette Kaplan Solomon Tuesday May 7 at 1pm at Rodef Shalom Temple.  Slippery Rock University Professor Colleen Gray has recently published a book with the most comprehensive listings of music by Lee Hoiby. Two sets of Hoiby  songs will be included in the concert and two songs are included in this conversation recorded in the WQED-FM Studio along with Ginastera.  Hear all about it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham. Nanette Kaplan Solomon also has a rundown of the final concert of the season.