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Conductor Gerard Schwarz - Feb 22, 2020

Gerard Schwarz in in Pittsburgh to conduct the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic and Chorus on Sunday February 23rd, 7:30pm at Carnegie Music Hall.  The concert includes Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, the Walton Cello Concerto with Sameer Apte, and the Brahms Symphony No. 4.  The Maestro stopped by WQED-FM to help with our fundraiser, and to have an in-depth conversation with Jim Cunningham about this weekend's concert, his time spent at the Seattle Symphony, his book "Behind the Baton" and much more.  

Pianist Frederic Chiu - Feb 20, 2020

Pianist Frederic Chiu is a new faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University.  He stopped by WQED-FM to talk to Jim Cunningham about his role at CMU, his extensive recording catalog, and stage fright!



Douglas Starr's "All Saints Requiem" - Feb 19, 2020

Douglas Starr’s “All Saints Requiem,” will be premiered Friday, February 28th at Saint Paul’s Church in Mt. Lebanon, and Saturday, February 29th at Saint Vincent Basilica, Latrobe.  The composer, Douglas Starr stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the piece.  Joining him was soloist Valerie Vernon-Thomas, Rich Chreehan, and, on the phone, Rev. Stephen Concordia from St. Vincent College, who will conduct the piece.  



Peter Hilliard & Matt Boresi - The Last American Hammer - Feb 17, 2020

Listen to an interview with composer Peter Hilliard and librettist Matt Boresi.  Their work - The Last American Hammer - will premier with the Pittsburgh Opera this Saturday, February 22nd at the intimate environs of the George R. White Studio at the Pittsburgh Opera headquarters in the strip.

Matthew Rosenblum - Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival 2020 - Feb 14, 2020

Matthew Rosenblum stopped by to talk about the 2020 Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival.  The event runs February 28th through March 1st at various locations around town.  

Chatham Baroque - Art of the Trio 2020 - Feb 13, 2020

The members of Chatham Baroque stopped by the QED Morning Show to perform live, and to talk about this weekend's "Art of the Trio" concerts.  

Brittany Trotter and Ryan Leonard - Feb 13, 2020

Dr. Brittany Trotter and Ryan Leonard stopped by to talk about the beginning of the season for the IC Players - the Incidental Players.  Their first element concert is on February 17th at 7pm.  

Warren Davidson and Elizabeth Etter - Feb 13, 2020

Harpsichordist Elizabeth Etter and Baroque violinist/violist Warren Davidson stopped by to talk about their Bach concert - Father JS alongside CPE, JC, JCF, and WF.  It's Chamber Music at Old St. Luke's on Sunday, February 16th at 2pm - the concert is free.  Plus Warren plays some Bach in our studio.



Roger Dannenberg - The Mother of Fishes - Feb 12, 2020

Composer Roger Dannenberg stopped by WQED-FM to talk about his opera "The Mother of Fishes" which will have it's World Premiere this weekend (February 15 and 16) at Capa Theater.  

Reza Vali - new recordings - Feb 11, 2020

Composer Reza Vali stopped by WQED-FM to talk about his new recordings, including "Longing" featuring the Carpe Diem String Quartet playing Vali's chamber music, as well as his "Persian Folk Songs" performed by cellist Kian Soltani on the Deutche Grammophon label.