Voice of the Arts
At the American Musicological Society's national convention in Pittsburgh in November 2013, Dr. Julia Ronge, a researcher at the Beethoven Archives in Bonn, shares new discoveries from her study of Beethoven's papers.
The Chamber Music @ CMU series' inaugural concert features the Pittsburgh Symphony's concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and Principal Flutist Lorna McGhee; Lorna's husband, Carnegie Mellon faculty violist David Harding; and cellist Amit Peled in chamber music by Mozart and Bach. The sold-out event can be viewed live online, Nov. 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm.
The New York Times described Jessica Dickey's The Amish Project, which she performed at City Theater in 2011, as "a remarkable piece of writing." Her latest play, Charles Ives Take Me Home, now at City Theater, is a sonic journey involving a classical violinist, his basketball-obsessed daughter, and American modernist composer Charles Ives.
The Grammy and Cleveland Quartet Award-winning Parker Quartet makes its Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society debut. Daniel Chong, first violinist of the young former quartet-in-residence at CMU, previews their Nov. 18th program of Mendelssohn, Schulhoff and Shostakovich.
Jeffrey Turner conducts his Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 17th in a concert featuring the "Emperor" Concerto by Beethoven with pianist David Allen Wehr, and the Symphony #2 by Sibelius. Mr. Turner talks about what he hears in Sibelius and how he trains his orchestra.
PIttsburgh's Reed III Trio plays a program of "Discoveries" including unrecorded lyrical 20th century works by Anton Szalowski and Fernande Decruck, and premieres by Pittsburgh composers Luke Mayernik, Blake Ragghianti and Christine Burke.
What's so difficult about playing the triangle? How does one master such a wide range of instruments? Jim Cunningham asks Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble director Eliseo Rael and students Michael Kemp, Jim Benoit, and Bronwyn Wyatt, who play music by Jennifer Higdon and others on Nov. 12.
Music Director Betsy Burleigh conducts a free concert as Rodef Shalom presents the Mendelssohn Choir in the sanctuary on Nov. 11. Ms. Burleigh talks about the program, which ranges from early baroque Carissimi to 20th-century Ginastera. She also previews upcoming PSO Pops concerts which will use the choir in film music by Danny Elfman.
Pittsburgh Public Theater Director of Education Rob Zellers (co-author of "The Chief") anticipates the 20th Anniversary of PPT's Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest. He talks about the project's history, how to enroll, and solicits comments from past participants for a commemorative book.
Cameron Knight plays demolitions expert Ned in Jez Butterworth's darkly-comic Parlour Song, staged by Quantum Theatre. A veteran of regional theaters and Shakespeare festivals, Knight teaches acting at CMU. Boos chose a venue at the Waterfront to mirror the play's civilization-on-the-edge-of-wilderness vibe.