Voice of the Arts
David Allen Wehr talks about his June 24 duo piano recital with musical partner Cynthia Raim at Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, PA, to include Rachmaninoff's Suite #1, Bach's 2-piano concerto, jazz pieces composed for the duo by Joe Utterback, Brahms Hungarian Dances, and Milhaud's Scaramouche suite.
Based on a true story, The Pitmen Painters chronicles a group of English miners who hired an art teacher and within a few years became celebrated by contemporary artists and critics. Director Andrew Paul sent his actors to art class, and had them learn the most difficult working-class accent. So where can you see the art of the pitmen and the actors? Listen to the podcast.
The 2012 Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival (May 20 - June 3) features a song cycle by Osvaldo Golijov with soprano Lara Bruckman, clarinetist David Krakauer, and a MIDI accordion; as well as Kosher Gospel with Joshua Nelson, and jazz with the Ortner-Roberts Duo plus special guests. Director Aron Zelkowicz previews the Festival.
Henri Matisse's “The Thousand and One Nights,” is on view for just 99 days at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The multi-panel paper cut-out's imagery is suggestive of the story of Scheherazade. Louise Lippincott, curator of Fine Arts at the Carnegie Museum of Art, tells the stories in and of this work.
Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs Mark Brown's adaptation of Jules Verne's whimsical "Around the World in 80 Days" for Pittsburgh Public Theater. Dodge directed and choreographed the 2010 Tony-nominated revival of Ragtime, and has worked on numerous revivals and nostalgic dramatic works. She reveals a few Pittsburgh-related surprises in her PPT production.
2012 Artist-in-Residence Alan Stanford (of Dublin's Gate Theater) talks about PICT's season, whose theme is "Get Turned On!" First up is Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room or the vibrator play," followed by "The Pitmen Painters" about English coal miners who became artists. This season's big event is a Chekhov Celebration featuring major works, one-acts, vaudevilles, and plays inspired by Chekhov.
CMU's Robert Page details the alumni who will gather at the Benedum Center for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music's Centennial Celebration on March 31, 2012 and a repeat performance at New York's Carnegie Hall on April 2nd.
It's another kind of March Madness for the River City Brass, directed by James Gourlay. He invites listeners to vote for their favorite marches to be featured on the band's March 24 - April 5 concerts at 8 locations, and talks about the various forms of marches.
Steinway Society guest Matthew Bengtson champions the works of Szymanowski and Scriabin on his recordings and in his Pittsburgh recital. A CMU guest faculty member last fall, Bengtson has wide-ranging musical interests and is serious about such outside interests. He plays high-level chess, holds a degree in computer science from Harvard, and his golf handicap is 2.
Eric Burns' first play receives its world premiere Feb 3-19 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Burns is a veteran TV journalist who began his career at WQED in 1971. He looks back on his work as a journalist at NBC and Fox, and what might have been at PBS. A high school majorette serves as the inspiration for the play, "Mid-Strut," which won Burns the 2010 Eudora Welty Emerging Playwrights' Award.