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Latonia Moore as "Aida" - Oct 11, 2013

Latonia Moore sings the title role in Pittsburgh Opera's Aida to open the company's 75th season. This was Ms. Moore's breakthrough role at the Metroplitan Opera in 2012. She tells the story of her Met debut and of Aida, the captured Ethopian princess caught in a love triangle with the Egyptian princess Amneris and the Egyptian general Radames.

Christopher Hahn - Oct 11, 2013

Pittsburgh Opera General Director discusses Verdi's Aida, which opens the company's 75th season. The occasion will see a reunion of past General Directors, and a production with sports heroes, a menagerie of exotic animals, and three leading singers from the Met to play the principal characters.

Soldier's Heart - Oct 10, 2013

Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan is known for such dramas as “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods,” winner of a 2012 American Theater Critics Award. Her latest play, Soldier's Heart, revolves around Casey, a mother who is deployed to Iraq and comes home scarred from her experience.

Renaissance & Baroque Season - Oct 9, 2013

Stile Antico returns to Calvary Episcopal Church to open Pittsburgh Renaissance & Baroque series. Director Gail Luley talks about the lineup of talent for R&B's 2013-2014 concerts.

Marilyn Maye - October 7, 2013 - Oct 8, 2013

WQED-FM's Anna Singer talks to Marilyn Maye about her upcoming performance in Pittsburgh (her first time!) to open this year's Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Cabaret Series.

Tom Roberts - Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra - Oct 4, 2013

Pianist, film arranger and musicologist Tom Roberts talks about forgotten Pittsburgh ragtime composers who will be featured as his newly-formed Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra gives a concert at Shady Side Academy's Hillman Center on Oct. 5, 2013.

Andrew Fouts on Corelli - Oct 3, 2013

Chatham Baroque begins its season with "Variations on Corelli," highlighting the Italian composer's influence on German, French and other composers of the Baroque. Violinist Andrew Fouts previews the concert, and lets Jim Cunningham play a "sneak peek" from Chatham Baroque's 10th CD, coming out in just a few weeks.

David Allen Wehr - Beethoven on the Bluff - Sep 20, 2013

Duquesne University's David Allen Wehr talks about the launch of his two-year "Beethoven on the Bluff" concert series which will begin with the debut of the Duquesne Piano Trio. Wehr, a pianist, formed the trio with violinist Charles Stegeman and cellist Adam Liu. The first concert will include Beethoven's two Opus 70 trios and the popular Septet on September 22, 2013. An October 14th concert will feature the three Opus 1 trios, performed together as the composer intended.

Robert Page on Edith Sitwell & William Walton's "Facade" - Sep 19, 2013

Grammy-winning conductor Robert Page and actress Kate Young will join the Renaissance City Winds in a performance of "Facade," a work not performed in Pittsburgh in over two decades. British composer William Walton wrote the music to the poetry of Edith Sitwell, which is recited in precise rhythm against the instrumental music. The Winds will also perform quintets by Jacques Ibert and Gabriel Pierne -- plus a trio, The French Suite, by Robert Washburn.

Paul Jacobs - 9/22/13 - Sep 13, 2013

Washington, PA native Paul Jacobs performs a concert at the Stambaugh Auditorium on Sunday September 22nd at 3pm. Paul talked to WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar about the concert; how he got interested in classical music and the organ; what goes into making a recital program; and his plans for the upcoming performance season.