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Elena Ulyanova, piano - Feb 23, 2011

Russian-born pianist Elena Ulyanova, now a Johnstown resident, performs Friday, Feb. 25th at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. She tells Jim Cunningham about her passion for Rachmaninoff's music, life in her Crimean hometown, life in Johnstown, her Russian training, her CDs and upcoming concerts.

Bodiography "108 Minutes" - Feb 17, 2011

Bodiography founder and director Maria Caruso is a "gutsy" choreographer. Instead of focusing on the body's exterior beauty, she explores cutting-edge internal medicine in 2010's "Heart," and in her new full-length ballet "108 Minutes" which she developed in collaboration with the McGowan Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Ted Pappas directs "Camelot" - Jan 18, 2011

Ted Pappas directs Lerner & Lowe's masterpiece "Camelot" to mark the musical's 50th anniversary with a youthful cast of 22, a live orchestra, and a cavalcade of memorable songs. Pittsburgh Public Theater begins previews on Jan. 20th.

First Night - Dan Kamin - Dec 30, 2010

Local mime artist Dan Kamin coached Johnny Depp and Robert Downey, Jr. for their title roles in Benny and Joon and Chaplin and now works with symphony orchestras. He'll provide a single-handed simulacrum of all the performing arts in Dan Kamin's Cheap Evening of Expensive Theater at the August Wilson Center for First Night 2011.

Auld Lang Syne II - Dec 28, 2010

Pittsburgh Opera's General Director, Christopher Hahn, talks about the company's New Year's Eve gala concert at Carnegie Music Hall, returning by popular demand.

Empire Brass w/Elizabeth von Trapp - Dec 13, 2010

Rolf Smedvig, solo trumpet of the Empire Brass, sings the praises of Elizabeth von Trapp, of the famous "Sound of Music" family. Smedvig talks of his work and friendships with Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Berstein, his appearance on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and his utter delight with von Trapp, who until recently was unknown to him.

Dance Alloy Theater's 35th Fall Concert - Dec 1, 2010

Artistic Director Greer Reed-Jones presents a retrospective honoring this repertory company's previous artistic directors and dancers. She tells Stephen Baum about a work that premiered on Mister Rogers, a nontraditional Swan Lake, and her own work that combines photos, video, text and dance into a 10-minute tribute to her predecessors danced by the company's two veterans and three new members.

Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert - Dec 1, 2010

Robert Page conducts the Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir, Repertory Chorus and Philharmonic live on QED 89.3 at noon, Friday, December 3, repeating that evening at 7. Maestro Page gives QED's Stepohen Baum a preview.

Pittsburgh Song Collaborative - Nov 17, 2010

The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative debuts with Robert Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe, based on poems by Heinrich Heine. Pianist/musicologist Benjamin Binder and photographer Tom Persinger talk about merging Schumann's 1840 song cycle with evocative contemporary images made using 19th-century photographic methods.

Quantum Theatre - When the Rain Stops Falling - Nov 10, 2010

It's the year 2039. A big fish falls from the sky in Alice Springs, Australia, as Andrew Bovell's "When the Rain Stops Falling" begins. Quantum Theater Artistic Director Karla Boos talks about this play's parallel themes of family and environmental crises through time and space from 1959 forward, and from London to Ayers Rock. Known for its site-specific work, Quantum stages this play in the vast former Iron City Brewery through Nov. 21, 2010.

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