Voice of the Arts
The young Czech folk ensemble Muzicka performed on the QED Morning Show on July 11th as they began a tour of the northeastern US. Their tour was organized by Elizabeth Shribman, a Pittsburgh native and former WQED-FM intern who now works in managment for the Czech Philharmonic in Prague.
Flutist Tara Yaney and oboist Erin Marion of the Cincopation Woodwind Quintet talk about their August 2nd performance for Citiparks' free Bach, Beethoven & Brunch Series. You'll hear about the players' backgrounds, their outreach efforts, and the music they'll play in Mellon Park.
A look at the Flight School exhibition at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. The Flight School is a fellowship program that encourages collaborative growth for emerging artists in a wide variety of traditional and electronic media. The show is on the third floor of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Education Center through Juen 16th.
Artist Hugh Hayden describes the ways he uses cultural identity in his "American Hero" series, which includes a 1965 Ford Mustang painted white and adorned with racing stripes made of what appears to be black cornrowed hair. American Hero #4 is on view in Gateway Center during the 2013 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Detroit artist Susan Goethel Campbell describes her project “Portraits of Air: Pittsburgh,” which began with the distribution last weekend of framed air filters to 100 Arts Festival visitors. Korean-born New York artist Chang-Jin Lee talks about "Floating Echo," her transparent inflatable Buddha sculpture floating in the pool under the bridge in Point State Park.
Hand-picked for the role of Julian Marsh by 42nd Street's co-writer Mark Bramble, Patrick Ryan Sullivan talks about the show he can't resist coming back to. He played Marsh on the Broadway tour and has directed the show which contains so many of the things audiences love about classic musical extravaganzas and shows that tap dance is still alive and kicking.
Headlined by Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck, the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts will bring US premieres by major international performing and visual artists to Pittsburgh starting September 27th. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Vice President of Programming, Paul Organisak, gives QED's Anna Singer a preview.
PICT Interim Producing Artistic Director Alan Stanford talk about Nancy Harris' "The Kreutzer Sonata," based on Tolstoy novella about love, loss, and betrayal, inspired by and featuring Beethoven's sonata for violin and piano. Stanford and Giles also look ahead to the rest of the 2013 Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre season.
River City Brass General Director and conductor James Gourlay talks about his souvenir of the band's visit to Rome this week -- a brand new tuba. Gourlay is better known outside Pittsburgh as one of Europe's top tuba players. He tells QED's Ted Sohier about the final concert of this tour, and a coaching session for a local band that wants to hear and learn from these Pittsburgh players.
Ted Sohier reports after the final concert of the tour to a standing-room only audience. Earlier in the day, General Director James Gourlay coached young Italian band students, much as he does on tours in the USA.