Voice of the Arts

Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.

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Peter Kope of Attack Theater - Nov 21, 2018

Peter Kope of Attack Theater talks about their upcoming production - titled "In Defense of Gravity."  

Alan Stanford - PICT - "The Old Curiosity Shop" - Nov 16, 2018

Alan Stanford presents Charles Dickens "The Old Curiosity Shop" in his own adaptation in a US premiere with PICT Theater at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio November 23rd through December 15th. Alan has the story of how he did it and the scoop on the cast in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.  Which is the greatest filmed version; is there a shop; what makes it great; is the ending sad—all these questions answered and much more.

Organist Kimberly Marshall - Nov 16, 2018

Organist Kimberly Marshall makes her Pittsburgh debut for the Organ Artists Series on Friday November 16th, 7:30pm, at St Paul Cathedral. She talked about the concert and her wide ranging career on the QED Morning show with Jim Cunningham.

Jessica Victoria and Nick Vizzoca - Nov 14, 2018

Soprano Jessica Victoria presents "A Vincentian Christmas 2018" on Friday November 30th, 7pm at St. Catherine of Sweden Church in Allison Park. She joins Nick Vizzoca, President and CEO of Vincentian Collaborative System, to invite you to the free event with reception. Jessica teaches singing at the Franciscan University of Steubenville; having sung for the Pope at the Vatican, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, in Italy, South America and the UK. She is a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artists Auditions in 2016 and many other competitions. Plus she’s just recorded a new holiday album available from iTunes, "Christmas Presence." Nick is a passionate advocate for senior care with deep experience in the Pittsburgh health care world having worked for UPMC.  He discusses some of the issues facing Pittsburgh’s aging population and runs down the history of the sisters who founded the Vincentian home over a century ago.

Henry Spinelli - Nov 8, 2018

WQED-FM Q Award winner Henry Spinelli will give a free 3pm Saturday afternoon recital at Chatham University in the Campbell Memorial Chapel playing Debussy, Schumann, Brahms and Ives. He remembers his teachers at Carnegie Tech, his first visit to Chatham in 1949 and tells us why we should go to recitals. You can discuss it with him over refreshments  after the concert.

John O'Conor - Nov 8, 2018

Dublin born pianist John O’Conor plays  at 7:30 Thursday March 8th 2018 at CMU’s Kresge Theater in a Free concert with Jennifer Aylmer singing Schubert songs and Anne Martindale Williams playing the 3rd Beethoven Cello Sonata.  Series Artistic Director and pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou joins John for Mozart. The tickets are tight but they try to fit everyone in and it will be streamed on the CMU Music YouTube channel. John shares some of his twenty Telarc cds on the QED morning show in this wide ranging conversation with topics including the state of Ireland today.

"Applaud the Light" Event - Nov 7, 2018

Croatian artist Maxo Vanka painted a one-of-a-kind masterpiece on the interior walls of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale, PA. The 25 murals—created in two intense periods in 1937 and 1941—are unique, evocative and larger-than-life representations of faith and family; the immigrant experience in America; social justice and injustice and the horrors of war.  On Friday night, the 3rd Annual "Applaud the Light" event takes place at the church, and features our own Anna Singer.  Lynne Squilla stopped by to talk about the event.


Jaap ter Linden - Nov 5, 2018

Cellist Jaap ter Linden and fortepianist David Breitman performed as part of the Renaissance and Baroque concert series on Saturday November 3rd.   The day before, they both stopped by WQED-FM for a conversation with Anna Singer to talk about their concert.   

Marianne Cornetti on the QED Morning Show - Nov 2, 2018

Marianne Cornetti, who sings the role of the witch in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Hansel and Gretel" stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the opera and her character.



Craig Johnson and Eve Goodman - Nov 1, 2018

Craig Johnson and Eve Goodman of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their Fall Concert taking place at Heinz Hall on Saturday November 3rd at 2pm.