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Betsy Burleigh on Bach - Apr 13, 2010

Betsy Burleigh, Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, will conduct her "desert island" favorite, Bach's B Minor Mass, on April 18, 3 pm, at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. She talks about why Bach wrote a Mass that couldn't be used for a service, and that no one asked for, and why it's so rewarding to conduct and hear.

Chatham Baroque - Trio con Brio - Apr 8, 2010

Chatham Baroque features its core members Andrew Fouts, Patricia Halverson, and Scott Pauley in solo and trio repertoire. They've been touring the Baroque music circuit all season with some unusual repertoire and as Patty says, they're 'bringing it home' for their season finale.

Squonk Opera's Mayhem & Majesty - Mar 11, 2010

Multimedia performance company Squonk Opera has played on Broadway, has customized shows to celebrate Pittsburgh and other cities, and sent musical messages into the cosmos in 2008's "Astro-Rama." At the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, Squonk Opera premieres "Mayhem & Majesty." Co-Artistic Director, composer, and keyboardist Jackie Dempsey offers a preview.

Microscopic Opera Company - Mar 4, 2010

Pittsburgh's newest (and smallest) opera company debuts with Milton Grainger's "The Proposal," and the world premiere staging of Jake Heggie's "To Hell and Back." QED's Stephen Baum interviews the MOC's creative team: Erica Olden, Andres Cladera, and Lisa Ann Goldsmith.

Time After Time - Mar 1, 2010

The Conservatory Theater Company at Point Park University presents the world premiere of "Time After Time," based on Karl Alexander's novel about H. G. Wells' pursuit of Jack the Ripper through time -- from 19th century London to today's America. QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham talks with the creators of "Time After Time."

Such Sweet Sorrow - Feb 19, 2010

For Lent, Chatham Baroque expresses the sorrows of the Virgin Mary through Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, instrumental sonatas and laments. Special guests Abigail Haynes Lennox, soprano, and Ian Howell, countertenor, describe the nature of this Stabat Mater, written by a master of comic opera.

La Danse & Oscar season - Feb 10, 2010

Andrew Swensen of Pittsburgh Filmmakers describes the documentary "La Danse," an inside look at the Paris Opera Ballet; and the upcoming schedule of Oscar contenders.

Stephen Massicotte "The Clockmaker" - Feb 2, 2010

After last season's hit, "Mary's Wedding," City Theatre stages the US premiere of Stephen Massicotte's newest play, "The Clockmaker." The Canadian playwright talks about his inventive approach to narrative timelines and his intent to do the unexpected.

1934: A New Deal for Artists - Feb 1, 2010

The Frick's Sarah Hall gives a tour of "1934: A New Deal for Artists," an exhibition from the Smithsonian to mark the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Program. The show features 52 works by 51 diverse artists who captured portraits, cityscapes, city life, landscapes and rural life in a unique visual record of America at a specific time.

Dance Alloy's Greer Reed-Jones - Dec 2, 2009

A Pittsburgh native and alumna of Dayton Contemporary Dance Co., Greer Reed-Jones became Artistic Director of Dance Alloy in summer '09. As she prepares her first main stage concert with the Alloy, she talks about her vision for the company, the program "Alloy Unlocked," and meeting her husband, jazz trumpet sensation Sean Jones.

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