Voice of the Arts

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

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Ron Carnevali, Part 2 - Aug 23, 2007

Ron Carnevali discusses the vibe at the FolkFest, as well as discovering how much great music is being made.

Ron Carnevali, Part 3 - Aug 23, 2007

Ron Carnevali talks about the process of putting the FolkFest together each year.

Ron Carnevali, Part 4 - Aug 23, 2007

Ron Carnevali talks about the FolkFest basics (when, where, parking, etc); also talks about Festival Park, where the FolkFest takes place.

Ron Carnevali, Part 5 - Aug 23, 2007

Ron Carnevali talks about four of the performers on this years bill - Druha Trava; Eric Lindell; James Talley; and A. J. Croce.

Ron Carnevali, Part 6 - Aug 23, 2007

Ron Carnevali talks about the different foods at the festival, as well as how easy it is to get there from Pittsburgh.

Kevin Noe of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - Jul 6, 2007

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble's opening weekend of concerts riff on the theme of applause, with a reprise of a PNME-commissioned audience favorite, Steve Reich's "Clapping Music" and more. Conductor Kevin Noe previews the week's music and the PNME's impending CD releases.

Shirley Jones in "Oklahoma!" - Jun 18, 2007

Pittsburgh-area native Shirley Jones returns to CLO in the show that made her famous, "Oklahoma!" The Oscar and Emmy-winning stage, screen, and television actress talks about her impromptu audition for the 1955 film of "Oklahoma!" The granddaughter of a local beer baron, Jones aspired to become a veterinarian -- until Rogers & Hammerstein discovered her.

Andrew Swenson on U-Carmen - May 25, 2007

Andrew Swenson, Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, tells Jim Cunningham about two extraordinary films: U-Carmen, a comtemporary South African adaptation of the opera Carmen, with the words translated into Xhosa, a South African dialect, but otherwise unaltered, and Into Great Silence, a transcendent documentary without narration revealing the daily experience of life inside a monastery deep in the French Alps.

Ricki Wertz - May 16, 2007

Ricki Wertz, host of the classic Pittsburgh children's television program Ricki & Copper and husband Tom Borden (her director at WTAE) talk about their foray into painting, their shared connections to the Hindenburg disaster, his passion for aviation and, of course, Ricki's four-legged TV co-star, Copper.

Antony Walker discusses Billy Budd - May 11, 2007

Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker talks about Benjamin Britten's opera Billy Budd, which is based on a novella by Herman Melville.