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Aron Zelkowicz - Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival 2019 - Sep 11, 2019

The 2019 Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival takes place on Sunday September 15th at Rodef Shalom temple.  The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival and world-renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer presents a special centenary concert celebrating the Zimro Ensemble's historic global tour in 1919. The Zimro was a sextet of virtuoso musicians who championed early Jewish-themed classical music. Theirs is the story of the immigrant experience and international musical ambassadorship in the early 20th century.  The Festival's Director Aron Zelkowicz spoke with WQED-FM's Joanna Li about the concert.


Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks - Julius Caesar - Sep 9, 2019

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park, presents "Julius Caesar", September 7th through the 29th.  The performances take place in several parks around Pittsburgh.  Some members of the cast stopped by WQED-FM to talk to Anna Singer about the production.



Hillman Performing Arts Center - Dom Flemons - Sep 9, 2019

The Hillman Performing Arts Series at Shady Side Academy kicks off the 2019-2020 season with a solo acoustic performance by Grammy Award-winning folk artist Dom Flemons on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The show takes place in the Peter J. Kountz Theater of the Hillman Center for Performing Arts, located on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus.  Dom Flemons is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes. He is an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills and rhythm bones. His 2018 album, Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard bluegrass chart and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album.   WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke to Dom over the phone about his upcoming Pittsburgh performance.  

Artsburgh - Mitch Swain and Dek Ingraham - Sep 9, 2019

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council CEO Mitch Swain and Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events Dek Ingraham stopped by to talk about "Artsburgh, " a new one-stop-shop events website, promoting and sharing arts and culture events, workshops, openings, and performances.



RAD Interview - S.C. Toe - Renaissiance City Choir - Sep 9, 2019

S.C. Toe of the Renaissance City Choir stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the Choir, their upcoming season, and the importance of RAD funding for their organization.  

RAD Interview - Marilyn Jenkins - Allegheny County Library Association - Sep 6, 2019

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham has a conversation with Marilyn Jenkins about the Allegheny County Library Association - what they do; the importance of RAD funding for them; and much more.

RAD Interview - Marc Masterson - City Theatre - Sep 6, 2019

Marc Masterson gives you the latest on City Theatre, including their upcoming season, in this interview with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham.

Drostan Hall - Chicago Camerata - Sep 6, 2019

Chicago Camerata has released a new album featuring Vivaldi's Four Seasons.  The group's founder, Drostan Hall tells WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar about the recording, what's unique about this version, and how he hopes to make it to Pittsburgh one of these days!



Percussionist Bobby Rawsthorne - Sep 6, 2019

In 1969, percussionist Bobby Rawsthorne joined Johny Costa as part of his Trio on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood."  Bobby stopped by WQED-FM to talk about working on the Neighborhood; playing with Johnny; and much more.



Tour of the Nationality Rooms - Sep 4, 2019

Take an audio tour of the Cathedral of Learning's Nationality Rooms.  WQED-FM's Aaron Lebovitz was joined by tour coordinator Michael Walter to go through the rooms and talk about the history and culture found in each room.