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Alejandro Diaz - Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Dancer's Trust - Aug 15, 2019

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Principal Dancer Alejandro Diaz stopped by WQED-FM to talk to Omar Tolentino about the upcoming Dancer's Trust performance on September 14th at Point Park University.  

RAD Interview - Jeffrey Carpenter - Bricolage Production Company - Aug 14, 2019

Bricolage envisions theater not as a passive experience, but as a vehicle for heightened involvement for artist and audience alike.  Founder Jeffrey Carpenter spoke with WQED-FM's Omar Tolentino about the company, the importance of RAD funding for their organization, and some of their upcoming productions.  

John Schnieder - Partch - Aug 13, 2019

Partch is the Grammy® winning ensemble that specializes in the music & instruments of the iconoclastic American Maverick composer Harry Partch who, between 1930 and 1972, created one of the most amazing bodies of sensually alluring and emotionally powerful music of the 20th century. Partch wrote music drama, dance theater, multi-media extravaganzas, vocal music and chamber music—all to be performed on the extraordinary orchestra of instruments that he designed and built himself.  Partch member John Schneider spoke with WQED-FM's Aaron Lebovitz about the recording "Partch: Sonata Dementia" on Bridge Records.  

RAD Interview - Dr. Barbara Baker - Pittsburgh Zoo - Aug 13, 2019

WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar sat down with Pittsburgh Zoo President and CEO Dr. Barbara Baker.  She talks about the rich history of the Zoo in Pittsburgh; it move from being run by the City to becoming a private organization; the importance of conservation to her and the Zoo; why people still visit the zoo even with the advent of the internet; and how RAD funding is vital to keeping the Pittsburgh Zoo a national treasure.  

RAD Interview - Ayisha Morgan Lee - Hill Dance Academy Theater - Aug 9, 2019

Hill Dance Academy Theatre sets out to develop and train students 3 to 18-year-olds, in Black Dance Traditions, expand knowledge of Black Dance Traditions and, develop emerging Dance Artists to sustain Black Dance as an Art form in Black communities.  Executive Director Ayisha Morgan Lee stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the organization.

RAD Interview - Madeline Gent - Associated Artists of Pittsburgh - Aug 9, 2019

Learn all about the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh from their Executive Director Madeline Gent.  She stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their mission, current exhibitions and much more.



RAD Interview - Janera Solomon - Kelly Strayhorn Theater - Aug 9, 2019

Janera Solomon stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the Kelly Strayhorn Theater; it's unique "Pay What Makes You Happy" policy; upcoming events, and much more.  

Ernest Tolentino - Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Dancers Trust Fund - Aug 9, 2019

Ernest Tolentino runs the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's Dancers Trust Fund, a retirement fund for retired dancers.  They have an event on September 14th, 8pm at the George Rowland White Performance Center on the campus of Point Park University.  Ernest talks about the event, the Dancer's Trust Fund, and his history with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.

Terrance Orr - Ballet Under the Stars 2019 - Aug 9, 2019

On August 18th, 2019, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater presents is "Ballet Under the Stars" event at Hartwood Acres.  www.pbt.org/performances/hartwood/.  This Free event features food trucks, kids activities, and a performance with highlights from Sleeping Beauty, plus "Orange" with the music of Vivaldi, and "Rubies" with music of Stravinsky.   Terrance Orr gave Jim Cunningham the details on the event, plus a preview of their upcoming season.  

Afroyaqui - Aug 9, 2019

Ben Barson and Kelsey Robinson came by to tell us more about the release of Afroyaqui's latest album, Mirror Butterfly. The album explores migrant liberation mixed with climate change, and they recently performed the album live at the Thunderbird Cafe on August 2.