Voice of the Arts
Washington DC ‘s Sarah Chamberlain is the founder and CEO of the Women 2 Women Count Me In tour stopping in Pittsburgh Wednesday April 3rd for an open discussion at the University Club Ballroom. The non profit organization encourages women to network and discuss issues that relate to the opioid crisis, getting into the CEO positions with major corporations, and running for office. Panelists include Dr. Aubrey Murrell of the University of Pittsburgh Business School and Carol Neyland of Dollar Bank. Sarah Chamberlain serves on the Board of Directors of the Women Campaign School at Yale University, and is a National Capital Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She is also currently serving as a Fellow in George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
A native of upstate New York, Sarah received her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and is a graduate of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University
WQED’s Delaney Hassell who puts together the WQED Digital Guide and Account Executive Sara Lucci, have helped to organize WQED’s Kindness Initiative celebrating WQED’s 65th anniversary and the legacy of kindness that Fred Rogers embodied. They describe how you can get involved in nominating kind people for special on air recognition on tv and radio, how you can add kind events to the Kindness Tree on the WQED website, where the kindness effort will turn up in the next twelve months and much more leading to a kinder gentler world.
Anna Singer spoke with Sean Pannikar, a graduate of the Resident artist program of Pittsburgh opera. He returns to do the iconic role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme.
Nicole Cabell is singing the role of Mimi – Sean and Nicole have had several opportunities to perform these roles on stage together.
Maestro Jean-Luc Tingaud talks about the mastery of Puccini – including the imitation of an accordion in Musetta’s waltz – the accordion being a very popular instrument in Paris in the 1830’s.
Stepanie Havey was the first director that participated in the Resident Artist program for Pittsburgh opera. She is delighted to return to direct Puccini’s La Boheme.
Sunday March 31 at 2pm in the Kresge Theater at Carnegie Mellon University the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Audition Winners will perform. The musicians visited WQED-FM with the Vivo Quartet, Enoch Hsiao , violin Carolyn Carr, violin Futen Wang, viola and Yunshu Li playing Shostakovich and Mendelssohn, Aaron Berger joined pianist Amaury Morales to play Saint Saens and Gary Peng played the Brahms Rhapsody in D. They spoke with Jim Cunningham.
WQED-FM's Anna Singer has a conversation with Acronym Ensemble member Kivie Cahn-Lipman. Acronym will be performing this Saturday night (3/23), 8pm at Calvary Episcopal Church.
Vibraphone virtuoso Cecilia Smith plays in a world premiere she has written for East Liberty Presbyterian Church Sunday March 24 at 3pm. Dr. Edward Alan Moore introduces Cecilia. He will conduct the choir and pianist Brian Sable in The Essence of Psalms along with music by Vaughan Williams and more. Cecilia Smith trained in Cleveland, at the Berkleee College of Music and NewEngland Conservatory. She’s performed with luminaries of the jazz world including Milt Hinton, Donald Byrd, Rufus Reid, Hubert Laws, Gary Bartz, Cecil Bridgewater and Mrak Whitfield. She is also an authority on Mary Lou Williams having organized extensive research on the Pittsburgh jazz legend. The concert is free.
Dance legend Virginia Johnson, Artistic Theater of Dance Theater of Harlem, discusses the collaboration with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater under way at the August Wilson Center through March 24 and the many events taking place around town. It’s the 50th anniversary of her company where she danced beginning in 1969. In a corner of the arts world where not too long ago dancers could only purchase white satin pointe shoes Virginia thinks progress is being made. No matter what the ethnicity of the dancer body shape self-image is an issue. Discussing the great success of Misty Copeland, star of the American Ballet Theater, there may be more stars equal to her talent in the future and no doubt there have already been some we just didn’t know about while the spotlight was elsewhere as Virginia explains to Jim Cunningham.