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Caitlin Gotimer - Glory Denied - Feb 18, 2019

Caitlin Gotimer talks about her role as "Older Alyce" in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Glory Denied" taking place at Pittsburgh Opera's headquarters February 23-March 3rd, 2019.

James Lesniak - Glory Denied - Feb 18, 2019

Conductor James Lesniak talks about the music in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Glory Denied" taking place at Pittsburgh Opera's headquarters February 23-March 3rd, 2019.

Matthew Haney - Glory Denied - Feb 18, 2019

Stage Director Matthew Haney talks about the staging for Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Glory Denied" taking place at Pittsburgh Opera's headquarters February 23-March 3rd, 2019.

Sami Merdinian - Sybarite 5 - Feb 12, 2019

Sami Merdinian, violinist of the Sybarite5 has the story of the award winning quintet so far and their debut in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Music Hall February 11, 2019, the morning after on the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham. They play Elgar, Barber and Mozart but most often it’s a living composer on their ipad music stands. They dress differently and think new audience first.  Sami introduces some favorites by Piazzola, Dan Visconti and a Turkish hit played often by Taraf de Haidouks. from their first cd of several available from itunes and Amazon.

Lara Lynn McGill - Feb 12, 2019

Soprano Lara Lynn McGill joins actress Sarah Carleton to share their 2019 version of Song of Songs.. There are  two performances Valentines weekend in Beaver, PA Sunday, February 17, 4pm at First Presbyterian Church in Beaver and at Shadyside Presbyterian Church Friday, February 15th 7:30 at Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside with pianist Karen Jeng Lin, and violinist Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez. All are welcome. There is a suggested donation but it’s free and it's for everyone - married, single, broken hearted, newly in love. Lara describes the program in detail and introduces two of the items on it from a recent recording.

John Wineglass - Feb 8, 2019

Emmy Award winning composer John Wineglass, composer of "Casop: Requiem For Rice" to be played by the Colour of Music Orchestra at Carnegie Music Hall on February 13th, discussses the music and his work on "All My Children" and with Aretha Franklin and Kurt Madura.

Ray Werner - Feb 8, 2019

Ray Werner, the author of "Run the Rabbit Path," talks about the world premiere with PICT Classic Theater in the Fred Rogers studio through February 16th.

Lee Pringle - Feb 6, 2019

Lee Pringle, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Colour of Music Chamber Orchestra, runs down the concert for February 13, 2019 at Carnegie Music Hall honoring the victims of the Tree of Life shootings with Mahler’s Adagietto from the Fifth Symphony, arias by Giordano and Verdi and two African American composers with the world premiere of "Casop: Requiem For Rice Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked," featuring a libretto which recovers the voices of the enslaved by acclaimed historian and executive producer, Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black, and original score by composer, three-time Emmy Award-winner John Wineglass.  



Edgewood Sympony - Rhapody in Brew - Feb 6, 2019

Cellist Emma Strong and violinist Natalie Kasievich invite you to the 2nd Annual "Rhapsody in Brew" - February 9th, 2019 to benefit the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra.  The concert takes place at Spirit, located at 2422 51st Street in Lawrenceville. Members of the Edgewood Symphony will play along with Abacus Jones and celebrity judges, including Music Director Walter Morales, will judge over thirty brews of all types for a grand prize. They also talk about why you should stop by to her Monique Mead play the Beethoven Concerto in March and the season finale concert.

Bell'Art Ensemble - "An Argentinian Pair" - Feb 6, 2019

The Bell'Art Ensemble, with soprano Raquel Winnica Young and pianist Billie Jo Miller, invite you hear "An Argentinian Pair" on Saturday, February 9 at 7:30pm in Fox Chapel , and Sunday, February 10 in Squirrel Hill, at 3:00pm.  Guest vocalist Patricia Ana Gonzalez Garate, has arrived from Argentina to sing with mezzo soprano Raquel Winnica Young in a program of music from South America that has not yet been performed in the United States! Featuring music by Buchardo, Ginastera, Guastavino, and more.  Hear all about it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.