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Bell'Art Ensemble - Performance in WQED-FM Studio - Feb 6, 2019

Two members of the Bell’Art Ensemble, Raquel Winnica Young and pianist Billie Jo Miller, with guest soprano Patricia Ana Gonzalez Garate perform "Gala Del Dia" by Carlos Guastavino from Indianas and Raquel sings "Jazmin del Pais" from Flores Argentinas (Argentinien Flowers) in the WQED-FM studio.



Carl Davis Part 1 - Feb 4, 2019

Conductor and Composer Carl Davis previews the world premiere of his score for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater production of The Great Gatsby with choreography by Jordan Morris, the orchestra in the pit at the Benedum Center, new sets and costumes across two weekends with a Valentines Day performance too. Carl worked with Paul McCartney on the Liverpool Oratorio and has recorded numerous collections with Marilyn Horne and Kiri Te Kanawa. He’s composed for over 50 BBC TV programs and written the scores to accompany an entire catalog of silent films with Charlie Chaplin and a multitude of stars of the silver screen. Carl dances the light fantastic on the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham.

Carl Davis Part 2 - Feb 4, 2019

Composer and Conductor Carl Davis sits down at the Gibson Capital Management Steinway in the WQED-FM studio to play the world premiere broadcast of music from his score for the ballet The Great Gatsby, Carl conducts the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Orchestra opening weekend and then turns the baton over to Charles Barker for seven performances at the Benedum Center February 8 through the 17th. Recorded live on the QED morning show.

Marya Sea Kaminski - "The Tempest" - Feb 1, 2019

Marya Sea Kaminsky, the new Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater, runs down what she’s up to in her production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest with only women in the cast in a conversation with Jim Cunningham. She explains how to pronounce Marya. It’s like Maria - as in “they call the wind Maria”. Will she repeat her Seattle spectacular with the Seahawks Drumline with something similar in Pittsburgh? The delights of the cast including Tamara Tunie and Pittsburgh treasures are explored, plus some samples of the delicious score written by Andre Pluess.

Rick Sebak - That Kennywood Summer - Jan 31, 2019

WQED’s Rick Sebak returned to That Kennywood Summer for the first time since 1988 with over 125 hours of material. Check out his latest program along with the original Kennywood Memories program back to back and a lead in of two Nebby editions on local authors and the Pittsburgh Vintage Market Sunday February 3rd beginning at noon from WQED13. In this interview with QED Morning Show host Jim Cunningham Rick brings the Kennywood Waltz played by Amy Sistek on the piano in the WQED-FM studio and a recording of the Wurlitzer carousel from Kennywood. Updates on Rick’s next show and the importance of avoiding slippery surfaces in any weather in the conversation too!    

Eric Moe - Jan 31, 2019

Eric Moe, composer,University of Pittsburgh professor, and founder of the Music On the Edge Series discusses the visit Saturday February 2 at 8pm in the Andy Warhol Museum Theater of the Da Capo Chamber Players.  They bring a program with music by Eric Moe, his  Strenuous Pleasures along with music by Valerie Coleman, David Rakowski, David Sanford, and Joan Tower, one of the founding members of the ensemble.  The Da Capo Chamber Players have been hailed by The New Yorker as a "distinguished ensemble...at the center of the New York new-music scene for forty-five years.” Winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award early in its trajectory (1973), the ensemble is about to enter its 47th season.  Eric Moe also talks about his most recent cd and his greatest hit.

Organist Ryan Croyle - Jan 31, 2019

Organist Ryan Croyle, the Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church tells us about the Billa Duo from Ukraine with organist Viktor Billa and soprano Yulia Billa appearing twice in Pittsburgh on Super Bowl Sunday February 3rd. In the afternoon they’ll be at Heinz Chapel and in the evening at 6pm First Presbyterian Church in downtown Pittsburgh. The concert is free. Ryan in his third year at the church, describes the joy of hearing music at First and gives us his story in brief.

Sarah Brightman - Jan 30, 2019

Sarah Brightman, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Christine in Phantom of the Opera, arrives at the Benedum Center February 12th with her new album "Hymn" as the center for a concert with orchestra and choir. She talks about the new album, how "Time to Say Goodbye" came to be a giant worldwide hit. Working with Lorin Maazel on recording the Webber Requiem and what she wore at the sessions, her classical music influences and where they came from.  Is it true that Sir Andrew wouldn’t allow Phantom to open in New York unless she sang Chrtistine? Yes. Sarah explains how she helped in creating the role of Christine. Will she have rose petals, ballet dancers, smoke, fans, a Cleopatra crown and Esther Williams swimmers in the Pittsburgh show? She shares everything with Jim Cunningham and says she loves dining in Squirrel Hill.

David Paul - Pittsburgh Opera - Jan 28, 2019

Stage Director David Paul talks about his staging for Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds."



Glenn Lewis - Pittsburgh Opera - Jan 28, 2019

Glenn Lewis, conductor of Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds," talks about the show.