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Pittsburgh Concert Society - Mar 26, 2019

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.

Kivie Cahn-Lipman - Acronym Ensemble - Mar 22, 2019

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.  

Cecilia Smith - Mar 22, 2019

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.

Virginia Johnson - Mar 20, 2019

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.  

Dr. John Walker - Mar 20, 2019

Dr. John Walker, organist and choir director  at Shadyside Presbyterian Church will bring the Organ Artists of Pittsburgh 40th Anniversary Season to a close with a free concert April 26 2019 at 7:30 at his former sanctuary. John is the past president of the American Guild of Organists and is now teaching at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore.  He will be honored at a special fundraising event for the AGO Endowment Fund at the mansions on Fifth immediately after his recital.  He spoke with Jim Cunningham about his wide ranging career, his work with Michael Tilson Thomas, Raymond Ocock, Virgil Fox, Leo Sowerby and many others. Introducing John Walker is Edward Alan Moore of East Liberty Presbyterian Church in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Gerald Robbins - Mar 20, 2019

Pianist Gerald Robbins is in town for two maser classes at CMU. He teaches at the Manhattan School of Music today with a large catalog of recordings including some unusual repertoire by Carl Reinecke and Henri Litolf, plus the Schumann Concerto recorded in Moscow with Kenneth Klein, recordings with the New York Philharmonics’ concertmaster Glen Dicterow and Principal Clarinet Stanley Drucker. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham he remembers working with Nathan Milstein and William Primrose and runs down his Pittsburgh relatives including Flavio and Tatjana Mead Chamis.

Roger Schneider and Susan Sands - Mar 20, 2019

The  annual  Three Rivers Community Band Festival, founded in 2004, takes place March 30th, 2019 at the Upper Saint Clair High School Theater hosted by the East Winds Symphonic Band conducted by Susan Sands. The founder, Roger Schneider. who plays euphonium. and the Maestra joined Jim Cunningham in the Bayer Broadcast Center to discuss this year’s event starting at 2pm. There will be a Festival band and four participating bands along with a lively reception with giveaways to wrap the afternoon.  The Festival band will be prepared by Christopher Nichter, currently the 14th Director of Bearcat Bands at the University of Cincinnati. Previously, he held for 10 years the position of Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. He served the WVU School of Music as the Founder and Director of the Mountaineer Music Academy, Director of the Concert Band.

Resonance Works - St. John Passion - Mar 19, 2019

Members of the Resonance Works production of Bach's St. John Passion stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer. 



Resonance Works - St. John Passion - Mar 15, 2019

March 22nd and March 24, Resonance Works Pittsburgh present's Bach's "St. John Passion."   Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner stopped by WQED-FM to talk about it with Anna Singer.



Ingrid Schaffner & Ben Harrison - Carnegie International - Mar 15, 2019

Ingrid Schaffner, Curator of the 57th Carnegie International joins Warhol Museum Curator of Performing Arts Ben Harrison to discuss A Night of Deep Listening featuring Joe McPhee, flutist and McArthur Foundation fellow Claire Chase and Peter Evans for an evening at Carnegie Music Hall Saturday March 23rd as part of the final weekend of the International.  They review greatest hits  of the International and describe the Dusty Groove exhibit within an exhibit which features art inspired by music and sound with reference to John Cage, Pauline Oliveros and Sun Ra. The concert will include Claire Chase playing Edgard Varese Density 21.5 , improvisation, poetry and music by Paulne Oliveros with her Sounds From Childhood and 13 Changes. Also on the program Lucia Dlugoszewski’s Space is A Diamond.  In conversation with Jim Cunningham at WQED-FM.