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Nanette Kaplan Solomon - Piano Day 2019 - Aug 21, 2019

Piano Day Pittsburgh is a free, public event where performers give short concerts on an outdoor concert piano downtown.   It begins Saturday August 24th with a concert-grade piano traveling around Pittsburgh strapped onto a flatbed truck!  Sunday August 25th features performances by some of Pittsburgh's greatest musicians at 4 locations in the Cultural District.  One of the performers will be Nanette Kaplan Solomon, who stopped by WQED-FM to talk about Piano Day 2019.  She also performed 3 pieces in our studio - including the Notturno No. 2 from Soirees Musicales by Clara Schumann; and 2 selections from Madeline Dring's Colour Suite - Pink Minor and Brown Study.

RAD Interview - Marya Sea Kaminki - Pittsburgh Public Theater - Aug 16, 2019

The Pittsburgh Public Theater has an exciting season coming up for their 2019-2020 season.  Marya Sea Kaminski stopped by WQED-FM to tell us about it, along with how RAD funding allows them to put on the shows at the O'Reilly Theater.  



Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's Under the Stars 2019 - Aug 16, 2019

Enjoy a free performance by Pittsburgh Ballet Theater at Hartwood Acres this Sunday (August 18th) starting at 5pm.  The event includes food trucks, animal ballons, and photo opportunities with dancers, followed by a free performance on the Hartwood Acres stage beginning at 7:30pm.  Dancers Corey Bourbonniere and JoAnna Schmidt explain why you should attend.



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.  

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.

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.