Voice of the Arts

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RAD Interview - Alan Stanford - PICT Theatre - Nov 6, 2019

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sat down with PICT's Alan Stanford, who talks about their upcoming season, kicking off with "The Woman in Black" November 7-23 at the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED.  He talks about the rest of the season, as well as the importance of RAD funding to their group.



RAD Interview - Mark Southers - Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company - Nov 6, 2019

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company was founded by Mark Clayton Southers in 2003. The Company is committed to developing and showcasing the works of local playwrights; from accomplished masters like August Wilson and George S. Kaufman to promising new talents. They also seek to nurture a racially and culturally diverse community of playwrights, directors, actors and technical specialists to hone their craft and to network creative opportunities.   Mark stopped by to talk more about the company.



Made in Brahms-Town - Maestro James Blachly - Johnstown Symphony Orchestra - Nov 5, 2019

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra continues it's 2019-2020 "Made in Johnstown" concert season with "Made in Brahms-town" this Saturday night, 7:30 at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.  They'll perform selections from Italian Opera's on the first half, and Brahms Symphony No. 1 in the 2nd half.  Music Director James Blachly spoke with WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar about the concert, the season overall and about a special meet and greet on Thursday November 7th at a local brewery.



Homecoming: Sgt. Hamilton's Long Journey - Nov 1, 2019

Sgt. Vernon Hamilton’s plane was shot down over Germany during World War II. The plane and remains of the 19-year-old Army Air Corps engineer-gunner from Monongahela, Pennsylvania were never found. Decades later, an excavation and forensics team bring long-awaited closure to his family. WQED explores the diligent work of those researchers, and the poignant “welcome home” from the people of his small hometown. WQED's David Solomon stopped by the QED Morning show to talk about the documentary, which will air on WQED TV on November 7th at 8pm, as well as the Special Screening Event for the documentary at Ringgold High School on November 6th.



RAD Interview - Milo Berezin - Union Project - Oct 29, 2019

Milo Berezin, Arts Education Coordinator, stopped by to talk about Union Project.  They are using the arts to help bridge gaps in communities.  Milo talks about the space they use as their home; the ceramic classes they offer, and some of their upcoming events.  



Resonance Works - The National Anthems - Oct 24, 2019

Resonance Works Pittsburgh opens their 7th season with a celebration of our global community inspired by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang’s the national anthems for choir and string quartet. They will surround Lang's piece with music of composers representing a diverse mix of world cultures - including a mix of choral and chamber music by: Arvo Pärt, Gabriela Lena Frank, James MacMillan, Chen Yi, Jorge Sosa, Caroline Shaw, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Enoch Sontonga, Florence Price, Vivian Fung, Kaija Saariaho, and Silvestre Revueltas.  Maria Sensi Sellner and Sandro Leal-Santiesteban stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the concerts.



RAD Interview - Bruce Smith - Front Porch Theatricals - Oct 24, 2019

Front Porch Theatricals provides our region with professional, high-quality musical theater productions featuring Pittsburgh's diverse actor, artistic and technical talent base. Emphasis is placed on mentoring young talent in leadership positions as well as youth through our internship/apprentice program, and in hiring creative up and coming and established local talent in music, directing, choreography, scenic, lighting, sound and costume design to create a high level professional vehicle for the acting and artistic team members to realize the vision of their project.  Bruce Smith stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their company, it's history, and it's upcoming season.


Stewart Copeland - Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh - Oct 23, 2019

World-renowned composer and rock drumming legend Stewart Copeland is in town to hear his new choral piece "Satan's Fall" with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for the first time.  It will receive it's premiere in February 2020 by the Mendelssohn Choir.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer had a chance to sit down with Stewart to talk about the piece, performing his Percussion Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2016, and always having to be people's 2nd favorite drummer behind Neil Peart of Rush.  The concersation starts off with Anna telling him she was in his first ever opera, which premiered in Cleveland in 1989 - "Holy Blood and Crescent Moon."  

RAD Interview - Tina Cerny - Prime Stage Theatre - Oct 22, 2019

Prime Stage entertains, inspires and enriches lives through professional theatre by bringing literature to life.  Tina Cerny, Assistant Operations Director, tells our Jim Cunningham all about the the Theatre and its upcoming season at the New Hazlett Theater.



Craig Davis - Music for Exhibitions - Oct 22, 2019

Jazz pianist Craig Davis, hailed by singer Tony Bennett as "the best jazz pianist I've ever heard," will be performing a special concert of Golden Age classics and film music from Katharine Hepburn's most celebrated Broadway and Hollywood performances at the Frick on Thursday October 24th, 7pm.  Accompanying Craig will be Sam Harris on upright bass, Jeremy Papay on drums, and vocalist Sari Gruber.   Craig stopped by to give us more information on the concert.