Voice of the Arts

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Ronn McFarlane - Ayreheart - Jan 11, 2019

Ronn McFarlane, lutenist and founder of Ayreheart describes his group and the concert for Renaissance and Baroque at Synod Hall in Pittsburgh August 12th at 8pm. He’s made more than 60 recordings, was born not far from Morgantown, West Virginia and plays music by Henry VIII and over 100 pieces from his own catalog along with the 50,000 or so pieces written for the lute.

Chatham Baroque - Art of the Trio 2019 - Jan 4, 2019

The members of Chatham Baroque Andrew Fouts,  violin, Scott Pauley, theorbo and lute and Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba, play live in the QED Morning Show studio music by Nicola Matteis, the Suite of Ayres and Beanchaes Brawl from Haute Danse by Lansing McLoskey both included in their Art of the Trio concerts at Westminster Presbyterian January 4 7:30pm, East Liberty Presbyterian Church January 5 at 8 and Sunday January 6 at 2:30 at Campbell Memorial Chapel Chatham University.

Sheila Ali & Donna Palermo - Jan 4, 2019

Sheila Ali, co-founder of the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination and Donna Palermo from Friendship who found over 40 pieces of art by Irma Freeman in the trash pickup in the rain talk about the exhibit of Irma Freeman’s found art and what happens at  the Center on Penn Avenue in Garfield with Jim Cunningham.

Kim Kashkashian - Dec 21, 2018

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Kim Kashkashian about her new CD "6 Suites for Viola Solo."



Bell'Art Ensemble - Dec 12, 2018

Oboe and Founding member of the Bell'Art Ensemble Lenny Young and soprano Lara McGill preview their concerts December 15th at Third Presbyterian Church and December 16th at First Presbyterian in Beaver, PA. They’ve discovered a woman composer for the concert and bring along holiday favorites too plus they reveal the best pizza in Beaver - Mario’s.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church - Brass Roots - Dec 12, 2018

Organist Dr. Edward Allen Moore introduces the Christmas in East Liberty concert for Friday December 14 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Brass Roots percussionist Abby Langhorst spills the beans on the brass moments of glory. There will be choral splendor, organ sizzle and Mike Tomaro, jazz star from Duquesne University swings along the way. The concert is free.

Red Beans and Rice - Dec 11, 2018

WQED’s Rick Sebak joins pianist Tom Roberts and cartoonist Wayno playing ukulele and graphic artist Dave Klug on drums to narrate ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” in their Christmas Spectacular Saturday December 15 at the Elks lounge on the Northside with dancing and stickers. A preview with music recorded at WQED-FM and conversation with Jim Cunningham.

Mark Anderson - Pittsburgh Camerata - Holiday 2018 - Dec 11, 2018

Mark Anderson, Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Camerata has the plan for ‘ Among Angels’ Saturday night December 15 at Mount Lebanon Lutheran and Sunday afternoon 3pm  at Shadyside Presbyterian with organist Larry Allen , two harps and Fox Chapel singers. Mark introduces recordings from last year’s holiday concert.

Central Presbyterian Church - Diamante Trio - Dec 7, 2018

The Diamante Trio and Soprano Lilly Abreu perform a mix of Latin American music and Holiday favorites as part of the concert series at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny Street, Tarentum, on Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 P.M.   Gary Lenigan talks to Dave Rankin (Central Presbyterian Church) and clarinetist Mary Beth Malek.  

Brian Worsdale - TRYPO - Dec 5, 2018

Conductors Brian Worsdale and Andrew Wickesberg join Jim Cunningham to discuss their Sunday December 9th free concert at Carnegie Music Hall with Holst ‘ The Planets and Warlock’s Capriol Suite played by the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and Symphonette. Sunday December 16 at 1 pm in the PPG Wintergarden there’s more free holiday fun with the Youth Chamber Connection adding in some players from the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony.