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James Gourlay - Coronavirus update - Apr 17, 2020

Artistic Director and General Manager James Gourlay updates us on the River City Brass band, the plan for the future, his social distancing, observations on the world wide music shut down, and a remembrance of friends who spent time in London during the blitz of WWII. They said at least they knew when the bombs were coming - now we’re never sure what’s next!  But every missed Pittsburgh Pirate game he is entering as a win being a season ticket holder!

Stephen Schultz - Concerts@Home - Apr 16, 2020

Stephen Schulz, Teaching Professor of Music History & Flute, as well as the Director of the CMU Baroque Ensemble, speaks with JIm Cunningham on the phone from his home in Alameda, California. He fills us in on the status of his Pittsburgh group and the pandemic effects in California.  He’s editing a new cd of Couperin recorded just before the world changed. Stephen runs down the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the west coast music scene and how he’s coping with the extra time at home sharing his thoughts on the music scene around the globe and for his students in Pittsburgh.

Patricia Halverson - Chatham Baroque - Stay Home with WQED-FM - Apr 9, 2020

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham checks in with Chatham Baroque member Patricia Halverson.  She talks about how the coronavirus has affected Chatham Baroque's spring; how the members are dealing with the virus and upcoming plans for the group.



Christopher Hahn - Stay Home with WQED-FM - Apr 9, 2020

Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn called in during Anna Singer's shift to talk about how the opera is dealing with the coronavirus; their Intermezzo online series, and much more.



Stay Home with James Blachly - Apr 8, 2020

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Music Director James Blachly checks in with Jim Cunningham to talk about how the Orchestra is dealing with the coronavirus.  He discusses how the virus impacted the 2019-2020 season, as well as discusses the next season.



Organist Paul Jacobs - Mar 12, 2020

The Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh present Washington, PA native Paul Jacobs - Sunday March 15th, 3pm, at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Jacobs is a Grammy Award winner and is chair of the Juilliard School's organ department.   He sat down with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham to talk about his concert.  

Pittsburgh Savoyards - The Mikado - Mar 12, 2020

WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham chats with Guy Russo and Lynette Garlan of the Pittsburgh Savoyards. They are music director and production manager respectively of the Savoyards’ production of The Mikado, an operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan. Performances will be held March 13-15 and 19-22 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA.

Miro Quartet - Beethoven String Quartets - Mar 11, 2020

Joshua Gindele and John Largess, cellist and violist respectively of the Miro Quartet, chat with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about what it’s like to spend 15 years recording the complete Beethoven string quartets. The full 8-CD boxset, recorded on the Pentatone label, is titled “Beethoven – Complete String Quartets.” A culmination of 15 years of work, the set has been released just in time for Beethoven’s 250th birthday and the 25th anniversary of the Miro Quartet itself. Joshua Gindele has a special relationship to Pittsburgh, having grown up here and played with the Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Pianist Jonathan Biss - Mar 10, 2020

Pianist Jonathan Biss chats with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about the recent finish of his nine-year, nine-disc long project recording all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Jonathan has played with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the past, and he’ll be back playing Mozart with the PSO in May 2021.

James Blachly - Romanticism Across Cultures - Mar 6, 2020

James Blachly, Music Director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, chats with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about the Symphony, a new album he has coming out, diversity in classical music, and more. James is conducting a concert on Saturday, March 14th called “Romanticism Across Cultures” at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Johnstown.