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Oscar Swan - Nov 18, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Oscar Swan, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh about his new book Kaleidoscope of Poland published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The book contains over 1000 entries on Polish cultural, historical and political figures. Polish cars, celebrities, film makers, and places all appear along with color photographs. Included are Chopin and his monument in Warsaw’s Lezienki Park, Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Szymanowski, Wanda Landowska, and Roman Polanski. There are cult films including Marek Koterski’s Day of the Wacko, Lech Walesa, Pope John Paul II, Jerzy Kosinski, Marie Curie, the Polish airline LOT, the immense Oliwa organ with moving figures and its own organ festival, zubrowka bison grass vodka, zurek the sour rye bread soup, bagels, pierogis, sausages, and street food. The book is not a list but a personal wise and witty tour of Poland with Oscar Swan’s opinions expressed throughout. Four respected historians vetted the book and it includes a timeline of Polish revolutions, Polish literary figures, rulers, a Polish Pronunciation guide and a foreword by Adam Zamoyski.

Karla Boos and Adil Mansoor - Quantum Theater - Nov 17, 2015

Quantum Theater’s Founding Director Karla Boos joins Adil Mansoor, the Director of "Chickens in the Yard," and WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham to discuss the new play staged at Jovo Studios in Lawrenceville. It’s the first production of the Gerri Kay New Voices Program founded to support and mentor new artists. Quantum describes "Chickens in the Yard" as “a Rubik’s Cube of lonely individuals and fragile couples whose subtle dynamics gel into surprising strength.” Karla also picks a few highlights from the 25 years of the company.

Maria Sensi Sellner & Nicole Meyers - Nov 13, 2015

Maria Sensi Sellner, Artistic Director of Resonance Works Pittsburgh, and Nicole Meyers of Cello Fury, joined WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham to talk about their concert this weekend (November 14, 2015) at Third Presbyterian Church. The concert is titled "8 Cello Sound Fusion."

Nathan Carterette - Nov 12, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews pianist Nathan Carterette about his upcoming recital on November 13, 2015 at Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Becky Billock - CD Release Party - Nov 10, 2015

Becky Billock of Trio Nova Mundi talks about their new CD "Canticum" and their release party on Saturday November 14th, 2015 at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.

Millie Ryan and Connie Philips - Nov 10, 2015

Pittsburgh Symphony Association volunteer Chair of Shadyside Splendor Millie Ryan talks about the event to support the Pittsburgh Symphony with Connie Philips who arranged the musicians for the event.

Jon St. Laurent - The Lamplighters - Nov 4, 2015

Jon St. Laurent, a member of the Waynesburg University Lamplighters, talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about their performance of the Faure Requiem on Sunday, November 8th, at 5 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish in Shadyside.

David Mahler - Nov 3, 2015

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews composer David Mahler about his piece "After the Traveler", which will be premiered by the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roger Zahab on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Antony Walker - Nov 3, 2015

Pittsburgh Opera Music Director talks about Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte."

Danielle Pastin - Nov 3, 2015

Danielle Pastin talks about her role of Fiordiligi in the upcoming Pittsburgh Opera production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte."