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WQED + Kindness - Mar 28, 2019

WQED’s Delaney Hassell who puts together the WQED Digital Guide and Account Executive Sara Lucci, have helped to organize WQED’s Kindness Initiative celebrating WQED’s 65th anniversary and the legacy of kindness that Fred Rogers embodied. They describe how you can get involved in nominating kind people for special on air recognition on tv and radio, how you can add kind events to the Kindness Tree on the WQED website, where the kindness effort will turn up in the next twelve months and much more leading to a kinder gentler world.

La Boheme - Sean Pannikar - Mar 27, 2019

Anna Singer spoke with Sean Pannikar, a graduate of the Resident artist program of Pittsburgh opera.  He returns to do the iconic role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme.

La Boheme - Nicole Cabell - Mar 27, 2019

Nicole Cabell is singing the role of Mimi – Sean and Nicole have had several opportunities to perform these roles on stage together.


La Boheme - Maestro Jean-Luc Tingaud - Mar 27, 2019

Maestro Jean-Luc Tingaud talks about the mastery of Puccini – including the imitation of an accordion in Musetta’s waltz – the accordion being  a very popular instrument in Paris in the 1830’s.

La Boheme - Stepanie Havey - Mar 27, 2019

Stepanie Havey was the first director that participated in the Resident Artist program for Pittsburgh opera.  She is delighted to return to direct Puccini’s La Boheme.

Pittsburgh Concert Society - Mar 26, 2019

Sunday March 31 at 2pm in the Kresge Theater at Carnegie Mellon University the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Audition Winners will perform. The musicians visited WQED-FM with the Vivo Quartet, Enoch Hsiao , violin Carolyn Carr, violin  Futen Wang, viola and Yunshu Li  playing Shostakovich and Mendelssohn, Aaron Berger joined pianist Amaury Morales to play Saint Saens and Gary Peng played the Brahms Rhapsody in D. They spoke with Jim Cunningham.

Kivie Cahn-Lipman - Acronym Ensemble - Mar 22, 2019

WQED-FM's Anna Singer has a conversation with Acronym Ensemble member Kivie Cahn-Lipman.  Acronym will be performing this Saturday night (3/23), 8pm at Calvary Episcopal Church.  

Cecilia Smith - Mar 22, 2019

Vibraphone virtuoso Cecilia Smith plays in a world premiere she has written for East Liberty Presbyterian Church Sunday March 24 at 3pm. Dr. Edward Alan Moore introduces Cecilia. He will conduct the choir and pianist Brian Sable in The Essence of Psalms along with music by Vaughan Williams and more. Cecilia Smith  trained in Cleveland, at the Berkleee College of Music and NewEngland Conservatory. She’s performed with luminaries of the jazz world including Milt Hinton, Donald Byrd, Rufus Reid, Hubert Laws, Gary Bartz, Cecil Bridgewater and Mrak Whitfield. She is also an authority on Mary Lou Williams having organized extensive research on the Pittsburgh jazz legend. The concert is free.

Virginia Johnson - Mar 20, 2019

Dance legend Virginia Johnson, Artistic Theater of Dance Theater of Harlem, discusses the collaboration with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater under way at the August Wilson Center through March 24 and the many events taking place around town. It’s the 50th anniversary of her company where she danced beginning in 1969.  In a corner of the arts world where not too long ago dancers could only purchase white satin pointe shoes Virginia thinks progress is being made. No matter what the ethnicity of the dancer body shape self-image is  an issue. Discussing  the great success of Misty Copeland, star of the American Ballet Theater, there may be more stars equal to her talent in the future and no doubt there have already been some we just didn’t know about while the spotlight was elsewhere as Virginia explains to Jim Cunningham.  

Dr. John Walker - Mar 20, 2019

Dr. John Walker, organist and choir director  at Shadyside Presbyterian Church will bring the Organ Artists of Pittsburgh 40th Anniversary Season to a close with a free concert April 26 2019 at 7:30 at his former sanctuary. John is the past president of the American Guild of Organists and is now teaching at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore.  He will be honored at a special fundraising event for the AGO Endowment Fund at the mansions on Fifth immediately after his recital.  He spoke with Jim Cunningham about his wide ranging career, his work with Michael Tilson Thomas, Raymond Ocock, Virgil Fox, Leo Sowerby and many others. Introducing John Walker is Edward Alan Moore of East Liberty Presbyterian Church in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.