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Terrance Chin-Loy - Pittsburgh Opera - Jan 28, 2019

Terrance Chin-Loy talks about his role as Idomeneo in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds."

Antonia Botti-Lodovico - Pittsburgh Opera - Jan 28, 2019

Antonia Botti-Lodovico talks about her role as Idamante in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "AfterWARds."



Author Cal Thomas - Jan 25, 2019

The author of Decoy and A Stradivari Affair , Cal Thomas, will read from his thrillers and sign them at Mystery Lovers Bookshop on February 6, 2019 at 7:00pm. Cal was a native of Oakmont for twenty years and the Vice President of International Production at WQED. His work in military intelligence and love of travel figure into his writing, as well as his experience as the Manager of the Bangor Maine Symphony Orchestra. In Decoy, a Harvard grad studying at Cambridge winds up in a jihadist plot starting with an attempt to blow up a London bus. Alan Durant befriends an American opera star (inspired by Grace Bumbry) and through many twists and turns Kyle McBride, the central figure of Thomas’ writing, saves the day.  A Stradivari Affair is based on events surrounding the Huberman Stradivarius which is played today by Joshua Bell.  European atmosphere, action, explosions, television industry insider detail and lots of good meals in interesting places give considerable color to both novels.

Kassia Ensemble - Resonance Works Chamber Series - Jan 18, 2019

Some members of the Kassia Ensemble, along with Maria Sensi Sellner of Resonance Works, stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about their January 29th concert at Bar Marco.


Gretchen van Hoesen - Jan 18, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal harp Gretchen van Hoesen plays Bright Sheng’s "Never Far Away." Hear all about it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham. It’s  a Concert for Inclusivity with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic conducted by Guillermo Figueroa on Friday January 25th, 2019, 8pm, at Carnegie Music Hall.  The concert also features Anthony Davis’ "Notes From the Underground," Aaron Copland’s "Lincoln Portrait," Joan Tower’s "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman," John Corigliano’s Promenade Overture, and Miguel del Aguila’s "Conga."  Tickets are $10, and $5 for Students and seniors.

Kevin McManus - Pittsburgh Trombone Project - Jan 18, 2019

Trombone Kevin McManus joins his colleagues in the Pittsburgh Trombone Project at Heinz Chapel in a free concert on Sunday January 20th at 3pm.  Kevin talks about the program with Jim Cunningham and he has the word on his colleagues in the group and what they do in church every week. Kevin describes working with Engelbert Humperdink in Hawaii and James Nova in the Pittsburgh Symphony, along with his many teaching responsibilities and work for the "My Music" programs produced by T.J. Lubinsky and seen on WQED TV.

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.

Edward Leonard and Andrew Swenson - Chamer Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Jan 11, 2019

Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh Edward Leonard with Executive Director Andrew Swenson have the latest news on the orchestra’s concert at First Unitarian Church on Friday January 11th 2019 at 7:30 with Singer-Songwriter Joy Ike in transcriptions, Mendelssohn Symphony No. 8, and Jennifer Higdon’s Quiet Art. From the live broadcast on the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham.

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.