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Jessica Dickey - Nov 18, 2013

The New York Times described Jessica Dickey's The Amish Project, which she performed at City Theater in 2011, as "a remarkable piece of writing." Her latest play, Charles Ives Take Me Home, now at City Theater, is a sonic journey involving a classical violinist, his basketball-obsessed daughter, and American modernist composer Charles Ives.

Daniel Chong of the Parker Quartet - Nov 15, 2013

The Grammy and Cleveland Quartet Award-winning Parker Quartet makes its Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society debut. Daniel Chong, first violinist of the young former quartet-in-residence at CMU, previews their Nov. 18th program of Mendelssohn, Schulhoff and Shostakovich.

Jeffrey Turner - Nov 14, 2013

Jeffrey Turner conducts his Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 17th in a concert featuring the "Emperor" Concerto by Beethoven with pianist David Allen Wehr, and the Symphony #2 by Sibelius. Mr. Turner talks about what he hears in Sibelius and how he trains his orchestra.

Reed III Trio - Nov 13, 2013

PIttsburgh's Reed III Trio plays a program of "Discoveries" including unrecorded lyrical 20th century works by Anton Szalowski and Fernande Decruck, and premieres by Pittsburgh composers Luke Mayernik, Blake Ragghianti and Christine Burke.

Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble - Nov 12, 2013

What's so difficult about playing the triangle? How does one master such a wide range of instruments? Jim Cunningham asks Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble director Eliseo Rael and students Michael Kemp, Jim Benoit, and Bronwyn Wyatt, who play music by Jennifer Higdon and others on Nov. 12.

Betsy Burleigh of the Mendelssohn Choir - Nov 11, 2013

Music Director Betsy Burleigh conducts a free concert as Rodef Shalom presents the Mendelssohn Choir in the sanctuary on Nov. 11. Ms. Burleigh talks about the program, which ranges from early baroque Carissimi to 20th-century Ginastera. She also previews upcoming PSO Pops concerts which will use the choir in film music by Danny Elfman.

Rob Zellers - Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest - Nov 5, 2013

Pittsburgh Public Theater Director of Education Rob Zellers (co-author of "The Chief") anticipates the 20th Anniversary of PPT's Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest. He talks about the project's history, how to enroll, and solicits comments from past participants for a commemorative book.

Quantum Theater - Karla Boos & Cameron Knight - Nov 4, 2013

Cameron Knight plays demolitions expert Ned in Jez Butterworth's darkly-comic Parlour Song, staged by Quantum Theatre. A veteran of regional theaters and Shakespeare festivals, Knight teaches acting at CMU. Boos chose a venue at the Waterfront to mirror the play's civilization-on-the-edge-of-wilderness vibe.

Daniel Meyer of the Westmoreland Symphony - Oct 30, 2013

Westmoreland Symphony Music Director Daniel Meyer previews the orchestra's Nov. 2nd opening concert featuring works by Handel and Ravel, and Bach's Magnificat featuring the WSO's new Chamber Singers. Maestro Meyer also brings news from his Erie Philharmonic and Asheville Symphony posts.

Andrew S. Paul of The Phoenix - Oct 29, 2013

After Andrew S. Paul was replaced as Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater earlier this year, he was invited by Mark Southers to co-found a new theater company, known as The Phoenix. Andrew Paul talks about the mission of this new company, its first two productions, and how this new company will fit into the Pittsburgh theater scene.