Voice of the Arts
Susan Medley debuts as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale on March 5th & 6th, 2011 conducting Haydn's The Creation. Shortly after taking charge in January, she talked about Haydn's masterpiece and her extensive choral background, which includes work at Carnegie Hall, W & J, the Junior Mendelssohn, and as far away as Malaysia.
Russian-born pianist Elena Ulyanova, now a Johnstown resident, performs Friday, Feb. 25th at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. She tells Jim Cunningham about her passion for Rachmaninoff's music, life in her Crimean hometown, life in Johnstown, her Russian training, her CDs and upcoming concerts.
Bodiography founder and director Maria Caruso is a "gutsy" choreographer. Instead of focusing on the body's exterior beauty, she explores cutting-edge internal medicine in 2010's "Heart," and in her new full-length ballet "108 Minutes" which she developed in collaboration with the McGowan Center for Regenerative Medicine.
Ted Pappas directs Lerner & Lowe's masterpiece "Camelot" to mark the musical's 50th anniversary with a youthful cast of 22, a live orchestra, and a cavalcade of memorable songs. Pittsburgh Public Theater begins previews on Jan. 20th.
Local mime artist Dan Kamin coached Johnny Depp and Robert Downey, Jr. for their title roles in Benny and Joon and Chaplin and now works with symphony orchestras. He'll provide a single-handed simulacrum of all the performing arts in Dan Kamin's Cheap Evening of Expensive Theater at the August Wilson Center for First Night 2011.
Pittsburgh Opera's General Director, Christopher Hahn, talks about the company's New Year's Eve gala concert at Carnegie Music Hall, returning by popular demand.
Rolf Smedvig, solo trumpet of the Empire Brass, sings the praises of Elizabeth von Trapp, of the famous "Sound of Music" family. Smedvig talks of his work and friendships with Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Berstein, his appearance on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and his utter delight with von Trapp, who until recently was unknown to him.
Artistic Director Greer Reed-Jones presents a retrospective honoring this repertory company's previous artistic directors and dancers. She tells Stephen Baum about a work that premiered on Mister Rogers, a nontraditional Swan Lake, and her own work that combines photos, video, text and dance into a 10-minute tribute to her predecessors danced by the company's two veterans and three new members.
Robert Page conducts the Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir, Repertory Chorus and Philharmonic live on QED 89.3 at noon, Friday, December 3, repeating that evening at 7. Maestro Page gives QED's Stepohen Baum a preview.
The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative debuts with Robert Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe, based on poems by Heinrich Heine. Pianist/musicologist Benjamin Binder and photographer Tom Persinger talk about merging Schumann's 1840 song cycle with evocative contemporary images made using 19th-century photographic methods.