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Pappas directs "Art" at the Public - Jun 11, 2010

How would you react if one of your best friends paid a small fortune for a large, completely white painting? That's the premise of Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning play, "Art," staged by Pittsburgh Public Theater Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas at the O'Reilly Theater. Pappas talks about the play, and his own art collecting.

RCBB's James Gourlay - May 25, 2010

Meet James Gourlay, the Scottish-born conductor and tuba virtuoso who becomes Music Director of the River City Brass Band in September, 2010. Currently director of Britain's Grimethorpe Colliery Band, he has plans to take the RCBB to a higher artistic level, refocus its programming, and get John Q. Public playing in a brass band. As an orchestral musician, he has played for some of the world's most renowned conductors.

Cincopation Wind Quintet w/Bill Larson - May 21, 2010

Rota, Poulenc, and Brahms are on the menu, when the Cincopation Wind Quintet and guest pianist Bill Larson perform at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside, Fri. May 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Flutist Tara Yaney and pianist Bill Larson chat with QED 89.3's Stephen Baum.

Betsy Burleigh on Bach - Apr 13, 2010

Betsy Burleigh, Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, will conduct her "desert island" favorite, Bach's B Minor Mass, on April 18, 3 pm, at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. She talks about why Bach wrote a Mass that couldn't be used for a service, and that no one asked for, and why it's so rewarding to conduct and hear.

Chatham Baroque - Trio con Brio - Apr 8, 2010

Chatham Baroque features its core members Andrew Fouts, Patricia Halverson, and Scott Pauley in solo and trio repertoire. They've been touring the Baroque music circuit all season with some unusual repertoire and as Patty says, they're 'bringing it home' for their season finale.

Squonk Opera's Mayhem & Majesty - Mar 11, 2010

Multimedia performance company Squonk Opera has played on Broadway, has customized shows to celebrate Pittsburgh and other cities, and sent musical messages into the cosmos in 2008's "Astro-Rama." At the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, Squonk Opera premieres "Mayhem & Majesty." Co-Artistic Director, composer, and keyboardist Jackie Dempsey offers a preview.

Microscopic Opera Company - Mar 4, 2010

Pittsburgh's newest (and smallest) opera company debuts with Milton Grainger's "The Proposal," and the world premiere staging of Jake Heggie's "To Hell and Back." QED's Stephen Baum interviews the MOC's creative team: Erica Olden, Andres Cladera, and Lisa Ann Goldsmith.

Time After Time - Mar 1, 2010

The Conservatory Theater Company at Point Park University presents the world premiere of "Time After Time," based on Karl Alexander's novel about H. G. Wells' pursuit of Jack the Ripper through time -- from 19th century London to today's America. QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham talks with the creators of "Time After Time."

Such Sweet Sorrow - Feb 19, 2010

For Lent, Chatham Baroque expresses the sorrows of the Virgin Mary through Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, instrumental sonatas and laments. Special guests Abigail Haynes Lennox, soprano, and Ian Howell, countertenor, describe the nature of this Stabat Mater, written by a master of comic opera.

La Danse & Oscar season - Feb 10, 2010

Andrew Swensen of Pittsburgh Filmmakers describes the documentary "La Danse," an inside look at the Paris Opera Ballet; and the upcoming schedule of Oscar contenders.

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