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Imani Winds - Feb 16, 2009

Known for their virtuosity, eclectic programming and original arrangements, the Imani Winds return to Pittsburgh, hometown of bassoonist Monica Ellis. This Grammy-nominated wind quintet gives a career update to Jim Cunningham.

Jane Alexander - Feb 10, 2009

Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner Jane Alexander stars at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in A Moon to Dance By, by Thom Thomas. Alexander, a former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, talks with QED's Jim Cunningham.

Biava Quartet - Feb 6, 2009

The Biava Quartet premieres David Stock's String Quartet No. 8 and a new work by Pittsburgh's Albert Glinsky on the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society's Bridges Series, which also offers standard repertoire. The Biava gives a sneak preview.

David Douglass of The King's Noyse - Jan 29, 2009

The director of The King's Noyse reveals whether his strings are really made of cat gut, and anticipates his ensemble's return for the 40th anniversary of Pittsburgh's Renaissance & Baroque series. David Douglass converses with Jim Cunningham for a January spotlight in PITTSBURGH magazine.

Keith Lockhart to conduct CMU students - Jan 16, 2009

Boston Pops maestro and CMU alumnus Keith Lockhart will lead the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic at NYC's Carnegie Hall. Noel Zahler, Head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, and violin professor Andres Cardenes talk about Lockhart's reunion with this student orchestra.

Pittsburgh Public Theater's Swimming Pool - Jan 7, 2009

Ted Pappas will direct Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses in a swimming pool on the Public Theater stage. But first, his production staff must navigate uncharted waters.

Richard Armstrong leads Guggenheim Foundation - Dec 29, 2008

After twelve years as Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Richard Armstrong is now the Director of the Guggenheim Foundation, whose museums have an expanding global presence. Richard Armstrong talks with Classical QED's Jim Cunningham.

PICT's "St. Nicholas" - Dec 15, 2008

Actor Martin Giles and director Andrew Paul discuss Conor McPherson's monodrama "St. Nicholas," in which a vitriolic theater critic's infatuation with an actress draws him into a pact with a vampire.

Southminster Bells - Don Morrison - Nov 20, 2008

Bells of Allegheny County have been recorded for the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass CD "Songs of Christmas," including the bells at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon. Ringing Master Don Morrison reveals the arcane art of change ringing.

Lady with All the Answers - Nov 14, 2008

Dear 'Curious in the Cultural District.' You asked whether or not you'd enjoy "The Lady With All the Answers" starring Helena Ruoti at the Public. My advice is to listen to this podcast.

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