Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.
Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.
A complete two hour concert hosted by Jim Cunningham. Listen for interviews and features, historic recordings and the latest weekly concerts from Heinz Hall.
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Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. As Duke Ellington said "There are only two types of music: good music and the other stuff." Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham met Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck at Heinz Hall to discuss the 2018 Gala Concert featuring Renee Fleming.
Superstar Soprano Renee Fleming opens the season for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck on Saturday September 15th. She talked about her program for "A Voyage at Sea: A Passage to the Mediterranean" with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham. Renee remembers visiting her Grandmother in Indiana, PA; all her Western Pennsylvania family ties; her new Broadway cd; singing at the John McCain funeral; appearing to float on water in the Washington Monument reflecting pool for the PBS broadcast of "A Capitol Fourth 2018;" whether Live From the Met broadcasts to theaters hurt live ticket sales; why we don’t have classical music on The Tonight Show so much these days; and much more in her dressing room backstage at Heinz Hall on Friday afternoon.
Karla Boos, Artistic director of Quantum Theater takes Jim Cunningham on a tour of the set of “Chatterton” a production in which the audience movies through various spaces of Trinity Cathedral. Chatterton premieres on September 14th and runs through October 28th as part of the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts.
Simon Cummings and Nicole Myers from the progressive rock cello ensemble, Cello Fury, stopped by WQED-FM. They discussed topics from their yearly summer rock day camps for young string players as well as the release party for their third studio album, “X," celebrating the group’s 10th year together, at the Hard Rock Café in Station Square on September 21st.
The founder and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, Edward Leonard joins composer Chris Massa to discuss their Friday night September 14th concert at First Unitarian Church with the world premiere a symphony called Apologia, plus a Haydn symphony known as the Hen and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.
Ben Locher and Paul Fireman of Fireman Creative in Point Breeze encourages you to take part in the .5Krun/walk/hobble/ride/crawl on Sunday September 16th at noon at Westinghouse Park raising awareness for the park and community where the George Westinghouse mansion once stood. The Taylor Allderdice Marching Band will play, an accordion virtuoso and puppeteer will be there with prizes, and a victory party will take place at the Evergreen Lounge in Penn Avenue. A portion of the proceeds will go to purchase of park benches for Westinghouse Park.