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Augustine Hadelich - May 18, 2018

Augustine Hadelich returns to Heinz Hall with the Dvorak Violin Concerto. He fills us in on what it’s like to be the Musical America Musician of the Year 2018, explains why he loves the Dvorak, says he loves the music of Thomas Ades, and suggests what a perfect day at Chautauqua, New York might be like as he made his American debut there and has returned eight times.

Cristian Macelaru - May 18, 2018

The Music Director of the Cabrillo Festival, Romanian born Cristian Macelaru, makes his debut with his fellow countryman Georges Enesco and the First Romanian Rhapsody, the Dvorak Violin Concerto with Augustine Hadelich, and the Copland Symphony No. 3. Maestro Macelaru talks about all three favorites and his youth in communist Romania.

Erin Lynn - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - May 1, 2018

Erin Lynn, Director of Sales for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, fills us in on the new Young Professionals Club.  

Manfred Honeck - Verdi's Requiem - Apr 25, 2018

This weekend, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs Verdi's Requiem at Heinz Hall.  Music Director Manfred Honeck talks with Jim Cunningham about the work, along with other topics, including his conducting of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Side by Side concert earlier in the week.

 

 

Manfred Honeck - Brahms, Stucky and Tchaikovsky - Apr 19, 2018

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck joined the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts with Steven Stucky's "Silent Spring", Brahms' Symphony No. 4 and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with soloist James Ehnes.   

Bernard Labadie and Jan Lisiecki - Apr 6, 2018

Conductor Bernard Labadie and pianist Jan Lisiecki discuss their debut program with the Pittsburgh Symphony including Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, the Rigel Symphony No 4 and the Haydn Symphony No 98. Both fill us in on their Canadian origins and Maestro Labadie describes his amazing return to active musical life following a battle with lymphoma.

Sir Mark Elder - Mar 28, 2018

The British conductor who leads the Halle Orchestra talks about his career, his knighting by the Queen lunch with Prince Charles and his love for Sir Edward Elgar’s Music and the First Symphony which he conducted with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Jennifer Higdon - Mar 16, 2018

Jennifer Higdon, former composer in residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony, talks about her work time in Pittsburgh, her Grammy win with the Viola Concerto, why her opera "Cold Mountain" has been a sold out instant hit, what she is writing now, and how Fred Rogers shaped her world view and composing philosophy.

Robert Spano - Mar 16, 2018

The Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Spano, talks about his 17 years there and his work as Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival, along with a discussion of the role of the conductor.  He also talks about his program for the Pittsburgh concert with Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and the world premiere of the Tuba Concerto by Jennifer Higdon.

Craig Knox - PSO Principal Tuba - Mar 9, 2018

Pittsburgh Symphony principal Tuba Craig Knox talks about the Jennifer Higdon Concerto and the world premiere at Heinz Hall March 16 and 18 with Robert Spano conducting. Also everything about the instrument he plays and the mouthpiece made just for him with his name on it. About the former Pittsburgh Symphony tuba star Arnold Jacobs, the Center City Brass Quintet, teaching at Curtis Institute and much more.

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