Voice of the Arts

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Antony Walker - Apr 27, 2016

Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker talks about the music in Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress."

Layla Claire - Apr 27, 2016

Layla Claire talks about her role as Anne Trulove in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress."

Alek Shrader - Apr 27, 2016

Alek Shrader talks about his role as Tom Rakewell in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress."

Thomas Douglas - Apr 27, 2016

Jim Cunningham talks with Bach Choir Artistic Director Thomas Douglas about Smoke and Steel – The world premiere performances of a newly commissioned work from composer Nancy Galbraith about the steel industry and the steel workers. Presented at the historic Carrie Furnace site in Swissvale and featuring renowned bass-baritone Kevin Glavin as soloist.

Pablo Ardiles - Apr 27, 2016

Pablo Ardiles, Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra, conducts the 10th anniversary concert at Carnegie Music Hall Friday April 29th at 7:30. Maestro Ardiles explains the mission of the orchestra and how it began. He also describes the case of his son who can not sleep unless tuned to 89.3FM and what brought Maestro Ardiles to Pittsburgh—studying with Andres Cardenes at CMU.

Jennifer Kloetzel of the Cypress Quartet - Apr 25, 2016

The cellist for the Cypress Quartet Jennifer Kloetzel talks with Jim Cunningham about their Chamber Music Pittsburgh concert Monday April 25 at 7:30 in Carnegioe Music Hall and the farewell tour for the group ending with a series of free concerts and the very last evening at the Herbst Theater in their home town of San Francisco.

PSO Audience of the Future - Apr 21, 2016

High school students from around the region have assisted in the planning and promotion of the Pittsburgh Symphony concert April 27 with Andres Franco at Heinz Hall in a Kaleidoscope theme. Hear all about the program and how the next generation will be involved in classical music.

Daniel Meyer - Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra - Apr 21, 2016

Daniel Meyer talks about his April 23 Westmoreland Symphony performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the Palace Theater in Greensbug with Ives Unanswered Question and Faure’s Pelleas and Melisande. Daniel brought along some recent Westmoreland performances of Mendelssohn and Schumann.

Maria Sensi Sellner - "Cinderella" - Apr 20, 2016

Resonance Works founder and conductor Maria Sensi Sellner with Cinderella Rachele Schmiege from the cast of Cendrillon by Jules Massenet talking with Jim Cunningham on the QED Morning Show Wednesday. The opera is presented at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty Friday night, April 22nd, at 8pm and Sunday afternoon, April 24th, at 3pm. WQED-FM’s Anna Singer is the Fairy Godmother! Sung in French with surtitles.

Gretchen Franz - Apr 15, 2016

Gretchen Franz conducts her newly formed Seraphic Singers and their concert Sunday April 17 4pm at Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church with a hand picked auditioned and fully professional dream ensemble of vocalists including WQED-FM’s Sara Botkin.