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Kassia Ensemble - Resonance Works Chamber Series - Jan 18, 2019

Some members of the Kassia Ensemble, along with Maria Sensi Sellner of Resonance Works, stopped by WQED-FM to chat with Anna Singer about their January 29th concert at Bar Marco.


Gretchen van Hoesen - Jan 18, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal harp Gretchen van Hoesen plays Bright Sheng’s "Never Far Away." Hear all about it in this conversation with Jim Cunningham. It’s  a Concert for Inclusivity with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic conducted by Guillermo Figueroa on Friday January 25th, 2019, 8pm, at Carnegie Music Hall.  The concert also features Anthony Davis’ "Notes From the Underground," Aaron Copland’s "Lincoln Portrait," Joan Tower’s "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman," John Corigliano’s Promenade Overture, and Miguel del Aguila’s "Conga."  Tickets are $10, and $5 for Students and seniors.

Kevin McManus - Pittsburgh Trombone Project - Jan 18, 2019

Trombone Kevin McManus joins his colleagues in the Pittsburgh Trombone Project at Heinz Chapel in a free concert on Sunday January 20th at 3pm.  Kevin talks about the program with Jim Cunningham and he has the word on his colleagues in the group and what they do in church every week. Kevin describes working with Engelbert Humperdink in Hawaii and James Nova in the Pittsburgh Symphony, along with his many teaching responsibilities and work for the "My Music" programs produced by T.J. Lubinsky and seen on WQED TV.

Ronn McFarlane - Ayreheart - Jan 11, 2019

Ronn McFarlane, lutenist and founder of Ayreheart describes his group and the concert for Renaissance and Baroque at Synod Hall in Pittsburgh August 12th at 8pm. He’s made more than 60 recordings, was born not far from Morgantown, West Virginia and plays music by Henry VIII and over 100 pieces from his own catalog along with the 50,000 or so pieces written for the lute.

Edward Leonard and Andrew Swenson - Chamer Orchestra of Pittsburgh - Jan 11, 2019

Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh Edward Leonard with Executive Director Andrew Swenson have the latest news on the orchestra’s concert at First Unitarian Church on Friday January 11th 2019 at 7:30 with Singer-Songwriter Joy Ike in transcriptions, Mendelssohn Symphony No. 8, and Jennifer Higdon’s Quiet Art. From the live broadcast on the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham.

Chatham Baroque - Art of the Trio 2019 - Jan 4, 2019

The members of Chatham Baroque Andrew Fouts,  violin, Scott Pauley, theorbo and lute and Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba, play live in the QED Morning Show studio music by Nicola Matteis, the Suite of Ayres and Beanchaes Brawl from Haute Danse by Lansing McLoskey both included in their Art of the Trio concerts at Westminster Presbyterian January 4 7:30pm, East Liberty Presbyterian Church January 5 at 8 and Sunday January 6 at 2:30 at Campbell Memorial Chapel Chatham University.

Sheila Ali & Donna Palermo - Jan 4, 2019

Sheila Ali, co-founder of the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination and Donna Palermo from Friendship who found over 40 pieces of art by Irma Freeman in the trash pickup in the rain talk about the exhibit of Irma Freeman’s found art and what happens at  the Center on Penn Avenue in Garfield with Jim Cunningham.

Kim Kashkashian - Dec 21, 2018

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Kim Kashkashian about her new CD "6 Suites for Viola Solo."



Bell'Art Ensemble - Dec 12, 2018

Oboe and Founding member of the Bell'Art Ensemble Lenny Young and soprano Lara McGill preview their concerts December 15th at Third Presbyterian Church and December 16th at First Presbyterian in Beaver, PA. They’ve discovered a woman composer for the concert and bring along holiday favorites too plus they reveal the best pizza in Beaver - Mario’s.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church - Brass Roots - Dec 12, 2018

Organist Dr. Edward Allen Moore introduces the Christmas in East Liberty concert for Friday December 14 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Brass Roots percussionist Abby Langhorst spills the beans on the brass moments of glory. There will be choral splendor, organ sizzle and Mike Tomaro, jazz star from Duquesne University swings along the way. The concert is free.