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John Mauceri - Dec 14, 2017

Former Pittsburgh Opera Music Director John Mauceri has a new book out Maestros and Their Music the Art and Alchemy of Conducting. He mentions Pittsburgh Opera several times in the book with his experiences there including a memory of a director who told him how the glass harmonica should go in the mad scene of Lucia di Lammermoor. John recalls his teen age visit to Birgit Nilsson’s dressing room where she was watching Truth or Consequences, the meeting of Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein in Salzburg, his flight on the Concorde with Paul McCartney, conducting for lady Diana and Prince Charles and much more.

Edward Alan Moore and the Brass Roots - Dec 14, 2017

Christmas in East Liberty brings together the East Liberty Presbyterian choir with the Director of Music at the church organist Dr. Edward Alan Moore and the Brass Roots for holiday favorites Friday December 15 at 7:30. Jim Cunningham narrates the Anthony DiLorenzo ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Brass Roots trumpet and co-founder David Gardner joins Abby Langhorst percussionist with the ensemble and Ed Moore.   

Terrance Orr - Nutcracker - Dec 1, 2017

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater once again present's Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.   PBT Artistic Director Terrance Orr talks about this year's production.



Central Presbyterian Church - Dec 1, 2017

The concert series at Central Presbyterian Church in Tarentum continues with the Holiday Concert Sunday December 1oth at 4pm featuring soprano Raquel Winnica Young, Lenny Young, oboe and organist Michael Hammer. Dave Rankin organized the series. He joins in the discussion of the concert, the beauty of the church and more.   Lenny Young and Michael Hammer provide a short biographical sketch.

David Sogg - A Soldier's Tale - Nov 22, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony Co Principal bassoon David Sogg talks over the Soldier’s tale by Igor Stravinsky which he will play with his colleagues and guest trumpet Sean Jones for Chamber Music Pittsburgh on Monday November 25 at 7:30 at Carnegie Music Hall.

Sean Jones - A Soldier's Tale - Nov 22, 2017

Trumpet virtuoso Sean Jones tells us about his role in Stravinsky’s Soldiers Tale for Chamber music Pittsburgh on Monday November 25 at 7:30 at Carnegie music Hall. Sean says Pittsburgh is his adopted home in his official biography and remembers with great affection his time at Duquesne University and leading the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. He will also give the world premiere of a new piece from Wynton Kelly Stone Guess and has a slot in the concert for improvisation on jazz standards. Sean tells us about his latest jazz release on CD and his work in Boston at the Berklee School of Music.

Edward Leonard - Nov 22, 2017

Pittsburgh Philharmonic Music Director Edward Leonard joins his clarinet soloist Principal Alex Jones and Board Chair and violinist Carolyn Keller to encourage you to join in their Holiday Concert and Holiday market with toys for tots drive and free Graeter’s ice cream with seasonal flavors at two locations. The orchestra plays at   at Mt. Alvernia’s Scotus Hall in Millvale on Friday at 7:30 Dec 1 and at the Succop Theater of Butler County Community College on Sunday December 3 at 2pm.  

Soldiers and Sailors Holiday Concert - Nov 22, 2017

The President and CEO of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall John McCabe joins Randy Heide, Conductor of the Pine Creek Community band and David Gardner, Executive Director, Co Founder and Trumpet with the Brass Roots to discuss the annual Patriotic Holiday Concert December 3 at Soldiers and Sailors. The free concert combines holiday favorites with a veterans salute at the end.

Organ Artist Series - Nov 17, 2017

Three extraordinary talents from the Eastman School of Music speak with Anna Singer about their concert Sunday November 19, 3pm for the Organ Artists Series at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church hosted by Dr. Edward Alan Moore.  Ivan Bosnar from Croatia, Amanda Mole from Holden Massachusetts and Caroline Robinson from Greenville South Carolina pull out all the stops and they describe exactly how it’s done on the four manual, 120 rank, 8000 pipe Goulding and Wood instrument.

Alan Lewis and Mark Anderson - Nov 17, 2017

The holidays bring Handel’s Messiah complete December 8 7:30 and the Bach Magnificat December 10, 3pm  less than 2 miles apart with Alan Lewis leading the Handel and Mark Anderson the Bach. Alan  is Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church and Mark holds the same post at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.   Chatham Baroque have invited their extraordinary colleagues from around the country to augment the instrumental forces. Pittsburgh Camerata will transport as will the Calvary Choir. Also some good restaurant suggestions for the East End.  


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