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Walter Morales and Aron Zelkowicz - Oct 10, 2018

The Edgewood Symphony conducted by Walter Morales invites Aron Zelkowicz to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto along with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Ginka’s Ruslan and Ludmila Overture Saturday evening October 13 at the Katz performing Arts Center of the JCC. Walter and Aron fill in all the details.

Raquel Winnica Young and Lenny Young - Oct 10, 2018

Musica Mundana presents "Myths." The Pittsburgh-based early music ensemble, co-led by harpsichordist Justin Wallace and mezzo-soprano Raquel Winnica Young, travels through a range of emotion with a program of 17th and 18th century music inspired by mythological figures. Featured composers include Haydn, Handel, Monteverdi, Rameau and Tartini. They are joined by guest musicians Joseph Baunoch (bass), Paul Miller (violin) and Patricia Halverson (gamba).  Lenny Young who directs the choir at Third Presbyterian joins Raquel Winnica Young with a full run down and background on Musica Mundana and other events happening soon including the Halloween Trick or Treat Classical Crawl with members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony and Young Peoples Orchestra Saturday October 27 at 5:30 with costume contest and treats. Admission Free.  

Eric Dzugan - Debussy Concert - Oct 9, 2018

Eric Dzugan is Exploring the Piano with Katie Manukyan and Kelly Fiona Lynch sopranos plus Franklin Mosley baritone. Saturday October 13 7pm at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The concert marks the centennial of the death of Debussy and explores a wide range of moods. There will be projections above the singers and extensive program notes including translations and assistance from the Department of French and Italian languages at Pitt. The tickets are $10 for general admission $5. Students and Pitt Students are Free. Hear all about it with Eric, Katie and Kelly! 

Llyr Williams - Oct 5, 2018

Welsh born pianist Llyr Williams has recorded a box set of all the Beethoven Piano Sonatas taped live at the exquisite chamber music spot, the Wigmore Hall in London for the Signum Classics label. He’s calling the set Beethoven Unbound.  He’s included lots of Beethoven extras and he tells you which one is the craziest, what to do if you visit Wales and much more in this Voice of the Arts conversation with Jim Cunnigham.

Pittsburgh Savoyards - The Yeoman of the Guard - Oct 5, 2018

Members of the Pittsburgh Savoyards stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their upcoming production of "The Yeoman of the Guard."

Miro Quartet - Oct 5, 2018

The Miro Quartet have been playing recording the Beethoven Quartets with great success for a number of years now. Cellist Joshua Gindele joins a colleague to talk about the Quartet No 14 in c sharp minor op 131 when it was released in the Spring of 2018. Joshua played as a soloist when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony with Barbara Yahr conducting. He is a graduate of Fox Chapel High School, returning in 2016 to honor Mairi Cooper Pennsylvania Music Teacher of the Year. Joshua’s Dad Jerry was a long time member of the Youth Symphony Board who won the CNG Vita Award presented by WQED-FM.

Sweeney Todd - Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center - Oct 5, 2018

Jeff Howell, veteran Civic Light Opera star has performed dozens of roles on area sages and appeared in several films including the Cemetery Club. Now he stars as Judge Turpin in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland Pa. Beaver County with some of the best young professional talent in the area. He joins Lindsay Courteau and Jim Cunningham to describe the joys of the music and theatrical magic with no shortage of Halloween blood. Visit Mr’s Lovett’s  Pie shop with Prohibition Pastry Pie in the black box theater too also serving beer and wine. Cherry would be nice!    Opening night is October 5 running through the 21st.

Rose Ensemble - Oct 3, 2018

Founder and Executive Director/member of the Rose Ensemble Jordan Sramek talks with Jim Cunningham from his home in St. Paul Minnesota about the debut of the group for Renaissance and Baroque Saturday night at Synod Hall in Oakland. The Land of Three Faiths program brings together music from the people of the middle east . The audience has fun at their concerts!  Jordan runs down some of the great success the group has enjoyed and the unusual instruments such as the Oud they will bring along on Saturday.

Thomas Douglas - Bach Choir - Oct 3, 2018

The Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh Thomas W. Douglas runs down the details of the new season for 2018 with concerts devoted to Leonard Bernstein, Bach and the Beatles—Rock Stars all! Plus he puts in a good word for WQED-FM.

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili - Oct 3, 2018

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili  has won praise around the world  with several cds on Deutsche Gramophon including her latest  Visions of Prokofiev with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The Violin Concertos 1 and 2 appear along with the Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet, the Grand Waltz from Cinderella and the Grand march from The Love for Three Oranges arranged by her father Tamas Batiashvili. The Times of London said she is “outstanding even among the many fine violinists of her generation” The Boston Globe wrote of her “Poise, tonal beauty and cool virtuosity” 

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