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Brian Worsdale and Lindsey Nova - Apr 13, 2018

Brian Worsdale is the new Conductor of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra. He joins Executive Director Lindsey Nova. Born in Brooklyn he will move to Pittsburgh to take on the new role as the eighth Music Director in the fall of 2018 when he will conduct his first concerts. In 1992, he would begin what would become a 26-year relationship with the Interschool Orchestras of New York. His longest association has been with the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in Hancock, New York. He has been associated with French Woods since 1992 and has served as the camp’s artistic director since 2010. Since 2015, French Woods has been home to The New York Pops and Friends side by side with the French Woods Symphony. 

Rossen Milanov - Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra - Apr 12, 2018

Rossen Milanov is the the Music Director of the Chautauaua Symphony and the Columbus Symphony. He describes the delights of the upcoming season at Lake Chautauqua with details on the Beethoven Festival concert July 21, WQED Day, and his personal bests for Chautauqua visitors along with remembering his ties to Duquesne University and some career highlights. 

15th Annual Three Rivers Community Band Festival - Apr 12, 2018

Roger Schneider is the founder of the Three Rivers Community Band Fetival and a euphonium virtuoso with the East Winds Symphonic Band. Susan Sands has conducted the band for 28 seasons. She will raise the baton Saturday afternoon at the Upper Saint Clair Elementary School April 14. They bring all the scoop on their colleagues and the music for the event with a Festival Band plus three guest bands. 

Rick Sebak - Apr 12, 2018

WQED Producer extraordinaire, the Nebby One, Rick Sebak hosts the Sensory Friendly Concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony this Saturday April 14 at 2:30 in Heinz Hall with Andres Franco conducting. A splendid time is guaranteed for all as you can hear in this QED Morning Show preview.

Amy Williams - Apr 10, 2018

Pianist, composer and University of Pittsburgh faculty member  Amy Williams will play the complete Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage with a prepared piano  using screws and nails and found items at Construction Junction in Point Breeze for the Pittsburgh performs series of Chamber Music Pittsburgh April 10, 7:30. Born in Bufflao New York to musical parents, Amy has rcorded more than a half dozen cds with her duo piano partner Helena Bugallo mostly for the German Wergo label.  It's pay as you feel hoping you feel $10. but no one is denied entry based on cash availability. Hear all about it with this visit to the QED Morning Show with drive time John Cage. 

Colin Aikins - Apr 6, 2018

Tenor Colin Aikins is from Pittsburgh and  a senior at Central Catholic High School. He studies voice with Maria Spacagna at Carnegie Mellon University. He was selected as a National Young Arts Finalist and recently participated in YoungArts Week in Miami. Colin also won first place in the High School Classical Division of the 2017 Classical Singer national competition and received a scholarship to the University of Miami Frost School of Music Salzburg Festival. Colin’s favorite musical experience has been performing in nursing homes. He also enjoys participating in his school’s crew, swimming, and track and field teams, as well as musical performance clubs.  He tells us about his singing career that has taken him to the top in music competitions including Salzburg Austria and resulted in an April 2018 appearance on From the Top with Christopher O Riley. Now he must decide on whether it’s Juilliard or the Curtis Institute for further study.

Pianist Shai Wosner - Apr 6, 2018

Pianist Shai Wosner talks about the Beethoven First piano Concerto which he will play in his Chautauqua Symphony debut July 21, 2018 with Music Director Rossen Milanov.   

Chatham Baroque - Three Violins - Apr 6, 2018

Chatham Baroque’s viola da gambist Patricia Halvorsen and violinist Andrew Fouts fill us in on the upcoming concerts in April 2018 featuring the Pachelbel Canon and Purcell, Marini and Schmelzer with guest artists titled Three Violins and their Peanut Butter and jam Saturday morning series for young people.

Reverend Dr. Christine Chakoian - Mar 30, 2018

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Mr Rogers Neighborhood. Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian Vice President for Seminary Advancement at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary discusses Fred Rogers long relationship to the Seminary as a graduate.  She suggests where he got the idea for the Neighborhood and how his training as a Presbyterian Minister shaped his thinking and work. A room at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be named in Fred’s honor. Rev. Chakoian describes the work and history of the Seminary and her books and work in Illinois and at Yale prior to arriving in Pittsburgh in 2017.


Jeffrey Nytch - Mar 28, 2018

Composer and board Chair of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble has a Pittsburgh debut of a new String Quartet Wednesday March 28 at CMU’s Kresge Theater. Jeff gives us the scoop on his music and the summer plan for the Ensemble as well s his new book published by Oxford University Press the Entrepreneurial Muse.


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