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Ebene Quartet's Mathieu Herzog - Apr 15, 2013

Violist Mathieu Herzog explains the name of the Ebene Quartet, talks about their signature jazz encores, and their Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society program of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

Musical Journey of Bishop Martinez Compañón - Apr 11, 2013

Renaissance & Baroque's season finale features Chatham Baroque with guest director Tom Zajac in music collected by a bishop on his travels through late 18th-century Peru,performed with projected illustrations from Companon's manuscript. Piffaro's Tom Zajac and Chatham Baroque violinist Andrew Fouts give a preview.

Sarah Stern - Apr 10, 2013

1997 WQED-FM Musical Kid Sarah Stern is now the harpist at the Teatro Colon, South America's most famous opera house, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During a visit home to Pittsburgh, she talks about her life in music.

Ted Pappas on "Thurgood" - Apr 1, 2013

Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas directs the one-man play "Thurgood" by George Stevens, Jr., starring Montae Russell. "Thurgood" is described as an"eye-opening, humorous, and uplifting portrait of a true American hero." The play follows America's first African-American Supreme Court justice from his youth in Baltimore to his work on some of the most important cases in U. S. history.

Yoland Collin, PBT Pianist - Mar 15, 2013

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre company pianist Yoland Collin plays Etudes by Virgil Thomson as the company dances "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes" by Mark Morris through March 17 at the August Wilson Center. The dance program "Unspoken" also includes Balanchine's "Serenade" and Tudor's "Lilac Garden." The Belgian-born pianist speaks about Thomson's seldom-heard Etudes, which are delightful, folk-infused gems.

"Miss Music Nerd" Linda Kernohan - Mar 14, 2013

Composer and pianist Linda Kernohan is perhaps best known as the classical music blogger “Miss Music Nerd,” now an annual correspondent at the Grammy Awards. Now living in Pittsburgh, she holds degrees in music from New York University and U. C. Berkeley. Linda Kernohan's most recent commission was a concerto for the San Diego Symphony and she visited Jim Cunningham to talk about her March 17 piano recital, the Grammys, and missmusicnerd.com.

Pittsburgh Concert Chorale - Susan Medley - Feb 28, 2013

Music Director Susan Medley previews the PCC's "Three B's" concerts on March 2 & 3. She highlights the diversity of styles, notes the three Hallelujahs in Bach's Cantata #4, sings the praises of Brahms' Schicksalslied which resembles the composer's German Requiem, and describes how Beethoven's Choral Fantasy was a prototype for the Ode to Joy. Medley also talks about the choir's upcoming New York City debut at St. John the Divine.

Jason Busch - Inventing the Modern World - Feb 5, 2013

The exhibition “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851–1939,” now on view at The Carnegie Museum of Art, includes over 200 works, some seen in the US for the first time. The Carnegie's Jason Busch co-organized the show and gives QED's Stephen Baum a personal tour. Take this podcast to the Carnegie as your own tour guide. The show closes Feb. 24, 2013.

Christopher Franklin - Jan 7, 2013

Christopher Franklin, son of University of Pittsburgh Bach scholar Don Franklin, has an active conducting career in Europe, and will conduct Minnesota Opera's world premiere adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's play "Doubt" in January, 2013. Franklin talks about his youth in Pittsburgh, his work with Italian orchestras, and the production of "Doubt."

Sean Jones re: Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash - Nov 20, 2012

Pittsburgh jazz trumpeter Sean Jones talks about “Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash,” a celebration on Nov. 24, 2012, of Pittsburgh jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and Duke Ellington's collaborator Billy Strayhorn at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Jones will lead his Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, with commentary from Strayhorn's nephew, Greg Morris, who administers Strayhorn's estate. Jones also talks about touring with jazz luminaries, and teaching at Duquesne University.

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