Voice of the Arts

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Pittsburgh CLO Season Overview - Jun 19, 2008

Producing Director Van Kaplan previews CLO's 2008 shows: Peter Pan, Mame, Smoky Joe's Café, Annie Get Your Gun, and West Side Story. Kaplan recalls the 2008 Richard Rogers Awards, won by CLO alumni and siblings Rob & Kathleen Marshall.

Joan Rivers - Jun 10, 2008

Multi-talented comedienne Joan Rivers talks about her comedy act, philanthropic work, her new play, performing for Queen Elizabeth, working with Fred Rogers and Betty Aberlin, Marvin Hamlsich, Johnny Carson, amateur painting, and her love of opera.

Three Rivers Arts Festival - Jun 6, 2008

An overview covering the "greening" of this year's event, the "Contained" project's reuse of shipping containers, the Fourth River Project, plays, performances, the Artists' Market and more with festival spokeswoman Lauren Bracey.

"Life on Mars" review by Diana Jannetta - Jun 2, 2008

Art Critic Diana Jannetta reviews "Life on Mars," the 55th Carnegie International, curated by Douglas Fogle and now on view through Jan. 11, 2009. The International is America's longest-running and most prestigious periodic exhibtion of contemporary art.

Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival - May 26, 2008

Festival founder and director Aron Zelkowicz talks about Israeli connections for the 2008 Festival's "Israel at 60" theme, the orchestral concert on May 28th and the chamber concert on June 1st.

Bach's Lunch: Becky Billock - May 16, 2008

Pianist Becky Billock plays for the Bach's Lunch series on Tue., May 20th in downtown Pittsburgh. She performs in our studio and discusses her background and repertoire. For info on reserving a complimentary lunch, see the QED Cultural Calendar

Actor Stacy Keach - Apr 22, 2008

Actor Stacy Keach talks about "A Love Like No Other," featuring poems and love letters by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her husband Robert; and about his upcoming role as Nixon in the national tour of "Frost/Nixon."

Choreographer Derek Deane - Apr 16, 2008

Choreographer Derek Deane describes his full-length ballet "Alice in Wonderland," as he stages its North American debut with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.

Poet Jan Beatty - Apr 9, 2008

Jan Beatty, Pittsburgh poet, writing professor, and host of WYEP's "Prosody" talks with Jim Cunningham about her new book, "Red Sugar." She reads poems and talks about her themes: place, nature, work, class, family, body, sex and love.

Rick Sebak: Invented, Engineered & Pioneered in Pittsburgh - Apr 9, 2008

Rick Sebak previews "Invented, Engineered & Pioneered in Pittsburgh," his new Pittsburgh History Series special on the ingenuity of Pittsburghers, from those who created Fort Pitt and the Ferris Wheel to the latest researchers in computers and robotics. Premiere: Apr10.

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