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Joe Newcomer and Kieren MacMillan - Jul 25, 2018

Joe Newcomer and Kieren MacMilan join us to discuss their upcoming musical "The Gray Cat and the Flounder!" Joe, who is a long time supporter of PNME and WQED, commissioned a musical dedicated to his wife Bernadette, who was very special to Joe. He asked Kieren MacMilan to bring his cartoons, "The Gray Cat and the Flounder" which depict his life with Bernadette, to life on stage. Listen to learn more about Joe and Bernadette's marriage and how it became a musical!

Munich Opera Festival - Jul 25, 2018

Rachel Miller spoke with F. Paul Driscoll; the Editor-in-Chief of Opera News magazine, about the Munich Opera Festival happening now through July 31st in Germany. Driscoll also discusses the issue of Opera News covering the festival, and gives an insight into the upcoming season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

David Allen Wehr - Moscow on the Bluff - Jul 24, 2018

Pianist and Artistic Director of the Moscow on the Bluff series at Duquesne University David Allen Wehr explains the plan for the upcoming season which starts Sunday July 29 at 3pm. David plays Rachmaninoff live in the studio on the Gibson Capital Management Steinway. 

West Hills Symphonic Band - Jul 24, 2018

The West Hills Symphonic Band returns to Bach, Beethoven and Brunch this Sunday morning (July 29th) at 10:30am in Mellon Park.  Clem Rolin and Tom Snyder stopped by WQED to talk about the concert and playing in the outdoors.



Bill Purse - Guitar Day with Joe Negri - Jul 20, 2018

Rachel Miller spoke with professor Bill Purse from Duquesne University about this Saturday's (July 21) Guitar Day with Joe Negri: A Guitar and Bass Workshop. Pittsburgh guitarist Joe Negri will be presenting his master class from 1-2pm in the Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University. Mayor Bill Peduto will be in attendance at the event to present Mr. Negri with a proclamation and a key-to-the-city in honor of his 45 years of service as a faculty member at the music school. For more information or to get tickets for the event go to: www.duq.edu/academics/schools/music/city-music-center/cmc-summer-music/guitar-day-with-joe-negri.

Randy Heide - Pine Creek Community Band - Jul 18, 2018

WQED-FM's Rachel Miller talked with Randy Heide, the conductor of the Pine Creek Community Band.  They'll be performing at this week's Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert - Sunday July 22nd, 10:30am at Mellon Park in Shadyside.   



Guy Russo - Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Sponsorship Concert - Jul 18, 2018

WQED-FM's Rachel Miller interviews Guy Russo about the 2018 Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Sponsorship Concert.  

Lindsay Kesselman - Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble - Jul 18, 2018

This Friday and Saturday night, PNME soprano Lindsay Kesselman strikes a chord of universal resonance as she takes the audience from triumph to tragedy. With music by David Lang, Amy Beth Kirsten, William Bolcom, Lee Kesselman, John Bucchino, Jeff Nytch, and Kieren MacMillan, this powerful emotional journey illuminates the edges of our most essential human need: to love and be loved.  Lindsay stopped by WQED-FM to talk with our Anna Singer about the concerts.

Kathleen George - Jul 18, 2018

Author and University of Pittsburgh Theater and Writing Professor Kathleen George tells us about her new novel "The Blues Walked In." It’s set in the Hill District in 1936 with Lena Horne as a central character.

Jonathan Eaton - 2018 Pittsburgh Festival Opera - Jul 12, 2018

Pittsburgh Festival Opera Artistic Director Jonathan Eaton visited the QED Morning show to talk to our Anna Singer about their 2018 season.