Pittsburgh Symphony bass Micah Howard has the news from the Pittsburgh Bass Symposium Saturday March 16th from 9am to 10pm at the CMU bass Studio with world class visitors. Presenters include Max Dimoff, principal bass of the Cleveland Orchestra; Rex Surany, principal bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Cory Palmer, Carnegie Mellon graduate and principal bass of the Rochester Philharmonic; Jason Heath host of Contrabass Conversations; Jeff Mangone, principal bass of Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra; Jeffrey Turner and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra double bass section, Carnegie Mellon University double bass faculty, Micah Howard and Peter Guild, and other special guests.
The Symposium will include master classes, recitals, networking opportunities, and chances to visit with exhibitors, including Shank’s Strings, Guarneri House, Heartland String Bass Shop, Upton Bass, and Sound Spike Endpins. All performances and classes will be in Kresge Auditorium and exhibitors will be in Alumni Concert Hall of the College of Fine Arts Building
Soprano Lara Lynn McGill joins actress Sarah Carleton to share their 2019 version of Song of Songs.. There are two performances Valentines weekend in Beaver, PA Sunday, February 17, 4pm at First Presbyterian Church in Beaver and at Shadyside Presbyterian Church Friday, February 15th 7:30 at Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside with pianist Karen Jeng Lin, and violinist Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez. All are welcome. There is a suggested donation but it’s free and it's for everyone - married, single, broken hearted, newly in love. Lara describes the program in detail and introduces two of the items on it from a recent recording.
Sami Merdinian, violinist of the Sybarite5 has the story of the award winning quintet so far and their debut in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Music Hall February 11, 2019, the morning after on the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham. They play Elgar, Barber and Mozart but most often it’s a living composer on their ipad music stands. They dress differently and think new audience first. Sami introduces some favorites by Piazzola, Dan Visconti and a Turkish hit played often by Taraf de Haidouks. from their first cd of several available from itunes and Amazon.
Emmy Award winning composer John Wineglass, composer of "Casop: Requiem For Rice" to be played by the Colour of Music Orchestra at Carnegie Music Hall on February 13th, discussses the music and his work on "All My Children" and with Aretha Franklin and Kurt Madura.
Ray Werner, the author of "Run the Rabbit Path," talks about the world premiere with PICT Classic Theater in the Fred Rogers studio through February 16th.
PSO violist Tatjana Mead Chamis and violinist Jennifer Orchard discuss their Saturday February 9th 7pm concert at Chatham University and play the Martinu Madrigal No. 1 Poco Allegro in the WQED-FM studio.