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Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.


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Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.




Beo String Quartet

The Beo String Quartet are back in Pittsburgh! Brothers Sean Neukom and Jason Neukom of the quartet, discuss with WQED-FM their upcoming concert at City of Asylum on Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm. They highlight their genre-bending program that includes a new work by Sean that describes a story his mother once told him. Also included in the program is Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, which they played live in WQED-FM's studios and is featured on this podcast. Jason and Sean also tackle what it means to be genre-bending, and what is next on the horizon for the group. Visit https://cityofasylum.org/program/beo-string-quartet-genre-bending-harmony/ to reserve free in-person or livestream tickets.


Roman Rindberger - Mnozil Brass

The Mnozil Brass will perform at West Allegheny High School on Monday February 26th at 7pm. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with the ensemble's trumpet player, Roman Rindberger, from Austria. Roman talks about the ensemble, how they got their name and much more.


Leonard Slatkin on the QED Morning Show

Conductor Leonard Slatkin stopped by the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham on Wednesday February 14th, 2023. Maestro told stories and requested music during the 8 to 10am hours.


Haley Stamats - Pittsburgh Opera's "Proving Up"

Pittsburgh Opera presents "Proving Up" February 17th through the 25th at the Bitz Opera Factory. WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Stage Director Haley Stamats about the looks she wants for the opera.


James Lesniak - Pittsburgh Opera's "Proving Up"

Pittsburgh Opera presents "Proving Up" February 17th through the 25th at the Bitz Opera Factory. WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with conductor James Lesniak about the opera's music.


Fran Daniel Laucerica - Pittsburgh Opera's "Proving Up"

Pittsburgh Opera presents "Proving Up" February 17th through the 25th at the Bitz Opera Factory. WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Fran Daniel Laucerica, who sings the role of Miles Zegner.


Julia Laird - Pittsburgh Opera's "Proving Up"

Pittsburgh Opera presents "Proving Up" February 17th through the 25th at the Bitz Opera Factory. WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Julia Laird, who sings the role of one of the sisters.


Nanette Kaplan Solomon and Luz Manriquez

Pianists Nanette Kaplan Solomon and Luz Manriquez discuss their upcoming recital together on Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm at the Kresge Theatre on Carnegie Mellon University's campus. Their recital is a celebration of two CMU icons: Nancy Galbraith and Nikolai Lopatnikoff. Nanette talks about her dissertation paper that was on the life and work of Nikolai Lopatnikoff, and highlight how his work is largely unknown. Luz discusses the program and how they will use two pianos for Nancy Galbraith's Effervescent Air for Piano, Four Hands. Both Nanette and Luz play that piece together in our studio. Visit cmu.edu/cfa/music to learn more about the program. The event is free.


John Moon - Freedom House

Now, the Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS is launching a new pilot program called Freedom House EMT Training, in honor of the original Freedom House Ambulance Service. This program will allow residents to obtain their EMT certifications which allow them to transition to the bureau as full-time employees. Anyone interested in applying should visit PGHJOBS.NET or pittsburghpa.gov/ems for more information. “In the 1960s, there was absolutely no EMS service in this country, no one trained to the extent we were. Here in Pittsburgh we wrote and developed the paramedic training program that paramedics began using throughout the United States,” said Moon. Today John Moon travels extensively to tell the Pittsburgh story.


Sam Black - Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center is offering its 10th annual Black History Month Lecture. Director of the African American Program at the Center, Samuel Black, discusses the exciting guest speaker that will be coming to Pittsburgh on February 21st for the 5:30 pm event. Dr. Nicole Fleetwood will be presenting her book, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, and lead a talk about how art can heal and humanize people in the age of mass incarceration. Fleetwood is a MacArthur Genius Fellow, curator, art critic, and NYU professor, giving her a unique perspective as both an academic and museum educator. Sam Black highlights Fleetwood's achievements, as well as how this lecture will tie into the an upcoming exhibit at the Heinz History Center that sheds light on how women shaped Pittsburgh. Visit https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/whats-on/history-center/black-history-month-at-the-history-center/ to learn more about the lecture and get $10 tickets. Dr. Nicole Fleetwood will also be signing copies of her book at the event.


Pittsburgh Musical Theater

Get ready to Bop to the Top. Executive Director of Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Colleen Doyno, and Conservatory Director, Quinn Patrick Shannon, discuss PMT's last three shows of the season, High School Musical Jr, running February 15th to the 18th, Grease running March 7th to the 17th, and Million Dollar Quartet running April 18th to May 12th. Quinn highlights the immense fun and dedication the students at the conservatory bring to each and every production, including during their summer camps. Colleen reminds us of the valuable life skills theater teaches us all, and how professional productions like Grease are a teaching moment for students and for professional artists in the industry. Visit https://pittsburghmusicals.com/season/ to learn more and find tickets!


Janet Stivanson - Tuesday Musical Club

President of the Tuesday Musical Club and life-long pianist, Janet Stivanson, discusses Tuesday Musical Club's upcoming concert called, "Celebration!":Honoring our African-American Composers next Tuesday, February 13th at 1pm at Rodef Shalom's Levy Hall. Janet highlights the diverse program featuring compositions from Samuel Colridge-Taylor, Florence Price, Williams Grant Still, and Harry T. Burleigh. Janet also describes her love of piano that has stretched for over 78 years. The program is free and will be live streamed on Youtube. Visit https://www.tuesdaymusicalclub.org/events to learn more.


Curtis Stewart - Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

Curtis Stewart is a 3-time Grammy nominated violinist making his debut with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, February 10th, 7:30pm at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. Jim Cunningham had a chance to talk with Curtis about the concert where he will play the Julia Perry Concerto for Violin, his musical background, performing at the Grammy's and more.


Edward Leonard and Timothy Stoddard - Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh

Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh presents "Britten, Montgomery and Bartok" Saturday February 10th at Rodef Shalom and Sunday February 11th at Calvary United Methodist Church. Conductor and Artistic Director Edward Leonard was joined by soloist Timothy Stoddard on the QED Morning Show to talk about the concert.


Pittsburgh Savoyards - Pride and Prejudice

From the Pittsburgh Savoyards, Director Marsha Mayhak and Production Manager, Lynette Garlan, discuss their upcoming performances of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" running weekends from February 9th to the 24th. Marsha describes how she adapted this classic novel into a play filled with romance, and which couple she chose to focus on. Lynette also highlights 4 performances that will be live-streamed, and the Savoyards next performance after Pride and Prejudice. Tickets are $15. Visit https://www.pittsburghsavoyards.org/ to learn more.


Resonance Works - This Love Between Us

Mezzo-Soprano Tahanee Aluwihare, sitar player, Michael Griska, tenor Gene Stenger, and Artistic Director of Resonance Works, Maria Sensi Sellner, discussed with Anna Singer their upcoming performance of "This Love Between Us" on Friday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 4th. The program will feature both Bach's Magnificat, as well as newcomer composer, Reena Esmail’s transcendent This Love Between Us: Prayers for Unity, which combines some themes from the Magnificat with Hindustani music. Gene Stenger performs live with Robert Frankenberry. Visit https://www.resonanceworks.org/ to learn more.


Alan Choo - Apollo's Fire

Assistant Artistic Director and Concertmaster of Apollo's Fire, Alan Choo, discusses his upcoming collaboration concert with Chatham Baroque on Saturday, February 18th at 4 pm at Calvary Episcopal Church. Choo talks about the piece they will be performing, Heinrich Biber’s stunning Sonatas on the Mysteries of the Rosary, that features new instrumentation of the continuo. Choo highlights the difficulties of Biber's untuning technique or scordatura that is used throughout this 15 sonata piece. Choo also discusses his work with Red Dot Baroque. Visit https://www.chathambaroque.org to learn more.


Mark Anderson and Kathryn Barnard

Two Artistic Directors, Mark Anderson of the Pittsburgh Camerata, and Kathryn Barnard of the Pittsburgh Girls Choir, discuss with Anna Singer their upcoming collaborative concert on Sunday, February 4th at 3 pm at the Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Hear Johnathan Dove's Passing of the Year, a song that goes through the seasons of life. Kathryn and Mark describe the rest of the program that includes Ring Out Wild Bells, and the lyrical painting that Johnathan Dove does so well. Visit https://pittsburghcamerata.org/ or https://pittsburghgirlschoir.com/ to learn more about the concert, and see how to audition for either choirs.


Joyce Meggerson-Moore and Herb Newsome - New Horizon Theater

Chair of the Board of Directors of New Horizon Theater, Inc., Joyce Meggerson-Moore, and theater artist, Herb Newsome, discuss New Horizon's upcoming world premiere of Charles Dumas' musical, "Blues is the Roots," performing February 8th to the 18th at the Public Theaters Helen Wayne Rauh Rehearsal Hall above the O'Reilly Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh. "Blue is the Roots" tells the story of blues pioneer Willie Dixon, who became a songwriter, singer, and producer with Chess Records in the 1950's. Herb highlights how Willie Dixon fought for equal treatment and pay for blues players, and how his cultivation of talent helped define Rock and Roll years later. Joyce also talks about New Horizon's two other upcoming shows, including their special annual event on May 4th. Tickets for "Blues is the Roots" start at $35 for general admission. Visit https://www.newhorizontheater.org/ to learn more.


Sony Ton-Aime - Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures

New Executive Director of Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, Sony Ton-Aime, speaks with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about his excitement about his new role after coming from Chautauqua Institution. He also highlights the exciting upcoming writers that are coming to the Pittsburgh area like Jennifer Egan on February 12th and Cameron Barnett on February 29th. Sony talks about his love with stories, and how he became a poet because of his father. Visit https://pittsburghlectures.org/ to learn more.