Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.
Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.
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Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. As Duke Ellington said "There are only two types of music: good music and the other stuff." Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.
Sunday January 21st, 6pm, at First Unitarian Church, the Incidental Chamber Players perform music from Asia. Some members of the group stopped by WQED-FM to talk about the concert.
Juanjo Mena conductor of the BBC Manchester Orchestra, born in the Basque region of Spain returns to Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony on January 12 and 14. He fills us in on the program with Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto played by Lorna McGhee with the Debussy Printemps, Ravel’s Noble and Sentimental Waltzes and the Stravinsky Firebird Suite. Maestro Mena reveals his plans for involving the community as the new conductor of the Cincinnati May Festival, talks about his new recordings for Chandos and much more.
Joe Miller standing in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel rest stop on their way to St Louis, the conductor of the Westminster Choir, talks about the grand finale of the winter tour in Pittsburgh at Calvary Episcopal Church Sunday January 14 at 5pm. He lets us in on the beauty of the Frank Martin Mass for Double Choir and the Randall Thompson Alleluia which the choir will sing along with two composers directly connected with the choir Joel Phillips and Tim Brent . Maestro Miller describes the special features of the choir which has sung with Gustavo Dudamel and Yannick Nezet Seguin, Andrew Manze and many other great conductors and orchestras and tells us the concert will be in honor of Elsie and Henry Hillman. Elsie and her Mom both enjoyed a long relationship with the Westminster Choir which sang at Elsie’s memorial service.
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers talking from a studio in Los Angeles fills us in on her new cd Fantasia featuring the world premier of a new piece she commissioned from Finland's Einojuhani Rautavaara which turned out to be one of his last pieces. The Szymanowski Violin Concerto No 1 and Ravel's Tzigane round the out the new release. She remembers her visit to Pittsburgh to play the Mason Bates Violin Concerto and her reveals her favorite thing about Los Angeles.
Hear why you will enjoy the Microtonal Music Festival with the University of Pittsburgh’s Matthew Rosenblum composer and clarinetist David Krakauer who will give the premiere of Matthew’s new Concerto on Thursday evening at Carnegie Music Hall, Symposia, a reception, and events at the Warhol and Frick on the Pitt campus between Thursday January 11 and Saturday night. David Krakauer is a legend in the klezmer and jazz worlds in addition to his work with the microtonal music scene. Matthew has won a shelf full of awwrds for his work and made multiple recordings. Hear all about it and thei memories of Thelonious Monk in New York.
Music for Food presents a delicious afternoon at Chatham University with Juilliard Faculty member Catherine Cho violin and pianist Tina Faigen at 3pm January 14 in the James Laughlin Music Hall. Mozart, Faure, Scarlatti, Eugene Phillips last work and Robert Schultz’ Fantasy in a Pittsburgh premiere. Donations benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food band.