Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.

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

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A complete two hour concert hosted by Jim Cunningham. Listen for interviews and features, historic recordings and the latest weekly concerts from Heinz Hall. 


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Classical Crossroads

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.

Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour

Jim Cunningham reports from the PSO's domestic and international tours.

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.

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.

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.   



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.    


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