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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.

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

Jennifer Higdon - Mar 16, 2018

Jennifer Higdon, former composer in residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony, talks about her work time in Pittsburgh, her Grammy win with the Viola Concerto, why her opera "Cold Mountain" has been a sold out instant hit, what she is writing now, and how Fred Rogers shaped her world view and composing philosophy.

Robert Spano - Mar 16, 2018

The Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Spano, talks about his 17 years there and his work as Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival, along with a discussion of the role of the conductor.  He also talks about his program for the Pittsburgh concert with Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and the world premiere of the Tuba Concerto by Jennifer Higdon.

Stephen Schultz - Mar 13, 2018

Flutist and CMU faculty member Stephen Schultz with harpsichordist Jory Vinikour discuss their new recording of Bach Flute Sonatas taped in California at George Lucas Skywlker Sound. Side topics include news of the academic study of the Beatles and Jory's concert at Thiel College in Greenville Pa. 

Pittsburgh Musical Theater - The Little Mermaid - Mar 13, 2018

Pittsburgh Musical Theater presents The Little Mermaid with Larissa Overholt, who plays Ariel, and Brady Patsy, who plays her father, King Triton.  With music director Francesca Tortorello, who is the wife of PSO cellist Michael de Bruyn.  Larissa and Francesca perform live in the studio. 

Ion Sound - Mar 13, 2018

IonSound Project with flutist Peggy You, pianist Jack Kurutz, violinist laura Motchalov and cellist Elisa Kohanski talk about their free concert at Bellefield Hall March 24, 2018 7pm with two performances  from the WQED-FM studio including Faure and music for filled beer bottles and violin. 

Kassia Ensemble - Mar 9, 2018

The all women Kassia Ensemble present a concert consisting entirely of music by women composers for International Women’s Day at the Tree of Life Congregation on Wilkins Avenue in Squirrel Hill on Thursday March 8 2018 at 7:30.  Katya Jampoladyan, cello  and Si Yu, viola, play live in the studio and join Clarinetist Rachel Stutzman and Bass Amanda Rice Johnston to discuss the program.


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