Voice Of The Arts
Maria Sensi Sellner and Kara Cornell join WQED-FM's Anna Singer to talk about their season opening concert titled "Into the Fire/A Poet's Life."
James Iman has a passion for music of our time. He is a graduate of Indiana University having traveled far and wide to share his interest in the modern . He recently released a new cd recorded in Belgium and gave a recital at Chatham University with entirely women composers of the 20th and 21st century. He stopped by the studio to play music by Indiana University of Pa composer Jenny Beck on the Gibson Capital Management Steinway. Jenny was inspired to write Stand Still Here when she read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.
The Diamante Trio performs at Heinz Chapel on Sunday October 22 at 3pm in a free concert with special guest soprano Lili Abreu. Their program is a lively mix of Latin American classics with Spanish, Argentinian and Mexican favorites. They stopped by the WQED-FM studio to preview the concert. Devin Arrington, Violin, Paul Tuttle, cello and Mary Beth Malek.
The town of Bellevue celebrates it's 150th Anniversary with the Live-Worshop-Shop House Tour on Saturday October 21st. On the tour, you can visit the house of former Met Opera star Claudia Pinza. Anna Singer talked to Claudia's son about the house tour and some memories of his mother and grandfather.
Lynn Zelevansky, Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art, is leaving the museum after eight years. She talks about the great events under her watch during the past decade with artists Paul Thek, Helio Oticica and Ragnar Kjartansson. Lynn picks a favorite painting from the permanent collection, makes thoughtful comments on the sobering expenses of large arts organizations and the crowded arts field in Pittsburgh, suggests what it’s like to be a woman in an art world of mostly men and reveals why she is heading out of town having left the most beautiful office in the art world. Along the way, Lynn Zelevansky mentions meeting her artist husband Paul at CMU, working as Curator and Head of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOMA in New York and much more.
Illusionist Jason Bishop opens the season for the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on October 21st. He uses more technology and a dry sense of humor than many entertainers in his field. Jason reveals his admiration for Harry Houdini and one of the most successful living entertainers, David Copperfield. Jason likes the Primanti sandwich and looks forward to a return to the area when he will present his most elaborate stage production in a new setting. Jason Bishop grew up in Pennsylvania. He doesn’t make a big deal of it but he was placed in an orphanage as a young person and inspires the people he meets with his creativity and ingenuity. He laughs about being upstaged by a poodle but has the last laugh since he makes the poodle disappears. How does he do it?
Pittsburgh Post Gazette Music Critic Elizabeth Bloom came by to discuss her switch from Beethoven to the pitcher’s mound and writing for the sports pages. She discusses the health of classical music, the financial affairs of the Pittsburgh Symphony plus what the Pirates need to be a contender and much more.
Professor John Mitcham teaches history at Duquene University and serves as the Director of the 2017 Duquesne University History Forum. He stopped by to introduce the event from one of the most distinguished authors in the field of WWI history, Dr. Michael Neiberg Chair of War Studies at the Army War College who is a Pittsburgh native. He will present “ America and the Road to War 1914-1917”, October 23 ,Monday at 7pm in the Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University. It’s a free event with an opportunity to meet the author afterward.
Chatham Baroque open their season Friday Ocotber 13 with the Italian Sonata at Westminster Presbyterian Church 7:30pm. They stopped by the QED Morning Show to play music by Dario Castello live and shared a sneak preview of their new cd with Andrew Fouts, violin, Scott Pauley theorbo and viola da gambist Patricia Halverson.
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Music Director James Blachly stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their 2017-2018 season.