Voice of the Arts
Pat and Michele Atkins have received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the organization of Fundraising Professionals in the United States. They were honored in May 2018 by Pittsburgh Opera for establishing the Audience Development Fund with a $1.2 million dollar grant. Earlier they gave a major grant to support the Pittsburgh Symphony of $1 million and a $1.5 million grant to establish the Center for Ethics at Carlow University. Pat Atkins was born in Kentucky, taught at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Alcoa in Pittsburgh as Director of Environmental Affairs. Michele is a San Franciscan who served as Director of the Make A Wish Foundation in Pittsburgh and Director at Shadylane Preschool after earning a degree at Carlow University where she served as Board Chair for several terms. She has served as a volunteer for numerous non profit boards including Bethlehem Haven, Mendelssohn Choir, the Pat McKeon Dancers, and others. In this wide ranging conversation, they reveal their admiration for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck and share their philanthropic philosophy.
James Iman joins us to talk about his upcoming piano recital on Wednesday, June 20th at Shadyside Presbyterian Church for their summer concert series. James shares the program he put together and discusses the pieces and composers he will be performing. Furthermore, James discusses his favorite modern composers, his favorite Marvel movie, and other events this year that he will be apart of!
Ruth Montgomery, the founding Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh, died in June 2018. In this interview recorded in 2013, she remembers the early days of one of America’s best presenters of Chamber Music. Ruth was the wife of the Provost at the University of Pittsburgh Edison Montgomery. Ruth Mitchell Montgomery would have been 102 years old on July 30th, 2018. She died June 9th, 2018 while living at the Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community.
Ruth spearheaded the 1961 founding of Chamber Music Pittsburgh (formerly the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society) leading a group of Pittsburgh leaders who regretted the loss of chamber music concerts sponsored by The New Friends of Music to start anew with the assistance of a Heinz Endowment grant. Ruth served as CMP’s volunteer manager for 30 years, stepping down in 1991 when the organization’s first Executive Director was hired.
Ruth was initially exposed to live chamber music when she was working in Washington, DC, during World War II and attended the renowned Library of Congress concerts.
Shadyside Brass kicks off the 2018 Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert series this Sunday, June 17th, 10:30am at Mellon Park in Shadyside. Two members stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their program.
Brian Katze and Maurice Matthews from the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events discuss the Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch summer series that starts June 17th! The two also shed some insight about the best brunch competition and the Pittsburgh Symphony's performance at Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch on July 15th. Brian and Maurice go into detail about what it is that the Office of Special Events do for the city of Pittsburgh and other events they are hosting throughout the summer!
Paul Cosentino, clarinet soloist and founder of the Boilermaker Five band reveals the plan to refurbish instruments and put them in the hands of aspiring musicians with a concert to celebrate in East Liberty’s Ace Hotel. The collection starts at 2pm Friday June 8 with help from the D’Addario Foundation and Hungry For Music partnering with Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation. Paul details the history of the Boilermakers with a catalog of 12 cds and thousands of performances including several fundraisers at WQED-FM. Paul includes in the discussion his cd Slipped Disc which celebrates the record of the same name by Benny Goodman and gives us a sneak preview of the new cd on the way.
Cristina Pato, bagpipe soloist with the Silk Road Ensemble, discusses her concert with her own ensemble for the Just Summer series of Chamber Music Pittsburgh.
Reduced Shakespeare Company returns for Shakespeare’s recently discovered Long Lost First Play (abridged) found in a parking lot in Leicester England near a pile of old bones. Reduced from it’s original running time of over one hundred hours, it touches on many of Shakespeare’s most well-known themes whether he ever existed or not. Founding members of the company. Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin. remember the famous performance the company gave at 35,000 feet and their reduction of Wagner’s Ring cycle to under 30 minutes and suggest several good reasons why you should not miss their visit to Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Violinist Daniel Phillips of the Orion Quartet remembers his father, Eugene Phillips, composer and Pittsburgh Symphony violinist and gives us the details on the Sunday June 2nd concert for Pittsburgh Concert Society at the Kresge Theater of CMU with his brother Todd Phillips and cousin Tina Faigen. Daniel talks about the program of Bach, Moszkowski and Phillips.
In celebration of Pittsburgh’s Pride Week, NAT 28 presents: A Polyphony of Pride, a concert of works by LGBTQ composers. Zoe Sorrell, Daniel Nesta Curtis, and Corrie Stallings discuss the upcoming event.