Chatham Baroque begins its season with "Variations on Corelli," highlighting the Italian composer's influence on German, French and other composers of the Baroque. Violinist Andrew Fouts previews the concert, and lets Jim Cunningham play a "sneak peek" from Chatham Baroque's 10th CD, coming out in just a few weeks.
The Pittsburgh Symphony begins its "Year of Pittsburgh Composers" with the Symphony #6 by David Stock, who founded the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in 1976. Mr. Stock describes his process and some traits of his Symphony #6, and talks about his first five symphonies, as well as his use of Jewish themes. He also recalls fellow composer Phillip Glass's early years as a composer for Pittsburgh's public schools and as a cab driver in NYC. Stock's Symphony #6 will be featured on the PSO's opening weekend with Orff's Carmina Burana.
Duquesne University's David Allen Wehr talks about the launch of his two-year "Beethoven on the Bluff" concert series which will begin with the debut of the Duquesne Piano Trio. Wehr, a pianist, formed the trio with violinist Charles Stegeman and cellist Adam Liu. The first concert will include Beethoven's two Opus 70 trios and the popular Septet on September 22, 2013. An October 14th concert will feature the three Opus 1 trios, performed together as the composer intended.
Grammy-winning conductor Robert Page and actress Kate Young will join the Renaissance City Winds in a performance of "Facade," a work not performed in Pittsburgh in over two decades. British composer William Walton wrote the music to the poetry of Edith Sitwell, which is recited in precise rhythm against the instrumental music. The Winds will also perform quintets by Jacques Ibert and Gabriel Pierne -- plus a trio, The French Suite, by Robert Washburn.
Jim Cunningham visits the Beethovenhaus, the composer's birthplace in Bonn. He also get comments from the director of the Beethoven Festival, which has presented the PSO three times. You'll hear excerpts from a benefit concert in Cologne organized by PSO musicians including principal oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida for their "day off" on Friday. PSO Director of Artistic Planning Robert Moir talks about his work on this tour organizing return appearances for the orchestra with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2016.
Winifred Horan, violinist of the Irish-American folk group Solas, talks with WQED donor Jim Shock. The New York-born Ms. Horan talks about the latest album from Solas, titled "Shamrock City," and about her start in traditional Irish music and later classical training.