Lahav Shani, 27 year old Israel born conductor and soon to be Chief at the Rotterdam Philharmonic, discusses his Heinz Hall debut with Kurt Weill’s Second Symphony, Charles Ives’ Unanswered Question, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Jon Kimura Parker and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances. He describes his work with Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim and recalls his recent concert where played the piano, conducted the orchestra and played the bass on the same program. His favorite book, movie, breakfast treat and sport are revealed too.
John Moore, Pittsburgh Symphony double bass, presents "It’s All About the Bass" for Music 101 at Heinz Hall on February 22nd at 12:30. Less about Meghan Trainor’s worldwide pop hit with that title and more about Dittersdorf and Vanhal. John joins Rodrigo Ojeda for some musical examples. In this discussion, he traces his career from Buffalo to Curtis Institute, San Diego, Honolulu and Columbus before being hired as one the last official acts of Lorin Maazel as Music Director.
WQED-FM's Anna Singer talks to composer Laura Kaminsky and librettist Kimberly Reed about Pittsburgh Opera's production of "As One."
The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University presents another "Schubert on the Bluff" concert this Sunday afternoon, 3pm at PNC Recital Hall. Cynthia Raim and David Allen Wehr continue their exploration of this valuable corner of the repertoire in this program with three works: the symphonic Grand Duo, the graceful Rondo in A Major and the stormy Allegro in A Minor (Life's Torments). They also perform Copland's witty Danzon Cubano for two pianos, and the program is filled out with Schubert's lovely "By the Stream", a song with French horn and piano. David Allen Wehr and Cynthia Raim stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the concert.
Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the "Whiffs" began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory's Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale's most celebrated traditions. Saturday night at 8, the Yale Whiffenpoofs perform at Heinz Chapel. The group stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about their Pittsburgh concert, as well as sing a few tunes.
Brian Vu plays "Hannah before" in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "As One." He talks to WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the role.
Frances Rabalais is the stage director of Pittsburgh Opera's production of "As One." Frances explains the challenges of directing this opera, which only has 2 singers.
James Lesniak is the conductor for Pittsburgh Opera's production of "As One." James talks about the musical challenges in the opera, as well as his favorite moments.
Taylor Raven sings the role of "Hannah after" in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "As One." Taylor talks about her role, and says that this is her 2nd time performing "As One."
Friday February 17th, 8pm at Bellefield Hall, Undercroft Opera presents Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin." WQED-FM's Anna Singer talks to Undercroft Opera Founding Director Mary Beth Sederburg, Baritone Ian Greenlaw and Soprano Katie Manukyan about the production.