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?
Violinist Ray Chen with Taiwanese ancestry grew up in Australia and now makes his debut playing the Bruch G minor Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Here is everything you need to know about Bruch’s greatest hit and what Ray is up to with You tube and social media where he has done comedy and profiled his heroes in addition to playing at the Nobel Prize ceremonies.
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.
Krzystof Urbanski, the Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Guest of the NDR Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg Germany conducts the Shostakovich Symphony No 5 , Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and the Bruch g minor Violin Concerto with Ray Chen in his Heinz Hall debut. He agrees that Shostakovich was rejoicing under pressure in the 5th and haunted by terror from his own government.