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Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra - Feb 23, 2017

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony gives a free concert with two concertos featuring Pittsburgh Symphony members as soloist. George Vosburgh plays the Haydn Trumpet Concerto and and Michael Lippman plays the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto with Don Juan by Richard  Strauss all conducted by Francesco Lecce Chong. Craig Johnson Executive Director and soloist Michael Lippman joined the Maestro to preview  the concert.

Laura Kaminsky & Kimberly Reed - "As One" - Feb 21, 2017

WQED-FM's  Anna Singer talks to composer Laura Kaminsky and librettist Kimberly Reed about Pittsburgh Opera's production of "As One."

David Allen Wehr and Cynthia Raim - Feb 17, 2017

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.

The Yale Whiffenpoofs - Feb 17, 2017

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 - Pittsburgh Opera's "As One" - Feb 17, 2017

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 - Pittsburgh Opera's "As One" - Feb 17, 2017

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 - Pittsburgh Opera's "As One" - Feb 17, 2017

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 - Pittsburgh Opera's "As One" - Feb 17, 2017

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."

Undercroft Opera - Eugene Onegin - Feb 15, 2017

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.


Lyn Starr - Alumni Theater Company - Feb 14, 2017

Lyn and James Perry (of ATC) are both performing in the Jazz Cafe event on CMU's campus in Alumni Concert Hall (CFA) at 7:30 on Feb 16th. The event is about women in jazz and overall diversity within music. All ticket sales will benefit ATC, a non-profit organization that gives urban youth a platform to express their art. Tickets are $12 at the door. 


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