Pittsburgh's Trio Nova Mundi performs music by mostly American composers in its local debut. Founded at Rice University by violinist Maureen Conlon Gutierrez, the trio recently toured Africa and will perform April 6th at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside. Gutierrez, pianist Becky Billock and cellist Elisa Kohanski talk about the program for their upcoming concert.
University of Pittsburgh Professor of Theater and Writing, Kathleen George, talks about her new book "The Johnstown Girls."
Trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer Hugh Masekela popularized music from his native South Africa in the 1968 hit "Grazing in the Grass" and later on Paul Simon's Graceland tour, which helped to focus attention on apartheid. Masekela has shared the stage with icons of pop and jazz, and studied classical trumpet in the US. He spoke with QED's Jim Cunningham just before a March 30 Pittsburgh concert in the week of his 75th birthday.
Pianist Stephen Hough returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony in Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto #1. He shares details of Mendelssohn's music and the composer's link to singer Jenny Lind, and Hough's own editorial approach to blogging.
Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles, now chief conductor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, talks about the music of Wagner which has been a passion of his since his early career in Freiburg, Germany. He also speaks about his work at the Grand Teton Music Festival, and his appearance on a web-based cooking show that features top-ranked classical musicians.
Brave Old World director Alan Bern joins PSO concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley & clarinetist Susanne Ortner-Roberts for a night of virtuoso klezmer at Rodef Shalom on Thu. 3/20. They talk about their ties to this music and to one another,