Chatham Baroque’s viola da gambist Patricia Halvorsen and violinist Andrew Fouts fill us in on the upcoming concerts in April 2018 featuring the Pachelbel Canon and Purcell, Marini and Schmelzer with guest artists titled Three Violins and their Peanut Butter and jam Saturday morning series for young people.
Tenor Colin Aikens is from Pittsburgh and a senior at Central Catholic High School. He studies voice with Maria Spacagna at Carnegie Mellon University. He was selected as a National YoungArts Finalist and recently participated in YoungArts Week in Miami. Colin also won first place in the High School Classical Division of the 2017 Classical Singer national competition and received a scholarship to the University of Miami Frost School of Music Salzburg Festival. Colin’s favorite musical experience has been performing in nursing homes. He also enjoys participating in his school’s crew, swimming, and track and field teams, as well as musical performance clubs. He tells us about his singing career that has taken him to the top in music competitions including Salzburg Austria and resulted in an April 2018 appearance on From the Top with Christopher O Riley. Now he must decide on whether it’s Juilliard or the Curtis Institute for further study.
Pianist Shai Wosner talks about the Beethoven First piano Concerto which he will play in his Chautauqua Symphony debut July 21, 2018 with Music Director Rossen Milanov.
Conductor Bernard Labadie and pianist Jan Lisiecki discuss their debut program with the Pittsburgh Symphony including Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, the Rigel Symphony No 4 and the Haydn Symphony No 98. Both fill us in on their Canadian origins and Maestro Labadie describes his amazing return to active musical life following a battle with lymphoma.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Mr Rogers Neighborhood. Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian Vice President for Seminary Advancement at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary discusses Fred Rogers long relationship to the Seminary as a graduate. She suggests where he got the idea for the Neighborhood and how his training as a Presbyterian Minister shaped his thinking and work. A room at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be named in Fred’s honor. Rev. Chakoian describes the work and history of the Seminary and her books and work in Illinois and at Yale prior to arriving in Pittsburgh in 2017.
Composer and board Chair of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble has a Pittsburgh debut of a new String Quartet Wednesday March 28 at CMU’s Kresge Theater. Jeff gives us the scoop on his music and the summer plan for the Ensemble as well s his new book published by Oxford University Press the Entrepreneurial Muse.