Pittsburgh soprano Sara Botkin describes the mix of classical and popular styles and techniques on her second Christmas CD, "Breath of Heaven," on which she becomes her own choir through multi-tracked vocals.
Pitt's Don Franklin looks back, as he brings his Bach and the Baroque series to the end of its 16-year run by directing Bach's Christmas Oratorio at Heinz Chapel, co-presented with the Renaissance & Baroque Society.
Conductor Robert Page previews his 2007 Carnegie Mellon Holiday Concert. Hear the performance live on QED 89.3 and on the Internet at wqed.org, Fri. Dec. 7 at noon EST. (Repeats 12/14, 7 pm)
PSO Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda explains what three works by Respighi, Prokofiev and Stravinsky have in common on his Nov. 23 & 25 concerts. He also talks about Ottorino Respighi's relationship to Fascism.
Gianandrea Noseda talks about Stravinsky's Firebird, and Yefim Bronman, soloist in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3 on the Nov. 23 & 25 concerts. Noseda also speaks about successes at the Met and with his BBC Philharmonic.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour talks about her most dangerous assignments in the Balkans, Middle East and Africa; how she shields her 7-year-old from worry, and what she does to preserve her sense of humanity. She appears at Heinz Hall, Nov. 28, 2007.