@ the Symphony

@ the Symphony

Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.

Episodes

February 29, 2024 19 mins
Pablo Heras-Cassado returns to Heinz Hall to conduct Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Manuel de Falla's Three Cornered Hat, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yunchan Lim. Jim Cunningham spoke with the Maestro about the concert.
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Pablo Ferrandez returns to Heinz Hall having had a sensational debut in a 2023 December concert with Anne Sophie Mutter and John Williams playing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Anne Sophie Mutter. He describes the challenge of playing the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1., the composer’s fear of being taken away in the night were he to run counter to what Stalin thought he should be writing, the importance of the timpanist in the...
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February 15, 2024 17 mins
Katherine Balch talks about her new music commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony and several other American Orchestras with the world premiere on February 16, 2023--- Musica Pyralis to be conducted by Manfred Honeck. She is inspired by the events around her including fireflies in the music for Pittsburgh. Katherine tells Jim Cunningham her story: born in San Diego, now teaching at Yale, her thoughts about connecting with audiences...
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February 9, 2024 17 mins
Pianist Alexandre Kantorow makes his Heinz Hall debut February 9th through 11th at Heinz Hall with Manfred Honeck. In this conversation with Jim Cunningham recorded in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Rooms at Heinz Hall, he talks about the Liszt Second Concerto; his recent win of the Gilmore Prize and the win at the Tchaikovsky Competition; his early career; growing up in the musical family with his Dad, a conductor and his Mom a violin...
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February 1, 2024 22 mins
Anthony Parnther makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut with "Lift Every Voice" on Saturday February 3rd, 7pm at Heinz Hall where he’ll conduct the Florence Price Third Symphony and the Lars Erik Larsson Trombone Concertino with Cooper Cromwell Whitney solo. The wide ranging program celebrates tradition in African American musical culture with Grammy wining soloist Oleta Adams and the Unity Choir conducted by Nikki Porter. Anthony ha...
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January 30, 2024 20 mins
Trombonist and Paul J. Ross Fellow with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cooper Cromwell-Whitley, discusses with Jim Cunningham his childhood love for the trombone, and Lars-Erick Larsson's Concertino for Trombone that he will play this Saturday, February 3rd at 7 pm in the "Lift Every Voice" concert with Oleta Adams, Nikki Porter and the Lift Every Voice Unity Choir, Anthony Parnther, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Visit...
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January 26, 2024 25 mins
Minister of Music at Eastminster Presbyterian Church and choir director, Nikki Porter, discussed with Jim Cunningham live on the QED Morning Show her upcoming concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Oleta Adams, conductor Anthony Parnther, pianist Alton Merrell, and trombonist Cooper-Cromwell Whitley in "Lift Every Voice" next Saturday, February 3rd at 7 pm. Nikki talks about the program featuring Florence Price and some of...
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January 26, 2024 13 mins
Violinist Alexi Kenney returns to Pittsburgh to perform the Barber Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Juraj Valcuha. Alexi talks about the concerto, playing the PSO and more with Jim Cunningham.
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January 26, 2024 15 mins
Juraj Valcuha returns to Heinz Hall to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Nico Muhly's "Bright Idea", Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and Barber's Violin Concerto with guest soloist Alexi Kenney. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke to the maestro about the concert.
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WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham speaks with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor Petr Popelka, pianist Yulianna Avdeeva and PSO Vice President of Artistic Planning Mary Persin during intermission of WQED-FM's live broadcast on Friday January 12, 2024.
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January 12, 2024 12 mins
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Moon Doh stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Schooltime concert "Courage to Stand" taking place Wednesday January 17th at 10:30 and 7pm and Tuesday January 23rd at 10:30am. The concerts feature the orchestra and special guests in a dynamic exploration of musicians, dancers, poets, and other leaders who have used the power of the arts to...
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December 19, 2023 19 mins
The Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concludes this weekend. The conductor of the shows, Daniel Meyer, stopped by the QED Morning Show with Jim Cunningham to tell people what they can expect when they see the show at Heinz Hall.
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November 10, 2023 14 mins
Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Byron Stripling stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts titled "Cirque Carnival." Byron talks about what you can expect from the concert, PSO Principal Flute playing as a soloist and working with Dizzy Gillespie.
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November 4, 2023 23 mins
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviewed violinist Bomsori, guest conductor James Gaffigan, new Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Associate Trombone Doug Rosenthal, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Classical Music Critic Jeremy Reynolds during our live broadcast from Friday November 3, 2023.
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October 26, 2023 18 mins
Rudolf Buchbinder talks with Jim Cunningham about playing all five Beethoven concertos in a single weekend at Heinz Hall October 26th and 28th 2023. He says it is not a big deal, that Beethoven and Mozart did it all the time even though it has never been done in Pittsburgh since the 1967 concerts of Rudolf Serkin and William Steinberg at the Syria Mosque. Buchbinder discusses his love for Beethoven and where he feels his presence...
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October 24, 2023 33 mins
Pittsburgh born rapper Frzy returns to WQED where he won an Emmy award for his "Wont You Be My Neighbor" video joining Christian Kriegeskotte who has composed the orchestral score for an evening of Frzy fun at Heinz Hall with Moon Doh conducting November 8. DJ Solo and Frzy’s The Faculty with singers and more mark the 50th anniversary of hip hop in style. Frzy talks about the positive flow of his message with Jim Cunningham.
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October 18, 2023 18 mins
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Vice-President of Artistic Planning Mary Persin about tonight's (10/18) PSO360 concert as Pittsburgh Symphony musicians take center stage for an intimate evening of music in collaboration with the landmark Pittsburgh Violins of Hope community project. She also talks about upcoming PSO concerts she's looking forward to and about the special Violins of Hope concert ta...
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October 12, 2023 17 mins
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Moon Doh stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the concerts he's conducting this weekend called "Disney: The Sound of Magic."
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October 5, 2023 13 mins
Pittsburgh Symphony Associate Conductor Jacob Joyce joins Jim Cunningham and Erin Lynn, Director of Audience Experience, to speak about the Disrupt concert "Ludwig Grooves" with Manfred Honeck conducting Beethoven’s Seventh and the John Adams "Short Ride in a Fast Machine." The Transformation Fizz cocktail and mocktail can be taken in to the concert hall. Arrive early for fun with the photo booths and optional wigs, art from the Ca...
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October 2, 2023 16 mins
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham interviews Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck, guest soloist Helene Grimaud and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Melia Tourangeau during intermission of our live broadcast on Friday September 29th, 2023.
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