Voice of the Arts

Voice of the Arts

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

Episodes

April 11, 2024 22 mins
Jim Cunningham interviews.....Jim Cunningham!! The Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents "The Music of John Williams" on Saturday April 13th, 7:30pm at the Butler Intermediate High School. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Butler County Symphony Orchestra trumpet Jim Cunningham about the concert as well as the "Dinner, Dancing, and Diamonds" Gala on Sunday April 21st.
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Costume designer, production designer, performer, writer and now director, Lindsay Goranson, spoke with WQED-FM about their newest play, APIS, at the New Hazlett Theater on Thursday, April 18th, and Saturday, April 19th. A time-travelling bee comes to visit Apis, a female worker at an underground food store, and what happens next changes everything. Lindsay describes this theater experience that includes puppets, miniatures, origin...
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Executive Director of Saltworks Theater Company, Norma Alrutz, and Board Chair, Amber Fantini, spoke with WQED-FM about their organization and their production of Around the World in 80 Days on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, at the Greenstone UM Church in Bellevue. Norma and Amber highlight Saltworks bread and butter, their school assembly live educational theater shows that showcase the consequences of substance abu...
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Hill Dance Academy Theatre's Annual Spring Dance Concert is back on April 19-21, 2024, at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. This year's theme is Sustaining the Legacy & Creating Expressions Of Black History, Culture, and Tradition through Movement...Gospel Style. Founder and CEO Ayisha Morgan-Lee spoke with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the concert.
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April 10, 2024 23 mins
The Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh presents Anna Lapwood on Friday, April 12th, 7:30pm at St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Mt. Lebanon. Anna Lapwood MBE is an organist, conductor and broadcaster, and holds the position of Director of Music at Pembroke College (Cambridge), Associate Artist of the Royal Albert Hall (London) and Artist in Association with the BBC Singers. In 2023 she was awarded the prestigious ‘Gamechanger’ ...
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April 9, 2024 11 mins
Assistant Conductor of Chanticleer, Garrod Pagenkopf, details the program on Sunday April 14th, 3pm, at Shadyside Presbyterian Church - their sixth trip to Pittsburgh. Garrod spoke with Jim Cunningham about their new cd "On a Clear Day," the special qualities of the all male ensemble, the repertoire of the singers, having diversity, singing music by women, why they are only men, what to see when visiting the choir’s home base of Sa...
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April 8, 2024 11 mins
Founding member and violist of the Ying Quartet, Phillip Ying, was on the phone live with Jim Cunningham, to speak about the Ying Quartet's concert on April 8th, at 7:30 pm at the PNC Theatre, as a part of the Chamber Music Pittsburgh's mainstage live series. The Quartet will be performing with double bassist, Xavier Foley, who will premiere a new work for bass quintet that was commissioned by Chamber Music Pittsburgh. The Quartet ...
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April 5, 2024 7 mins
Chief Curator and Director of Collections at the Frick Pittsburgh, Dawn Brean, spoke with WQED-FM at the Frick Art Museum about the opening of Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt: Forging the Frick Collections in Pittsburgh and New York. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit features works by masters including one of 36 known works by Vermeer, as well as pieces from Helen Clay Frick's Italian Renaissance collection. Dawn highlights her favorite pi...
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April 5, 2024 9 mins
Director of Learning and Visitor Experience, Amanda Gillen, spoke with WQED-FM at the Frick Art Museum about the programming around the new exhibition Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt: Forging the Frick Collections in Pittsburgh and New York. Amanda highlights two concerts and their Full Day Programs. The first concert is on Sunday, April 14th with the Trio Granato as they play French impressionist and Dutch Baroque music to compliment th...
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Visual Artist Marie Watt and Curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Liz Park, spoke with Jim Cunningham about the museum's upcoming exhibit, Marie Watt: LAND STITCHES WATER SKY, opening on April 13th. This exhibit explores two materials tied to the industrial history of Western Pennsylvania, steel and glass, from Watt's Indigenous perspective. Marie describes the exhibit that includes very large steel I-Beams and stitched blankets....
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April 4, 2024 20 mins
Broadway singer and Emmy, Tony, and SAG Award nominee, Norm Lewis, spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer by phone about his upcoming concert with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra (TRYPO) on May 5th at 6 pm at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Norm discusses his storied career on stage and screen, including being the first African American Phantom in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and his most recent work in Da 5 Bloods by S...
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Acting Principal Bassonist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, David Sogg, spoke live with Jim Cunningham on the Morning Show about his role in Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, The Inextinguishable, being performed this Friday, April 5th and Sunday, April 7th. Sogg talks about his first introduction to Nielsen's work with his Wind Quintet, and his personal connections to Denmark. This concert also includes Bach's Toccata and Fugue in ...
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Director of IDEA Initiatives and Community Engagement with the Pittsburgh Opera, Rebekah Diaz, spoke with Jim Cunningham in this Voice of the Arts Gospel podcast about two upcoming events at the Pittsburgh Opera. The first event is a collaboration with the Afro-American Music Institute. Opera Meets Jazz, is Friday, April 5th at 7 pm at the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Homewood. Diaz highlights the Pittsburgh Resi...
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April 2, 2024 16 mins
PR and Marketing Manager, Lisa Alexander, spoke with WQED-FM about the many exciting upcoming events happening at Calliope. One such event is a special concert from The Seldom Scene, happening this Saturday, April 6th, at 7pm at the Carnegie Lecture Hall. The Seldom Scene was last in Pittsburgh over 10 years ago and was first established in 1971. This progressive bluegrass style band is coming back with all of their hits. Lisa also...
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Harpist Parker Ramsay, discusses with Anna Singer about his upcoming concert with Arnie Tanimoto as a part of Chatham Baroque and Renaissance Baroque's concert series. Parker and Arnie's concert, In the Court of the King, will be Friday, April 5th, at the Teutonia Mannerchor and Saturday, April 6th, at the Hicks Memorial Chapel. Parker talks about the music they will be playing from the 17th and 18th century courts of Europe with M...
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Lisa Velten Smith stars as Galactia in Quantum Theatre's "Scenes From An Execution" by Howard Barker directed by Andrew William Smith at Abiding Missions in Pittsburgh's Southside neighborhood of Allentown. They join Jim Cunningham to talk over the special features of the plot set in 16th Century Venice looking at the relationship of art and power and having fun with it in sensuality. The cast, the location, working together as hus...
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Gospel choir director from First Unitarian Church and Administrative Pastor to Bishop Thelma Mitchell, Reverend Deryck Tines, discussed with WQED-FM in this Gospel rendition of Voice of the Arts about the First Unitarian Church's Easter Concert on Saturday, March 30th at 6 pm. This concert will feature The Lemington Gospel Choir, the Community Singers from the First Unitarian Church, Howie Alexander, Janay Giles, Felecia Harvey, De...
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Senior Curator at the Heinz History Center, Leslie Przybylek, spoke with WQED-FM about her work on a newly opened exhibit at the Center, A Woman's Place: How Women Shaped Pittsburgh. This exhibit takes an interactive journey through women's history from the 1800s to modern day. Leslie discusses the changemaker women that the exhibit highlights, including Nellie Bly, Mary Cardwell Dawson, Peggy Owens Skillen, and Sophie Masloff. She...
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Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Attack Theatre, Peter Kope, discussed live with Anna Singer about their upcoming show of The Show of 1000 Tomorrows, running weekends April 5th to April 13th. Inspired by worlds fairs and the phrase, 1000 Tomorrows, this 3 act dance piece explores the idea of perpetual motion and the constant renewing cycle of life. Peter talks about using music written by their music director, Dave Eggar, and Sq...
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Senior Associate Head and Associate Professor of Acting at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, Kyle Haden, celebrated World Theatre Day (March 27th) with Anna Singer live. To celebrate, they discuss the 2023 Excellence in Theatre Education Award winner, Jason Zembuch Young and the Dr. Joaquin Garcia High School. This award is presented together by the Tony Awards and CMU School of Drama to exemplary arts educators. The wi...
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