Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.
Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.
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Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. As Duke Ellington said "There are only two types of music: good music and the other stuff." Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.
Leslie Amper, who graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh studying with Natalie Phillips, played with the Pittsburgh Symphony and won the Pittsburgh Concert Society auditions and now lives in the Boston area with her husband pianist Randall Hodgkinson. She teaches at the Longy School, Harvard, and New England Conservatory Preperatory School but she’s back in town to present "Shared Inspirations: Claude Debussy, Alice Guy Blaché, and the Impressionist Painters." The concert takes place April 22nd at the Frick Art Museum in Point Breeze at 2pm.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck joined the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts with Steven Stucky's "Silent Spring", Brahms' Symphony No. 4 and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with soloist James Ehnes.
Ekaterina Siurina sings the role of Adina in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." Here she talks about the role and why it has such personal importance for her.
Dmitri Pittas sings the role of Nemorino in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." He talks about the role and his experience in doing this production.
Daniel Slater is the Stage Director for Pittsburgh Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." He explains why he chose 1950's Italy as the backdrop for this production.
Christian Capolcaccia is the conductor for Pittsburgh Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." He talks about the musical elements of this opera and why Donizetti is his favorite opera composer.