Stage Director Jonathan Moore talks about putting together the Pittsburgh Opera world premiere production of "Ashes and Snow."
Sasha Boldachev makes his Pittsburgh Debut in a concert for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American harp Society Sunday afternoon February 11 at 2:30 at City of Asylum on the North Side. He is playing a new harp from the Italian maker Salvi which has special electro acoustic properties. The harp world is more women than men but Sasha is loving it. Born in Leningrad and trained in Russia and Switzerland he is on an extensive US tour giving a master class at CAPA on Saturday afternoon and the concert Sunday. He has several cds on Itunes including his own arrangements tof classics and pop hits. He recently played on stage at the controversial debut of the ballet Nureyev at the Bolshoi Theater which upset some factions of the Russian government. The Director of the ballet is still in jail. Sasha talks it over with Jim Cunningham on his way to Pittsburgh.
Composer Federico Garcia-De Castro talks with Garrison McMullen of Carnegie Mellon University about the upcoming concert by Syracuse University faculty and touring guitarist Kenneth Meyer who will give the first recital in the Alia Musica Presents series for 2018, with a concert at the James Laughlin Music Hall at Chatham University, on Thursday, February 15, at 7:30pm.
The performance will feature works from Mr. Meyer's modern and new music repertory—including works from his 2016 album Draw the Strings Tight, released by Innova, the record label of the American Composer Forum. Mr. Meyer will be joined by Alia Musica's Matthew Gillespie and Federico Garcia-De Castro, playing Mr. Garcia-De Castro's two-piano work Livre pour deux pianos.
Mr. Meyer will perform landmark works Leo Brouwer, the Cuban composer most renowned for his seminal guitar output, Italian Carlo Domenicone, Hans Werner Henze, Pittsburgh-based Curtis Rumrill, and pieces written for Mr. Meyer himself by Jesse Jones and Eddie Hill.
Osmo Vanska Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra graciously receives congratulations for the Minnesota Grammy nomination for Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and congratulates Pittsburgh for a win. He runs down the speed of the finale of the Beethoven Fifth which he conducts with the Pittsburgh Symphony February 9,10 and 11. He recalls his work with Finnish composer Rautavarra and his personality traits while describing what he loves about the Requiem heard on the weekend program. Vanska speaks about soloist Vilde Frang, violin and her Stravinsky Concerto, the Kabalevsky Comedians, taking the Minnesota Orchestra to South Africa, loaning Mrs. Vanska, concertmistress Erin Keefe to Pittsburgh for some concerts in the concertmaster search, the Finns of the conducting world who will be guests in Pittsburgh in 2018-2019 and whether the weather in Pittsburgh reminds him of his home in Finland. Not quite cold enough suggests Maestro Vanska.
Celeste Parrendo is the scenic charge artist at Pittsburgh Public Theater putting together the sets for all the productions at the O’Reilly Theater in the Cultural District. Working on the sets for A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum she describes the process of carpentry and painting for the set design by James Noone. Celeste has painted for the ceiling of the Austrian Cultural Room at the Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Civic Light Opera. She served as Head Usher at Heinz Hall and she works in the Hunt Stained Glass Studio founded by her father Nicholas ‘Nick’ Parrendo. The radio is always tuned to 89.3 in the design shop in Point Breeze on Penn Avenue.
WQED documentarian Rick Sebak presents his latest program Meat Pittsburgh February 1 at 8pm on WQED13. Hear all about it with a discussion of the music Tom Roberts wrote and recorded for the soundtrack, whether Oto von Bismarck the Prussian military genius really said there are two things you should never watch being made, laws and sausage, a visit to Ricci’s sausage, Shorty’s in Washinjgton Pa, Salem’s in the strip district, the Whitfield at the Ace Hotel and why vegetarians should watch in this conversation with Jim Cunningham from the Classical QED Morning Show.