Roger Schneider is the founder of the Three Rivers Community Band Fetival and a euphonium virtuoso with the East Winds Symphonic Band. Susan Sands has conducted the band for 28 seasons. She will raise the baton Saturday afternoon at the Upper Saint Clair Elementary School April 14. They bring all the scoop on their colleagues and the music for the event with a Festival Band plus three guest bands.
WQED Producer extraordinaire, the Nebby One, Rick Sebak hosts the Sensory Friendly Concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony this Saturday April 14 at 2:30 in Heinz Hall with Andres Franco conducting. A splendid time is guaranteed for all as you can hear in this QED Morning Show preview.
Pianist, composer and University of Pittsburgh faculty member Amy Williams will play the complete Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage with a prepared piano using screws and nails and found items at Construction Junction in Point Breeze for the Pittsburgh performs series of Chamber Music Pittsburgh April 10, 7:30. Born in Bufflao New York to musical parents, Amy has rcorded more than a half dozen cds with her duo piano partner Helena Bugallo mostly for the German Wergo label. It's pay as you feel hoping you feel $10. but no one is denied entry based on cash availability. Hear all about it with this visit to the QED Morning Show with drive time John Cage.
Tenor Colin Aikins is from Pittsburgh and a senior at Central Catholic High School. He studies voice with Maria Spacagna at Carnegie Mellon University. He was selected as a National Young Arts Finalist and recently participated in YoungArts Week in Miami. Colin also won first place in the High School Classical Division of the 2017 Classical Singer national competition and received a scholarship to the University of Miami Frost School of Music Salzburg Festival. Colin’s favorite musical experience has been performing in nursing homes. He also enjoys participating in his school’s crew, swimming, and track and field teams, as well as musical performance clubs. He tells us about his singing career that has taken him to the top in music competitions including Salzburg Austria and resulted in an April 2018 appearance on From the Top with Christopher O Riley. Now he must decide on whether it’s Juilliard or the Curtis Institute for further study.
Pianist Shai Wosner talks about the Beethoven First piano Concerto which he will play in his Chautauqua Symphony debut July 21, 2018 with Music Director Rossen Milanov.
Conductor Bernard Labadie and pianist Jan Lisiecki discuss their debut program with the Pittsburgh Symphony including Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, the Rigel Symphony No 4 and the Haydn Symphony No 98. Both fill us in on their Canadian origins and Maestro Labadie describes his amazing return to active musical life following a battle with lymphoma.