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Manfred Honeck - European Tour Preview - Aug 10, 2022

Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck visited the WQED studios for a live conversation on the QED Morning show on August 10th. It was the first in-person interview during the last two years of the pandemic outside of live broadcasts at Heinz Hall. Maestro Honeck ran down the special features of the upcoming 75th Anniversary European Tour of the Orchestra and the special guests Anne Sophie Mutter, Helene Grimaud and Gautier Capucon. He says he has sailed through the pandemic but regrets that so many have suffered and that audiences for music are slowly rebounding. Maestro Honeck mentioned his summer vacation with his family in the Tirol and Tuscany, ran down the special repertoire on the tour including Ligeti's "Lontano" and his transcriptions of music by Erwin Schulhoff. Manfred Honeck thanked the tour report sponsors Thiel College, Botkin Family Wealth Management and Elliot Dinkin of Cowden Associates and promised to provide dressing room commentary whenever possible.

PSO Live Broadcast Intermission Interviews - 6/17/22 - Jun 21, 2022

Jim Cunningham spoke with guest pianist Emanuel Ax, Music Director Manfred Honeck, and sound recordist Dirk Sobotka during intermission of our live broadcast of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Friday June 17, 2022.  

Emanuel Ax - Jun 19, 2022

Emanuel Ax sat down with Jim Cunningham on Saturday afternoon after the live broadcast of opening night Friday June 17 to talk about Mozart's 20th concerto, Chopin for an encore, his long association with the Pittsburgh Symphony, friendship with Andre Previn, the war in Ukraine and it's effect on Lviv where Emanuel Ax was born, his recent Beethoven Trios cd Beethoven for Three with Yo Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavakos, and the answer to the question are there too many good musicians today-- recorded upstairs at Heinz Hall in the rehearsal room on the fourth floor with help from Adam Kilburn engineer and videographer.

Manfred Honeck - Jun 10, 2022

The Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Manfred Honeck talks with Jim Cunningham about the program for the weekend of June 10th with three pieces written for or first heard in America. The first Pittsburgh performance of the Dvorak Te Deum, the Poulenc Gloria inspired by Benedictine Monks playing soccer in 1961 both sung by the Mendelssohn Choir, and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto with Beatrice Rana. Maestro Honeck says he enjoys the time on the plane to study his music and he enjoyed his recent tour with the Orchestra of Paris, having his son Joachim in town, how delighted he was with the Beethoven Symphony complete series this Spring and how thrilled he is with the general state of affairs even following a pandemic.

Beatrice Rana - Jun 9, 2022

Beatrice Rana returns to Heinz Hall with Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto conducted by Manfred Honeck June 10, 11 and 12 after a rave review from the New York Times for her New York performance. She talks with Jim Cunningham about Tchaikovsky and what makes it always new, and discusses her recording with Antonia Pappano and the Santa Cecilia orchestra, her chamber music festival in Puglia Italy, studying at the Nino Rota Conservatory, Fellini movies, driving on Italian highways, her new Chopin cd and visiting the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Symphony Splendor - Garden Tour - Jun 8, 2022

Jean Horne, long time Fanfare columnist for the Pittsburgh tribune Review and Chris Thompson, Mendelssohn Choir member, who discusses singing Poulenc and Dvorak with Manfred Honeck the weekend of the 10th of June.

Jennifer Orchard, Yeokyung Kim, Marylène Gingras-Roy and Charlie Powers - Jun 6, 2022

Jennifer Orchard, Yeokyung Kim, Marylène Gingras-Roy and Charlie Powers play the Beethoven Quartet opus 59 No 2 allegretto live in the WQED-FM studio and talk about the Beethoven in our Neighborhood Library Project which takes them to Oakmont and the Carnegie Library on June 6 at 5:30. Their colleagues will continue to play the complete cycle of all the Beethoven Quartets in Carnegie Libraries though June 29.

PSO Intermission Interviews - May 20, 2022 - May 21, 2022

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Guest Conductor Matthias Pintscher, Principal Flute Lorna McGhee and PSO Vice President of Artistic Planning Mary Persin during intermission of our live broadcast.  

Alexi Kenney - May 20, 2022

Alexi Kenney is the soloist this weekend with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  He'll play the Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2 with guest conductor Matthias Pintscher.  In this conversation with Jim Cunningham, Alexi talks about the concerto, being familiar with the PSO, and more.  

Matthias Pintscher - May 20, 2022

Matthias Pintscher is the guest conductor this weekend with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  He'll conduct Ravel's "Mother Goose" and "Alborada del gracioso," as well as Debussy's "La Mer."   Alexi Kenney will play the Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2.  Matthias talks to WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the concert, his recordings and composing and more.