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Michele de la Reza & Kristen Linfante - Feb 22, 2023

Michele de la Reza, Co Founder of Attack Theater, joins Jim Cunningham and Kristen Linfante, Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh, to discuss "Behind Ourself Concealed" - a dynamic collaboration bringing together internationally acclaimed musicians with contemporary dance creating an enticing tapestry of movement and musical narratives. Friday through Sunday, February 24th through 26th at Attack Theatre Studios in Lawrenceville. 

The performance features acclaimed cellist Dave Eggar, award-winning jazz violinist Meg Okura, powerhouse clarinetist Tasha Warren-Yahuda, Tino Cardenes on keyboard for Friday and Saturday, and on Friday and Saturday night there will be a special appearance by musical legend Paquito D’Rivera.

The production is inspired by the recently commissioned works by composers D’Rivera, Okura, Nathalie Joachim, Cornelius Boots, Pascal LeBeouf, and Martha Redbone.  The concert is presented in partnership with Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Performs series.  Two of the works on the program by Paquito D’Rivera and Pascal LeBoeuf were each nominated for a 2023 Best Instrumental Composition Grammy award, a rare honor for one chamber album.

Helene Grimaud - Silent Songs - Feb 17, 2023

Pianist Helene Grimaud joins the Pittsburgh Symphony in September of 2023 with Manfred Honeck as soloist in the new season. She has a new cd of music by Valentin Silvestrov, the Ukraine born composer who is now living in Berlin. The disc is titled "Silent Songs," the Music of Silence with baritone Konstantin Krimmel. They have a filmed concert together as well for the DG stage+ series. Helene joined Jim Cunningham by Zoom from Berlin to talk about her recent work. 

Wali Jamal - Feb 16, 2023

Wali Jamal stars in August Wilson's "Seven Guitars," being presented by the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Theater Arts.  It runs February 17th through 26th at the Charity Randall Theater.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with the actor about the play, August Wilson and more.  

Beth Dolinar - Feb 14, 2023

Beth Dolinar, award winning producer with WQED and WTAE who also writes for the Washington Observer each week speaks with Jim Cunningham about her latest WQED documentary Alone: Isolation Hurts. Social isolation has long been known to affect mental health, but new information shows it can increase the risk of poor physical health and early death. With direct connections to depression, suicide, dementia, stroke, coronary disease and poor sleep, isolation is having an ominous and widespread effect. As many as 40 percent of American adults report feeling cut off from meaningful family and community connection. The COVID pandemic only made things worse with an alarming spike in teenage mental health issues.

Alone: Isolation Hurts introduces a diverse group of people who speak candidly about how isolation exacerbated their experiences with alcoholism, suicide attempts, and emotional trauma, as well as the stigma associated with admitting to being lonely. The program also features ways in which those at risk for isolation’s worst consequences are reaching out to make positive, new social connections.

Nanette Kaplan Solomon - Feb 14, 2023

This Friday February 17th at 4pm, Nanette Kaplan Solomon performs a recital as part of the Chatham University Friday Musicale series. The concert is titled Piano Fantastique: An Afternoon of Piano Fantasies and features J.S. Bach’s Fantasia in C Minor, the C Major Fantasy , op. 17, by Robert Schumann, romantic Fantasy Pieces by the little-known Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic, Fantasie Negre no. 2 by American composer Florence Price, and William Hirtz ‘s Wizard of Oz Fantasy.

Dusty Kirk - RAD - Feb 13, 2023

Dusty Kirk, Vice-Chair of the RAD Board, spoke with WQED-FM's Anna Singer during the station's 50th Anniversary Celebration on January 25, 2023.

Devin Moore - Feb 13, 2023

Violist and founding member of the Isadore Quartet, Devin Moore speaks with Jim Cunningham about his debut Quartet concert Monday February 13 at 7:30 at the Point Park Playhouse of Point Park University presented by Chamber Music Pittsburgh. Devin talks about his award winning work at Juilliard, and his win at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in Canada, his work in Pittsburgh with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Marylene Gingras Roy, Roy Sonne, and at Chartiers High School, The Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and more. He is excited about the first presentation of the Billy Childs String Quartet No 2 in Pittsburgh with Haydn and Beethoven and the chance to visit the Haydn Esterhazy Palace and concert hall near Vienna.