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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.
Frances Rabalais talks about the stage direction in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "The Long Walk."
Benjamin Taylor talks about his role as Brian in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "The Long Walk."
Chamber Music Pittsburgh Executive Director Kristin Linfante discusses the Pittsburgh Performs concert at the Mattress Factory January 23 at 7pm presenting Appalasia formed by erhu virtuoso Mimi Jong with Jeff Berman and Sue Powers plus a film presentation: Music of Strangers YoY o Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. She describes what the series is all about and discusses her work as a violist member of Apollo’s Fire.
Lift Every Voice is the concert the Pittsburgh Symphony will play Saturday January 20 at 8pm at Heinz Hall featuring the world premiere of the August Wilson Symphony by Kathryn Bostic, the composer for the soundtrack of WQED’s American Masters portrait of August Wilson The Ground on Which I Stand. Phylicia Rashad will host the concert. Phylicia Rashad hosted WQED’s Project Literacy US program in 1988 on PBS. She is a Tony Award winning actress portraying Aunt Esther in August Wilson’s Columbia the Gem of the Ocean. She just finished production on the Fox series Empire and appeared in the Rocky film sequel Creed. She has received multiple doctorates for her work onstage and in film directing and acting and she just accepted an offer to direct a new production of Broadway. She holds a degree from CMU and Howard University her alma mater. Kathryn Bostic is a singer and pianist in addition to her film and theater writing. She has won multiple awards and has collaborated on Broadway with Rashad. Her soundtrack for the American Masters program brought Coldplay violinist Davide Rossi to the recordings studio. In the conversation they discuss their work with August Wilson. Phylicia reveals the three greatest roles for an actress and shares thoughts about her role as Clair Huxtable on the Cosby show. They discuss what they were doing on Martin Luther King Jr. day and run down events at the concert with a description of the August Wilson Symphony. Phylicia discusses her day at CMU and Kathryn her work with CAPA students.
Ifetayo Ali 15 year old cellist from Chicago and Sphinx competition winner talks about the Lalo Cello Concerto which she will pay for her debut with Lucas Richman and the Pittsburgh Symphony at Life Every Voice Saturday January 20 at 8pm at Heinz Hall. In 2013, at the age of ten, Ifetayo was honored at the Friends of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Rising Stars Showcase, where she recorded the 1st movement of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto (No. 1). To date, the video has over 75,000 YouTube views and over 10 million Facebook views.
Blackwood Music Scholarship Board member Katerina Istomin joins founder Ben Robertson to explain how to enter and win a substantial cash prize for high school age musicians. Ben tells us about the theater organ and concert series in his Harrisville Home, the clock tower and guest quarters which he designed and built as a life time dream after 35 years running the Blackwood Gallery in the North Hills.