McKeesport born pianist Byron Janis discusses his new release of live concert recordings Byron Janis On Tour. It is Maestro Janis’ first release of new material in twenty years and celebrates the 70 th anniversary of hisvery first RCA LP recording in 1947 at the age of 19 Byron last visited Pittsburgh in 2016 to give a mastger class at CMU. Byron went to elementary school in Squirrel Hill. He turned up at a Pittsburgh Symphony concert at the Syria Mosque with Lorin Maazel and Vlaimir Horowitz as a teenager. His parents lived on Fifth Avenue later in their lives just a few blocks from WQED. He discusses his life long love affair with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the venues around the world including Cuba where the music in the first of a planned three part series was recorded.
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Series: Voice of the Arts