Insights and anecdotes from musicians, dancers, artists, actors and directors, as well as audience response.
Center Stage - Philip Pandolfi
The Pittsburgh Symphony Center Stage feature continues with Bassoonist Philip Pandolfi. He performs the Wilson Osborne Rhapsody for Solo Bassoon; talks about the piece and the composer; how strange it is to be on stage without his colleagues; his impressions of the Front Row concertsand much more.
Center Stage - Jennifer Orchard and Tatjana Mead Chamis
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sat down with Jennifer Orchard and Tatjana Mead Chamis to talk about their Center Stage performance of the Divertimento for Solo Violin and Viola by Ernst Toch. They also express their love of WQED-FM and provides an update on the Clarion Quartet.
Center Stage - David Sogg
Pittsburgh Symphony Co-Principal Bassoon David Sogg tells us about the music commissioned for his birthday which he plays at Heinz Hall Center Stage. He also fills us in on pandemic playing and his recent reading list.
Center Stage - Marta Krechkovsky
Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Marta Krechkovsky discusses the music she chose to play from Lithuania for Center Stage on WQED-FM and what she has been up to during the pandemic year as well as the Front Row programs available from the Pittsburgh Symphony website.
Manfred Honeck - Front Row
Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck discusses his new programs, the first in a year away during the pandemic, presenting a premiere of an arrangement of Dvorak's Gypsy Songs including the Song My Mother Taught Me. Guests Simone Porter, violin in Kreisler and Part, Inon Barnatan playing Mozart, George Walker's Lyric for Strings and Tcahikovsky's Souvenir of Florence. Maestro Honeck runs down his changing calendar and talks about his admiration for John Williams' new cd "Live in Vienna," which was to have been the center of a concert in Pittsburgh which he still hopes to reschedule. He also expresses his admiration for the partnership and friendship with WQED-FM.
Violinist Simone Porter
Violinist Simone Porter joins Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony to play three favorites--Winter from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, Praeludium and Allegro by Kreisler and Fratres by Arvo Part. She talks about the concert which can be seen in the Front Row series starting Saturday April 10th from the orchestra website. Simone discusses nerves and the musician, the strange world of pandemic music making, her latest book suggestions including one from her blog - "The Possesed Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them" by Elif Batuman, she reveals a favorite hipser cafe near Echo Park in LA, great for books, coffee and people watching and invites you to check out her new instrument by Bergonzi.