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Songwriter Randy Newman Embraces The Orchestral Sound

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Randy Newman speaks while being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Nokia Theatre on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Los Angeles.

When you think of the greatest American songwriters, who comes to mind? George Gershwin? Cole Porter? Bob Dylan? Many would put Randy Newman with that group. Newman is one of the most prolific songwriters the U.S. has ever produced. His many honors include six Grammy Awards, three Emmy Awards and two Academy Awards for his work as a film composer. And he's a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Newman is appearing at Heinz Hall on July 30 as part of the Pittsburgh Symphony's Thursday Night Icons Series and he joined us to talk about his career and latest projects.

Also in the program, we discussed the issues veterans face transitioning from the military to the classroom and a preview of the new CMOA Edward Hopper exhibit. 

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