Stewart Copeland

Photo by Shayne Gray / Courtesy of Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

For centuries, perhaps millennia, storytellers have found the devil more interesting than the Lord. Among the more famous of them is John Milton, whose 17th-century epic poem “Paradise Lost” depicted Satan as so compelling that Romantic poet and artist William Blake argued that Milton was “of the Devil’s party without knowing it.”

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On today's program: A festival hopes to spark a lifelong love of reading; how rain contributes to barge accidents in the Ohio River watershed; flu season is still upon us, but the state and local data are confusing; a rock icon is staging a collaboration with Pittsburgh’s Mendelssohn Choir; dinosaurs are taking over the convention center this weekend; and what to expect from 90.5 WESA’s latest podcast. 

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Tonight at Heinz Hall, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents the world premiere of famed percussionist Stewart Copeland’s “The Tyrant’s Crush” concerto.  Best known as drummer for the British rock group “The Police,” the five-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member actually got his start as a film composer.