Archive for the 'PSO 2012 European Tour' Category

Oct 25 2012

Buenos Noches, Barcelona

The first concert of the 2012 European Residency tour is over. Mahler’s Second Symphony cast its spell of beauty and terror leading to a transformation and a choral resurrection. The two choirs from Spain were gorgeous: the Orfeó Català and the Cor Cambra del Palau de la Musica Catalana. We heard soprano soloist Laura Claycomb […]

Oct 24 2012

Miró, Miró on the Wall

The Pittsburgh Symphony’s instruments arrived at the hotel this morning, allowing the players who can’t carry their instruments with them to reunite. It was a terrific repeat of yesterday’s California-style weather. I joined a group of string players including violist Paul Silver, violinist Carolyn Edwards, and cellists David Premo, Aaron Zelkowicz, and Michael Lipman for […]

Oct 23 2012

Ramble on Las Ramblas

On Tuesday evening, cellist Adam Liu demonstrated his practice cello for me and Bronwyn Branerdt, who is a regular cellist with the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. This Prakticello has a wood structure which comes apart to fit in a suitcase, unlike a regular cello that’s typically strapped into the […]

Oct 23 2012


Pool at the Hotel Art Barcelona This Pittsburgh Symphony tour began smoothly with arrival in sunny Barcelona on time. Waiting for the shuttle bus at Heinz Hall on Monday morning, violist Penny Brill told me the Mahler Second Symphony last Friday night was “what it’s all about, why we do what we do as musicians, […]

Oct 22 2012


Jim Cunningham is on his way to Europe with the Pittsburgh Symphony! “Group A” assembled at Heinz Hall this morning for the flight to Atlanta, where their flight overseas departs this evening. Manfred Honeck will lead the PSO for concerts in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Luxembourg, as well as a week-long residency […]

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