Archive for the 'PSO 2008 European Tour' Category

Jan 28 2008

Adios to Spain

concert poster Jose Maria Pratt is the man in charge of Ibercamera, the presenting agency that brought the Pittsburgh to Spain. He’s been organizing concerts for the agency for thirty years. After the final concert in Valencia, he told me he was delighted with the Pittsburgh Symphony. There’s a very convivial atmosphere at a small […]

Jan 27 2008

Café Life in Madrid

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is just one of the books along for the ride on this trip. The New York Times best seller, subtitled One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, is in the hands of several musicians. Someone else is reading a book on spirituality by Pittsburgh’s Abraham Twerski, […]

Jan 25 2008

Where The Kings Are Buried

We woke up with a gigantic Spanish ferry boat in the harbor next to the hotel in Barcelona. I never had a minute to walk around the back of the hotel for a close look at the water but it was a stunning setting. Right next door, a red cable car like those you see […]

Jan 25 2008

Rambling on La Rambla

Three hours on the bus from Castellon to Barcelona with a 15 minute stop at the Autogrill, where I noticed the wine fruit treat Sangria in a bottle shaped like a guitar – or you could purchase a bottle in the shape of a bull. There were familiar faces in the lobby of the Eurostars […]

Jan 23 2008

Castellon on the Mediterranean

Castellon The rain in Spain has so far avoided the Pittsburgh Symphony. An hour by plane from the chilly north to the sunny south and we’ve arrived in a city that almost no one in our tour group knows anything about. We flew this morning from Vittoria to Valencia and then another hour to Castellon […]

Jan 22 2008

Wellington’s Victory

Statue in Vittorio Napoleon Bonaparte didn’t lose very often, but when he did Beethoven wrote a piece of music about it. It was in Vittoria, Spain that Duke Wellington defeated Napoleon and there is a statue in the center of town commemorating the event. Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory is one of his few cheesy pieces with […]

Jan 20 2008

The Journey Begins

Bon Voyage Europeans know Americans from our movies filled with explosions, car crashes and any unhappy events with guns plus our diplomacy in the middle east but for the next three weeks the Pittsburgh Symphony will wave the flag of the city of Pittsburgh in its 250th anniversary year as the Orchestra winds through Spain, […]

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