Archive for February, 2008

Feb 07 2008

Video montage #2

Still from the video Scenes from Cologne and Vienna, and on the road to Budapest. View as: Windows Media video (19MB WMV) – OR – QuickTime video (10MB QuickTime)

Feb 05 2008

Budapest and Zagreb

Bartok National Concert Hall Budapest’s Bela Bartok National Concert Hall is part of an overwhelming Palace of the Arts complex built just three years ago, with a National Theater and the Bartok Hall adjacent to one another. The Bartok is actually three halls, including the main concert hall for chamber music and other offerings. There […]

Feb 05 2008

The Beautiful Blue Danube

Vienna’s Konzerthaus The message light was blinking on the phone when I got back to the room. Everyone in the Symphony received a message that the Super Bowl would be projected on a big screen in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel. It was fun to watch Das Super Bowl in a German broadcast beginning […]

Feb 03 2008

Manfred Honeck at home in Vienna

Hofburg Imperial Palace While the Pittsburgh Symphony enjoys a day off in Hanover, I traveled with a few musicians to Vienna to interview our Music Director Designate, Manfred Honeck. PSO Director of Corporate Support Lizz Helmsen and I took a 9:00 am taxi to the Hanover airport, where I had much trepidation about the weight […]

Feb 01 2008

Auf Wiedersehen, Hanover

Congress Centrum Leaving Cologne, Carnival and the Rhine behind, we were on the bus at 10:00 am for a four-hour ride to the northwest, destination Hanover. The ride was smooth, with a gray sky and some breaks among the clouds. Construction delays added some time and we arrived 45 minutes late at 2:30. Principal Cellist […]

Feb 01 2008

Video montage #1

Here’s some Pittsburgh Symphony Tour footage from Spain and Amsterdam. View as: Windows Media video (17MB WMV) OR QuickTime video (10MB QuickTime)