Aug 25 2013

European Festivals Tour 2013

Published by at 11:27 am under PSO 2013 European Tour

After the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s summer in the great outdoors at Hartwood Acres and South Park, the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, and tribute concerts to Led Zeppelin and Jerry Garcia at Heinz Hall plus a week of intense rehearsals, the PSO goes truckin’ off to Paris on Monday, August 26th.

Many in the orchestra will take Delta’s nonstop Pittsburgh-to-Paris flight and then hop on over to Vienna for the first concerts at the Grafenegg Festival. There will be a live webcast from the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall on August 31st with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. The PSO will visit Bucharest in Romania for the first time, there will be two concerts at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, and visits to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Paris.

Tune in 89.3 FM and wqedfm.org at 8:30 in the morning and 5:30 in the afternoon for up-to-the minute reports and excerpts from the concerts. Follow wqedfm on Twitter and Facebook for much more after you’ve read the daily blog posts! My favorite part of the tour coverage is the photo gallery with hundreds of photos from the tour. If you miss the audio reports when they’re broadcast live, you can pick them up as audio on demand shortly thereafter.

I am hoping to visit the George Enescu Museum in Bucharest since the composer conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony at least twice, first in 1933 and again in 1936.

I promise lots of shots of café coffee, and record stores, too. Please feel free to send me a note on Facebook with any comments and corrections at either my personal account or Classical WQED FM 89.3. I am always sleep-deprived and prone to fits of fancy in the middle of the night.

Thanks for joining me. I hope you enjoy the ride!