Aug 26 2011
I just came from the Pittsburgh Symphony’s rehearsal with Anne-Sophie Mutter, who was relaxed and magisterial in the morning session with Music Director Manfred Honeck. A reporter from one of the German national networks – 3sat, I believe – was on the scene asking about the fact that the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh are touring at the same time. The European press want to know why Philadelphia is bankrupt and Pittsburgh solvent.
I spoke with the founder of the Rheingau Festival, Michael Hermann, who was extremely cheerful about having Pittsburgh back at the end of a very successful festival summer. Larry Tamburri, the orchestra’s President and CEO, seemed well rested. He told me they are grateful to the tour sponsors BNY Mellon, LANXESS Corporation, and the Hillman Endowment, among others, who are covering the roughly $2 million cost.
Walking back to the hotel, I investigated a Meissen porcelain shop – the organization founded in 1710 in Germany. They seem to have updated their marketing efforts with a poster of a young woman who is inviting you to share a cup of tea while wearing her bathrobe. What’s in the tea leaves for the Pittsburgh Symphony? Stay tuned to this blog!