Edward Leonard directs the Pittsburgh Philharmonic in Sibelius Finlandia with the Warlock Capriol Suite involving dancers from Laroche College plus Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds and Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner- Enoch Hsiao plays the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2. March 24th and 25th. Board Chair Carolyn Carlins plays violin in the Philharmonic and provides commentary on the plan from the players view.
Locarno Switzerland born pianist Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He shares his first impressions of the orchestra and the city, talks about the Dvorak Piano Concerto which is rarely played because of it’s difficulty, reveals what he is reading (Baudelaire!), whether he hears Swiss cowbells at dawn, playing the alphorn, suggests that Swiss cheese is a national treasure, describes working with Manfred Honeck, Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia and much more.
Maestro Steve Hackman conducts a mashup of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and music by the international hip hop and rap superstar Drake at Heinz Hall March 22 with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He tells us about his pop music and symphonic music Fuse concerts with spreading interest to Europe and around the US, his work in LA and Pittsburgh.
Belle Voci presents a concert on Saturday March 11th, 7:30pm at the Pentacostal Temple Church of God in Christ in East Liberty. The concert is titled "Lift Every Voice and Sing." WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham chats with conductor Craig Cannon about the concert.
Resonance Works presents "Side by Side by Sondheim" this weekend at Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom. WQED-FM's Anna Singer talks to some of the artists involved in the concerts.
Clem Rolin, Music Director and flutist Jamie Kasper reveal the delights of the West Hills Symphonic Band 50th Anniversary concert. The Gala Concert occurs at the original venue, Montour High School on Sunday March 5, 2017 at 3:00pm. West Hills is the oldest community symphonic band in the Pittsburgh area.
Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Music Director Susan Medley takes through "Music of War and Peace" - a concert of music that highlights the trials of war and the uplifting transcendence of peace, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Ingomar United Methodist Church. PCC’s concert features Richard Buchard’s “O vos omnes”, Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Around Me (a setting of four Walt Whitman Civil War Poems) and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time of War
The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony gives a free concert with two concertos featuring Pittsburgh Symphony members as soloist. George Vosburgh plays the Haydn Trumpet Concerto and and Michael Lippman plays the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto with Don Juan by Richard Strauss all conducted by Francesco Lecce Chong. Craig Johnson Executive Director and soloist Michael Lippman joined the Maestro to preview the concert.
Lahav Shani, 27 year old Israel born conductor and soon to be Chief at the Rotterdam Philharmonic, discusses his Heinz Hall debut with Kurt Weill’s Second Symphony, Charles Ives’ Unanswered Question, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Jon Kimura Parker and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances. He describes his work with Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim and recalls his recent concert where played the piano, conducted the orchestra and played the bass on the same program. His favorite book, movie, breakfast treat and sport are revealed too.
Junajo Mena conducts Debussy, Ginastera, and Manuel de Falla. Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Bassoon Nancy Goeres performs Pictures from the Floating World by David Ludwig.