Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour
Jim presents highlights from the concert at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Germany, where the PSO played Gershwin, Stucky and Tchaikovsky. Jim meets Thomas Brand, a BNY Mellon regional manager. Violinist Rui-Tong Wang and her husband Joe Block tell the story of their son's baptism last week in Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral, where Mozart was married and buried.
The PSO performed at one of Germany's largest concert halls, in Frankfurt. Jim Cunningham reports on the concert with Principal Bass Trombonist Murray Crewe, violin soloist Nikolaj Znaider who played the Sibelius concerto and then sat in the orchestra's violin section to play Dvorak's "New World" Symphony. Orchestra members hail Principal Hornist Bill Caballero with a hearty "Happy Birthday" in Frankfurt.
Jim Cunningham reports from Stuttgart where he talked with members of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, which is using the PSO's music to seed interest in international business involving companies based in the Pittsburgh region.
Jim Cunningham reports live on the concert at the Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany, and Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh gives his perspective.
In the shadow of Cologne's famous cathedral, the PSO played at the adjacenent Philharmonie. Jim Cunningham has highlights from Steven Stucky's Silent Spring (on the composer's birthday), Nikolaj Znaider's Bach encore, Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek's cadenza in Khatchaturian's Maskarade, and Principal English Horn Harold Smoliar's "Goin' Home" solo in Dvorak's New World Symphony. Jim talks backstage with Lanxess USA's CEO Flemming Bjornslev, and VP of Communications Terri Fitzpatrick.
After a concert in Germany's financial capital, Jim Cunningham reports on the PSO's one day in Frankfurt. PSO Resident Conductor Lawernce Loh talks about his role on tour, assisting Manfred Honeck in last week's recording and playback sessions at the Musikverein in Vienna.
From a train speeding between Paris and Cologne, Jijm Cunningham reports on the orchestra's concert and day off in Paris. Clarinetist Jack Howell, a member of the Renaissance City Winds, is on this tour. Before a break in mobile phone coverage ends the call, he talks about the clarinet section's visit to the Selmer showroom in Paris.