Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour

Jim Cunningham reports daily at 8:30 am and 5:30 pm from the PSO's domestic and international tours.

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The Last Day of the Tour - Sep 8, 2017

It's the final day of the European Festivals Tour for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.   WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham checks in to talk about spending the day in Bucharest, reaction from last night's concert, and gives a preview of tonight's final tour concert.   You'll also hear from cellist Mikhail Istomin and Principal Trombone Peter Sullivan.  

A Final Tour Report - Sep 8, 2017

Well, it's over.  The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concluded their European Festivals Tour tonight in Bucharest - the 2nd of 2 concerts.   WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham checked in moments after the concert ended to give a final recap of the concert and the tour.  He chatted with Music Director Manfred Honeck, PSO President and CEO Melia Tourangeau, patrons the Squires, and composer James MacMillan, who composed a work for the PSO to celebrated Manfred Honeck's 10th Anniversary with the PSO.   Plus some hear musical highlights from tonights concert in Bucharest.  

A Travel Day to Bucharest - Sep 7, 2017

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra traveled to Bucharest today, where they will perform a concert tonight of Dvorak, Mahler and Tchaikovsky.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham was in flight, so he was unable to call in at 8:30am.  But our own Anna Singer played some interview clips from violist Tatjana Mead Chamis and tympanist Ed Stephan prior to their Lucerne Festival concert.   

Post Concert in Bucharest - Sep 7, 2017

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham checks in after the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's concert in Bucharest.  The concert actually started late because of the orchestra's flight being delayed leaving Lucerne.  You'll also hear from some concertgoer reaction to the orhcestra's Lucerne Festival concert.   

A Chat with Micah Howard in Lucerne - Sep 6, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bass Micah Howard joined WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham on this morning's tour report.   Micah talks about the tour so far and about the being in the city of Lucerne.   You can also hear an encore by the orchestra from the BBC Proms concert.   

Reaction from the Lucerne Festival Concert - Sep 6, 2017

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham calls in from a post-concert reception in Lucerne after the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's performance at the Lucerne Festival.  He is joined by Manfred Honeck's Manager, Lothar Schacke, who talks about the concert in Lucerne and how he first got to know Maestro Honeck.  

Leaving for Lucerne - Sep 5, 2017

After a successful concert at the BBC Proms, WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham checks in with Anna Singer from Heathrow Airport.   The orchestra was getting ready to board a flight to Lucerne.   Jim talks about the BBC Proms concert and Principal Bass Jeffrey Turner stopped by to chat about the tour.  Plus, Anne Sophie Mutter talks about her BBC Proms performance of the Dvorak Violin Concerto, and hear the finale of the Mahler Symphony No. 1 with the Pittsburgh Symphony, as heard on the BBC radio broadcast.