Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour

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

Check out Jim's tour blog!

Filter by year: Go

A Report from Brussels - November 7, 2019 - Nov 8, 2019

Jim Cunningham caught up with some musicians and audience members from the concerts in Munich and Paris.  First he speaks with Principal Horn William Caballero and Principal Oboe Cynthia Koleda DeAlmeida in Munich to get their thoughts on the tour and the hall in Munich.  He then spoke with Dr. James Duggan, who's taken in several concerts on this tour.   Jim also spoke with Ulrich Hauschild, the Director of Music for the Bozar Centre in Brussels.  Finally, he interviewed several students from the American University of Paris, who saw the Orchestra perform at the Philharmonie.  

Dusseldorf, Germany - November 8, 2019 - Nov 8, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra just arrived in Dusseldorf, Germany when Jim Cunningham called in with his morning report.  The Orchestra performs the final concert from this long European Cities tour tonight at the Tonhalle.  Jim managed to chat with Principal Flute Lorna McGhee in the hotel lobby just as the musicians arrived.   Lorna spoke about the concert last night in Brussels and what she hopes to do today in Dusseldorf.

The Tour Finale in Dusseldorf - November 8, 2019 - Nov 8, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performed the final concert on this 2019 European Cities tour tonight in Dussldorf, Germany.  Manfred Honeck conducted Mason Bates' Ruserrexit and the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.  Igor Levit performed the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22.  After the concert, Jim Cunningham talked to Principal Trombonist Peter Sullivan, trombonist Jim Albrecht and violinist Jennifer Orchard in the hotel lobby.  Peter talks about sounds from the various concert halls on this tour, and Jennifer talks about getting around the cities on scooters.  Jim wraps up this final tour report with sincere thanks to everyone who made this tour possible, including Botkin Family Wealth Management, Thiel College, and the members of WQED-FM.  

Rhian Kenny in Brussels - November 7, 2019 - Nov 7, 2019

Jim Cunningham managed to catch Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Piccolo Rhian Kenny and her daughter in the lobby of their Brussels hotel.    Rhian talked about the concert they'll perform tonight at the Bozar Centre; the audience reactions to the Mason Bates piece; and what sightseeing they've done in Brussels.   

On the Bus to Brussels - November 6, 2019 - Nov 6, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony is in the home stretch of their 2019 European Cities tour.  After performing in Paris last night, the orchestra was traveling by bus to Brussels where they'll perform on Thursday night.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham called in and spoke with Robert Lauver, horn and Stephen Kostyniak, Associate Principal horn.  They talked about last night's concert in Paris - their debut at the new Philharmonie.  They spoke about having the audience surround them while they play and the size of the new building. 

An Evening in Brussels - November 6, 2019 - Nov 6, 2019

The members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra arrived safe and sound in Brussels, after their 5 hour bus ride from Paris.  Thursday night, the orchestra performs their next to last concert of this tour at the Bozar Centre for the Fine Arts with music of MacMillan, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff.  In this tour report Jim Cunningham spoke with violinists Alison Fujito and Ken Johnston about last night's concert in Paris; the hall; and what makes Matthias Goerne, who sang Lieder of Schubert and Strauss, such a special artist.

The PSO in Paris - November 5, 2019 - Nov 5, 2019

The Orchestra just arrived in Paris when Jim Cunningham filed his morning report.  He spoke with violinist Mark Huggins and horn Joseph Rounds about being in Paris, their excitement to play in the new hall there and their thoughts on the previous night's concert at the Concertgebouw.