Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour
The PSO returns to Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, where guest violinist Hilary Hahn explains the "guinea pig" effect in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto #1. Jim Cunningham gathers comments from NY Philharmonic President Zarin Mehta, PSO Composer of the Year Steven Stucky, violinist Christopher Wu, PSO VP of Artistic Planning Bob Moir, and Music Director Manfred Honeck.
At the Tilles Center, Jim Cunningham talks with Noel Zahler, former head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, now dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. He also meets the longtime director of the Tilles Center, George Lindsay, and PSO principal players Jeffrey Turner, bass, and George Vosburgh, trumpet.
Jim Cunningham visits Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, who has invited the PSO back in 2014, and has the Berlin Philharmonic on stage this weekend. Jim Also meets Berlin violinist Stanley Dodd. PSO tour guest violinist Hilary Hahn talks about her connection to Prokofiev's Concerto #1, and about rehearsing at WQED's TV Studio A.
Jim Cunningham checks in from midtown Manhattan as the Pittsburgh Symphony packs up from rehearsals at WQED's Studio A to fly to Lincoln Center. Manfred Honeck lloks forward to bringing Steven Stucky's "Silent Spring" to the Big Apple, PSO President & CEO Jim Wilkinson talks about the importance of touring, and we hear from Sarah Willis, a member of the Berlin Philharmonic horn section, about conductor Simon Rattle, who leads a Bruckner symphony in Saturday's Berlin Philharmonic concert at Carnegie Hall.
Jim Cunningham reports on ceremonies at the town hall in Berlin to commemorate the 10th anniverary of the 9/11 attacks with music from Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, and the final concert of the PSO's 2011 European Festivals tour at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Jim talks with composer Wolfgang Rihm, Berlin Philharmonic hornist Sarah Willis, and PSO Vice President of Artistic Planning, Robert Moir.
Jim Cunningham's second report from the Beethovenfest in Bonn includes an interview with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; Stephan Braunfels, the son of composer Walter Braunfels, PSO violist Joen Vasquez, and retiring PSO violist Isaias Zelkowicz.
On the train from Paris, Jim phones in a report about the PSO musicians' activities on their day off after a concert the Salle Pleyel. Principal Oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida talks with QED's Anna Singer about buying a new instrument, and ... (cell phone loses signal). We hear a replay from yesterday Jim's day roaming about Paris.
The Pittsburgh Symphony played the opening concert of the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. There were speeches, dignitaries, TV cameras, and QED's Jim Cunningham. Former PSO Board President Tom Todd compares the performances he's witnessed on this tour, and describes some of tonight's events.
Jim talks with Pittsburgh Symphony tour guest pianst Helene Grimaud, whose extramusical interests include wolf conservation and writing books. Jim also gives a glimpse of his exploration of the Left Bank in Paris. Check the PSO Tour Blog for details.
The PSO returned to the Salle Pleyel in Paris with pianist Helene Grimaud. Jim Cunningham talks with Laurent Bayle, who manages the Salle Pleyel, PSO supporters Helge, Erika, and Julia Wehmeier, board member Frances DeBroff, European BNY Mellon European Chairman Michael Cole-Fontayn, and recent Pittsburgh Opera guest conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud.