Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour
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.
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.
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.
After the concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Jim Cunningham phones in as the PSO oboist section and Catherine Greenbank of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra meet with the family of artisans from the manufacturer F. Lorée who make their instruments. We hear from Principal Oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Principal Horn Bill Caballero, and the owner of the F. Lorée factory.
Jim Cunningham captures audience reaction to the PSO's concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh is relaxed after recording Mahler's Symphony #2 in Vienna. Parisian concert presenter Emmanuel Hondre gives his assessment of the Salle Pleyel concert, and is pleased to be bringing the PSO back next season. German concert presenter Burkhard Glashoff said the audience in Paris was more enthusiastic than he usually sees. Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley talks about taking Steven Stucky's Silent Spring to Europe and his solo moments in the Mahler in Vienna.
Jim Cunningham reports on the PSO's final day off before the four final concerts in Germany and Luxembourg. In the hotel lobby, he catches maestro Manfred Honeck (who has caught a cold), and Princpal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen.
Jim's final report from the PSO's residency in Vienna includes conversations with Dr. Otto Biba, head of the archives at the Musikverein, and Dr. Thomas Angyan, the Intendant of the Gesellschaft at the Musikverein. Jim witnesses a protest at St. Stephen's, and talks with PSO patrons Tom and Jamee Todd, as well as PSO Timpanist Ed Stephan and principal percussionist Christopher Allen.
Jim Cunningham interviews Johannes Prinz, the director of the Vienna Singverein, who has known Manfred Honeck since their student days. Jim also gets reaction to the PSO's Mahler "Resurrection" Symphony from Helge Wehmeier, an underwriter of QED's tour coverage. We hear the PSO's Adam Liu and Penny Brill bringing music therapy to St. Anna's pediatric hospital, PSO Board Chair Richard Simmons saluting orchestra members after last night's concert, and the backstage brass group featured in Mahler's Second at the Musikverein.
PSO hornist Ronald Schneider received an email from "Ron Schneider." Suspecting spam, he opened it anyway, and discovered that it was from a notable pianist in Vienna who shares his name. They finally met in person, and QED's Jim Cunningham was there.