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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A Review of the Frankfurt Concert - October 27, 2019 - Oct 28, 2019

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with PSO Principal Tuba Craig Knox, who hopes to catch up with the premiere tuba maker on this tour.  Micah Wilkison remembers seeing the PSO perform in Berlin and hoping one day he'd be on that stage performing with the PSO....a dream coming true on this tour.  Jim also talks with Timo Buckow, Programmer for the Rheingau Music Festival, who talks about his admiration of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Finally, he chats with Dr. Thomas Martin Salb, Program Director of ARTE TV, who gives Jim his impressions on the first half of the Frankfurt concert.  



A Day in Hannover - October 28, 2019 - Oct 28, 2019

Violinist Lorien Benet Hart joins WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham in this report in Hannover, Germany.  Lorien talks about tonight's concert with Igor Levit playing the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22. She also talks about the experience of playing at the Elbphilharmonie on Saturday night.  



Violist Penny Brill in Hannover - October 28, 2019 - Oct 28, 2019

Violist Penny Brill joined WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham after tonight's concert at the Kuupelsaal in Hannover, Germany.  Penny gives her thoughts on playing the Brucker Symphony No. 9 as a touring piece; what parts of the city she has visited; and what her daughters are up to.  



A Chat with James Rodgers - October 26, 2019 - Oct 26, 2019

Just before the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra took the stage at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, Jim Cunningham had a conversation with Principal Contrabassoon James Rodgers.  They gave a description of walking along the Elb River; seeing the area where the Beatles played; the performance last night with Igor Levit in Frankfurt; and what he's looking forward to at tonight's concert in Hamburg.  



A Conversation with Neal Berntsen - October 25, 2019 - Oct 25, 2019

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham caught up with trumpet Neal Berntsen outside the Alte Oper Frankfurt, a few hours before the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra took the stage to kick off their European tour.  Neal talks about the hall, the repertoire on the tour, and his traditional dinner he had last night.   Jim also has a chat with violinist Josefina Vergara of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, who is performing with the PSO on this tour.   



First Concert in the Books - October 25, 2019 - Oct 25, 2019

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham checks in moments after the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concluded it's first concert of their 2019 European Tour.  Jim spoke with violinist Dylan Naroff who is filling in with the violin section.  Dylan talks about his teacher, performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the enthusiastic crowd reaction to their concert tonight and much more.



Day off in Frankfurt - October 24, 2019 - Oct 25, 2019

The Symphony enjoyed a day off in Frankfurt before their concert on Friday October 25th.  Jim Cunningham had a chance to get some general thoughts on the tour from Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Melia Tourangeau.  He also talked to pianist Igor Levit and Music Director Manfred Honeck about why the Mozart Piano Concerto 22 and Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini were chosen for the tour.



Arrival in Frankfurt - October 24, 2019 - Oct 24, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has arrived in Frankfurt and has a day off to get over jet lag!   WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham checks in with Anna Singer for his first tour report.  He also spoke with tumpeter Chad Winkler to talk about the city of Frankfurt, the trumpets he'll use on the tour, and what cities he's looking forward to visiting on the tour.

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.