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 Live Report from Heathrow! - Sep 2, 2017

After a delayed flight from Austria - WQED-FM's Jim Cunnigham checks in from the passport line at Heathrow Airport in London!   We hear from the Grafenegg Festival Artistic Director Rudolf Buchbinder, as well as from Manfred Honeck and his brother Rainer, who was the soloist in the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in the Orchestra's Friday night Grafenegg Festival concert.   

On the bus to Rehearsal - Sep 1, 2017

Jim Cunningham checks in on the way to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's rehearsal at Grafenegg.  He talks to some members of the orchestra and you'll also hear baritone Matthias Goerne talk about working with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

The Final Night in Grafenegg - Sep 1, 2017

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra played their 2nd and final concert at the Grafenegg Festival with a program featuring John Adams' Lollapolooza, Mahler's Symphony No. 1 and Mozart's 3rd Violin Concerto with Manfred Honeck's brother Rainer as soloist.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham gives a recap of the concert.   Plus, you'll hear from Music Director Manfred Honeck who talks about performing at the Grafenegg Festival and enthusiastic response from concertgoers and the press.

Morning Report from Grafenegg Austria - Aug 31, 2017

A busy day for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they traveled by bus from Salzburg to Grafenegg today.  And tonight they'll perform at the Grafenegg Festival in a concert featuring works by Mahler, Beethoven and Dvorak.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham reports live from the Austrian city to talk about the days plans.  Plus, you'll hear from some members of the PSO Brass section from Salzburg who talk about their Salzberg Festival performance.   

Post Concert reaction from Grafenegg - Aug 31, 2017

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham was having a dinner with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck - but found enough time to slip out and call in with a report of the first of two concerts from Grafenegg.  He was joined by the COO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Christian Schornich, along with Principal Oboist, Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida.   

A Day Off in Salzburg - Aug 30, 2017

It's a day off for the  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Salzburg.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham calls in live to Anna Singer to talk about last night's concert which concluded the Salzburg Festival.   Manfred Honeck talks about the concert and the tour so far.  And cellist Allie Thompson talks about playing next to a casino in Wiesbaden and what she's looking forward to on the rest of the tour.



An Evening Report from Salzburg - Aug 30, 2017

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham calls in to Bryan Sejvar to discuss what he did on an orchestra day off in Salzburg.  You also hear from Violist Stephanie Tretick about performing at the Salzburg Festival and how her favorite place to visit in cities is.....a hardware store!!!  

Morning Report from Salzburg Austria - Aug 29, 2017

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is in Salzburg to close out the Salzburg Festival.  Jim Cunningham calls in live to Anna Singer to talk about the city and their concert that evening.  You'll also from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra President and CEO, Melia Tourangeau who talks about the various tour stops and how the Orchestra is representing Pittsburgh in the European cities.

A Post Concert Report from Salzburg - Aug 29, 2017

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham checks in with Bryan Sejvar to report on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's performance in Salzburg to close out the Salzburg Festival.  Jim chats with trombonist James Nova to get his impressions of the concert and the tour so far.


Morning Report from Wiesbaden Germany - Aug 28, 2017

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has arrived in Germany safe and sound to begin their European Festivals Tour.  Jim Cunningham calls in live from Wiesbaden with his first report of the tour.   He talks about the first rehearsal and the German city.  We also hear from some members who went for a run in the streets of Wiesbaden to train for a musicians run planned for Pittsburgh in September.