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.
An avid believer in the "republic of the imagination," her best known book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, spent 117 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List, and has been translated into 32 languages. It paints a vivid portrait of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and its effect on Nafisi as a secular woman and university professor, and its effect on her students.
Guest pianist Lars Vogt talks about Mozart's least-played piano concerto, No. 16, which he performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck. Vogt, who resides in Berlin, talks about his work with Honeck and another of his favorite conductors, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle.
Baritone Thomas Hampson joins the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck in Brahms' beloved A German Requiem paired with Dvorak's seldom-heard Biblical songs. Hampson describes the similarity of approach by both composers and the interesting companions these two works make.