The prolific and award-winning Sir Salman Rushdie rocked the Muslim world with his book, The Satanic Verses, resulting in a fatwa from Ayatollah Khomeini. During his years under protective custody, he continued to write. His most recent award-winning work is Shalimar the Clown. Rushdie will appear Feb. 27, 2008 at Heinz Hall.
A preview of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "Forever Love," with Septime Webre's "Fluctuating Hemlines" and the world premiere of "Glint," by Point Park-trained choreographer Lauri Stallings, artist Christo Braun, and singer B. E. Taylor.
The PSO ends its 2008 European tour in Zagreb, Croatia. Jim reports on newspaper reviews, orchestra's health and mood, this tour's impact, future touring plans. Audio of Robert Radtke, Nikolai Lugansky, Beethoven, and Brahms.
From Budapest, after rhythmic applause for the PSO's debut in Bartok Hall at the city's new Palace of the Arts. Audio of Richard and Virginia Simmons, Larry Tamburri, Michael Langley.
On the bus to Zagreb, Jim reports on the Budpest concert with pianist Nikolai Lugansky. Audio of Brahms, Beethoven, Marek Janowski, Paul Silver, Gyorgy Lendval, rhythmic applause.
Jim describes the cultural scene in Hanover, Germany where Leonidas Kavakos and the PSO gave their final concert together on this tour. PSO health update. Anticipation for Vienna. Audio of Brahms, violin encore.