English violinist Nicola Benedetti returns to Heinz Hall to play the Tchaikovsky concerto, She talks about why she and audiences never tire of this piece, recalls her unforgettable first performance of the concerto, and about her latest CD, The Silver Violin, which takes Erich Wolfgang Korngold's music from the golden age of Hollywood as its inspiration.
Ted Sohier reports after the final concert of the tour to a standing-room only audience. Earlier in the day, General Director James Gourlay coached young Italian band students, much as he does on tours in the USA.
Ted Sohier reflects on the visit to Rome, as the River City Brass heads for the final stop on its tour of Italy. He describes the daring way motorcycle and scooter riders weave through traffic, and lets us listen to a guest vocalist who sat in with the band from Pittsburgh. Some River City Brass players returned the favor by sitting in with her student band.
Meet American maestro Kazem Abdullah, making his Pittsburgh Symphony debut with works by Brahms, Hindemith, and Tchaikovsky. Coming from a non-musical midwestern family, Abdullah pursued a dual career as a clarinetist and conductor. He has completed his first year as General Music Director in Aachen, Germany, where legendary conductors Herbert von Karajan and Wolfgang Sawallisch previously held the job. He is an avid gardener in Aachen where his lemon tree, a gift, just bore its first fruit.
Ted Sohier reports on the morning after Pittsburgh's River City Brass inaugurated a new auditorium in a former slaughterhouse. Band members got a brief opportunity for sightseeing before boarding the bus to their Thursday night concert venue. Band member Sam Bucigrossi recounts his visit earlier this week to his family's ancestral home, an area that has a number of familiar Italian surnames to Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
WQED-FM's Ted Sohier and the band have arrived in Rome for a concert in a new auditorium. Ted recorded last night's concert in Teramo, Italy and shares some hightlights.