Actor and Pittsburgh native F. Murray Abraham, who played the role of Salieri in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus, will narrate Manfred Honeck's dramatic presentation of Mozart's Requiem. Mr. Abraham talks about his Pittsburgh roots, the music and letters in this production of the Requiem, his concurrent roles in the enduring 1983 films Amadeus and Scarface, and of course, speaks passionately about music.
Artistic Director Thomas Douglas talks about the first concerts of the Bach Choir's "Time Voyagers" season, including the Pittsburgh premiere of "Alzheimer's Stories" by Robert S. Cohen. Other works on the program for October 13 & 14, 2012 include Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" on texts by Walt Whitman, Rachmaninoff's famous Vocalise, and two pieces by Diane Benjamin.
Principal Guest Conductor talks about conducting the PSO in the orchestral world premiere of Scott Eyerly's "Arlington Sons," written for father-and-son singers David and Robert Pittsinger, inspired by a Pittsinger patriarch's service guarding the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington Cemetery. Slatkin also talks about Olga Kern's special gift with Rachmaninoff's piano Concerto #3, the Symphony #3 by American composer William Schuman, and Slatkin's newly-published book, "Conducting Business."
Met opera bass-baritone David Pittsinger commissioned Scott Eyerly to write a piece for David and his son Richard, a boy soprano who also has an international career. The Pittsingers talk about Eyerly's "Arlington Sons" which they perform in the work's orchestral premiere with the PSO. It honors David's grandfather, a guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The two singers talk about their careers, in David's case including a long assocition with Pittsburgh Opera and its former General Director Tito Capobianco.
They'll be painting the town, Oct. 1-7, during the first-ever Plein Air Mt. Lebanon, an event that turns outdoor art into a spectator sport with two dozen professional artists, prizes, and a "paint-out" open to the general public with celebrity participants. Local architectural illustrator and watercolorist David Csont explains how the week will unfold and how you can watch or get involved.
Baritone Thomas Hampson talks about some magnificent but obscure songs by Richard Strauss that he'll sing with the PSO on the season's opening weekend. Hampson also talks about his concert with the Israel Philharmonic at Salzburg, and his forays into the world of Twitter and iPad apps, including golf and news apps -- as well as the Thomas Hampson app. With the fall season ahead, he talks about sensible tips to avoid colds and keep his voice healthy.