The PSO impresses at the Oriental Arts Center. Jim Cunningham brings highlights of the concert. Bass Jeff Grubbs finds his favorite Shanghai tea shop, musicians take a Short Ride in a 270 MPH Maglev train, and ponder the appeal of Hello Kitty®.
An impression of the PSO's concert from one of China's few full-time music critics, and comments from Heidi Gorton, who returned to Beijing to perform with her PSO parents Gretchen Van Hoesen and James Gorton; PSO violinist and China Central Conservatory professor Hong-Guang Jia; and Concertmaster Andres Cardenes.
Manfred Honeck led the PSO Saturday night in the sprawling and completely sold-out Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. Jim Cunningham caught up with principal cellist Anne Martindale Williams, violinist Christopher Wu, and bassist David Premo after a concert which literally began with great fanfare.
After the first concert, Jim Cunningham shares conversations with Principal Bassonist Nancy Goeres, who speaks a little Mandarin; US Vice Consul and former Pittsburgher Mike Quigley with his wife Tetsuko; and US chargé d'affaires Daniel Piccuta from New Castle, PA.
PSO Concertmaster Andres Cardenes talks about the audience at the orchestra's second concert in "The Egg." They clapped along with Brahms, long after some confusion at the start of the concert. Violist Meng Wang reunited with friends in his native China.
The first rehearsal on its Asian tour took place at China's National Concert Hall in Beijing. Jim Cunningham met tour organizer Doug Sheldon of Columbia Artists, and got an inside view of rehearsal from Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh.