Jim Cunningham talks with Principal Piccolo Rhian Kenny and violinist Christopher Wu about their journeys to Wiesbaden. Rhian stopped to visit friends in Frankfurt, Chris came through Washington, DC where the airport was briefly closed due to the earthquake. Ted Sohier asks Jim about his record shopping and pastry hunting during the orchestra's day off in Germany.
Jim Cunningham and the Pittsburgh Symphony arrive sleep-deprived and jet-lagged in Wiesbaden, Germany, to begin a 3-week European Festivals Tour. Jim shares some PSO news items gleaned on the long overnight trip.
On the first night in Europe of the PSO's tour, Jim Cunningham reports on a concert in the hall in Weisbaden, Germany where the orchestra will play on Friday night. He's joined by Kathleen and Bill Caballero: she, a cellist with the Pittsburgh Opera helping to fill out the orchestra for the Mahler 5; he, the PSO's great Principal Horn, who considers compares the challenges of the Tchaikovsky and Mahler Fifths.
Every summer since 1992, Carolyn Benton has played the carillon of Chautauqua Institution's iconic lakeside Miller Bell Tower. Modeled after the classic north-Italian campanile, the 75-foot-tall brick tower marks the hours, and will play for its own centennial on August 2, 2011. QED's Stephen Baum met Carolyn Benton before a noon performance.
French film composer Alexandre Desplat burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2003 with his score for "The Girl with the Pearl Earring." His filomography includes "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Julie and Julia," "Twilight: New Moon," and "The King's Speech." His current releases are the box-office record-breaker "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," and Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, "The Tree of Life." QED 89.3 producer Amanda Iannuzzi talks with Alexandre Desplat.
For July 22 & 23, the theme is "In the Wake." Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Artistic Director Kevin Noe has solicited photographs of deceased loved ones to use in the staging of this concert, whose music, lighting, and sound design will evoke the complex and sometimes incongruous emotions surrounding the loss of someone special.