Jim Cunningham phones in from Grinzing, on the outskirts of Vienna, site of Schubert's birthplace and Mahler's grave. Jim summarizes some reviews of the PSO's tour concerts. PSO Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong takes the phone to talk about staff conductors' duties on tour, and describes the outdoor venue for the orchestra's second concert at the Grafenegg Festival.
Jim Cunningham arrives in Grafenegg with the PSO, and puts Ulrike Niehoff, the Grafenegg Festival's Director of Artistic Administration, on the phone with QED's Anna Singer to talkabout the festival's history and roster of artists.
Grafenegg came out in modern and traditional Austrian finery for the Pittsburgh Symphony's debut at the Grafenegg Festival. Jim reports on the concert with Anne-Sophie Mutter and is joined by Principal English Horn Harold Smoliar, who welcomes a new family member with the PSO on this tour.
Jim Cunningham meets the PSO's new Principal Timpanist, Edward Stephan, a Pittsburgh-area native who is living his dream by perfoming with the orchestra he's admired since childhood. Traveling with a folding bicycle, Ed talks about his past involvement in competitive cycling.
Jim Cunningham joins PSO Principal Oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, the orchestra's new Principal Flute, Lorna McGhee, and Vienna Symphony oboist Peter Schreiber for a trip to Eisenstadt, the winter palace of Prince Esterhazy, where Haydn composed and performed many symphonies for the court. Hear about Haydn's home, his wig, and how Haydn lost his head. And get to know Scottish-born Lorna McGhee.
After the PSO's Lithuanian debut in Vilnius, Jim Cunningham talks with Lituanian National Opera and Ballet Theater translator Laura Karnaviciute about working with great artists, and her memories of the 1991 Soviet takeover in Vilnius. Jim also learns basic Lithiuanian phrases. Anne Hall, from the US embassy, talks about the strong US-Baltic ties.We also hear excerpts of Rihm's Lichtes Spiel, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony #5.