Jim Cunningham talks with percussionist Brandon Schantz after the first rehearsal of the tour, plays a snippet with Anne-Sophie Mutter rehearsing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and chats with Michael Hermann, founder of the Rheingau Musik Festival. You'll also hear a clip of the young French orchestra, Les Siecles, playing Liszt's Dante Symphony from last night at the Kurhaus.
Jim Cunningham reports on the first performance of the PSO's 2011 European Festivals Tour at the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Germany. Principal Contrabassoon James Rodgers drops by after a visit to the top-secret Heckel bassoon factory. Ted Sohier in Pittsburgh tries to pry loose tricks of the trade anyway but like a great bassoonist, Rodgers is tight-lipped.
The musicians' instruments have arrived and the players have a leisurely day to banish jet lag. Jim Cunningham checks in with PSO members Anne Martindale Williams, Isaias Zelkowicz, and Mikhail Istomin who encountered an old friend, conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev, in the hotel elevator. Fedoseyev conducted the Tchaikovsky Orchestra of Moscow at the Rheingau Musik Festival, which features the PSO on Friday.
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.