At the Musikverein, Jim Cunningham interviews Pittsburgh Opera favorite Laura Claycomb, who joined the tour and Mahler 2nd Symphony recording sessions on short notice, as did noted bassoonist Milan Turkovic, who lends a hand for the recording. Jim also visits a restaurant where Beethoven ate (and lived), and attends a Honeck family gathering where daughter Anna Maria sang a song by the late PSO Pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch.
The Pittsburgh Symphony's first concert in Vienna's Musikverein coincides with a modern music festival. The PSO offered the Vienna premiere of "Silent Spring" by American composer Steven Stucky, who talked with QED's Jim Cunningham. Jim also speaks with Manfred Honeck's son Joachim, and mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger who is featured on this tour with the PSO in Mahler's Symphony #2 "Resurrection."
QED's Jim Cunningham talks with retired PSO oboist James Gorton, who was drafted to play on short notice. Jim also interviews Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, a noted Beethoven specialist who heads the prestigious summertime Grafenegg Festival, which featured the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestar last year. He's become a champion of Gershwin's Concerto in F, which he performed with the PSO at the Musikverein on Monday night.
After the Pittsburgh Symphony's second concert in Madrid, Jim Cunningham reports on the concerts there. He interviews Pittsburghers following the orchestra from Barcelona to Madrid, concert presenter Alfonso Aijon, choral director Josep Vila i Casanas, organist Larry Allen and PSO oboist Scott Bell.
Austrian pianist and director of the Grafenegg Festival joined the PSO in the first concert of the orchestra's week-long residency at the famed Musikverein. Backstage after the concert QED's Jim Cunningham conducts live interviews with Ulrike Niehoff, Artistic Administrator at Grafenegg, and puts Ted Sohier on the phone with PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck and his son Joachim.
The first of two concerts in Madrid ran well past midnight. Jim Cunningham shares performance highlights and talks in the wee hours of the morning with PSO Principal Cellist Anne Martindale Williams, and security consultant Jim Dolan.