22-year-old Chinese violinist Xiang Yu makes his PSO debut in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto #2. He talks about Prokofiev, winning the 2010 Menuhin competition, and his journey from Inner Mongolia to Beijing to Boston, where he studies with Donald Weilerstein. Xiang Yu mentions his extramusical activities, such as swimming, and coaches Jim Cunningham in some basic Mandarin phrases.
Former Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Andres Cardenes gives his only local recital of the year at Chatham University at 2:00 pm on Oct. 22 to benefit the Oakland Girls Choir, of which his daughter, Isabel, is a member. He talks about the choir, building a recital program, his recording projects, students at CMU, and more.
Robert Morris University's Dr. Connie Ruzich recaps remarks by historian and biographer Ron Chernow, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for his latest book, "Washington: A Life." Chernow has profiled the lives of financial titans such as J.P. Morgan, The Warburgs, John D. Rockefeller, and Alexander Hamilton, earning him the National Book Award among other honors.
In a busy downtown restaurant, Pittsburgh Symphony Pops music director Marvin Hamlisch talks with Jim Cunningham about his travels to Africa and Europe, how he's winning his personal "battle of the bulge," highlights of the 2011-2012 PSO Pops season, the new sound system in Heinz Hall, special Gershwin-related surprises this season, and the need for subscriptions to keep the pops going.
A trusted voice on the history of business and politics, distinguished historian Ron Chernow has profiled the lives of financial titans such as J.P. Morgan, The Warburgs, John D. Rockefeller, and Alexander Hamilton, earning him the National Book Award among other honors. His most recent work,Washington: A Life, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2011.
Viennese pianist joins the PSO on opening night in Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, just two weeks after the orchestra played two concerts at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, where Buchbinder is the founding director. Buchbinder talks about his esteem for the Gershwin concerto, the concept behind the Grafenegg Festival, his many Beethoven recordings, and his passion for movies, art, and his 540-horsepower Maybach luxury sedan.