Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, who has recorded Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with four different orchestras including the PSO, returns in Mahler's Kindertotenlieder on the 100th anniversary of the composer's death. She talks about the challenges and joys of singing this deeply emotional song cycle.
Composer Joan Tower talks about her world-premiere piece, titled "Stroke," which was commissioned by the PSO. She describes how she incorporated a heartbeat and sequence of instrumental solos into music inspired by the stroke that left her brother half-paralyzed. She also comments on her uncommon fanfares, and some activities beyond her tenure as Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Yea.
New York-based tenor Joseph Gaines sings "Silent Noon" by Ralph Vaughan Williams with text by Dante Gabriel Rossetti at Classicial QED 89.3 in a preview of the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative's event "Illuminations: Music, Poetry, and Art" at Carnegie Lecture Hall on May 12 at 7:30. Info at pghsong.org.
Pittsburgh-based soprano Sari Gruber sings "Clair de lune" by Gabriel Fauré with text by Paul Verlaine at Classicial QED 89.3 in a preview of the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative's event "Illuminations: Music, Poetry, and Art" at Carnegie Lecture Hall on May 12 at 7:30. Info at pghsong.org.
PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin has championed David del Tredici's "Final Alice" since he witnessed the premiere. Slatkin describes unusual aspects: the enormous orchestra, Theremin, and soprano with megaphone. He also discusses Peter and the Wolf with text revised by Pittsburgh humorist Peter Leo, and the Detroit Symphony's new direction after a long and bitter strike.
Soprano Hila Plitmann talks about the unusual soprano part in David del Tredici's "Final Alice," based on "Alice in Wonderland," which reflects some aspects of the composer's personality. She talks about her work with film composer Hans Zimmer on "The DaVinci Code" and the upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." And her husband, choral composer Eric Whitacre comes up for discussion.