Jim Cunnningham files his first report from the Pittsburgh Symphony's 2010 European Tour.
Horn players Zachary Smith and Robert Rydell recount their arrival day activities and look ahead to the horns' high points on this European tour which begins with a concert in Basel on Saturday, May 15.
Classical QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham and PSO brass players visit the Trumpet Museum in Bad Säckingen, Germany. Founder and trumpeter Edward Tarr was a pioneer in the revival of Renaissance brass music. Housed in a castle, the museum features historic instruments, and Tarr himself provides some trumpet history and lore.
Violinist Hilary Hahn gives an insider's view of the Sibelius Vioin Concerto. She talks about appearing on one of Conan O'Brien's final Tonight shows, cooking on the road, upcoming CDs, and her work with last week's PSO soloist Valentina Lisitsa.
On the occasion of his final visit as PSO Composer of the Year, Richard Danielpour talks about "Rocking the Cradle," his orchestral response to the sacrifice of war. He talks about his inspiration, the individual movements, his use of Tibetan bowls in the percussion, and his amazement at Manfred Honeck's intuitive understanding of this work.
Dr. Connie Ruzich from Robert Morris University summarizes the remarks of Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea," who talked about his campaign of building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and his role as an advisor to governments in dealing with this troubled part of the world.