Archive for the 'PSO 2008 European Tour' Category

Feb 07 2008

Video montage #2

Scenes from Cologne and Vienna, and on the road to Budapest. View as: Windows Media video (19MB WMV) – OR – QuickTime video (10MB QuickTime)

Feb 05 2008

Budapest and Zagreb

Budapest’s Bela Bartok National Concert Hall is part of an overwhelming Palace of the Arts complex built just three years ago, with a National Theater and the Bartok Hall adjacent to one another. The Bartok is actually three halls, including the main concert hall for chamber music and other offerings. There are grand sweeping lobbies […]

Feb 05 2008

The Beautiful Blue Danube

The message light was blinking on the phone when I got back to the room. Everyone in the Symphony received a message that the Super Bowl would be projected on a big screen in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel. It was fun to watch Das Super Bowl in a German broadcast beginning at midnight. […]

Feb 03 2008

Manfred Honeck at home in Vienna

While the Pittsburgh Symphony enjoys a day off in Hanover, I traveled with a few musicians to Vienna to interview our Music Director Designate, Manfred Honeck. PSO Director of Corporate Support Lizz Helmsen and I took a 9:00 am taxi to the Hanover airport, where I had much trepidation about the weight of my suitcases. […]

Feb 01 2008

Auf Wiedersehen, Hanover

Leaving Cologne, Carnival and the Rhine behind, we were on the bus at 10:00 am for a four-hour ride to the northwest, destination Hanover. The ride was smooth, with a gray sky and some breaks among the clouds. Construction delays added some time and we arrived 45 minutes late at 2:30. Principal Cellist Anne Martindale […]

Feb 01 2008

Video montage #1

Here’s some Pittsburgh Symphony Tour footage from Spain and Amsterdam. View as: Windows Media video (17MB WMV) OR QuickTime video (10MB QuickTime)

Jan 31 2008

Karneval in Cologne

It’s Weiberfastnacht in Cologne—the day the women take over the city in the events leading up to Shrove Tuesday and Lent. I’ve never been to Mardi Gras, but the atmosphere seems the same. It began at eleven minutes after eleven this morning, with a countdown and balloons and confetti. Two shopkeepers told me yesterday that […]

Jan 31 2008

Bierbike in Cologne

Watch the Bierbike It’s Carnival time in Cologne. Here’s a video of the Bierbike (Beer bike) — part bicycle, part beer garden. Look carefully, and you’ll notice the occupants pedaling.

Jan 30 2008

Amsterdam and Mayor Ravenstahl Love the PSO

Over 800 concerts take place each year at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. A morning concert on the schedule meant the Pittsburgh Symphony needed to rehearse at the Old Stock Exchange, near the train station at the edge of the red light district. In the afternoon, the Pittsburgh toured the city with its lively atmosphere of […]

Jan 29 2008

When you Stay in the Monkey

Even in winter, everyone rides a bicycle in Amsterdam. It’s in the 40’s and gray today, but whizzing in front of the hotel are the cyclists who ride single-speed bikes without wearing helmets, and talk on their cellphones while pedaling. They’ll be coming to Pittsburgh this summer as part of the Keystone State cycling event […]

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