PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY RADIO 2012-2013 SEASON AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL (PRI) STATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 21, 2012
George Hazimanolis – WQED
Jim Barthen – Pittsburgh Symphony
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY RADIO 2012-2013 SEASON AVAILABLE
FOR PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL (PRI) STATIONS
PITTSBURGH—Thanks to the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s contribution, the Pittsburgh Symphony Radio broadcasts are still being made available to PRI stations to air this year. The 52 weeks of broadcasts were recorded live at Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh and feature performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Fans of classical music will benefit from Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s superb performances of some of the best masterpieces in classical music including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; Elgar’s Enigma Variations; Gershwin’s An American in Paris; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3.. Famous performers like Yo-Yo Ma, James Galway, Leif Ove Andsnes, Thomas Hampson, and Joshua Bell are also featured on this season's programs with special performances for the holiday season like Handel’s Messiah.
Pittsburgh Symphony Radio has been distributed consistently on public radio for over 31 years and can be heard on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Sundays at 8 p.m., hosted by Jim Cunningham. Classical WQED-FM 89.3 has had a long-term on-air relationship with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in regular series or specials since the television station went on the air in 1954 and the radio station went on the air in 1973.
Complete information for Pittsburgh Symphony Radio, including artist photos; blogs; and program listings can be found at www.pittsburghsymphonyradio.org.
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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh’s heritage for more than 100 years. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the PSO as their orchestra of choice. In September 2008, the PSO welcomed its ninth Music Director Manfred Honeck. Beginning in the early 1900s with frequent performances in Canada, the PSO confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for each tour abroad. Its 36 international tours include 19 European tours, nine trips to the Far East and two to South America. In January 2004, the PSO became the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.
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