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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck and pianist Igor Levit sat down after rehearsal on Thursday afternoon in Manfred Honeck’s studio to discuss Mozart and the true Viennese style as heard in the 22nd Piano Concerto. The piece will be played the weekend of October 18,2019 at Heinz Hall in tour send off concerts. The Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody will also be heard in Pittsburgh on October 19th, along with opening night on the European Tour on October 25th, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on November 4th and at the Bozar Centre in Brussels, Belgium on November 7th. Igor Levit joins the Pittsburgh Symphony to play the Mozart 22nd Concerto in Hannover, Germany on October 28th - the city he settled in after leaving Russia - then on to the Philharmonie in Berlin on October 29th, the Musikverein in Vienna on Halloween, and the Tonhalle in Dusseldorf on November 8th.
Dave Rankin stopped by to tell us about their next concert at Central Presbyterian Church in Tarentum. The concert, which takes place on October 20th, 4pm, is titled "Variations on a Harp" and features Harpist Isabel Cardenes, Violinist Andres Cardenes, and Violist Warren Davidson with music by Handel, Bach, Faure, and others.
It's the 50th Anniversary of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the company has big plans to celebrate. Executive Director Harris Ferris stopped by to tell what they have planned, as well as to talk about their upcoming season.
Robin Malloy Goldsby spoke with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham about the piano; her upcoming performance at Chatham University, and much more.
WQED-FM's Joanna Li spoke with Edgewood Symphony Orchestra Music Director Walter Morales about the history of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, as well as their upcoming season. Their season opening concert begins October 19th, with featured soloist Kathy Soroka, who also joins in on the conversation.
Melia Tourangeau, the President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, sat down with WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham to discuss all things PSO! She talks about the current season; the upcoming European tour; their annual RADical Days concert; and much more.