Musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony fanned out all over the city to present a Day of Music on Tuesday October 10, 2017. It started at WQED-FM with the Clarion Quartet. They played live in the studio with Aria and Capriccio by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Marta Krechkovsky and Jennifer Orcahrd violins with Bronwyn Banerdt, cello and Tatjana Mead Chamis viola.
Christoph Konig discusses his Pittsburgh Symphony concert with Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony and the Heinz Hall premiere of the Scherzo in B flat by Mussorgsky. He tells us he recently made his Grafenegg Festival debut as a singer and opened the season with his Orchestra in Luxembourg. Plus, he shares his thoughts about Manfred Honeck’s 10th year with the Pittsburgh Symphony along with highlights of his upcoming season in London and around the globe.
Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Flute Lorna McGhee joins the chair of the effort to Save Our Symphony, Ali Gelormino now retired after teaching in Shaler Township for three decades, to talk over the plan for a benefit concert called "Starry Starry Night" at Rodef Shalom Temple on October 7th, 7pm at Levy Hall with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Lorna fills us in on the program which includes Claude Bolling and Vivaldi.
Pittsburgh Symphony Associate Conductor Andres Franco fills us in on the plans for his free concert celebrating Regional Asset Days October 3rd at Heinz Hall and his latest concerts.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's Season Opening concerts with Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony, the Brahms Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff, and a new piece to honor Manfred Honeck's 10th Anniversary as Music Director by Boris Pigovat. Manfred also gives his feedback as to the authenticity of a Swiss folk music recording Jim plays for him!
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Gala concert is Saturday September 16th at Heinz Hall. Lang Lang is joined by 14 year old prodigy Maxim Lando to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, along with special arrangements of Saint-Saëns’s Aquarium from The Carnival of Animals, Bernstein’s America from West Side Story, and Tchaikovsky’s Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker. Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the Gala Concert, as well as to recap the orchestra's recently concluded European Festivals Tour.
The full interview of Jim Cunningham with PSO Musicians Rhian Kenny, Bronwyn Banerdt and Charlie Powers. Standing in front of a fountain in Wiesbaden, Germany, the musicans talk about what they are looking forward to on this tour, along with a run they are organing in September in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Symphony cellist and former Marine Band member Charlie Powers appears as a soloist with pianist Rodrigo Ojeda in a free concert at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall June 30 with the Pittsburgh Symphony and soloists Katy Shackleton Williams and Ricky Manning. Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries turns up in the middle of a program of mostly American favorites, the Services Salute, John Williams Hymn to the Fallen and Superman March. It’s free but you should first listen to the interview and register online.
Curtis Institute conducting star Maestro Steve Hackman discusses his Mash Up Mix Down concert Wednesday June 14 with Happy Hour at 5 and concert at 6:30pm at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony putting together the Beatles, Dvorak, Justin Timberlake, Samuel Barber, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven with Henry Purcell, Beethoven, John Legend, Vivaldi, Guns N Roses plus Mozart and the Dave Mathews Band. Time for Three is the special guest. Steve Hackman fills us in on his return from his Boston Pops debut with four concerts. Has he taken any slings and arrows for mixing Tchaikovsky and Drake? Of course. He loves the audience and the musicians he works with in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest pianist Behzod Abduraimov shares his thoughts about the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 which he plays for his Heinz Hall debut. He recalls his journey from Tashkent to Kansas City where he’s lived the last ten years, what it’s like there and in his native Tashkent where he attended the same school as Yefim Bronfman. He talks about his recordings including the Tchaikovsky with Juraj Valcuha and a suggestion of what to try when in Tashkent—don’t miss the rice pilaf!