Conductors, soloists and composers involved in making great Pittsburgh Symphony performances talk about their music.

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Lahav Shani - PSO Guest Conductor - Feb 22, 2017

Lahav Shani, 27 year old Israel born conductor and soon to be Chief at the Rotterdam Philharmonic, discusses his Heinz Hall debut with Kurt Weill’s Second Symphony, Charles Ives’ Unanswered Question, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Jon Kimura Parker and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances. He describes his work with Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim and recalls his recent concert where played the piano, conducted the orchestra and played the bass on the same program. His favorite book, movie, breakfast treat and sport are revealed too.

John Moore - Music 101 - Feb 21, 2017

John Moore, Pittsburgh Symphony double bass, presents "It’s All About the Bass" for Music 101 at Heinz Hall on February 22nd at 12:30. Less about Meghan Trainor’s worldwide pop hit with that title and more about Dittersdorf and Vanhal. John joins Rodrigo Ojeda for some musical examples. In this discussion, he traces his career from Buffalo to Curtis Institute, San Diego, Honolulu and Columbus before being hired as one the last official acts of Lorin Maazel as Music Director.

Colin Currie - Feb 10, 2017

Scottish born/London based percussion star Colin Currie makes his debut in the percussion showcase "Veni Veni Immanuel" by PSO Composer of the Year Sir James Macmillan at Heinz Hall February 10th and 12th with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck. He reveals his favorite book for the plane and the latest interesting movie he’s seen.

Hannah Ishizaki - Feb 10, 2017

Hannah Ishizaki, a junior at Mount Lebanon High School, a violinist and composer, a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, and leader of the Montgomery Quartet has already heard several of her compositions performed by Ovre Arts in Pittsburgh. She becomes the youngest woman composer ever performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony with the world premiere of her “City of Bridges” at the Pittsburgh Symphony Fiddlesticks concert conducted by Francesco Lecce Chong on February 18th.  She sat down for a few minutes in the Grand Lobby of Heinz Hall just after a performance for the PSO Friends.

Manfred Honeck - Feb 9, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts at Heinz Hall, featuring the Prokofiev "Classical" Symphony; Tchaikovsky's Suite from Sleeping Beauty, and the MacMillan "Veni, Veni Emmanuel" with Percussionist Colin Currie as soloist.

Manfred Honeck - Feb 3, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's concerts with Midori playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, plus the Mozart Symphony No. 35 and the Brahms' Symphony No. 1.  

Jennifer Orchard - Music 101 - Jan 27, 2017

Violinist Jennifer Orchard will present a Music 101 lecture recital Wednesday February 1st at 12:30 in the Heinz Hall Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms. Pianist Igor Kraevsky will accompany in music by Paul Juon from their recent cd. Jennifer will share her story beginning in London Ontario through Curtis Institute and her work with the Lark Quartet. Igor tells us about his work at City Music Center and his early years in St Petersberg Russia and his teacher who knew Shostakovich and Prokofiev well.   

Violinist Simone Porter - Jan 20, 2017

Simone Porter violinist talks about the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto she’s playing in her Pittsburgh premiere. Topics include appearing on "From the Top" three times, practicing in Jascha Heifetz studio, coffee in Seattle, her passion for books, and her love of music plus the story of her life so far.

Composer Jame MacMillan - Jan 20, 2017

Sir James Macmillan, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Composer of the Year, talks about his Symphony No 4 in the East Coast Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra premiere and the other music the Orchestra and Resonance Works will perform this season. Topics included his composing philosophy, his Scottish dancing, visiting Andrew Carnegie’s home in Dunfermline, the Queen, and whether Scotland should go it alone from the UK.



PSO Guest Conductor Matthew Halls - Jan 19, 2017

British born conductor and Music Director of the Oregon Bach Festival Matthew Halls makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut in a special subscriber concert with the East Coast premiere of the Symphony No. 4 by James Macmillan, the Samuel  Barber Violin Concerto with Simone Porter in her Heinz Hall debut, and the Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, "Scottish." Matthew reveals his favorite English tea and how to enjoy it in the final minutes of the conversation with Jim Cunningham.